Thorobreds run past rival Central State
Kentucky State 38, Central State 17

WILBERFORCE, Ohio–Jacquise Lockett rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns to lead Kentucky State in its SIAC West Division opening 28-17 win over rival Central State Saturday at McPherson Stadium.

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The junior took the first play of the game 78 yards for a touchdown, and scored on a 51-yard run to give the Thorobreds the go-ahead score in the third quarter after the team trailed 17-14 at the half. The play was set up by a interception by linebacker Terry Horton.

In two games Lockett has rushed for a conference high 352 yards and six touchdowns, for a 10.7 yards per carry to pace all backs in the SIAC.

Kentucky State, (2-0, 1-0 SIAC West) won the turnover battle, forcing four Central State turnovers while surrendering just one on the day.

For Central State, (0-2, 0-2 SIAC West), the game was lost in the second half. Quarterback Michael Wilson threw for a touchdown pass and rushed for another to give Central State an early lead, but four second half turnovers, two fumbles and two interceptions, prevented any hopes of a comeback.

Wilson led the team with 143 yards passing and 117 yards rushing.

Kentucky State will face Virginia State, (1-1) next week in the Diamond Invitational Classic in Ettrick, VA at 4 p.m., while Central State will tangle with Morehouse for the Annual Chicago Classic.
Second half surge lift Lane Over Morehouse
Lane 31, Morehouse 17

JACKSON, Tenn.–Chris Rini threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns to propel Lane to a 31-17 victory over Morehouse at its home opener Saturday at Lane Stadium.

The senior completed 25 of 31 passes and also rushed for another 73 yards to give the Dragons, (2-0, 0-0 SIAC West), its second consecutive win to start the season. Rini opened up the game in the second half by finding receivers Gregory Moore II on a 41-yard score, Jamion Dunning for a 5-yard score, and George Landrum on a 19-yard score for all three touchdowns.

The game was tied 3-3 going into the half, until Landrum’s 22-yard score on an end around gave Lane the go-ahead score. Moments later, the defense stopped a potential Morehouse touchdown on a goal-line stand before the end of the second quarter.

Morehouse, (0-2, 0-0 SIAC East), will now have to go back to the drawing board after suffering a consecutive loss to start the season for the first time under head coach Rich Freeman. Freshman quarterback Maqavious Dudley led the team with twp fourth quarter touchdown passes to Devon Mann.
Lane will travel to Upland, IN to face NAIA opponent Taylor (1-1) at 1 p.m., and Morehouse will face Central State at the Chicago Classic, 4 p.m.
Tigers rally, dominate Virginia State in Second Half
Benedict 30, Virginia State 14

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.–Trailing 14-10 at halftime, redshirt sophomore Marcus Graham led Benedict to three second half scores in its 30-14 victory over Virginia State Saturday at MetLife Stadium for the New York Urban League Classic.

Benedict improved to 2-0 on the season, winning back-to-back games for the first time since 2010, and are 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2000.

Graham, who was named the MVP of the Classic, completed 19-of-27 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 51 yards rushing on 15 carries. After throwing an interception in the end zone, Graham regrouped to rally the Tigers.

Defensively, the Tigers defense held Virginia State scoreless in the second half. Benedict allowed the Trojans 135 yards of total offense for the game, including just 14 yards in the fourth quarter. Benedict held the ball for 13 minutes, while Virginia State had the ball for just two minutes in the final quarter.

Virginia State drops to 1-1 on the season. Virginia State running back Jordan Anderson, who rushed for 182 yards in the Trojans’ season-opening win, was held to minus two yards on six carries against the Tigers. Virginia State finished with 62 yards on the ground on 23 carries.
Tigers dominate Clark Atlanta
Stillman 26, Clark Atlanta 7

ATLANTA–Josh Straughan threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns to lead Stillman to a 27-6 victory over Clark Atlanta Saturday evening on the road at Panther Stadium, in the SIAC opener for both teams.

Stillman, (2-0, 1-0 SIAC West), will travel to Raleigh, NC to face CIAA opponent St. Augustine’s next Saturday.

After a scoreless first quarter, Straughan found receiver Charles Payne for a 44-yard score. On the Tigers ensuing drive, backup quarterback Torrance Moise completed a eight play 57-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Reece Sturgis. Running back Marcus MacAfee scored on a 7-yard run, before Straughan completed the Tigers scoring output with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Octavian Ford.

Montavious Taylor’s 1-yard run in the fourth quarter prevented the shutout. One bright spot for Clark Atlanta was the team’s ability to move the ball on the ground. The Panthers finished with 224 yards on the ground.

Clark Atlanta will host Fort Valley State, 0-2, next Saturday for a consecutive home game.
Late touchdown dooms Fort Valley State
Savannah State 27, Fort Valley State 20

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SAVANNAH, GA–Fort Valley State had a punt blocked, which sparked two fourth quarter touchdowns in its 20-13 loss on the road to Savannah State Saturday evening at Ted Wright Stadium.

Quarterback Eugene Smith scored two first half touchdowns in the first and second quarter to give the Wildcats a 13-0 lead midway through the first half. On the ensuing kickoff, however, Savannah State kick returner Lorenzo Veals took a Chris Ward kickoff 92-yard to put the Tigers on the board. Before the half, Savannah State tied the game on a Simon Heyward 26-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Bostic, which tied the score at 13-13.

In the third quarter, Smith completed a nine play 89 yard drive with a 22-yard pass to Donte Warren.

SSU answered when Bostick capped a five-play, 68-yard drive that consumed 2:37 when he lofted a beautiful 11-yard touchdown pass to Cantrell Frazier, who an over-the-shoulder grab in the right corner of the end zone with 13:25 left in the fourth quarter. Barron kicked the extra point, tying the game at 20.

On the next Wildcat series, their punter Ward attempted a punt on fourth-and-17 from the Wildcats’ 25-yard line but SSU’s Marcus Lee blocked the ball with his right hand and it squirted out of bounds at FVSU’s 1-yard line with 4:31 remaining. Two plays later, Bostick ran for a 1-yard touchdown and Barron kicked the extra point, giving SSU a 27-20 lead.

The defending SIAC East Division Champion Wildcats, (0-2, 0-0 SIAC East) will face Clark Atlanta in its conference opener next week.
Wolves rushing attack too much for Miles
West Georgia 31, Miles 7

CARROLTON, GA–Quan Jones rushed for 296 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead West Georgia to a 31-7 victory over Miles at University Stadium.

For the second week in-a-row, Miles got on the scoreboard first, but could never find their way back into the end zone. Running back Floyd Graves capped off a 14-play 66 yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to give Miles a 7-0 lead.

Following the score, Miles was unable to capitalize on a UWG turnover after turning the ball over on downs. From there the Golden Bears punted the ball seven times and threw two interceptions in the game.

The Golden Bears defense, furthermore, had a bad output for the second game in a row, giving up nearly 300 yards on the ground. Offensively, quarterback David Thomas led the way with 169 yards passing and 31 yards rushing.

The Golden Bears, (0-2, 0-1) will look to regroup next Saturday against Concordia-Selma, for its home opener.
Block punt lifts No. 19 Tuskegee over Albany State
No. 19 Tuskegee 19, Albany State 13

ALBANY, GA–Tuskegee freshman running back Hoderick Lowe broke a late 13-13 tie and scored a late fourth quarter touchdown to spark Tuskegee in a hard-fought 19-13 victory over Albany State Saturday Night at Albany Coliseum.

Despite four fumbles and two turnovers against the Golden Rams, Tuskegee was managed to score two second half touchdowns sparked by Kaleep Williams’ blocked punt late in the third quarter. From there it was a major momentum shift, as quarterback Justin Nared scored on a 1-yard run to tie the game at 13, after trailing 7-6 at the half.

After a stalled Albany State drive, Tuskegee drove the ball down the field and was aided by a pass interference call, which gave TU a first-and-goal inside the five. Two plays later Lowe took a hand-off and bounced it to the outside and stretched out for the score after passing the plane of the end zone.

Albany State controlled the pace of the game but was haunted by missed opportunities throughout the game. A penalty negated a would be 19-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and the miscue on special teams allowed Tuskegee to get back in the game.

The Golden Rams were led by junior quarterback Frank Rivers, who completed 18 for 36 passes for 209 yards. He also had a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Kareem Hess had 92 yards rushing on 10 carries and Phillip Moore added 73 yards on 12 carries. Sophomore kicker Zachary Gayden-Holley also hit two field goals for ASU.

Winless, the Golden Rams, (0-2, 0-0 SIAC East), will host Elizabeth City State at home next Saturday at 7 p.m.

No. 19 Tuskegee, (2-0, 0-0 SIAC West), will face No. 16 Winston-Salem State in a marquee non-conference matchup next week at the Cleveland Classic.

Week 2 Final Scores
Kentucky State 38, Central State 17
Lane 31, Morehouse 17
Benedict 30, Virginia State 14
Stillman 26, Clark Atlanta 7
Savannah State 27, Fort Valley State 20
West Georgia 31, Miles 7
No. 19 Tuskegee 19, Albany State 13

Week 3 Schedule

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Lane at Taylor, 1 p.m. (Upland, IN)
Tuskegee v. Winston-Salem State, 1 p.m. (Cleveland, OH)
Stillman at St. Augustine’s, 1 p.m. (Raleigh, NC)
Fort Valley State at Clark Atlanta, 3 p.m. (Atlanta, GA)
Benedict v. South Carolina State, 4 p.m. (Columbia, SC)
Kentucky State at Virginia State, 4 p.m. (Etrrick, VA)
Concordia-Selma at Miles, 7 p.m. (Fairfield, Ala.)
Elizabeth City State at Albany State, 7 p.m. (Albany, GA)