N.C. Central University freshman quarterback Chauncey Caldwell tossed the game-winning touchdown to lift the Eagles to a 13-7 win over Howard Bison on Oct. 7 at Greene Stadium in Washington, D.C.

The N.C. Central win advanced the Eagles to a 4-1 record, 3-0 against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), which is good for second place in the MEAC standings. Howard dropped to 2-3 overall, 1-1 in the MEAC.

The Bison scored first after a 75-yard touchdown pass from freshmen quarterback Caylin Newton to sophomore receiver Damion Gillespie. That put Howard ahead, 7-0, with two minutes left in the first quarter. 

N.C. Central clamped down on defense in the second quarter but so did Howard, as the Eagles were held to just two field goals that cut the lead to 7-6 by halftime.  

Unfortunately for Howard, it wouldn’t score again for the remainder of the game, and N.C. Central took advantage with Caldwell’s fourth quarter score that was ultimately enough to secure the win.

Caldwell completed 11 of 21 pass attempts for 119 yards and a touchdown; he also ran for 89 yards on 17 carries, following Eagles freshmen running back Isiah Totten, who led all rushers with 112 yards on 19 carries.

Newton led all passers with 328 passing yards but he also threw two interceptions. Gillespie had a game-high seven catches for 153 receiving yards. 

Next – Howard travels to Dover to take on the winless Delaware State Hornets (0-5 overall, 0-3 MEAC) on Oct. 14.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor