Scouting report: Morgan State vs. North Carolina Central

October 14, 2011|By Chris Eckard, The Baltimore Sun

Morgan State (2-3, 1-1 MEAC) vs. North Carolina Central (1-4, 1-1 MEAC)

Time: 4 p.m.

Where: O'Kelly Riddick Stadium (Durham, N.C.)

Radio: 88.9 FM

Series: Morgan leads 21-12-2

What's at stake: Morgan State will battle new conference member North Carolina Central on Saturday after a 44-17 win against Savannah State last week. This will be the first of three straight road games for the Bears, who are 1-2 on the road so far this season. The Eagles have lost three straight, including last week's 49-38 defeat to South Carolina State.

Key matchup: True freshman Seth Higgins showed a ton of promise this past weekend with 239 passing yards and four touchdowns. He connected with eight different receivers for the second straight game and torched the Savannah State secondary. The Eagles secondary may be a little tougher though, as they have nearly as many interceptions (seven) as touchdowns allowed (eight).

Players to watch: Morgan senior wide receiver Andre Nelson helped make Higgins' job easier last Saturday and led the Bears with 116 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 59-yard reception. The Eagles also have a playmaking receiver in Geovonie Irvine, who has five touchdowns this season and is averaging 73.4 receiving yards.

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