Cheyney wins ‘Battle of Firsts,’ 21-19

Cheyney quarterback Chris Anderson (2) gets off a pass as Lincoln defensive end Tim Green (51) and linebacker Daron Thomas (20) close in Saturday during the “Battle of the Firsts” game at Cheyney. — BILL ACHUFF PHOTOGRAPHY

Cheyney University started the season with a thrilling 21-19 victory over rival Lincoln University in the “Battle of the Firsts” Wade Wilson Classic, before 4,122 fans at O’Shields-Stevenson Stadium on Cheyney’s campus. This was Cheyney’s first opening-season win since 2000 when the Wolves defeated Glenville State, 32-22.

This was the third consecutive year Cheyney and Lincoln, two of the country’s oldest historically Black colleges, have met in the season opener. The Lions won the first two years. This time the Wolves came out on top.

“This win gives the kids the confidence that the hard work they’ve done the last couple months has paid off,” said Ken Lockard, Cheyney’s interim head coach. “They did what I’ve asked them to do. I ask two things of them every week. I ask them to play hard and have fun. That’s exactly what they did today.”

“Lincoln played a great game. They came back at the end. The defense stepped up in the end and stopped them. The offense did what they had to do to put the points on the board. The defense stepped up and stopped them.”

It was a team effort for the Wolves. Marcus Jones, Cheyney’s sophomore running back, was the game’s leading rusher. He had 15 carries for 96 yards. The 5-foot-9, 210-pounder also had a 22-yard touchdown run. Chris Anderson, Wolves quarterback, completed only 4-of-13 passes for 60 yards, but two of them were touchdown passes. Anderson threw a 33-yard TD pass to running back Lonnell Wilson and an 18-yard scoring toss to wide receiver Prince Stewart.

On defense, Cory Brown, Wolves cornerback, led the team with eight solo tackles. Tim Hume, Cheyney’s senior linebacker, had five total and four solo tackles.

Douglas Cook, Lincoln’s freshman quarterback, completed 30-of-47 passes for 317 yards, two TD passes and two interceptions. Wide receiver Anthony Wilson, former George Washington High star, caught two of those touchdown passes for 11 and 34 yards respectively.

 

Contact staff writer Donald Hunt at (215) 893-5719 or dhunt@phillytrib.com

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