Golden Rams shuts out Benedict in the second half, keep Division title hopes alive
Albany State 31, Benedict 6
ALBANY, GA–After going scoreless in the first half, Albany State University shifted gears by scoring 31 unanswered points to defeat Benedict College 31-6 in a pivotal SIAC East Division game played Saturday afternoon at the Albany Coliseum.
The win sets up a winner takes all matchup against Fort Valley State in the 24th Annual Fountain City Classic game that will also air on Bounce TV as the SIAC “Game of the Week.”
Quarterback Frank Rivers went 19-for-28 for 236 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Golden Rams, (4-4, 3-0 SIAC East Division) to its third straight win, after starting the season 1-4. The transfer from Grambling State connected with receiver Jessie Atkins for touchdown passes from 24 and 18 yards at the end of the third and early fourth quarter to give Albany State a commanding lead.
After a Zachery Holley field goal, Rivers found receiver Jaqua Williams for a 18-yard score to put the game out of reach late in the fourth quarter. Playing championship caliber football during the winning streak, Albany State’s defense came up with a play of its own, scoring on a 48 yard interception return by Kelderio Miller.
Benedict falls to 4-5 on the season and 2-2 in the SIAC. Albany State improved to 4-4 overall and 3-0 in the SIAC.
Benedict gave up 349 yards to the Golden Rams, most coming in the second half. Benedict struggled offensively, gaining 219 total yards. Quarterback Brandon Thompson completed 9-of-25 passes for 87 yards and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. The Tigers also had 12 penalties for 169 yards.
Eduardo Hernandez connected on field goals of 36 yards and 28 yards to lead Benedict.
Benedict will attempt to go .500 next week when they face Lane for the last game of the season.
Tuskegee rolls past Central State
Tuskegee 41, Central State 10
TUSKEGEE, Ala.–Tuskegee University broke open a close game early in the second quarter to cruise to a 31-point victory over Central State University at its 90th Annual Homecoming game played at Cleve Abbott Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Central State put up a fight and challenged the defending SIAC Champions when the score was 13-10, but Tuskegee ignited, using its defense and a balanced offensive attack, to score 28 unanswered points to lift the team to its sixth consecutive victory.
The result sets up another matchup between Skegee (8-1, 4-0 SIAC West) and Miles (5-3, 3-1 SIAC West Division) for the SIAC West Division Championship next Saturday at Cleve L. Abbott Stadium.
The Golden Tigers had 417 yards of offense and 27 first downs for the game. In spite of the great offensive effort, not a single offensive player finished with even 75 yards individually for the contest. Six different running backs carried the ball for a total of 279 of the 417 rushing yards.
The Tuskegee defense had an outstanding effort, and was led by Reginald Woods. He had game highs in solo and total tackles (with eight and ten, respectively), while also picking up one of four team interceptions to go with 2.5 sacks and four tackles for a loss.
The Marauders, (2-7, 2-3 SIAC West) finished the game with 232 total yards, and just 57 of those yards were through the air. They also had two lost fumbles to add with the four interceptions.
Isaiah Grooms led Central State with 67 yards on 14 carries and Jeremy Turner caught a touchdown pass.
Strong first quarter helps Lane get past Kentucky State
Lane 38, Kentucky State 21
JACKSON, Tenn. – Senior quarterback Chris Rini threw five touchdowns to help lead Lane College to a 38-28 victory over Kentucky State University in an SIAC West Division football contest on Saturday afternoon.
Lane moves to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the SIAC West Division. Kentucky State falls to 4-5 overall and 1-4 in the SIAC.
In his final appearance in the Cardinal Red and Royal Blue uniform for Lane, Rini, who finished the game with a game high 266 passing yards, went 20-for-30 through the air and threw his first three touchdowns on the team’s first three drives. Rini, also the Dragons starting kicker, hit a 37-yard field goal to put Lane ahead, 24-0, in the first quarter.
The Thorobreds would not go away quietly though.
Kentucky State slowly chipped away at the Dragons lead and when Jacquise Lockett punched in a 4-yard rushing touchdown early in the fourth quarter the Thorobreds trailed Lane by just three points, 24-21.
Rini and the Dragons responded by throwing two more touchdowns to push their lead to 38-21 with just over four minutes left in the game.
Lockett, the SIAC’s leading rusher, rushed for a game high 105 yards and three touchdowns. His final touchdown came on a 30-yard rush with 1:29 left on the game clock. The Thorobreds attempted an onside kick but Lane recovered to end the Kentucky State comeback.
KSU starting quarterback Alex Springs left the game in the first quarter after suffering an injury. Junior quarterback Adam Robinson replaced Springs, entering the game for the Thorobreds late in the first quarter.
Lane will travel to Benedict next Saturday, while the Thorobreds will return home for their final game of the regular season when they host Morehouse College on Nov. 9.
With SIAC East Division in sight, Fort Valley State dominates Morehouse
Fort Valley State 46, Morehouse 19
FORT VALLEY, GA–Making his second start of the season, true freshman quarterback Malcolm Eady ran and passed up and down the field to lead Fort Valley State University to a 46-19 win over Morehouse College.
The true freshman led Fort Valley to a 33-0 halftime lead on route to the team’s second consecutive win. Most importantly, the Wildcats will defend its East Division championship next week, when the team will face Albany State University Saturday in Columbus, GA in the 24th Annual Fountain City Classic Game.
Eady passed for 189 yards and three touchdowns on 10-of-21 passing, including 89 additional yards rushing. De’Angelo Smith caught seven passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns. In all, Fort Valley State racked up 350 yards of total offense.
The defense had another stellar performance, forcing seven Morehouse turnovers, including four interceptions. Senior defensive back Ja’Bioas Glenn returned an 80 yard touchdown and LeRon Furr had 13 tackles, 2.5 tackles for losses, and two sacks to lead Fort Valley State’s defense.
Morehouse was able to pick up 450 yards of total offense, most of it coming when the game was out of reach, however. Jordan Tarver threw for 287 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Lake McGuffie had a game high eight catches for 187 yards to lead the Maroon Tigers.
Next week Morehouse will face Kentucky State on the road.
Shorter runs past Clark Atlanta
Shorter 58, Clark Atlanta 14
ATLANTA–Shorter picked up 376 of its 457 yards of total offense on the ground on route to a 58-14 win over Clark Atlanta University in a non-conference game played at Panthers Stadium.
The Hawks, 1-8, picked up its first win of the season, while Clark Atlanta (2-6, 1-3 SIAC East) lost its fourth consecutive game, while allowing the most points this season.
Freshman running back Montavious Taylor rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries and had a 12 yard touchdown reception to lead Clark Atlanta.
Price’s two late touchdown passes lifts Miles past Stillman, Championship hopes still alive
Miles 31, Stillman 30
TUSCALOOSA, AL – In a relief effort, backup quarterback Demetrice Price led Miles to three fourth quarter touchdowns, including two passes in the final two minutes of the game to lead the Golden Bears to a 31-30 come-from-behind victory over Stillman College Saturday evening at Stillman Stadium.
Miles College improves to (5-3, 3-1 SIAC West) while the Tigers drop to (5-4, 2-3 SIAC West).
The junior quarterback led three scoring drives in final quarter, helping MC eliminate a 30-10 deficit. Price got the comeback started leading the Golden Bears down the field on a six-play 73-yard touchdown drive that took only 1:35, capped off with a three-yard plunge by sophomore running back Emmett Terry closing the gap to 30-17.
Backed up into their own seven yard line, Price helped put Miles on the board again with a 14-play 93-yard drive by finding senior wide-receiver, Lonnie Outlaw, in the endzone for a 23 yard touchdown pass cutting the lead to 30-24.
With only 1:32 remaining in the game, Price again did the improbably leading the Golden Bears down the field 76-yards connecting with junior wide-receiver Antonio Pitts down the seam on a 23-yard touchdown pass tying the game at 30-30 with only :18 remaining. Freshman kicker, Jason Coste, would cap the comeback effort, connecting on the point-after-attempt giving Miles College the 31-30 victory.
Miles finished the game with 408 yards (331 passing, 77 rushing) of total offense to Stillman’s 337 (153 passing, 184 rushing).
Price led the offense finishing 23-of-42 for 270 yards (215 in the 4th quarter) and two touchdowns. Terry led the MC ground attack with 42 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Pitts finished with a game-high 10 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown while Outlaw ended up with seven catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt-Freshman, Earnest Bell, chipped in with six catches for 91 yards, while Denzel Veal also had 41 yards on the ground.
Coste led the special teams connecting on a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter while also being a perfect 3-for-3 on point-after-attempts.
For Stillman, senior quarterback Torrence Moise tallied 103 rushing yards on 22 carries while completing 17-of-28 pass attempts for 153 yards and a touchdown. Raymond Coats led the receiving corps with five catches for 29 yards while Charles Payne and Dondre Purnell each caught four passes.
The Tigers held the momentum and scoreboard for the first three quarters of play. The Tigers would score first when Yonwaba Pupuma made Stillman’s first field goal of the year – a 22-yard kick with 5:03 left in the opening quarter. Miles would answer when Jason Coste connected on a 29-yard kick to tie the game with 12 seconds left in the quarter.
In the second quarter, Stillman would score three times. QB Torrance Moise would score on runs of 13 and seven yards while James Bigham would return a blocked punt 35 yards for the third score. At halftime, the Tigers led 23-10.
In the third period, Stillman RB Jovontae Thurmon caught a pass in the flat and raced 16 yards to put Stillman in front 30-10. In the final period, the Stillman offense would begin to stall, allowing the Bears the opportunities needed to get back into the game and eventually secure the win.
The victory sets up an SIAC Western Division Championship game next Saturday, November 9th, against Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL with the winner advancing to the 2013 SIAC Football Championship game. Kick-Off is set for 1 p.m. CT.
Courtesy of thesiac.com