It doesn’t get much better than going into a conference rival’s stadium and ruining their homecoming. That’s exactly what Morgan State was able to accomplish Oct. 9 as they took out North Carolina A&T, 27-14, in front of 21,500 of the Aggies faithful.

Beating North Carolina A&T isn’t anything new to MSU coach Don Hill-Eley, who now holds a 7-2 record against the Aggies, including five straight wins since 2005, three of which were played during Aggie’ homecomings. But the win was a first for MSU’s new starting quarterback Delonte Williams, who ran for three touchdowns and scored on a two-point conversion in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup. The redshirt-freshman quarterback led the Bears to its best offensive performance so far this season as MSU now carries a 3-3 overall while advancing to a 2-1 MEAC record.

“Our young men did a good job rallying behind Delonte,” Coach Hill said. “The chemistry changed. We made good decisions with the football, we only had one turnover, and we were able to move the ball and get some first downs. It was good to see us creating some type of identity as far as being able to run the ball and throw the ball.”

Williams’ three touchdowns were the most scored in a single game by a MSU player since former Morgan star Chad Simpson ran for three TDs against Savannah State in 2007. Simpson now plays for the NFL’s Washington Redskins.

The rookie passer finished completing 7-for-12 passes for 100 yards and one interception. With Williams at the helm, MSU finished with 361 total yards and 261 on the ground.

“I think I did pretty good today,” Williams said. “I feel that the coaching staff did a good job preparing me, and as a result it felt kind of easy out there for me. I think we’re going in the right direction and we just need to continue to win games.”

The Aggies recorded 309 total yards offense. A&T star tailback Mike Mayhew led his team with 19 carries for 89 yards, but was held for less than 100 yards for the first time this season. With Mayhew limited on the ground, the Aggies struggled to keep up with Morgan in points. A&T had three offensive possessions that started inside the Bears 30 yard line but came away with zero points.

Morgan State will now take a bye weekend before hosting Delaware State in Morgan’s Homecoming celebration game on Oct. 21 at Hughes Stadium.

“We can go into the bye week with confidence knowing everyone’s doing the right thing,” Morgan captain Jephte Cherenfant said. “We know we can be successful.”

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor