Aggies Shut Out Bears in Final Home Game of the Season

In a shutout victory over the Morgan State Bears, the Aggies proved there is much more to North Carolina A&T football than an All-MEAC running back.

Both the Aggies (8-2, 5-1 MEAC) and the Bears (5-5, 4-2 MEAC) came into the conference match up with one loss and high expectations for a grueling contest for the top spot in the MEAC. Unfortunately for Morgan State, it did not turn out that way.

The Aggies saw a career afternoon from quarterback Kwashaun Quick as he threw for a career-high 249 yards and four touchdowns on 22-for-29 passing with senior receiver Desmond Lawrence catching eight of those completions for 56 yards. Sophomore receiver Denzel Keyes added two more touchdown passes to his stats after catching three two weeks ago against Florida A&M.

Freshman running back Marquell Cartwright ran for 62 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries while standout sophomore running back Tarik Cohen ran his way into Aggie football record books with 56 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. He exceeded the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season making him the first player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season as a freshman and sophomore.

“Cohen is special,” said A&T head coach Rod Broadway. “We have a lot of good guys. Give the guys upfront a little credit. Tarik is a special talent but Cartwright is a good player too. I thought that Quick did a good job of operating and running the team today. We are starting to develop the type of offense that we need to have around here.”

While offense put up the points, it was the Aggie defense that held the Bears to zero points thanks to fifth-year linebacker D’Vonte Grant’s two intercepted passes and sophomore Marquis Ragland’s nine tackles, three for loss and 2 ½ sacks despite the Bears’ three trips into the red zone.

“We didn’t make any statement, we just played,” said Broadway. “We just try to make improvements and get better every week. I don’t know anything about statements. We hopefully got a little bit better today, and we can continue to grow as a football team.”

Grant, who made career interceptions No. 7 and 8 on Saturday, was honored before the game along with seven other seniors on Senior Day. Joining Grant in playing their final regular-season game at Aggie Stadium were offensive linemen Ronald Canty, Olin Leak, William Raymond Robinson III, receivers Quentin Todd, Lawrence, Ashanti Foster-Felder, defensive end Daniel Pinnix and kicker Jose Garcia-Camacho.

A&T’s seniors have two more regular-season games remaining – both on the road – as they push toward a conference title in their final season. The Aggies play at Savannah State at 2 p.m., on Nov. 15, before playing archrival N.C. Central in Durham at 2 p.m., Nov. 22.

The Aggies are tied atop the conference with Bethune-Cookman and S.C. State.

“We know the task at hand, obviously,” said Grant. “We all have social media so we know we are in first. Winning a championship is something that hasn’t been done at A&T in a long time, so we feel as if we owe it to the community, fans, students and everyone to play hard every game. We come out every day trying to make it happen.”