HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk State and Hampton both open MEAC play this Saturday afternoon. The Spartans host Morgan State at 4:00 in the 67th annual Fish Bowl Classic.
Coach Pete Adrian’s team is coming off of an 0-4 non-conference start to the season. NSU lost to Maine, Liberty, William and Mary and Buffalo, but those games don’t mean much now that it’s MEAC games from here on out.
Saturday’s opponent, Morgan State, has averaged 30 points per game this season and has won two games in a row, including a 38-35 conference win over Howard.
“Morgan is one of the top rushing teams in the country,” said Pete Adrian. “They rush about 370 yards rushing a game and that’s outstanding which is 7th in the country and they are 50% on third down conversions, so we will have to try to keep them off the field as much as possible.”
Hampton opens its MEAC slate Saturday at 2:00 against South Carolina State. The Pirates picked up their first win of the season this past weekend, beating division 2 Miles College.
Prior to that game, Hampton played a tough early schedule schedule losing to Old Dominion, William and Mary and then Richmond.
First year head coach Connell Maynor said it was important to finally get that first win.
“We played three tough teams to start and nobody expected us to win any of those games,” Maynor said. “Then we played Miles, a team everybody expected us to beat, and we beat them, we didn’t beat them the way everybody expected or even the way we expected to beat them, they got a good football and they put their pants on just like we do, they came to play for 60 minutes, they fought hard, they fought us hard, our guys didn’t quit, they got down early and we got the end result.”