by .C.J Webster
ATLANTA, Ga. – North Carolina A&T (N.C. A&T) Aggies finished the season with a 12-0 record and the Black College Football National Championship after defeating last year champion Grambling State University 21-14 in Atlanta at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Led by head coach Rod Broadway, this is the second championship for the Aggies since inauguration of the Celebration Bowl. “I’m just extremely proud of our players and the job our coaching staff has done,” said N.C. A&T coach Rod Broadway. “It’s an awesome feeling right now to be 12-0 and to win our second national championship in three years at A&T,” said Broadway.
The game was tied at 14 with 1.42 minutes left in the game going into the fourth quarter. The N.C. A&T quarterback Lamar Raymond go hot and completed three passes in a row. He capped the winning drive by scoring on a quarterback keeper from the one-yard line.
Aggies running back Marquell Cartwright was named the game’s offensive MVP after finishing with 110 rushing yards and a touchdown. Also, Cartwright caught three passes for 54 yards. N.C. A&T Mac McCain was named defensive MVP as he made a key second and goal interception on the seven yard line in the third quarter.
Grambling all-purpose quarterback Devante Kincade recorded 225 passing yards, two touchdowns and 93 rushing yards in the loss. “That young man showed out. He’s a special talent,” said Broadway.
Photos by C.J. Webster