RALEIGH, N.C. – In the third annual Raleigh Classic, the Shaw University football team will go head-to-head with crosstown rival Saint Augustine's University in a highly anticipated Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division tilt on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the George Williams Sports Complex. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
The winner of the game will be presented with the Raleigh Classic trophy presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.
Saturday's game will mark the 48th meeting between the two programs. Shaw leads the all-time series 28-18-1 as the Falcons defeated the Bears last season at Durham County Memorial by the score of 31-14.
The Bears (4-4, 3-2 CIAA) is coming off a huge 26-21 victory over Winston-Salem State University for homecoming and senior day last Saturday. The win had snapped a four-year drought for Shaw and marked a three-game winning-streak for the Bears since 2013. Because of the Bears efforts, three players including junior Marquis Gorham (Greenville, NC), sophomore Kevin Sherman (Powder Springs, GA) and junior Devon Hunt (Hamlet, NC) were all recognized as the CIAA Receiver, Defensive Back and Linebacker of the Week.
As a team, Shaw averages 21.9 points per game, tallying 2,402 yards of offense anchored by senior Keon Marsh (Queens, NY) who has connected 155-of-238 passes for 1,796 yards and 13 touchdowns while Gorham has given the Bears a boast at the receiving unit with 515 yards on 38 receptions and four TD's. Senior Dorrel McClain (Raleigh, NC) is the team's leading rusher with 85 carries for 371 yards and four touchdowns.
No surprise but Hunt has been the team's defensive leader with 77 tackles and an average of 9.6 tackles per game, which is a conference-best.
Saint Augustine's is 2-6 overall and 2-3 in the CIAA entering Saturday's game. The Falcons suffered a 31-3 setback at Johnson C. Smith last weekend behind Sean Smith's lone field goal of 39 yards in the third quarter. SAU has produced 17.1 points per game, totaling 1,862 yards of offense while allowing it opponents to tally 34.5 points per outing and 3,171 of total offense.
John Darby, IV is the Falcons leading quarterback with 64 pass completions on 132 attempts for 693 yards and five touchdowns while Jeremiah Miller has rushed for 527 yards on 167 carries and three scores. Lenwood Joyner has a team-best 30 receptions for 242 yards and four touchdowns while defensively, Joseph Harris has recorded 53 tackles, 3.5 tackle for loss and two interceptions.
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