Scouting report: Morgan State vs. North Carolina Central

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Morgan State (3-2, 2-0 MEAC) vs. North Carolina Central (3-2, 2-0 MEAC)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Hughes Stadium

Radio: 88.9 FM

Series: Morgan State leads 22-12-2

What's at stake: After a 45-6 dismantling of Savannah State last weekend, the Bears have potentially set themselves up for one of their best seasons in recent memory. Morgan State was picked to finish seventh in the MEAC, but at 2-0 the Bears currently find themselves third in the conference standings. A win here will go a long way toward legitimizing Morgan State's chances at a championship. The Bears should enter the game confident and excited to be playing at home for the first time in four weeks — at homecoming, no less.

Key matchup: It's no secret that the Bears love their run game. Travis Davidson leads the MEAC in yards per game (102.8), touchdowns (seven) and total yards (514) and has carried the ball 99 times thus far. The Eagles boast the No.1 rushing defense in the MEAC, holding running backs to 2.9 yards per carry. Going up against the conference's leading rusher, Central will do everything in its power to take away the run game and make the Bears go to the air. If Davidson can break free just enough, Morgan State will be in better position to stay undefeated in conference play.

Player to watch: Keep an eye on junior wide receiver Chris Flowers. While he has only caught seven passes for 75 yards this season, his kick-return ability has been on display. Against Savannah State, Flowers broke open the game with an 88-yard kickoff return, one that earned him National Kick Returner of the Week courtesy of the College Football Performance Awards. The Florida native leads the conference with 25.7 yards per return and is 11th overall in the FCS. With a homecoming crowd watching, look for Flowers to try and make another big play.

ctrevino@baltsun.com

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