G-Men get big win in opener


By T. Scott Boatright

CANTON, Ohio — Whether it’s a corporation, a small business, or even an athletic team, taking care of business is key.

And Grambling State junior quarterback Elijah Walker did just that Sunday after as GSU defeated Tennessee State 16-10 as the Black College Hall of Fame Classic Sunday at Tom Benson Memorial Stadium.

“I’m proud of my guys,” Fobbs told the NFL Network following the game. “We’ve been through a lot, you know? We’re going to keep fighting. We’re fortunate to come away with the win. We got the victory even though we didn’t play well. But it’s Week One, and any time you can win a football game, it’s a positive, so we’re excited about it.”

Walker’s varied and intelligent play earned offensive MVP honors for the contest and Kenan Fontenot, who flew in out of nowhere on a late play to knock down what looked to be a TSU touchdown, was selected the defensive MVP as the Grambling State University football team held off Tennessee State, 16-10, in the Black College Hall of Fame Classic on Sunday afternoon at Tom Benson Memorial Stadium.

“He did a lot of good things in the running game,” Fobbs said about Walker after the game. “We’ve got to do a little better in the passing game. He’s a better player than that. But we’re just pleased with his poise and how he took advantage of what they were giving us.”

After TSU took a 3-0 first quarter advantage, Grambling responded as Jaye Patrick caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Walker to give the G-Men a 7-3 lead at the 12:41 mark of the second quarter.

Zita’s 57-yard field goal attempt was short late in the first half as Grambling State went into intermission with a 7-3 lead.

Tennessee State marched 35 yards in 13 plays with standout running back Devon Starling dancing to paydirt on a 3-yard rushing to put TSU up 10-7 midway though the third quarter. 

A partially-blocked punt led to a Grambling touchdown at the 2:22 mark of the third stanza as Walker escaped the pocket on a four-yard scoring scamper that put the G-Men on top 13-10.

Grambling’s final score came with 2:22 remaining as Garrett Urban nailed a 24-yard field goal.

After the hard fought game, Fobbs was optimistic about the future.

“I’ve always been told and seen in my career you get better between Week One and Week Two,” Fobbs said. “It’s good to win between Week One and Week Two, so we’re excited about the future.”

Photo: GSU Athletics

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