Alabama State and Alabama A&M will meet once again in one of the marquee games of HBCU football with the added significance of a SWAC East Division championship on the line.
For the Hornets, it would be the program’s first SWAC East title since 2010. The Bulldogs haven’t won the division in a decade.
“It means a lot to us to show the growth and the progress that we could compete week in and week out with anybody in the conference,” said Hill-Eley. “More importantly, at this juncture of the schedule, that we have a chance to do something that hadn’t been done around here in a while and win a championship.”
With everything at stake — a win over a heated rival and a trip to the SWAC Championship Game within reach — there is quite frankly no extra motivation needed for either side.
“He (Hill-Eley) doesn’t have to give them a rah-rah speech. I don’t have to give mine,” said Maynor. “Guys know what’s on the line. It’s going to be a great football game as it always is.”