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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Hampton, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Hampton, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Hampton native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Hampton, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Hampton's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Hampton.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Hampton?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Hampton, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Hampton, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Hampton, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.


When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Hampton, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.


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The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Hampton, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Weather Blog: Nicole hits Florida; remnants will affect Hampton Roads Friday

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – I would say that today is the quiet before the storm. However, I wouldn’t want to mislead folks. Nicole is not going to move through our area. However, the remnants of Nicole and a strong cold front will bring us a chance for some strong thunderstorms tomorrow.Here’s the latest:Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach, FL as a hurricane early Thursday morning. This was around 3 a.m.As the storm moved inland, it quickly weakened to a tropical storm. However, there were several gusts ...

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – I would say that today is the quiet before the storm. However, I wouldn’t want to mislead folks. Nicole is not going to move through our area. However, the remnants of Nicole and a strong cold front will bring us a chance for some strong thunderstorms tomorrow.

Here’s the latest:

Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach, FL as a hurricane early Thursday morning. This was around 3 a.m.

As the storm moved inland, it quickly weakened to a tropical storm. However, there were several gusts to over 60 mph around the system.

Nicole will move northwest today, and it may brush up along the Gulf of Mexico. However, it shouldn’t re-strengthen. It will then get into the Florida panhandle this afternoon. Then, it will move up into southern Georgia. It will be over Georgia during the morning Friday. It will likely fall apart over western South Carolina by the afternoon.

This will be as a strong cold front moves in from the west and interacts with the storm. Also, upper-level winds (wind shear) will increase.

It will produce some strong winds over Florida today, but it should become more of a rainmaker tomorrow into tomorrow night. The rain forecast is highest to our south and west. Around Hampton Roads, I think we’ll see about a half inch up to an inch and a half depending on which model you believe.

Locally, we’ll have some quiet weather today with high pressure to our north/northeast and Nicole well to our south.

We’ll have a mix of sun and clouds today. There may be a couple of sprinkles (there were a few this morning), but the chance for any rain is low. We’ll have a lighter easterly wind through the day compared to the last couple of days. This should allow temps to warm to the low 70s this afternoon.

A lot of high school football games were rescheduled for this evening. The weather should be fine. Temps will be mainly in the 60s. There might be a couple of sprinkles, but no big rain showers. Overnight there will be some scattered rain showers coming up from the south. The will basically be some outer rain bands that will stretch far away from Nicole.

Some of these rain bands will move through tomorrow morning. Keep that in mind if you are headed to any Veteran’s Day events or ceremonies.

Remember through the day Friday Nicole will be off to our southwest. However, we’ll have a warm front (not shown) lift through our region. We’ll have a breezy south/southeast wind that will pull up a lot of warm/humid air. This unstable air will be fuel for some thunderstorms. As more of those outer bands move up this way they could produce some brief downpours.

There could be some strong to severe storms between the afternoon and evening. As I write this there is a slight risk for severe weather over most of the region for Friday afternoon and Friday night.

Brief heavy rain and gusty winds will be the main threats. However, there will be some broad rotation in the atmosphere. Surface winds will be out of the southeast. Plus, we’ll have some deep moisture and decent wind shear. This will give us a chance for isolated tornadoes in the area. Remember, wind shear weakens tropical systems, but it is an ingredient for possible tornado formation.

The remnants of Nicole will move to our north by Saturday morning. The cold front will be swiping through the region during that time.

There will be a north-south line of showers and a few storms early Saturday. This should move out by the mid morning. Then we’ll be dry for the rest of the day. High temps will still be in the 70s on Saturday. Then on Sunday high temps will only be in the upper 50s. Highs will be in the low 50s on Monday. Low temps will be in the 30s and 40s.

We won’t have any tidal flooding from this storm system. However, there might be a little water rise on the north end of the Albemarle sound up into Knotts Island. This could create a little nuisance flooding in southern Virginia Beach. This will be on Friday into Friday night, but should subside by Saturday.

Stay tuned for updates on all of this!

Meteorologist; Jeremy Wheeler

Comcast announces $8.3M broadband network expansion in Hampton County

U.S.Congressman James E. Clyburn, South Carolina State Representative Shedron Williams, South Carolina State Senator Margie Bright Matthews, Comcast officials, and local education leaders announced the completion of an $8.3 million broadband expansion in Hampton County on Friday. The expansion will deliver a host of new services, including reliable and secure high-speed internet, to 2,150 homes and businesses.Hampton County is the first community in South Carolina to benefit from this public-private partnership between ...

U.S.Congressman James E. Clyburn, South Carolina State Representative Shedron Williams, South Carolina State Senator Margie Bright Matthews, Comcast officials, and local education leaders announced the completion of an $8.3 million broadband expansion in Hampton County on Friday. The expansion will deliver a host of new services, including reliable and secure high-speed internet, to 2,150 homes and businesses.

Hampton County is the first community in South Carolina to benefit from this public-private partnership between Comcast and the state, underscoring the importance of expanded digital access.

“Across South Carolina, public and private funds are working together to make high-speed internet both accessible and affordable for all,” said U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn. “I appreciate Comcast’s efforts to bring high-speed broadband services to more families and businesses in Hampton County, which will undoubtably foster meaningful access to health care, education, and economic prosperity in the future.”

Qualifying residents will also have access to the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible low-income households a credit of up to $30 a month toward the cost of internet and mobile services. Comcast is making ACP credits available for all the company’s Xfinity Internet speed tiers, including Internet Essentials.

During the announcement held Friday morning at Estill High School, Comcast also donated 690 laptop computers to students in grades 9 through 12 who attend Estill High School and Wade Hampton High School.

“Christmas came two months early for our students this year,” said Dr. Ronald Wilcox, Superintendent for the Hampton County School District. “Today’s announcement is a major milestone for the residents and businesses of our community. Comcast’s investment ensures we will have access to the most advanced technology available, which will help Hampton County students and their families excel like never before. This will assist our county’s growth, laying the foundation for business owners who need faster internet speeds and want to call Hampton County their home.”

“We appreciate our terrific partners with the state of South Carolina, including the state’s Department of Commerce, for their support in making today’s announcement a reality,” said Jason Gumbs, Comcast Regional SVP. “Although Hampton County is the state’s first community that we are reaching with our broadband network under this partnership, we are keenly focused on connecting more residents and businesses and emphasizing the importance of digital equity in the future.”

Today’s announcement supports Project UP, Comcast’s comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of unlimited possibilities. Backed by a $1 billion commitment to reach millions of people, Project UP encompasses the programs and community partnerships across Comcast, NBCUniversal, and Sky that connect people to the internet, advance economic mobility, and open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers, and creators.

Comcast representatives will be on site to assist families who wish to enroll in either the Internet Essentials or Affordable Connectivity programs.

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What's New In Digital Equity: White House Shares Internet Deployment Timeline

This week in “What’s New in Digital Equity” — our weekly look at government digital equity and broadband news — we have a number of interesting items, which you can jump to with the links below:This morning, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a Nov. 18 release date for the long-awaited broadband maps, meeting the FCC chair’s ...

This week in “What’s New in Digital Equity” — our weekly look at government digital equity and broadband news — we have a number of interesting items, which you can jump to with the links below:

This morning, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a Nov. 18 release date for the long-awaited broadband maps, meeting the FCC chair’s assured timeline. Historically, FCC maps were based on data from the census block level rather than the location level, which created the need for more accurate, granular maps. This version, a pre-production draft, marks the first release of the map that is required by the Broadband DATA Act.

This map’s data was gathered from providers during the initial Broadband Data Collection filing window, so it will show location-level information on broadband availability as of June 30, 2022. Providers’ availability data has been matched to location information from the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric, a common data set of U.S. locations where broadband service is used or can be installed.

This draft marks the beginning of an iterative process to create a map that accurately reflects service availability. The FCC will accept bulk challenges from state and tribal governments and other entities, as well as disputes from individuals. The idea is that the map will be continually improved through these challenges. For example, the state of New York recently submitted information through the Broadband Data Collection challenge process.

Following the FCC announcement this morning, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) set an expected date of June 30, 2023, for sharing Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment allocation levels to eligible entities.

“The FCC’s upcoming challenge process is one of the best chances to ensure that we have accurate maps guiding us as we allocate major Internet for All awards in 2023,” said Alan Davidson, assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information in the NTIA announcement, urging states and communities to participate in the process.

To help state broadband officials identify issues and prepare challenges, NTIA will be offering regular engagement and technical assistants. In addition, NTIA will be offering informational webinars for the public to increase participation through the next eight weeks, a period that Davidson describes as “critical” to federal connection efforts. (Julia Edinger)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans to help veterans get connected to the Internet.

The way the two organizations hope to accomplish this is by helping veterans sign up for the Affordable Connectivity and Lifeline programs. Through this new partnership, the two agencies will enable automatic eligibility verification for any veterans who are receiving pension benefits. Essentially, what this means is that any veteran with a pension will also be automatically verified and subsequently informed that they are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program. They will not need to submit any additional information.

Both of these programs are intended to make high-speed Internet connections more affordable. The Lifeline Program offers a monthly discount of as much as $9.25 for Internet, as well as up to $34.25 for qualifying households on tribal lands. The Affordable Connectivity Program gives a separate monthly discount of as much as $30 monthly for Internet service, with $75 monthly for households on qualifying tribal lands.

To date, the Affordable Connectivity Program has served roughly 15 million people. (Zack Quaintance)

Media and technology company Comcast has announced an investment of over $500,000 to support digital inclusion. The funding will be distributed in grants to 17 organizations to support laptop distribution, digital literacy training and digital navigator programs throughout the greater Boston region.

The investment is part of Project UP, the company’s $1 billion pledge to advance digital equity. Three of the recipient organizations — Tech Goes Home, Central Boston Elder Services and One Bead — will be using the funds to create digital navigators to help train community members in digital literacy. The digital navigator model is one that has been commonly adopted in digital inclusion training. The 14 other nonprofits will be using the grants in various ways to support digital equity efforts. (Julia Edinger)

A new article from The Pew Charitable Trusts details how officials can work to make broadband a priority as they play roles in developing affordable rental housing.

At the crux of the advice are incentives in federal low-income housing tax credits, specifically as they might be applied to housing units that are not funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The incentives, the article notes, actually date all the way back to 1986 and the launch of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.

At the time the credit was created, there was no intention for it to apply to broadband, for obvious reasons, but there is some overlap now in the way eligibility is determined. The article goes into depth about this, and it can be read in full via The Pew Charitable Trusts website. (Zack Quaintance)

Last week, state and local leaders announced the completion of an $8.3 million broadband expansion in Hampton County, S.C., which connects over 2,000 homes and businesses to high-speed Internet. The expansion is made possible through a partnership between Comcast and the state, and other communities are set to benefit from this partnership in the future. This work is also a part of Comcast’s Project UP initiative.

“Across South Carolina, public and private funds are working together to make high-speed Internet both accessible and affordable for all,” said U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn in the announcement.

Comcast is also making Affordable Connectivity Program credits available to qualifying residents. (Julia Edinger)

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has proposed updates to its regulations for the construction and operation of broadband infrastructure on public lands, and these updates are aimed at boosting accessibility.

The proposed rule changes were published this week, which means a public comment period will now run through Jan 6. The rule changes are aimed squarely at making it easier for broadband providers to build new infrastructure on public lands. In addition, the changes have a component that would address the risks to wildlife to and from power lines in the spaces overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. Finally, part of this is also a proposed update to the bureau's fee schedule and processing for rights-of-way authorizations, as well as its requirements for rights-of-way maintenance plans.

This may all seem dry, but approval and rights-of-way maintenance can be crucial for effective connectivity. To put the scope of the lands involved here into context, it's important to note that the Bureau of Land Management has roughly 1,500 communications sites on the lands it manages, many of which are towers for cell and wireless services. The bureau also manages 5,000 miles of energy corridors for power transmission, and that infrastructure is compatible with expanding high-speed Internet access through fiber-optic lines.

Interested parties who want to see the exact nature of the rule changes can visit and search "RIN 1004-AE60." (Zack Quaintance)

A new publication from the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society underlines the role of community leaders and philanthropy in helping achieve digital equity. The argument is that digital inclusion starts at a local level: Because each community has unique characteristics and challenges, community plans can help guide planning for states, territories and tribes.

The publication also highlights the power of philanthropies, arguing that although federal funding is available, strategic partnerships can strengthen the capacity of state broadband offices. In addition to financial support, philanthropic organizations can leverage their connections to a network of stakeholders to establish coalitions — plus, these organizations often have a regional, or even national, impact.

The guidebook, Pathways to Digital Equity: How Communities Can Reach Their Broadband Goals — and How Philanthropy Can Help, offers examples of this work and can serve as a resource for planning and advancing toward digital equity. (Julia Edinger)

HBCU Football Rundown: CIAA, SIAC Championship games

This week’s HBCU Football Rundown will target new football champions to be crowned in the CIAA and SIAC. After ten weeks of regular season play, it has all come down to this!North Division champ Chowan meets South Division champ Fayetteville State in the CIAA Football Championship game in Salem, Va. Saturday (1 p.m.)....

This week’s HBCU Football Rundown will target new football champions to be crowned in the CIAA and SIAC. After ten weeks of regular season play, it has all come down to this!

North Division champ Chowan meets South Division champ Fayetteville State in the CIAA Football Championship game in Salem, Va. Saturday (1 p.m.).

East Division champ Benedict takes on West Division champ Tuskegee in the SIAC Championship game in Columbia, S. C. (2 p.m.).

This week’s HBCU Football Rundown breaks down the championship game match ups by their 2022 schedules, history and statistics.

HBCU Football Rundown: CIAA Championship Game match up

Fayetteville State

As HBCU Gameday noted back at the beginning of the season, the departure of head coach Damon Wilson from three-time champion Bowie State opened the door for a new champ in the CIAA in 2022. That’s where we’re headed this weekend.

This will be the fifth straight trip for Fayetteville State and sixth-year head coach Richard Hayes Jr. to the championship game. Hayes is looking for his first win in the title contest. FSU lost the title game in 2017 to Virginia State and has lost in the last three championship games (2021, 2019 and 2018) to Bowie State.

Hayes has followed in the footsteps of his uncle, Black College Hall of Famer Bill Hayes, who took five straight Winston-Salem State teams (1983-87) to the CIAA title game. Like Bill Hayes, who also lost four straight championship game match ups before winning, Richard Hayes hopes to make his fifth trip the charm. Hayes and the WSSU Rams defeated Hampton 22-12 in the 1987 title game.

The FSU offense and defense

To get this proverbial monkey off his back, Hayes has to get more out of his offense that has primarily been playing freshman Caden Davis and redshirt freshman Damari Daniels at quarterback.

Senior QB K’hari Lane who began the season as the starter and was the preseason all-CIAA first team quarterback, has not played much since a 13-10 win over Chowan on Sept. 29. Lane threw three interceptions in the Broncos’ 31-28 loss to Virginia Union a week earlier.

In the 13-10 FSU win over Chowan earlier this season, Lane hit on 6 of 16 passes for 92 yards and one TD, a third-quarter 52-yard pass to wideout Barry Elliot. The Broncos forced five Chowan turnovers and registered five sacks of starting QB Caleb Pierce, three by Cameron Merrell and two by Devin Cowan.

Merrell (74 tackles, 8.5 sacks) and Cowan (55 tackles, 8 sacks) are the defensive leaders. The Broncos have the stingiest defense in the league surrendering just 12.8 points per game.

Chowan offense comes to life

Chowan, meanwhile, has come to life under junior QB Rashad McKee.

Since becoming the starter in an Oct. 15 date at Virginia State, McKee has led the Hawks to a homecoming win over VSU (43-40), a win on the road at three-time defending conference champion Bowie State (21-15), a tough victory on the road at then undefeated Virginia Union (26-21) and a closeout 54-8 home win over Elizabeth City State.

In those four wins, McKee has passed for 756 yards (189 ypg.) and eight touchdowns with three interceptions. He has run for 332 yards (83.0 ypg.) and three TDs over those games.

Grad linebacker Montre Moore has been the ringleader on defense racking up 37 tackles (9.2 per game) during the four-game win streak. He paces the Hawks with an even 100 tackles on the season that is tops in the CIAA.

Based on the recent play of both teams, Chowan may be slightly favored.

HBCU Football Rundown: SIAC Championship Game match up

The SIAC coaching match up

One big storyline for Saturday’s SIAC championship game lies with both coaches – Tuskegee’s Reginald Ruffin and Benedict’s Chennis Berry.

Ruffin, who spent ten years leading Miles of the SIAC before moving over to Tuskegee this season, brought championship tradition with him. At Miles, he led the Golden Bears to four SIAC titles and six division titles as the most dominant team in the West. He is returning Tuskegee to the championship game for the first time since 2017.

The much-traveled Berry has the Tigers undefeated, nationally ranked (12th in Top 25, 8th in the AFCA Div. II Coaches Poll), ranked first in Super Region II. and in the SIAC championship game for the first time in program history in only his second year at the helm.

Berry was an assistant at seven HBCUs before getting his first head coaching assignment at Benedict. Despite their undefeated record, Berry, whose squad knocked off defending conference champion Albany State en route its perfect regular season, thinks his Tigers have not played their best game.

The statistical match up

Benedict has certainly been the most dominant of the two on the season. Statistically, Benedict tops the SIAC in three key categories (scoring, total defense and pass defense) and is no worse than fifth in eight major statistical categories.

Tuskegee is not in the top five in any of the eight categories.

But while Benedict has won all ten games this season, Tuskegee is on an eight-game win streak. Both Benedict QB Eric Phoenix and Tuskegee’s Bryson Williams have been impressive and similar statistically. Phoenix has thrown for 1,169 yards and nine TDs with just one interception. Williams has thrown for 1,125 yards and 10 TDs with four picks.

Benedict certainly has the edge in terms of how they’ve played this season. And, the Tigers are playing at home. But don’t count Ruffin’s troops out.

HBCU Football Rundown: NCAA Div. II playoffs loom

What’s left now are the games to be played and the outcomes to be determined. Those outcomes will have some bearing on which teams will play on in the Div. II playoffs.

Entering Saturday’s championship games, undefeated Benedict (10-0) is ranked first in Super Region II of NCAA D2.Of the other ranked SIAC teams, Fort Valley State is seventh and Tuskegee is ninth. Neither Fayetteville State or Chowan is ranked in the top ten of the region. Only 9-1 Virginia Union out of the CIAA is in the top ten at fourth.

Both the CIAA and SIAC teams are in Super Region II along with teams from the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) and the Gulf South Conference (GSC). Delta State (No. 2), West Florida (No. 3) and West Georgia (No. 10) are in the Gulf South. Wingate (No. 5), Mars Hill (No. 6), and Limestone (No. 8) are in the SAC. Each will finish out their regular seasons this week.

Only seven teams from Super Region II and seven from each of the nation’s four Super Regions will make the 28-team Div. II championship playoff field.

More than likely, Benedict and Virginia Union are safe to get into the playoff field.

HBCU Football Rundown: Games This Week



Championship Game

Chowan vs. Fayetteville State in Salem, VA 1p


Howard vs. SC State in Washington, DC 1p

Delaware State vs. Morgan State in Dover, DE 2p

Norfolk State vs. NC Central in Norfolk, VA – ESPN3 2p


Championship Game

Benedict vs. Tuskegee in Columbia, SC – ESPN+ 2p

Edward Waters vs. Allen in Jacksonville, FL – ESPN+ 2p


Alabama State vs. Florida A&M in Montgomery, AL 2p

Alcorn State vs. Bethune-Cookman in Lorman, MS – HBCUGO 2p

Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Prairie View A&M in Pine Bluff, AR 2p

Gulf Coast Challenge

Alabama A&M vs. Jackson State in Mobile, AL – ESPN+ 4p

Southern vs. Miss. Valley State in Baton Rouge, LA – ESPN+ 4p

Texas Southern vs. Grambling State in Houston, TX – ESPN+ 6p


Big South

NC A&T vs. Charleston Southern in Greensboro, NC – ESPN+ 12n


Hampton vs. Elon in Hampton, VA – FloSports 1p


Tennessee State vs. UT-Martin in Nashville, TN – ESPN+ 4p


Missouri Western vs. Lincoln (MO) in St. Joseph, MO 1p


Charleston vs. West Virginia State in Charleston, WV 1p

Texas College (HC) vs. Louisiana College in Tyler, TX 2p

The Citadel vs. VA-Lynchburg in Charleston, SC 2p

SAGU vs. Langston in Waxahachie, TX 4p

Nicole prompts school, road closures across Florida, coastal Georgia and South Carolina

Officials across coastal South Carolina have announced school closures as Nicole is expected to head north bringing flooding to the Southeast. FOX Weather correspondent Will Nunley is in Charleston where the community is preparing for Nicole.Across Florida and the Southeast, campuses, airports and theme parks are closing as Hurricane Nicole is set to make landfall along the east coast of ...

Officials across coastal South Carolina have announced school closures as Nicole is expected to head north bringing flooding to the Southeast. FOX Weather correspondent Will Nunley is in Charleston where the community is preparing for Nicole.

Across Florida and the Southeast, campuses, airports and theme parks are closing as Hurricane Nicole is set to make landfall along the east coast of Florida.


Impacts from Nicole will shift north later this week bringing heavy rain and flooding into Georgia and the Carolinas. Officials have already begun announcing closures in southeast Georgia and South Carolina.

Meanwhile, Florida is preparing for Nicole's landfall expected later Wednesday into Thursday and officials have been announcing closures since Tuesday.

Here are the Florida, Georgia and South Carolina airports, beaches, roads and schools that have closed or are planning to close ahead of the storm. All times are Eastern.

Which airports are closed due to Hurricane Nicole?

Several airports across the Florida Peninsula have announced changes to operations ahead of Nicole's arrival. Here's the status of the major airports.

Nicole is expected to disrupt flights in the Southeast. Travelers should check with their airlines before heading to the airport.

What beaches are closed due to Hurricane Nicole?

Palm Beach County parks and beaches will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

Beaches in Flagler County and St. Lucie County closed on Tuesday.

Boca Raton beaches closed on Wednesday.

Pompano Beach facilities closed on Wednesday and will reopen on Thursday.

Florida theme parks announce closures

Most theme parks in Central Florida continued to operate normally Wednesday with some changes.

Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay water park closed Wednesday due to Hurricane Nicole.

The rest of the theme park's locations, including Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and CityWalk are now closed.

Universal Orlando Resort will reopen Thursday in a phased or delayed capacity on Thursday once park officials assess the conditions.

Walt Disney World Resort theme parks are closed through Thursday morning.

Animal Kingdom: Closed.

Hollywood Studios: Closed.

Magic Kingdom: Closed. Extended evening hours are also canceled.

EPCOT: Closed.

Walt Disney World Water Parks and Miniature Golf locations will be closed on Thursday, including Winter Summerland Miniature Golf, Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf.

What roads and bridges are closed due to Hurricane Nicole?

Flooding from Nicole has restricted access to certain beach-side communities along Florida's east coast.

These bridges have been shut down due to Hurricane Nicole (from north to south) :

Here are the road closures as of Wednesday night (from north to south):

What schools are closed due to Hurricane Nicole?

Dozens of schools, school districts, universities and colleges across the Florida Peninsula have called-off classes because of Hurricane Nicole.

Most school leaders have opted to close early on Wednesday and remain closed through Friday.

FOX 35 Orlando has a list of school closings across Central Florida, while WSVN-TV in Miami has a list of school closings in South Florida.

As Hurricane Warnings and Watches have extended throughout Florida, more school districts have announced closures for Thursday.

Leon County School District, which includes Tallahassee will be closed on Thursday.

Classes at Tallahassee Community College are canceled for Thursday, and all campuses will be closed.

In Southwest Florida, where many are still recovering from Hurricane Ian, several school districts plan to close.

Charlotte, Collier and Lee public schools will be closed Thursday.

School closures and early dismissals in southwest Georgia can be found on a list by FOX 31. Along coastal southeast Georgia, Liberty County Schools will be closed on Thursday, and Glynn and McIntosh County Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday.

In South Carolina, Charleston County schools and offices in the downtown peninsula of Charleston will be closed on Thursday due to potential flooding. Students will switch to remote learning for the day.

Beaufort County, South Carolina offices will be closed Friday and the county has canceled its Veterans Day parade on Friday. County schools in Beaufort, which includes Hilton Head, will move to remote learning on Thursday.

Schools in Hampton and Jasper Counties will move to remote learning on both Thursday and Friday.


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