Trojans undefeated

VSU plays Bluefield State for homecoming

Fred Jeter | 10/12/2023, 6 p.m.
There’s plenty cause to party this weekend in Ettrick.

There’s plenty cause to party this weekend in Ettrick.

It’s homecoming weekend at Virginia State University and alumni have every reason to smile about the current team.

Coach Henry Frazier’s’ Trojans are 6-0 and sitting atop the CIAA world as they await Bluefield, W.Va., State, the likely seventh victim on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at a sure to be vibrant Rogers Stadium.

The famed Trojans Explosion figures to have plenty cause to strike up the band.

VSU is coming home hot. With Kymani Clarke rushing for 244 yards and four touchdowns, VSU routed Bowie State, 44-16, in Maryland, foiling the Bulldogs’ homecoming and breaking a five-year losing streak to Bowie.

Bluefield, nicknamed Big Blue, is 1-5 coming off a 52-44 loss to Lincoln despite quarterback Isiah Teal passing for 434 yards and five touchdowns.

Founded in 1895 as HBCU Bluefield Colored Institute, the school competed in the CIAA from 1932 to 1955, before joining the West Virginia Athletic Conference.

This marks Bluefield’s first season back in CIAA after competing last year as an independent and losing a 28-7 game to VSU at Rogers Stadium.

The visitors will be hard pressed to make it a competitive game.

In trouncing Bowie, VSU rolled up 541 yards total offense, including a whopping 445 on the ground.

Clarke hails from Ocala, Fla., and comes to VSU on the rebound from Jackson State, where he played the COVID-shortened 2020 spring season under Coach Deion Sanders.

He is the latest Trojan to run roughshod over VSU foes behind an NFL-sized offensive line that averages well over 300 pounds from tackle to tackle.

Upton Bailey (now injured and out for the season) and Jimmyll Williams had been the leading rushers in previous Trojans conquests.

In one of the most dominant ball-toting performances in VSU annals, Clarke had TD scampers of 75, 65, 6 and 3 yards and is now second in the CIAA in rushing behind Virginia Union’s Jada Byers.

Jordan Davis served as quarterback a second straight week as early-season starter Romelo Williams is on the mend. The versatile Davis passed for 96 yards and ran for 81 yards.

VSU’s upcoming schedule is encouraging.

VSU should be heavy favorites in their next three games against Bluefield, Elizabeth City and Lincoln. In 2022, VSU defeated those three by a combined 104-40.

If form holds, VSU at Virginia Union on Nov. 4 in Richmond could decide the CIAA North, a berth in the Nov. 11 championship game in Salem and an NCAA playoff bid.

The party on the north banks of the Appomattox River doesn’t have to end after this weekend.