EAST GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T running back Jah-Maine Martin (5-10, 203, R-JR, Conway, S.C.) and left tackle Marcus Pettiford (6-4, 293, R-SR, Durham, N.C.) are helping each other have terrific 2019 seasons thus far.
Each man now has multiple weekly honors from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) after Martin was named co-offensive player of the week and Pettiford was named offensive lineman of the week on Monday following the Aggies 37-0 win over the Delaware State Hornets Thursday night at BB&T Stadium broadcasted live on ESPNU.
Martin, who was a third-team All-MEAC selection in 2018, earned his second offensive player of the week accolade from the conference this season while Pettiford picked up his second offensive lineman of the week recognition. Martin also has a national player of the week honor from FCS STATS this season.
Against the Hornets, Martin rushed for 108 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries. It marked the fourth time in his Aggie career the Coastal Carolina transfer has exceeded 100 yards in a game. Martin’s four touchdowns on Thursday marked the second-most in a game by an Aggie matching Maurice Hicks’ four touchdowns against Morgan State on Oct. 6, 2001.
Martin’s eight touchdowns lead the nation. He is second in the country in scoring (12.0 points per game), second in rushing yards per game (135.8), third in total touchdowns (8), fifth in rushing yards (543) and seventh in yards per carry (7.7).
His 141.0 all-purpose yards per game is 20th in the nation. He leads the MEAC in rushing, rushing yards per carry, rushing TDs, rushing yards per game, scoring, total touchdowns and all-purpose yards per game.
Pettiford, a three-time All-MEAC performer, has been excellent again this season. Against the Hornets, he graded out at 89 percent and scored a 100 in pass protection. He was also credited with six domination blocks on Thursday.
N.C. A&T tallied 432 yards of offense against the Hornets with 258 of those yards coming on the ground. in the top-100 of six statistical categories. Pettiford has graded out well all season against tough competitors from nationally-ranked Elon, FBS foe Duke and Charleston Southern.
Thanks in part to Pettiford and Martin, the Aggies have the best rush offense in the conference and the second-best total offense in the league. Nationally, the Aggies rank 26th in rushing with 205.3 yards per game.
The Aggies have eight weekly honors from the conference this season. They return to action 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 when they face Norfolk State at Dick Price Stadium in Norfolk, Va.
The Aggies had another good week in the polls. Nationally, the Aggies moved up two spots in both FCS STATS media poll and the American Football Coaches Association coaches poll. The Aggies are ranked 15th in the media poll up from No. 17 last week and they are 16th in the coaches poll up from 18th a week ago.
N.C. A&T is No. 1 in the black college football polls. For the 47th time in the last 74 weeks, the Aggies took the top spot in the BoxToRow Black College Football poll. The Aggies are also No. 1 in the Power News Radio Network (PNRN) Black College Football poll. The Aggies earned all 19 first-place votes in the BoxToRow poll. They received 15 of the 30 first-place votes in the PNRN poll as they shared first-place votes with No.2 Florida A&M (7), No. 3 Alcorn State (6) and No. 4 S.C. State (2). Southern rounded out the top-5.
BoxToRow’s top-5 was N.C. A&T, Bethune-Cookman, Alcorn State, Florida A&M and S.C. State.
Thursday marked the second straight conference game the Aggies have produced a shutout after shutting out N.C. Central 45-0 at the end of last season. The last time the Aggies had back-to-back shutouts in conference play was in 2014 when they shutout Morgan State 45-0 on Nov. 8 before blanking Savannah State 34-0 on Nov. 15.
The last conference school to score more than 25 points against the Aggies was Hampton on Oct. 3, 2015. The Aggies prevailed in the game 45-31 at Hampton. The last conference opponent to rush for more than 150 yards on the Aggies was N.C. Central on Nov. 19, 2016. The Eagle ran for 270 yards that day.