Written by Thomas Scott
Jacksonville, FL | 2021 is off to a historic start for Edward Waters University. For those who may not know, Edward Waters is the first HBCU AND the first private instituion of higher learning in the state of Florida. This year also marks the highest student enrollement the university has seen in nearly 20 years!
The Edward Waters Tigers athletic program continues to grow alongside the university. This year’s season opener was the school’s first game as an official NCAA Division II member and as a member of the SIAC conference.
In addition, Saturday’s game between Edward Waters and Florida Memorial was the first game at the new multi-million dollar Nathaniel Glover Community Field and Stadium. The stadium is named after Nathaniel Glover who was a former Edward Waters University president, football player, and Sheriff of the city of Jacksonville.
Fans packed the stadium in support of EWU despite the rain. The Tigers struggled with turnovers and found themselves down to Florida Memorial early. Heading into hafltime they trailed 6-0. Freshman DB Vashaun Stockman sparked the Tigers in the second half when he blocked a Florida-Memorial punt and recovered it in the endzone. This touchdown was the first score in Edward Waters Division II history.
At this point, Edward Waters trailed Florida Memorial 13-7. They didn’t gain their first lead in the game until the 5:41 left in the 4th quarter. The Tigers surrendered the lead on the very next drive when Florida Memorial scored on 39-yard TD pass.
With 2:44 left in the 4th quarter, Freshman QB Cedquan Smith led Edward Waters on a 6 play, 37 yard drive. Smith capped off this drive with a game winning touchdown run with :16 seconds left in the 4th. WATCH BELOW
Edward Waters improves to 1-0 after their 24-20 over Florida Memorial. They return to action on September 9th in a nationally televised game against Benedict College.