BALTIMORE – Bowie State University quarterback Amir Hall is one of four finalists for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award, given each season to the top football player from a Historically Black College & University (HBCU).
The winner of the award will be announced on Feb. 10 at the 9th Annual Black College Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Atlanta. He is in contention for the Deacon Jones Trophy, named in honor of the defensive lineman who first made sacks known in the NFL during his glory days with the Los Angeles Rams.
Tarik Cohen, who played for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and is now a running back with the Chicago Bears, won the first-ever award last year.
The other finalists are running back Trenton Cannon (Virginia State University), quarterback DeVante Kincade (Grambling State University) and quarterback Lamar Raynard (North Carolina A&T).
“The Black College Football Player of the Year Award showcases the immense talent of our HBCU student-athletes today,” Black College Hall of Fame founder Doug Williams said in a statement. “Each finalist has had an incredible season, and we are excited to celebrate their success.”
Hall turned in a spectacular season, leading Bowie State to the playoffs where it hosted a game for the first time. Hall was a dual-threat due to his exceptional athletic abilities. He completed 249-of-381 passes for 3,519 yards and 41 touchdowns, while running for 406 yards and eight touchdowns. He even caught one pass for four yards.
The Bulldogs finished the season with a 9-2 record.
Bowie State men rally to win in OT
The Bowie State men’s basketball team watched Gannon University score the game’s first 14 points before rallying for a 63-59 overtime victory on Sunday.
That win gave the Bulldogs three in a row and improved their record 4-4.
Omari George (21 points) and Ahmaad Wilson (13 points) topped Bowie State on offense in the victory. The Bulldogs missed their first 13 shots, but bounced back and had a late lead before Gannon tied it in the closing seconds and forced overtime.
George then made a clutch three-point play in overtime to help the Bulldogs secure the victory.
PGCC women’s bball lose
Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) wasted another strong effort from Gina Seifert last Saturday and dropped a 62-55 decision to Potomac State College.
Seifert posted 19 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks. She has been in double figures in all nine of the team’s games this year and has finished with at least 16 rebounds five times.
Imani Yates also had a solid game with 13 points and nine rebounds. Camry Gantt added a career-best 10 points, while Daja Latten helped out with eight points and 13 rebounds as the Lady Owls led for much of the game but folded in the end.
PGCC was up 37-27 at halftime and led into the fourth quarter before Potomac State roared back and scored the game’s last 12 points.
The Owls fall to 4-5 with the loss.