Fittingly .500 football is what N.C. Central will be playing heading into Saturday’s game against the Charlotte 49ers in O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium (5 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
The Eagles are 1-1 under first-year coach Jerry Mack.
N.C. Central running back Andre Clarke helped carry first-year NCCU coach Jerry Mack to his first win as a head coach.
First-year N.C. Central coach Jerry Mack Saturday will go after inaugural wins both as a head coach and at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium during the home opener for the Eagles, who host Elizabeth City State (5 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
Elizabeth City State vs. N.C. Central
N.C. Central is expected to have the upper hand Saturday against Elizabeth City State after being in the underdog role at ECU last week. Plus, NCCU coach Jerry Mack says NCCU wasn't the first program to call him, but it was the best fit.
“Several coaches from East Carolina came up to me in the end and said, ‘That guy can play pretty much anywhere in the country,’” N.C. Central coach Jerry Mack said of star defensive back Mike Jones.
It's LeVelle Moton Day in Raleigh.
NCCU couldn't sustain what it started after Eagles safety C.J. Moore returned a fumble for a touchdown.
On Saturday in NCCU's season opener at East Carolina, Wilkins led the Eagles in receiving with four catches for 58 yards. One of those grabs was for 42 yards.
NCCU vs. ECU
The Eagles get their first test today. It’s not a little quiz, either. No, they’re taking a serious exam at East Carolina’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville (8 p.m., ESPNews). It will be Jerry Mack’s debut as a head coach.
East Carolina could challenge standout NCCU cornerback Mike Jones in the season opener for both the Pirates and the Eagles in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville on Saturday (8 p.m., ESPNews).
New coach, new season for Eagles looking to bury both the past and their opponents
TWO TIERS, ONE FIELD