Bad meets worse for MEAC’s winless North Carolina A&T

Injured Lewis Kindle, the talented quarterback some thought might return to help North Carolina A&T end its season-opening five-game losing skid, instead is out for the year.

Kindle will have surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, ending his season. He was injured in preseason drills, tackling an A&T linebacker who had recovered a fumble in practice.

Replacing him initially was second-stringer Terrence Webb, who was himself then replaced after a single half of play by fifth-year senior Shelton Morgan. North Carolina A&T (0-2 MEAC, 0-5 overall) plays host to Morgan State (1-1, 2-3) for homecoming at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro.

A&T is coming off a humbling 37-7 loss to Tennessee State (3-2) in Indianapolis’ Circle City Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium. Shelton Morgan finished 9-of-31 for 76 yards, with two interceptions. Prior to that, A&T had lost its previous four games by an average of just 10 points. But the passing game remains anemic, averaging less than 4 yards per attempt and less than 100 yards per game. That’s seventh in 9-team MEAC.

Kindle appeared in four games last season, and started two — both against top MEAC competition — and acquitted himself well. At highlight was his 206-yard, two-touchdown night against Florida A&M.

Now, A&T must make do with what it has.

“It might be a whole different scenario if we had him in there,” Coach Alonzo Lee, in his second season in charge at North Carolina A&T, told The (Greensboro, N.C.) News and Record. “The naysayers need to look at that. Sometimes they only see things that are there and not what’s missing and all the possibilities. It takes some wind out of your sails when you lose your triggerman.”

Before taking over at A&T, Alonzo Lee had served as the Aggies’ defensive coordinator after a similar stint at Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe Hampton. Over five of his 13 seasons at Hampton, his was the top defense in the league. Last week, however, the Aggies allowed two opposing running backs to rush for more than 100 yards — the first time that’s happened for Tennessee State since Nov. 22, 1969.

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