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VUU Panthers meet VSU Trojans Saturday at Hovey Field

Fred Jeter | 11/1/2018, 6 a.m.
Virginia Union University football Coach Alvin Parker feels like his team has taken an unfair beating — not on the ...
Virginia State University’s Jemourri La Pierre gets past Chowan University’s Attwuan Hicks during last Saturday’s game at Rogers Stadium in Ettrick. VSU lost the game 45-38. Photo by James Haskins Richmond Free Press

VUU 250-pound sophomore, Tabyus Taylor, leads the CIAA in rushing (1,238 yards) and rushing touchdowns (19). He rambled for 231 yards and four touchdowns in VUU’s rout of Elizabeth City State.

Taylor’s 154.7 yards per game would make him the most productive runner in Panthers annals. Andre Braxton, the current leader in that category, averaged 150.9 yards per game in 2000.

Wearing jersey No. 9, Taylor’s powerful runs have earned him the nickname “Engine, Engine No. 9.” He’s a brute between tackles, but can dial long distance, too, as evidenced by his 80-yard score against Elizabeth City.

Speed demons: The fastest man on the turf this Saturday may be VSU freshman Jemourri La Pierre from Chesterfield County’s L.C. Bird High School. After helping Bird to the State 5A track title last spring, La Pierre has caught four touchdown passes in the last two games.

VUU counters with a bevy of swift receivers, including Jewison Dawkins, who has averaged 21 yards per game. The Floridian caught a 43-yard touchdown against Elizabeth City.

On the sidelines: VSU Coach Reggie Barlow is 23-7 in three seasons in Ettrick after going 49-42 at Alabama State. VUU Coach Alvin Parker is in his first season as head coach after a lengthy career as an assistant.