The CIAA cancelled its championship game between Winston-Salem State and Virginia State, which was scheduled for Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C., after a group of Virginia State players attacked Winston-Salem’s starting quarterback in a bathroom Friday during a banquet honoring both teams.
Rudy Johnson, Winston-Salem’s All-CIAA junior quarterback, suffered a swollen eye and a laceration above the eye, according to the arrest warrant. Johnson was treated at local hospital and released. Johnson is 9-0 as the Rams’ starter. He leads the CIAA with 2,076 passing yards and 22 touchdowns.
Lamont Britt, 22, a junior running back from Portsmouth City, Va., was arrested Friday by Winston-Salem State campus police night and charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury, according to the arrest warrant. Britt was being held in the Forsyth County (N.C.) ail with bond set at $7,500. Britt played in all 10 games for Virginia State and has rushed for 276 yards. He is scheduled to appear in Forsyth District Court on Dec. 9.
No other arrests have been made and the incident is still being investigated.
Meanwhile, the CIAA declared Virginia State ineligible for postseason play. The Trojans (9-1) are nationally ranked this season for the first time in school history. They were No. 22 in the AFCA Division II Poll and No. 6 in Division II Super Region One. The top six teams from each of four regions make the 24-team playoff field.
Winston-Salem (9-1), ranked No. 1 in the Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College weekly poll and No. 9 in the AFCA Division II Coaches Poll, is the No. 4 seed in Super Region One and will host Slippery Rock Saturday in the first round of the playoffs The Rams were the Division II national runners-up last season and are making their third consecutive playoff appearance.
Albany State 17, Miles 14 – The Golden Rams staged a fourth-quarterback comeback at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta and capped an improbable turnaround season with their 20th SIAC Championship. The Golden Rams (6-4) began the season 0-2 and were 1-4 – including a 22-14 loss to Miles in September – at the midway point before ending the year with four consecutive victories to win the SIAC East Division crown. Albany State All-American defensive back Dexter Moody, the game’s MVP, turned in a pair of key plays that turned game for the Golden Rams in the second half. Moody blocked a punt and intercepted a pass. Both plays set up scores. Albany State went ahead 7-0 in the first quarter when Frank Rivers tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Lenard Walker. However, Miles (6-4) surged ahead in the second quarter with senior quarterback David Thomas leading the way. Thomas threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Pitts that tied the score 7-7, and he scored on a five-yard run that put the Golden Bears ahead 14-7. After a scoreless third quarter, Albany State cut into the lead with a 28-yard field goal by Zachary Holley that made the score 14-10 with 14:50 left in the game. The Golden Rams regained the lead at the 8:30 mark when Adrian Alexander scored on a four-yard run, and Albany State’s defense made it stand up the rest of the way. The victory avenged Albany State’s 20-17 loss to Miles in the 2011 SIAC Championship Game and gave the Golden Rams their first conference title since 2010.
Alcorn State 48, Jackson State 33 – The Braves defeated their arch-rivals, the SWAC East Division champions, in Jackson, Miss., to wrap up their first winning season since 2006 and their first nine-win season 1984. Quarterback John Gibbs Jr. threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns for the Braves (9-3, 7-2 SWAC), who saddled Jackson State (8-3, 8-1 SWAC) with its first conference loss of the season. Alcorn scored 24 points in the second quarter to take a 31-3 lead at the half and Jackson State was unable to recover. The Braves rolled up 499 yards total offense. Running back Arnold Walker rushed for 87 and two touchdowns. Walker averaged more than six yards a carry to help the Braves control the ball and the clock. Alcorn’s defense came up with three interceptions, including one of which Quinton Cantus returned 36 yards for a touchdown in the second period, despite allowing 508 total yards.
Bethune-Cookman 42, Hampton 12 – The Wildcats remained on track for the MEAC championship and an automatic berth in the FCS playoffs with a home victory. Bethune-Cookman (9-2, 6-1 MEAC) is tied for the conference lead with South Carolina State. However, the Wildcats hold the tie-breaker with the Bulldogs on the strength of their 14-3 victory and will earn the conference’s automatic playoff berth with a victory against Florida A&M in the Florida Classic Saturday. Bethune-Cookman’s quarterback tandem of Jackie Wilson and Quinton Williams was too much for Hampton (4-7, 4-3 MEAC), which lost to the Wildcats for the sixth consecutive time. Wilson rushed for 74 yards, and his five-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave Bethune-Cookman a 14-0 lead. Wilson staked the Wildcats to a 7-0 lead with a six-yard touchdown pass to Cary
White in the first period. Wilson rushed for 59 yards on the scoring drive, which covered 87 yards. Williams played most of the game and rushed for 65 yards, and he scored a pair of touchdowns.
South Carolina State 38, Morgan State 3 – The Bulldogs cruised to home victory Thursday night and remained tied for first place in the MEAC with Bethune-Cookman. The Bulldogs (8-3, 6-1) scored on three of their first four possessions and never looked back. South Carolina State needs to win its season finale at Norfolk State Saturday and have Bethune-Cookman lose to Florida A&M in order to secure the conference’s automatic playoff berth. The loss ended a two-game winning streak for Morgan State (4-7, 4-3 MEAC), which had won four of its five previous games coming into the contest.
North Carolina A&T 41, Savannah State 12 – Running back Tarik Cohen became the first freshmen in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season as the Aggies won at home. Cohen eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark with a 49-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that gave the Aggies (6-4, 3-4 MEAC) a 21-0 lead. Cohen finished the game with 98 yards on just 10 carries, giving him 1,023 yards for the season with a game remaining. The win assured the Aggies of their second consecutive winning season after suffering nine consecutive losing campaigns. The Aggies defense held Savannah State (1-11, 0-8 MEAC) to just 19 rushing yards as the Tigers absorbed their ninth straight loss.
Abilene Christian 65, Prairie View A&M 45
Alabama A&M 50, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 42
Alabama State 19, Miss. Valley State 9
Delaware State 29, Florida A&M 21
Edward Waters 49, College of Faith 0
Glenville State 17, West Va. State 12
Howard 40, Texas Southern 6
Lincoln (Mo.) 51, Southwest Baptist 26
North Carolina Central 24, Norfolk State 13
Oklahoma Baptist 39, Texas College 28
UNC-Pembroke 63, Virginia-Lynchburg 0
Seton Hill 17, Cheyney 10
Southern 53, Clark Atlanta 0
Tennessee State 17, Murray State 10
Warner 13, Concordia-Selma 7
West Alabama 91, Central State 28