The Morgan State (MSU) Bears put on their best offensive performance in six years as they completely blew out North Carolina Central, 52-3, on Oct. 15 in Durham, N.C. According to Morgan State Sports Information, it was the most points scored by the Bears since 2005 when Morgan put up 55 points against Savannah State.

“The guys played hard and to have this kind of success on the road is pretty great,” said MSU head coach Don Hill-Eley, who had directed his second straight game from the coaching booth located stories high in the stadium. The offense responded well from his new designated coaching area; they scored an amazing 42 points in the first half Saturday, and had scored 44 points against Savannah State last weekend.

“I don’t know if it’s about me being in the press box, because I don’t want people to think this is the way to do it,” Hill-Eley said. “It’s just the fact that these kids are playing hard and they understand that when things happen you can’t sit around waiting for people to help you, you just have to do whatever it takes to survive.”

The Bears leaned on their running game led by junior running back Travis Davidson, who finished with 25 carries for 142 yards and three touchdowns. Reserve running backs Andrew King, a freshman, and Jourdan Brooks, a senior, also scored a touchdown each and Tracy Martin added 71 rushing yards on just seven carries.

“I think we played hard, and we played as a team,” said Davidson. “I owe a lot of credit to the offensive line, because they were able to open up lanes for me. We’re coming together week by week. We just need to continue to practice and work hard.”

Morgan’s offensive line also blocked well for the passing game, as freshman quarterback Seth Higgins was able to complete 13 of 18 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns.

“I haven’t had a kid with this must poise in a long time,” Hill said about the play of his freshman quarterback. “To see a kid make the great decisions that he’s making, I’m happy to have him here and I’m looking forward to having him for the next few years.”

The Bears’ defense was just as good as its offense, refusing to surrender a touchdown all game; freshman linebacker Michael Dallas II led the team with six tackles, while junior linebacker Allen Stephens followed with five tackles.

“It was definitely a very exciting win,” said Alonzo Lee, who returned as the team’s defensive coordinator for the first season since ’07 season when the Bears held one of the top defensive units in the country. “It was a total team effort in all three phases…I’m excited about our possibilities.”

Morgan now advances to 4-3 overall, and is currently tied for second place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with a 3-1conference record. They travel to Dover, Del. on Oct. 29 to face MEAC opponent Delaware State.

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor