Did You Know The First HBCU Football Game Was Played In North Carolina
Written by Intern: Jasmine Woosley
Did you know HBCU Football started right here in North Carolina? That’s right. 131 years ago, the first HBCU football game was played in Salisbury between Livingstone College and then Biddle College, now known as Johnson C. Smith University.
Back in 1892, the Golden Bulls took home the victory, and in 2023, history repeated itself. On Saturday, November 4, both schools met on the campus of JCSU for a day full of fun and friendly rivalry. During the morning, student government associations and royal courts from the two institutions battled it out on life for the Commemorative Classic giving challenge. As they played games of “finish the lyrics”, family feud, and even a mascot dance battle, both schools urged their supporters to donate as much as they could to see which school could reach $10,000 first.
Afterward, it was time for the moment we had all been waiting for. The big game wrapped up with a score of 38 – 17, with the Golden Bulls coming out on top. JCSU also won the giving challenge with a grand total of $11,133 raised before the end of the first quarter! While this was a sweet victory, it will be bittersweet for some graduating seniors like #9 wide receiver Reggie Bryant who finished his last game on the McGirt field with 151 yards receiving and a touchdown. This was the Golden Bulls first winning season since 2012 and what a season it was. Next year the Golden Bulls will travel to Livingstone College for the Commemorative Classic, continuing on a legacy much bigger than themselves.