Here are the BASN Newsroom/Batchelor Pad Radio Network HBCU Football All-Peak Performers of the week for the games played through November 3rd.
DIVISION I (FCS)
Offensive: Bethune-Cookman senior wide receiver Jimmie Robinson accounted for the majority of the Wildcats’ offense in its road win over Morgan State. He gained 208 yards off 11 attempts while scoring three touchdowns in the contest. Robinson had touchdowns runs of 65, 61 and 60 yards as he averaged 18.9 yards per carry.
Defensive: Texas Southern junior linebacker Julian Marcantel made 13 tackles, registered one tackle for a loss and came up with an interception in a 30-21 defeat at Alabama State. Marcantel ranks third in the conference in total tackles with 73 and ranks sixth in the SWAC in tackles per game with 8.1 per contest. He also ranks inside the top 30 for tackles for loss with six on the season.
Special Teams: North Carolina A&T redshirt senior kick returner Malik Wilson had his third kickoff return for a touchdown this season – a 99-yarder – in the Aggies’ 37-20 win over Norfolk State. His score answered Norfolk State after it pulled within 21-20 late in the third quarter. The STATS FCS National Player of the Week, Wilson also has 98- and 100-yarders in tying the Aggies’ record for the most kickoff return touchdowns in a season.
Newcomer: Alcorn State junior running back De’Shawn Waller registered three touchdowns Saturday in a shootout against New Mexico State. He rushed for 137 yards and two scores, and also caught a 12-yard touchdown. Waller helped the Braves out-gain the Aggies 654-529 in total offense including a 338-133 edge in rushing. The Braves also held a 34:37-25:23 edge in time of possession. The 42 points by Alcorn were the most against an FBS opponent since 1994.
Coach: Jackson State’s John Hendrick saw his Tigers build a 24-7 halftime lead against Prairie View A&M and then stave off a late charge by the Panthers for a 34-28 win in his JSU debut. The Tigers dominated in the running game as they totaled 206 yards on the ground on Senior Day.
Offensive: Bowie State senior quarterback Amir Hall broke the CIAA’s career record for passing touchdowns (97) and finished with 333 passing yards in the Bulldogs’ 49-7 thrashing of Elizabeth City State. The win clinched BSU’s third trip to the CIAA’s championship game in the past four years. Hall is just 91 yards shy of breaking the breaking the CIAA’s career passing yards record of 10,621 set by Earl “Air” Harvey of N.C. Central.
Defensive: Central State sophomore linebacker Kailen Abrams led the Marauders’ defense in their 45-22 win over Lane College. He finished the game with 13 tackles, a sack, two tackles for a loss, and one fumble recovery. Abrams finishes the season ranked in the top three in the SIAC with 118 tackles.
Special Teams: Albany State sophomore kicker Gabriel Ballinas connected on four field goals during the day, including one from 33 and 41 yards in the first quarter, in the Golden Rams’ victory over Fort Valley State in the Fountain City Classic. On the season, Ballinas completed 93 percent of his field goals and PATs.
Newcomer: Virginia Union freshman running back Tabyus Taylor rushed for 180 yards, had two receptions for 58 yards, and scored three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 46-19 victory over Virginia State. VUU scored their most points against the Trojans since 1980.
Coach: Miles College’s Reginald Ruffin saw his Golden Bears erase a 17-point deficit and defeat Tuskegee 31-27. The win clinched the Western Division title giving them a berth in the SIAC Championship against Albany State this Saturday at Sloan-Alumni Stadium. It was also their largest comeback win since climbing back from a 21-point hole against Fort Valley State in the 2016 Labor Day Golden Classic.