Aggies Seek Seventh Straight Homecoming Win
*No. 12/No. 16 North Carolina A&T (5-0, 2-0 MEAC) vs. Delaware State (0-4, 0-2 MEAC)
*FCS Coaches Poll/STATS Media Poll
Date: Oct. 7, 2017
Time: 1 p.m.
Facility: Aggie Stadium (21,500)
Series: N.C. A&T leads, 23-22-1
Radio: ESPN Triad Radio (1320 AM, 93.7 FM, 104.9 FM, 1230 AM); Play-by-play – Donal Ware, Analysts – Al Swann and Billy Covington
OFFENSIVE STARTERS FROM LAST GAME: WR Elijah Bell (6-2, 221, So., he averages at least two great highlights per game); LT Brandon Parker (6-7, 309, R-Sr., he finally went a week with offensive lineman of the week honors); LG Joshua Mattocks (6-3, 331, R-Sr., the left side of the Aggies line has been together for four years); C Darriel Mack (6-2, 293, R-Sr., the Aggies may have the best center in the MEAC); RG Daquan Blake (6-1, 290, Jr., he continues to get stronger each week); RT Marcus Pettiford (6-3, 274, R-So., even the youngest of the O-Line is super solid); WR Khris Gardin (5-7, 185, Sr., he made four catches against the Bulldogs last Saturday); WR Malik Wilson (5-11, 166, R-Jr. yes, Bell is the favorite target, but Wilson has to be 1a); FB William Simpson (6-0, 220, R-So., Elizabeth City, N.C., Simpson made his first career start last Saturday); QB Lamar Raynard (6-4, 200, R-Jr., Mr. Raynard is getting the job done … it’s that simple); RB Marquell Cartwright (5-8, 201, R-Jr., Cartwright is headed for a 1,000-yard season).
DEFENSIVE STARTERS FROM LAST GAME: DE Sam Blue (6-1, 247, R-Jr., has five tackles for loss on the season); NG Jermaine Williams (6-1, 301, R-So., Williams has proven to be a force here); DT Justin Cates (6-2, 275, Jr., Holds the team lead with three sacks); DE Darryl Johnson (6-5, 226, R-So., leads A&T in TFL’s (6.0); LB Deion Jones (5-11, 202, R-Jr., tied for the team lead in tackles (5) last week at SCSU.); LB Kiaundric Richardson (6-0, 214, R-Jr., had four solo tackles vs. SCSU); LB Marcus Albert (5-10, 205, R-Sr., has led the Aggies in tackles twice this season); FS Jamaal Darden (5-9, 198, Sr., already three pass breakups in the first two games he’s played this season); CB Mac McCain (5-11, 174, R-Fr., maybe the word is out because it was a pretty quiet day at the office last Sat.); ROV Jeremy Taylor (5-11, 190, R-Sr., he was the MEAC’s defensive player of the week and got an honorable mention nod from STATS FCS); CB Timadre Abram (5-10, 168, R-Jr., he is tied for seventh in the league in pass defenses).
The Game: N.C. A&T will be going after its seventh straight homecoming win. If that occurs the Aggies will have their first 6-0 start in 24 years. It will be the sixth 6-0 start in program history. N.C. A&T’s opponent for Saturday, Delaware State, comes to Aggie Stadium looking to move their season in positive direction. The Hornets have lost 23 of their last 25 MEAC games including the last 10. They have scored four touchdowns in four games, while facing an Aggies team that has scored at least five touchdowns in all but one game this season. The Aggies will look to improve to 20-16 in homecoming games played at Aggie Stadium. The Aggies have won their last six homecoming games by an average of 30.2 points. The closest homecoming N.C. A&T has had in the last six years was a 42-24 win over Delaware State in 2011.
N.C. A&T defeated S.C. State 21-7 last Saturday for their third straight win over the Bulldogs. The Aggies compiled more than 400 yards of offense for the fifth straight time this season. The Aggies are looking to start with six straight 400-yard plus performances on offense for the first time since 2001. The Aggies also held another opponent to under 100 yards rushing as the Bulldogs only compiled 82 yards on the ground. It marked the 42nd time in the Broadway era that an opponent has been held to under 100 yards. It has happened four times this season. The Aggies had three more weekly accolades from the MEAC this week, and they came from all three phases of the game. Redshirt junior quarterback Lamar Raynard was named offensive player of the week, freshman kicker Noel Ruiz was named rookie of the week and Redshirt senior safety Jeremy Taylor was named defensive player of the week.
News & Notes
- N.C. A&T returns home after three straight road contest. The Aggies are 22-3 at home against MEAC opponents over the past seven seasons. They are 29-5 overall under Broadway at Aggie Stadium. The Aggies have outscored conference opponents 642-267 in the last 25 games in Greensboro.
- Last week, All-American left tackle Brandon Parker picked up his first penalty in 1,179 snaps. Quarterback Lamar Raynard also had an impressive streak coming to end when he threw an interception for the first time in 158 pass attempts.
- Raynard is 691 yards shy of becoming just the fifth Aggie to throw for 2,000 yards in a season. If he accomplishes the feat, he will be the first Aggie to do so since Lewis Kindle threw for more than 2,000 yards in 2011. The other Aggie QBs who have done it include Maseo Bolin, Alan Hooker and Ellsworth Turner.
- N.C. A&T started playing 11-plus game schedules in 1971. N.C. A&T finished 8-0 in 1927 to hold the record the program’s best start. The Aggies finished 7-0 in 1943. A&T is only one of nine undefeated teams in FCS play and the only unbeaten Division I HBCU.
Opposing Point of View
“A&T is a concern in every aspect. They are like the New England Patriots of our league. They are very sound, they are very well coached and the staff does a very good job of being creative in the things that they do. Whether it is offensively in their formations or whether it is defensively with their down four linemen who come off the ball really hard, they’re sound. They don’t make many mistakes. They do really good things in the kicking game, and they have a dynamic punt returner who is as good as there is in the country at any level. They are a fun team to watch, and they are a fun team to go play against. If you aspire to be an organization that is going to have success, you want to play against the ones who show this is how it is consistently done.”
Delaware State head coach Kenny Carter on playing the N.C. A&T Aggies