Geremy Hickbottom, Team Gaither Beat Team Robinson in 2022 HBCU Legacy Bowl

Geremy Hickbottom, Team Gaither Beat Team Robinson in 2022 HBCU Legacy Bowl

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Team Gaither is the inaugural HBCU Legacy Bowl champion.

Team Gaither defeated Team Robinson 22-6 in Saturday’s game at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans. The game served as an all-star showcase for draft-eligible players from historically Black colleges and universities.

The event’s website provided a full list of players, and the teams were named after former Florida A&M head coach Jake Gaither and former Grambling State head coach Eddie Robinson.

Team Robinson had players from the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, while Team Gaither featured players from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Everyone on the field Saturday has dreams of playing in the NFL, so it was only fitting one of the league’s best was part of the festivities. Patrick Mahomes was an honorary guest and one of the captains for the coin toss, and Charles Goldman of Yahoo Sports noted his foundation was one of the primary supporters for the event.

He also spoke about being involved in the Legacy Bowl with NFL Network:

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“I wanted to make sure that we shine a light on these guys.”@PatrickMahomes on why he’s involved in the @HBCULegacyBowl. @wyche89

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The defenses set the tone in the early going with defensive lineman Loren Young of Langston University notching multiple sacks for Team Robinson. However, Team Gaither got on the scoreboard first when Calil Wilkins of Bowie State University cut across the middle and found the end zone.

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That’s 2 sacks for @REAL1LORENYOUNG of @LangstonLionsFB

Gotta celebrate with the Griddy 🔥 pic.twitter.com/QFVmO6lm4S

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Calil Wilkins has our first TD! @bowiestatefb

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Team Gaither kept it rolling by forcing a turnover before Southern University’s Marquis McClain broke free for a long pass and quarterback Juwan Carter of Norfolk State scored a touchdown with a draw.

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FUMBLE! Team Gaither makes a play and finds the camera!

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There’s Marquis McClain making plays again! @GeauxJags

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Juwan Carter shows the speed, untouched up the middle! @NorfolkStateFB

📺: @HBCULegacyBowl on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/Zh1WEzPYfU

While Team Robinson got on the board, Tennessee State quarterback Geremy Hickbottom responded by taking over with his legs and arm. He fittingly gave Team Gaither some more breathing room with a touchdown run:

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A little shake-n-bake from Geremy Hickbottom. @TSUTigersFB

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Runner was down by contact, but look at this rocket from Hickbottom to Imeek Watkins 🎯 @cuhawks @TSUTigersFB

📺: @HBCULegacyBowl on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/i6dWHYTE6L

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Hickbottom finishes off the drive! @TSUTigersFB

📺: @HBCULegacyBowl on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/KNTBENdyHr

That ended any realistic hope of a comeback for Team Robinson.

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