The Howard University Bison lost their fifth straight game as they fell to the North Carolina Central University Eagles, 30-21, on Nov. 12 in Durham, N.C.

Howard slid to a 1-9 overall record, and 1-6 against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). North Carolina Central is first in the MEAC with an 8-2 overall record, and 7-0 in the conference.
As in many of their games this season, the Bison started off strong against N.C. Central. Howard scored the first points of the game on a 68-yard touchdown run by junior running back Anthony Philyaw, claiming a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. But the Eagles quickly answered with a touchdown run of their own to cut Howard’s lead to 7-6 after a failed two-point conversion attempt. N.C. Central followed up with a 32-yard field goal later in the second quarter to take a 9-7 lead into halftime.

N.C Central extended its lead in the second half, scoring two unanswered touchdowns to take a 23-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. Howard scored two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles had already put the game out of reach with a 44-yard touchdown run by quarterback Malcom Bell.

Bell completed 20 of 28 pass attempts for 223 passing yards and a touchdown; Bell also rushed for a team-high 122 yards and two touchdowns.

Howard junior quarterback Kalen Johnson had 211 passing yards and two touchdowns on 22 of 34 attempts, but he also tossed an interception. Philyaw led Howard with a game-high 134 rushing yards.

Next: Howard will host the Delaware State Hornets (0-10 overall, 0-7 MEAC) on Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor