The penultimate weekend of HBCU play went as predicted with Deion Sanders, Travis Hunter and Jackson State ended the year undefeated in style, the first in the program’s history.
At MEAC, Howard received a share of the regular season title. In addition, two underperforming conference teams met and created the most interesting game of the week. IIn this week’s HBCU Highlights, we take a look at this contest, hunter’s big day and some of the best players around the country.
Game of the week: Norfolk State wins shootout with South Carolina
To be honest, this game means nothing in regards to the upcoming postseason. Both Norfolk State and South Carolina State finished fifth and sixth in the conference, respectively. It turns out that what was a lackluster match on paper has turned into an exciting game.
The South Carolina State Bulldogs scored 38 points against the Spartans. The South Carolina State offense was provoked by wide receiver Jordan Smith, who ran for 114 yards in just 4 catches. But the state of Norfolk was not far behind. The Spartans scored 42 points and won. defender Otto Koons carried Norfolk State with a capacity of 6 TDs (5 by air and one by ground).
If we put this game in perspective, the competition could be a platform-setting game for both participating programs. If Howard and the state of South Carolina are examples, they prove that it only takes a year to change MEAC. Such a strong off-season play could be just what a rebuilding MEAC team needs to turn the corner.
Players of the Week
one. Travis HunterCB/WR, Jackson State (2 catches, 49 yards, 1 TD | 1 INT, 1 TD) in win over Alcorn State
2. Otto KoonsQB, Norfolk State (16 of 28, 242 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT | 8 carries for 35 yards, 1 TD)
3. Quinton WilliamsQB, Howard (17 of 24, 247 yards, 2 TDs | 1 rushing TD) in win over Morgan State
4. Luttrell Collier (22 carries for 130 yards) in win over Tennessee Tech.
5. Zachary Leslie (6 steals, 104 yards, 1 TD) vs. Gardner-Webb
Why Choose Jackson State Over Florida State? The answer is simple: coach Deion Sanders. And tonight, Travis Hunter showed his best prime-time imitation in the second quarter of Jackson State’s 24-13 win over Alcorn State.
Hunter made a short pass for second place and recorded his second interception of the year. Then it got interesting. The freshman showed why he is an effective two-way player by demonstrating excellent vision, getting several Alcorn players to sniff tackles and driving a 44-yard interception into the end zone.
TRAVIS HUNTER PEAKS SIX?? pic.twitter.com/n0Hh5dWMBW
— ESPN (@espn) November 19, 2022
Hunter would find the end zone again later in the game by performing an NFL-level toe drag while receiving a touchdown from quarterback Scheder Sanders in the fourth quarter.
TOE-DRAG TD FOR TRAVIS HUNTER?? pic.twitter.com/owGRwrArS1
— ESPN (@espn) November 19, 2022
With these two great results, it’s safe to say that Hunter (Rookie #1 in Top247 for the class of 2022) spent the day in Lorman, Mississippi. The Jackson State Tigers finish the regular season with the SWAC East title and the school’s first undefeated record. Jackson State will be waiting for the winner of the SWAC West to face him in the conference title game on December 3rd.