HBCU Football

Caylin Newton balls out in Howard’s season opener

He accounted for 532 total yards, more than the entire Ohio team

One of the biggest highlights from the first weekend of September HBCU football is the performance of Howard’s Caylin Newton in a losing effort against Ohio University.

The Bisons’ quarterback had 532 total yards in the 38-32 loss to Ohio. He threw for 439 yards, on 26-for-52 passing, with three touchdowns and two interceptions; he ran for 93 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown. He individually accounted for more yards than the entire Bobcats team, which had 432.

Newton had the third-most all-purpose yards in Howard history and is tops against a non-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent.

Howard led early, taking a 16-3 second-half lead on Newton’s first touchdown pass to Jason Collins for 38 yards. But Ohio opened the second half with 99-yard kickoff return and never trailed thereafter.

Other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) didn’t fare well, either, over the weekend, in competition against mostly FBS teams: Bethune-Cookman, Grambling, Morgan State, Southern, Alcorn State, St. Augustine and Jackson State lost in lopsided games.

In the CIAA, Norfolk State opened against Virginia State with a 34-13 victory. And in the surprise of the weekend, Morehouse of the Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 34-30.

The one HBCU that did make some noise last weekend was North Carolina A&T with its victory over East Carolina in Greenville. The Aggies, after beating FBS foe Jacksonville State on Aug. 25, won on a fourth-quarter touchdown by Kylil Carter, winning 28-23.