Tigers shut out Clark Atlanta, snap losing streak
Benedict 24, Clark Atlanta 0
COLUMBIA, SC– Sophomore quarterback Brandon Thompson rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 103 yards in his first start as the Benedict College Tigers shut down Clark Atlanta and its rushing attack for a 24-0 victory on Saturday afternoon on its homecoming at Charles W. Johnson Stadium.
The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak to improve to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the SIAC. The win was Benedict’s fourth straight on Homecoming. Benedict QB
The Tigers held Clark Atlanta to just 115 yards of total offense. The Panthers entered the game with the 14th-best rushing offense in NCAA Division II at 283.6 yards per game, but Benedict held the Panthers to a season-low 89 yards rushing on 41 attempts. It was also the first shutout for Benedict since beating Stillman 35-0 in 2010.
Clark Atlanta was 1-of-11 on third-down conversions, 1-of-4 on fourth-down conversions and had the ball for slightly more than 25 minutes of the game. Benedict, on the other hand, was 8-of-13 on third downs, picked up 20 first downs, and had the ball for nearly 35 minutes.
After starting quarterback Marcus Graham struggled last week against Stillman, Woody and the coaching staff started Thompson at quarterback. He guided the Tigers on a 10-play, 59-yard drive on their second possession of the game, resulting in a 39-yard field goal by Eduardo Hernandez. The Tigers had a long, time-consuming drive in the second quarter, but Hernandez missed a 31-yard field goal attempt, and Benedict took a 3-0 lead at the half.
Evan Pegues recovered a Clark Atlanta fumble on the second play of the second half, giving the Tigers the ball at the Clark 30. Four plays later, Thompson ran into the end zone from 8-yards out to put the Tigers ahead 10-0.
After forcing the Panthers to punt on the next series, the Tigers took over at midfield and ran the ball on seven of eight plays. Thompson ran the final two plays, gaining 14 yards and then powering in from 8-yards out for his second touchdown.
Rodney Hall intercepted Trenton Earl’s pass on Clark Atlanta’s next play, but the Tigers couldn’t capitalize. Clark Atlanta punted the ball back to Benedict after a three-and-out, and Harlon Samuels returned the ball 52 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown, giving the Tigers a 24-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Benedict was moving the ball deep into Clark territory in the fourth quarter, but a fumble by Thompson ended that drive. The Panthers took over and marched the ball down the Benedict 4-yard line, but Aquimial Burton fumbled the ball and Benedict’s Brandon Beech recovered to preserve the shutout.
Thompson gained a team-high 91 yards on the ground on 18 carries with two touchdowns. He was 11-of-21 passing for 103 yards. Graham moved to receiver and caught three passes for 32 yards.
Clark Atlanta, (2-4, 1-3 SIAC), was led by Montavious Taylor, who finished the game with 35 yards rushing on three carries. The Panthers will host Albany State next Saturday for its homecoming game.
Benedict will also travel to Atlanta for its game against Morehouse on Saturday.
Albany State routs Morehouse on its homecoming
Albany State 42, Morehouse 20
ALBANY, GA–In desperate need of a win, Albany State put up 35 points in the first half and cruised to a 40-20 victory over Morehouse on its homecoming game played Saturday afternoon at the Albany Coliseum.
Quarterback Frank Rivers threw for 194 yards and five touchdowns, while completed only 10-of-16 passes to help the Golden Rams snap a two-game losing streak. Quintory Braswell returned a 57-yard punt and also had an interception and long punt return that set up two touchdowns later in the game.
The defensive back and return specialist ignited the Rams with a 57-yard punt return for a TD in the first quarter and then set up two touchdowns later in the game with long punt and interception returns.
Albany State, (2-4, 1-2 SIAC) now controls its own destiny in the SIAC East Division, as the team is 1-0 after its victory over Morehouse.
Plagued by injuries on the offensive side of the ball, the Maroon Tigers struggled to contend with a high-powered offense for the second week in a row. The team was led by backup running back Douglas Wyche’s 72 yards and a score. Wyche replaced starting running back Sheldon Hamilton, who went down with an injury in the first half. Josh Harris went 11-for-32 for 98 yards and a touchdown, but had two interceptions. Running back Thomas Williams also added a score in the second quarter.
Next week, the Maroon Tigers will look to get back on track against Benedict on its homecoming next Saturday at BT Harvey Stadium. Albany State will travel to Panthers Stadium to face Clark Atlanta next Saturday.
Marauders stun Lane on its homecoming
Central State 37, Lane 34
JACKSON, Tenn.–For the second week in a row Central State University shocked a SIAC West opponent, this time the Marauders scored 20 unanswered points in the third quarter to hold on to a 37-34 win over Lane College on its homecoming played Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.
Central State quarterback Michael Wilson threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns, while adding another 93 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. The senior had a total of five TDs. Priestly Shuler added 113 yard rushing and field goal kicker Dustin Bryant added a 29-yard field goal. In all Central State racked up a season-high 514 yards of total offense.
Trailing 27-17 early in the third quarter, Wilson completed a eight play 65 yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown run. Moments later, on Central State’s next possession, the senior quarterback scored the go-ahead touchdown with a 74-yard strike to receiver Aaron Wade. After another stalled Lane drive, Wilson scored the Marauders last touchdown on a 15-yard run, which completed a six play 43 yard drive.
For Lane, the loss spoiled the Dragons homecoming, and put a dent in the team’s SIAC West Division Championship hopes. The SIAC’s leading passer Chris Rini continued his strong senior campaign with 340 yards passing and three touchdowns, completing 31-for-49 attempts. Rini also rushed for a score. His favorite target, wide receiver Gregory Moore II had a game-high 108 yards receiving on five catches.
With the loss, the Dragons fall to (4-3, 2-2 SIAC). Lane will have a short week with its upcoming game against Miles on Thursday in another pivotal SIAC West Division matchup.
After losing its first five games, and allowing a league high 48 points per game, Central State remains in contention in the SIAC West Division. The Marauders, (2-4, 2-3 SIAC), will travel to face Stillman next Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala, which will be a homecoming for Central State head coach EJ Junior, a former All-American Linebacker and National Champion at the University of Alabama.
Big plays lift Tuskegee past rival Stillman
Tuskegee 35, Stillman 7
TUSKEGEE, Ala. – In a competitive game where the two leaders atop the SIAC’s West Division were gaining their fair share of yards, turnovers and big plays made the difference for the Tuskegee Golden Tigers, as they picked up a 35-7 victory in their 2013 home opener over Stillman College at Cleve L. Abbott Stadium on Saturday.
Stillman and Tuskegee were nearly identical in total yardage, with the visiting Tigers finishing with 374 total yards compared to Tuskegee’s 391 yards on offense. But, the TU defense had a bend-but-don’t break attitude when it came to Stillman’s drives. Four of those drives were stalled as a result of failed fourth down conversions.
Tuskegee would finally break the game open with a big play of their own in the fourth quarter, when Christopher Anderson found Larry Cobb on a 73-yard flea flicker pass that would give the Golden Tigers a 28-7 lead.
Fans of the Golden Tigers have seen the flea flicker used before. Former TU running back Derrick Washington was involved as quarterback on the same play twice last season, most notably in Tuskegee’s 27-25 victory over Alabama State in the Turkey Day Classic last Thanksgiving.
Saturday’s flea flicker was one of three consecutive scores in which a touchdown was allowed by the Stillman defense from 37 yards out or further. Marquel Gardner made a spectacular catch over a SC defender that he initially dropped in the third quarter, and Michael Robinson delivered the nail in the coffin with an 84-yard pick-six late in the game.
Stillman Coach Teddy Keaton even expressed his thoughts on Twitter about what happened in the second half after the game went final. The three plays broke open what once was a 14-7 contest, and Keaton let it be known that the game could have been taken by either team when halftime arrived.
Golden Bears maul Kentucky State
Miles 40, Kentucky State 17
FAIRFIELD, AL –The Golden Bears went back to quarterback David Thomas, inserting the redshirt senior into the starting lineup for the first time this season and the Opelika native led them to a 40-17 homecoming victory against Kentucky State.
Thomas finished with 195 yards and three touchdowns on 10-for-16 passing as the Golden Bears improved to .500 at 3-3 and more importantly 3-1 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The Golden Bears went up three scores on three big plays to build an early 20-0 lead and never took their foot off the gas pedal in front of an announced crowd of 9,787 at Albert. J. Sloan-Alumni Stadium.
Miles defense forced and recovered a fumble on a handoff to KSU running back Justin Williams on the game’s first play from scrimmage, giving its offense the ball on the Thorobreds 24-yard line. Four plays later, Miles running back Emmett Terry scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to put the Golden Bears ahead a score a minute and 16 seconds into the game.
KSU went three-and-out on its next drive and Thomas hit tight end Delarius Webb over the middle for a 27-yard strike on a one-play drive with 11:41 to play in the first after a lon David Thomas
g return by Alexiyon Stewart. Thomas found wide receiver Earnest Bell on a 52-yard pass down the sideline with 12:50 remaining in the second.
KSU didn’t get on the board until Cameron Lee connected on a 23-yard field goal with 8:38 to play in the second. However, Miles would add two scores in the final 2:31 of the half on a 45-yard touchdown pass to Darren Fife and an 87-yard blocked field goal recovery by linebacker Roderick Holloman.
Kentucky State backup Alex Springs threw for a game-high 253 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 14-for-22 passing.
The Golden Bears will have a short turnaround, following the victory. They host Lane College (Tenn.) Thursday at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Week 8 SIAC Schedule
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Lane at Miles, 6PM (CT) (Fairfield, Ala.)
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Albany State at Clark Atlanta, 2 PM (Atlanta, GA)
Benedict at Morehouse, 2PM (Atlanta, GA)
Concordia (Selma) at Fort Valley State, 2PM (Fort Valley, GA)
**Fort Valley State Homecoming**
Central State at Stillman, 6:30 PM (CT) (Tuscaloosa, Ala)
Tuskegee at Kentucky State, 1PM (Frankfort, Ky)
Courtesy of thesiac.com