The Virginia State University Trojans are back, and apparently are ready to make a run to Durham in the late fall. The Men of Troy secured a huge CIAA victory over previously undefeated Johnson C. Smith 19 – 17 on Saturday at Roger’s Stadium. The Trojans are now 3 – 1 on the season, the first under Latrell Scott, and have won two straight as they hit the road now for two weeks before returning to the Hill for Homecoming 2013 on October 19th against the Bulldogs of Bowie State University…..
The Panthers of Virginia Union University are finding their season going in the opposite direction after being walloped by the defending CIAA Champion Rams of Winston-Salem State 55 – 15, leaving the Panthers winless after 4 tries. Certainly, VUU was clearly overmatched by the Rams, who have won the CIAA three times since returning from Division 1. Union now hits the road hoping for a brighter day with their next outing this weekend at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina…..
The Spiders of Richmond welcomed the Black Bears of Maine to the West End on Saturday, and with UR ranked 22nd and Maine 17th, this was a huge CAA contest here in the Capital City. Unfortunately for the Spiders, the victory celebration occurred in the visitor’s locker room as Maine escaped with a 28 – 21 CAA win. The loss leaves Richmond at 2 – 3 with another huge game on the road in Harrisonburg against highly ranked James Madison.
Tough times in the MEAC for the V-A representatives as both Norfolk State and Hampton University went into the weekend winless with road games on the horizon. For the Spartans, they had a little more to be confident about in playing at 0 – 3 Morgan State, and came away from Baltimore with a 27 – 21 MEAC win and headed home to face Savannah State on Saturday. Hampton’s task was much taller, playing at South Carolina State, where the Bulldogs are always scrappy, even when they’re not contenders. The Pirates were routed 30 – 6 in Orangeburg and fall to 0 – 4 on the season.
The Hokies of Virginia Tech haven’t been winning pretty, but they’ve been winning, and aside from the season-opening loss to No. 1 Alabama, Tech has played great football, and did so again in Atlanta Saturday in toughing-out a huge 17 – 10 ACC road win at Georgia Tech. The Hokies are now 4 – 1 and could creep into the national polls if the trend continues Saturday in Blacksburg when the Tar Heels of North Carolina visit Lane Stadium. Meanwhile, Mike London’s Virginia Cavaliers continue to struggle, losing 14 – 3 at Pittsburgh last weekend. The Wahoos return to Charlottesville for a home game with Ball State this weekend before a trip to currently undefeated Maryland.