The road to the MEAC championship and Celebration Bowl officially goes through North Carolina A&T.

In what only can be described nicely as a defensive and special teams struggle, the Aggies just tallied enough points, and by enough, I mean seven in the fourth quarter to get by conference foe South Carolina State 9-6 Saturday.

With the Aggies trailing 6-2 late in the fourth quarter, true freshman quarterback Kylil Carter threw a 17-yard touchdown to wide receiver Khris Gardin on 4th-and-6 with 1:44 left in regulation.

It says, ‘and a child shall lead them,’” Broadway said about Carter. “Raynard had a tough time today. He is struggling for some reason. Quick couldn’t go, so we knew we were going to play him, and he can play. He is going to be an outstanding player and to have that kind of composure in that type of situation in a game like this says a lot about that kid.”

The Bulldogs, though, had one last chance to steal the win, but South Carolina State kicker Tyler Scandrett came on to attempt a 33-yard field goal that he missed wide left as time expired.

“The guy just missed the field goal. Thank God he missed it,” said Broadway.

North Carolina A&T (8-1, 6-0 MEAC) controls its own destiny to win the conference and earn a berth to the inaugural Celebration Bowl.


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