Livingstone-Shaw preview box

Published 12:06 am Saturday, October 14, 2017

LIVINGSTONE (0-6, 0-3 CIAA) at SHAW (2-4, 1-2 CIAA)

Durham County Stadium — Durham — Today, 1 p.m.

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LAST WEEK: Livingstone lost a heart-breaker at St. Augustine’s, 30-29, after taking a 29-27 lead with just 1:37 remaining; Shaw lost at Fayetteville State, 24-21, in the same fashion. The Broncos kicked a field goal at the buzzer to win it.

COACHES: Livingstone — Daryl Williams’ record is 15-30, in his fifth season. He is a graduate of Tennessee State, where he was All-OVC as a quarterback. Shaw — Adrian Jones’ record is 4-12, in his second season. Jones came to Shaw in 2016 from N.C. Central, where he was the running backs coach and camp coordinator for the Eagles. Prior to NCCU, Jones led his high school alma mater, Durham’s Southern High School, to the 2013 3-AA state championship title.

WORTH MENTIONING: Livingstone hopes to snap a nine-game losing streak, going back to last year.

SERIES: St. Augustine’s leads, 17-14-8, but Livingstone has a three-game winning streak. The last meeting was just last season, a 23-12 win in Salisbury by the Blue Bears. Livingstone led, 17-6, at halftime and scored another touchdown on the second play of the second half, taking a commanding, 23-6 lead. Livingstone also won in 2015 and 2014. Shaw’s last win in the series came in 2013, in Durham, 45-21.

KEY PLAYERS: Livingstone — Sophomore running back Justin Ruffin, of Salisbury, leads the team in rushing with 276 yards and averages 55 yards per game. Ruffin also has eight catches out of the backfield for 68 yards, including a long of 22 yards.

Senior running back Jarius Richardson, who missed two games with an ankle injury, returned last week in a big way with 124 yards on the ground. The leading rusher for the past two seasons, Richardson now has 227 yards this year.

Quarterback Xavier Longerbeam has missed one game with injury but has thrown for 522 yards while completing 58 percent of his passes (59-for-101). He has two TD passes and two interceptions.

Spencer Ludin and Everett Ransom lead the Livingstone’s receiving corps with 20 catches each. Ransom’s grabs have gained more yardage (263) and he as a 31-yard touchdown. Ludin’s 20 catches have gone for 186 yards and one TD. Andrew Gamble has 14 catches for 199 yards and a score while Jordan Cartwright has 14 for 80.

On defense, safety Jarod Richardson and lineman Armond Cox have 27 tackles each. Cox has seven tackles for losses and Richardson has 5.5. Richardson also had a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown last week.

Defensive back Elems Ukwu has 19 tackles and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. Freshman defensive back Walter Watkins also has 19 tackles and two INTs.

Shaw — The Bears, like Livingstone, have used two different quarterbacks at times this season. Vidal Woodruff has thrown (44-of-73) for 527 yards in three games and Darren Downing is 35-of-67 in five games, for 406 yards. Combined, the two have six TD passes and five interceptions.

Uriah Bethea is Shaw’s leading rusher, having gained 255 yards on 60 carries in six games. Michael Sherman has 231 yards on 61 attempts.

Receiver Trevante Long is by far Shaw’s leading receiver. He already has 25 catches for 322 yards, but just two touchdowns. Long is a 6-2, 215-pound senior and a transfer from N.C. A&T.

As a team, Shaw averages 17.5 points and 266 yards per game. The Bears have allowed 36 points per game and 431 yards each time out.

Livingstone averages 14.5 points and 270 yards per game. The Blue Bears have averaged allowing 38.5 points and 392 yards per game.

NEXT WEEK: Livingstone starts a three-game homestand, hosting Winston-Salem State at 1 p.m. Shaw will go to Johnson C. Smith for another 1:00 kickoff.