SIAC Week 8 Recap
Golden Bears Dominate Lane
Miles 38, Lane 36
FAIRFIELD, Ala.–David Thomas threw three first quarter touchdowns to help Miles College cruise to a early lead en route to the Golden Bears’ 38-26 victory over Lane College Thursday on senior night at Albert J. Sloan Stadium.
Thomas connected with Darren Fife on a 20-yard touchdown on Mile’s first possession. Moments later, Thomas found tight end Delarius Webb on a 6-yard toss with 6:26 remaining in the first quarter and followed by completing a deep pass to Earnest Bell for a 45 yard pass.
Playing his last home game in the royal purple and gold uniform for Miles, Thomas, a senior from Opelika, Ala. finished the game with 236 yards of total offense, as he completed 9 of 17 passes for 159 yards and 77 yards rushing on 13 carries. Emmitt Terry added 117 yards on 13 carries, while linebacker Julante English and Arenza Johnson combined for 37 tackles.
Now 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the SIAC West Division, Miles remains in Championship contention and must win its last two games against Stillman and Tuskegee to claim the West Division title.
Lane, 4-4 overall and 1-3 SIAC West Division, rallied in the second and third quarter, but could not overcome its sluggish start. The Dragons were led by quarterback Chris Rini’s 390 yards and three touchdowns on 33-for-51 passing. His top target was receiver George Landrum, who caught 12 passes for 149 yards.
Lane will face Kentucky State next week at home.
Stillman wins a nail-bitter over Central State
Stillman 35, Central State 32
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.–In a see-saw battle, Stillman College negated a potential game tying two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter to hold on to a 35-33 win over Central State University Thursday evening at Stillman Stadium.
Both teams combined for nearly 850 yards of total offense, but it was defense that allowed Stillman to improve to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the SIAC West Division. The Tigers nursed a 28-24 lead going into the fourth quarter, but needed a late pass breakup by defensive back Cameron Stallings, which would have tied the game and most likely put the contest in overtime.
Torrence Moise finished with 201 yards passing and two touchdowns on 15-of-23 attempts, but it was his 55-yard touchdown pass to receiver Reece Sturgis in the fourth quarter which allowed Stillman to prevail. Sturgis was the leading receiver with 112 yards on four catches.
Central State, (2-6, 2-2 SIAC West Division) compiled 499 yards of total offense and won the time of possession battle registering over 35 minutes of ball control. The Marauders gained 318 yards on the ground led by quarterback Michael Wilson’s 139 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. CSU also got 15 carries for 105 yards from running back Isaiah Grooms and 15 carries for 63 yards from Priestly Shuler.
Fort Valley State routs Concordia on its homecoming
Fort Valley State 52, Concordia 19
FORT VALLEY, Ga.–Fort Valley State cruised to a 52-19 win over Concordia-Selma Saturday afternoon on its homecoming played at Wildcats Stadium.
The Wildcats racked up 551 yards of total offense to snap its four-game losing streak. Most importantly, Fort Valley, 4-4 overall, 2-0 SIAC East, controls its own destiny in the SIAC East Division race.
Making his first start of his collegiate career, freshman quarterback Malcolm Eady led the way offensively with a total of five touchdowns. Eady completed 11-of-13 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns, while adding another 102 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Michael Bellamy added 79 yards on seven carries, and tight end Donte Warren caught four passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. De’Angelo Smith also had three catches for 73 yards and a score.
Fort Valley also had a productive day on special teams as Chris Ward added a 37-yard field goal, while Sedrick Rowe and Ja’Boais Glenn each had block punts.
Albany State dominates Clark Atlanta
Albany State 30, Clark Atlanta 7
ATLANTA–With a dominating defensive performance, Albany State University won its second consecutive game by defeating Clark Atlanta 30-7 Saturday afternoon in a SIAC East Division contest played at Panthers Stadium.
The Golden Rams defense was the story of the day as the “Dirty Blue” unit returned to its rare form against a run-oriented CAU team. The Panthers were held to a season low 54 yards of total offense.
Linebacker Glen Stanley recovered a fumble in the end zone.
Albany State quarterback Frank Rivers passed for 112 yards and rushed for another 64 to help keep Albany State (3-4, 2-0 SIAC East Division) in the race for the SIAC East Division Title. Running back Phillip Moore rushed for 78 yards on 18 carries and Tevin Isom had an 18-yard touchdown reception for the Golden Rams kicker Zachary Holley booted two field goals from 32 and 21 yards out.
Clark Atlanta only score of the day came on a Montavious Taylor touchdown run that was set-up by a muffed punt by Albany State.
Next week, Albany State will host Benedict College and Clark Atlanta will look to snap its two-game losing streak against Shorter University at Panthers Stadium.
Late Field Goal Ignites Tigers
Benedict 29, Morehouse 26
ATLANTA, Ga. – Eduardo Hernandez kicked a 22-yard field goal with 31 seconds left to lift the Benedict College to a 29-26 victory over Morehouse College on Saturday, spoiling Morehouse’s Homecoming.
The Tigers won for the second week in a row and improved to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the SIAC East. Morehouse fell to 6 overall and 0-3 in the SIAC East.
The winning field goal was a redemption of sorts for Hernandez. The sophomore kicker missed an extra point on Benedict’s first touchdown, a quick-strike 72-yard pass from Brandon Thompson to Maurice Griffin on the Tigers’ first offensive possession of the game. That point proved pivotal later when Morehouse’s Hector Solis missed an extra point in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 19-19.
The Tigers’ defense held Morehouse to 68 yards rushing and 249 yards of total offense. Benedict registered four sacks and 10 tackles for loss in the game.
For Benedict, Tavion Wright rushed for 126 yards, the first Benedict player to rush for more than 100 yards since Michael Adams had 115 yards against Miles in the final game of the 2010 season.
Brandon Samuels, in his second game starting at quarterback, completed 16-of-26 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns, but also had two interceptions.
Morehouse opened the game by taking the opening kickoff and driving to the Benedict 2-yard line, thanks to a 22-yard pickup on fourth-and-19 from the Benedict 32. But the Benedict defense held the Maroon Tigers out of the end on three rushing attempts, and Morehouse settled for a 21-yard field goal by Solis for a 3-0 lead.
On Benedict’s first play from scrimmage, Thompson was supposed to pitch the ball to Harlon Samuels on a halfback pass, but kept the ball himself and sailed a bomb to a wide open Maurice Griffin running down the far sideline for a 72-yard scoring strike. Hernandez missed the extra point for a 6-3 Benedict lead.
Morehouse added a touchdown after a long drive to take a 10-6 lead. Benedict tacked on a 25-yard field goal by Hernandez early in the second quarter after the Tigers failed to score a touchdown on a first-and-goal from the 7, and the score remained 10-9 at the half.
A 35-yard pass helped move the Maroon Tigers to the Benedict 12-yard line on their opening drive of the second half. But the Benedict defense held them to a 32-yard field goal by Solis and Morehouse led 13-9 with 10:36 on the clock.
Benedict regained the lead on the next series. The Tigers drove 67 yards behind the running of Wright and a 32-yard pass from Thompson to Griffin. Then Thompson completed a 12-yard pass to Marcus Graham for the touchdown. Hernandez made the extra point to give the Tigers a 16-13 lead with 7:33 remaining in the third quarter.
Morehouse intercepted a Thompson pass at their own 4-yard line. The Maroon Tigers were pinned deep in their own territory, and Benedict’s pressure nearly resulted in a safety. But Morehouse was able to punt the ball back to the Tigers, who took over in good field position. Benedict only moved the ball 15 yards, but that was enough for Hernandez to kick a 39-yard field goal and give Benedict a 19-13 lead with 2:05 left in the third.
The Maroon Tigers got a 50-yard punt return by Thomas Williams on their first possession of the fourth quarter, and capitalized on the good field position and Williams scored on a 3-yard run. Solis missed the extra point when it hit the right post. But a penalty on Benedict allowed Solis another attempt. This time, his extra point attempt missed to the left.
A fumble on the ensuing kickoff gave Morehouse the ball back. A 12-yard pass on third-and-7 gave the Maroon Tigers a first down at the Benedict 10. Two plays later, Williams ran it in from 9-yards out. Solis hit the extra point for a 26-19 Morehouse lead with 8:35 left in the game.
Benedict came right back. Rodney Hall returned the ensuing kickoff to near midfield, and Thompson connected with Samuels for a 32-yard pass. Wright scored on a 14-yard run and Hernandez’s PAT tied the game at 26-26 with 6:55 on the clock.
Morehouse faced a fourth-and-six at midfield on the ensuing possession, but a fake punt resulted in just a four-yard rush by their punter, giving the ball back to the Tigers with 4:46 left to play.
Wright busted through the line for a 17-yard pickup, and then Thompson and Samuels connected again on third down for a 19-yard pass play to the Morehouse 15. From there, the Tigers kept the ball on the ground and worked the clock, setting Hernandez up with a short attempt and the winning points.
Samuels had seven catches for 104 yards. Griffin had four catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.
Tyri Harvey and Charles Powell led the Benedict defense with eight tackles each. Brandon Beech had six tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
Benedict and Morehouse will be back on the road next week to face Albany State and Fort Valley State, respectively.
Golden Tigers dominate Kentucky State
Tuskegee 36, Kentucky State 7
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Senior quarterback Rashard Burkette rushed for a pair of first quarter touchdowns to help lead the Tuskegee University to a 36-7 victory over Kentucky State University in a SIAC West Division contest on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
The Golden Tigers, who sit on top of the SIAC West Division standings, move to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the SIAC. Kentucky State falls to 4-4 overall and 1-3 in the SIAC.
Burkette, who finished the game with a team high 61 yards rushing, also threw for a touchdown and tallied 136 yards through the air finishing 14-for-23. Burkette threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Kaleep Williams late in the fourth quarter to seal the game for Tuskegee. Williams finished with a team high 53 receiving yards on four catches.
Sophomore quarterback Alex Springs started his first game for the Thorobreds against Tuskegee and was effective. Springs finished the game with 123 passing yards, going 10-for-20 with an interception which came on a desperation heave late in the game. Springs also compiled 56 rushing yards on seven attempts which is an average of 8.0 yards per carry.
The SIAC’s leading rusher, Jacquise Lockett, finished with a game high 66 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries for the Thorobreds.
At the end of the game the teams had comparable totals offensively. Tuskegee finished with 342 yards of total offense to 265 for KSU. As a team the Golden Tigers racked up 182 yards rushing and 160 yards through the air while the Thorobreds finished with 142 yards on the ground and 123 yards passing.
The big difference in the game was penalties.
Kentucky State finished the game with 129 penalty yards after they were penalized 14 times on Saturday afternoon. In a hotly contested game, the penalty situation continually plagued the Thorobreds.
The Thorobreds will head to Jackson, Tennessee next week for their final road game of the season against Lane College. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 PM (CT).
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