Written by Thomas Scott
Atlanta, GA | The 2021 MEAC/SWAC Challenge anything but your typical season opener. The game marked a major milestone for both the North Carolina Central and Alcorn State football teams. Due to COVID-19 cancellations, it was the first official football game for either program since 2019.
During a special HBCU themed edition of ESPN’s College Football Gameday a panel of “experts” were unanimously chose Alcorn State to beat North Carolina Central.
To make matter worse, rap super group Migos sided with Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, and the rest of College Football Gameday crew when they too chose Alcorn State over North Carolina Central.
Luckily, the outcome of the game isn’t decided by experts.
Despite going down 7-0 early, the North Carolina Central Eagles looking dominate for most of the game. The game took a major turn when Defensive MVP, Manny Smith (NCCU) recoverd an Alcorn State fumble. Smith would go on to finish the game with 10 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 fumble recovery.
Sophmore quaterback, Davius Richards also had a strong performance for NCCU. Richards finished the game with 184 passing yards, 64 rushing yards on two attempts, and 2 rushing touchdowns. He would go on to be named Offensive MVP of the 2021 MEAC/SWAC Challenge.
The Eagles would go on to secure a 23-14 victory over Alcorn State in the forth quarter when Brandon Codrington returned a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown.
With the win, the MEAC improves to 10-4 versus the SWAC in MEAC/SWAC Challenge history.
There has been a lot written this offseason about the strength of the SWAC overtaking the MEAC as the premier HBCU football conferences, especially with MEAC losing North Carolina A&T, FAMU, and Bethune-Cookman. The North Carolina Central football coach and players clearly took the disregard for their ability as disrespect set the tone for their season with the impressive win.
After the game, the players had this message for Migos and ESPN.