The 2015 Celebration Bowl champions, are back and better than ever as they slaughtered the
Falcons of Saint Augustine’s 62-0 on Saturday (09/03).
This is the first meeting between the two teams since 1935. The Aggies lead the series 2-0- 1.
The Falcons returned with 22 student-athletes from last year’s squad. Top returners on offense
are wide receiver/returner Michael Allen, fullback Justin Shaw, quarterback D.J. Johnson,
lineman Donald Brinkley and placekicker/punter Sean Smith. Key defensive stalwarts are
defensive back Darius Cole, defensive ends Darius Goodman, Chris Roberts and Chasz Cosby,
and linebackers Trey King and Terry Warren.
The Aggies enter the season nationally ranked for the first time in more than a decade. The
Aggies are 25th in the NCAA FCS Coaches Poll and the STATS FCS Media Top 25 Poll. They
are one of the favorite teams to win the MEAC championship for the third year straight after
completing one of the best seasons in school history. In the inaugural Celebration Bowl, the
Aggies defeated Alcorn State 41-34 to win the HBCU Championship. They finished 10-2 overall,
which was their first 10-win season in 12 years.
The Aggies’ finest point of the game was their passing ability. Sophomore starting quarterback,
Lamar Raynard, connected on 17 of his 21 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns.
Sophomore backup, Kylil Carter, was 5-for- 7 for 70 yards and a touchdown while senior
Oluwafemi Bamiro threw his first career touchdown pass, an 8-yarder to Deshaun McFadden.
Coach Rod Broadway saw his team score 40 or more points against a Division II opponent for
the fourth straight time. In the 2015 season opener against SAU cross-town rivals, Shaw
University, the Aggies came away with a 61-7 win.
This was not only a memorable game for the Aggies but also for running back, Tarik Cohen,
who broke yet another school record. Cohen rushed for 44 yards and two touchdowns on eight
carries. His two touchdowns gave him 42 for his career, getting past Stoney Polite’s 41 for the
new school record. Cohen has 40 rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns in his
“I feel like I got enough touches,” said Cohen. “I had two touchdowns. I know the team wants to
have me for the rest of the season, so we don’t want any stupid injuries getting in the way of
In fact, the Falcons turned the ball over on each of their first two possessions. Junior Joshua
Patrick caused the first mishap by blitzing SAU quarterback Darryl Johnson from the outside.
Patrick rushed the passer unblocked, sacked Johnson, and forced the ball out of his hands.
Sophomore Julius Reynolds fell on it at the SAU 18-yard line. Three plays later, Cohen sprinted
through a huge hole to score the Aggies first touchdown.
By: Janay Boone
(Photo obtained from www.greensboro.com)