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The Central State Marauders defeated the Winston-Salem State Rams 41-21 in the 2022 Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday.
Sunday’s game was the 3rd iteration of the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic. In 2019, Alabama A&M defeated Morehouse 35-30. In 2021, Grambling beat Tennessee State 16-10. The 2020 version of the overall game had not been played because of COVID-19.
The annual event features two teams from Historically Black Universites and colleges. As well as the game, the function features tailgating, music along with other entertainment disseminate across Labor Day weekend.
Sunday’s game between your Marauders and Rams saw a turnover-filled first half, nonetheless it took Central State most of 31 seconds to seize an early on 7-0 lead.
Following an 81-yard kickoff return from wide receiver Twon Hines, Central State got on the board first when quarterback Brandon Kyles found Hines for a seven-yard touchdown.
However, Central State followed up Hines’ touchdown with back-to-back turnovers on the next two drives. The team’s second touchdown of your day came when defensive back Anthony Mack picked off Winston-Salem State quarterback Richard Latimer for a 25-yard score, extending the Marauders’ result in 14-0.
Winston-Salem State finally got on the board when Kyles tossed an interception that defensive back Justin Fleming returned for a 25-yard score.
Latimer then linked to wide receiver R.J. Mobley for a 23-yard touchdown pass to find the game back again to even at 14-14.
However, Central State regained the lead right before halftime when junior running back Kaz Dina scored on a three-yard set you back put the Marauders back up by way of a touchdown.
Central State won the turnover battle in the initial half with just one single interception and something fumble in comparison to Winston-Salem State’s three interceptions and three fumbles. It had been a big reason they entered halftime with a one-score lead.
The 3rd quarter saw both teams trade possessions before Central State found the finish zone on its second possession of the next half.
Linebacker Jalil Lenore create a brief field for the Marauders with a fumble recovery before Kyles found wide receiver Kenyadus Hollins for a 13-yard score to increase the Marauders’ lead 27-14.
Winston-Salem State fought when Latimer found Mobley again for a score, this time around with a 43-yard touchdown pass to cut Central State’s result in 27-21.
However, Central State found paydirt again on the next drive when running back Aaron Kennebrew rushed set for a one-yard score to place the Marauders up 34-21 by the end of the 3rd quarter.
The Marauders essentially put the overall game away when Kyles found receiver Micah Lowe for a 21-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to increase their result in 41-21.
For Central State, Kyles finished the overall game having completed 26-of-41 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns against three interceptions.
Hines led all receivers with seven catches for 104 yards and something touchdown, while Kennebrew led running backs with nine carries for 39 yards and something score.
For Winston-Salem State, Latimer completed 14-of-21 passes for 133 yards and something touchdown against two interceptions. Mobley led the Rams with four catches for 73 yards and two scores, while Barnes led running backs with 19 carries for 107 yards.
Central State can look to help keep its winning season alive with a win against Lincoln University on Saturday, while Winston-Salem State can look because of its first win of the entire year against NEW YORK Central University.