Power failure recharges HU's offense


%HTMLlat1; %HTMLsymbol; %HTMLspecial; ]> spt_howhampnotes_0914.ARTPower failure recharges HU's offense Inside The gameBy MELINDA WALDROP| 247-4634HAMPTON — When the lights went out, Hampton's offense recharged.

After a 50-minute delay caused by a blown fuse, the Pirates, down 7-0, scored their first points on Carlo Turavani's 19-yard field goal with 6:30 to play in the third quarter.

That was the first of three scores in as many minutes as Hampton scored all 38 of its points in the second half. After quarterback Herb Bynes found Justin Brown for a 62-yard TD with 5:07 to play in the third, the big-play floodgates opened. Another touchdown pass to Brown, two kickoff returns, of 87 and 90 yards, by Kevin Teel and Jerry Cummings' 3-yard run all came in the game's final 19 minutes.

"We're a second-half team, so I guess it kind of helped us out," said Brown, who came into the game averaging 106 yards per game and had TD catches of 62 and 85 yards last week at Southern Illinois. "I just tried to keep loose, running up and down the field, because I knew the team was gonna need a big play."

RAY RAY'S RETURNRamon "Ray Ray" McElrathbey had 85 yards and a touchdown on nine catches in his first game of the season for Howard.

McElrathbey, a transfer from Clemson, garnered national attention when he gained custody of his then-11-year-old brother, Fahmarr, who had been in and out of foster care in Atlanta as the brothers' parents struggled with addiction — their mother to drugs, their father to gambling.

While he was at Clemson, the NCAA granted McElrathbey a waiver allowing him to accept monetary aid from the school and the public via a trust fund for Fahmarr. But McElrathbey, 21, lost his scholarship in March. He graduated from Clemson with a sociology degree and is a scholarship graduate student studying mass communications at Howard. An on-campus middle school helps him keep a close eye on Fahmarr, now 13, who is a ball boy for the Bison.

KEMP FACTORSafety Ricardo Kemp, a Tennessee transfer, played in his first game for Hampton after missing the first two because of NCAA-related issues. He had eight tackles and a fourth-quarter interception.

"Ricardo's Kemp interception was very huge," said senior linebacker Wakeem Goode, who led the Pirates with 14 tackles and had three sacks. "He's a very good addition to our team."

COACHING CONNECTIONHoward coach Carey Bailey is a native of Morgantown, W.Va., where he used to watch Pirates coach Jerry Holmes play for the Mountaineers.

"I've known Jerry for a long time," Bailey said. "I used to watch him when I was a kid, playing at old Mountaineer Stadium back in Morgantown. Jerry's a great football coach, and he's always had his defenses prepared."

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