Two late touchdowns help the Trojans slay Dragons

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Taylor 27, Lane 21

 UPLAND, Ind.–Chris Rini threw for 369 yards and had three total touchdowns, but it was not enough as two late scores in the fourth quarter helped push Taylor to a 27-21 victory over Lane Saturday afternoon at New Stadium.

 The Dragons, (2-1) suffered their first loss of the season with a fourth quarter collapse on defense. After Rini’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Jamion Dunning, Lane had a 21-13 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Moments later, Justice Odom ran for a 25-yard score and then connected with Shawn Lashbrook for a 15-yard go-ahead score with 56 seconds left.

 In the first quarter, Rini scored on a 3-yard run to tie the score at 7-7 after an six-play 54 yard drive. His second touchdown of the day, on a 1-yard run provided Lane with its first lead of the day at 13-10. In all, the senior led the Dragons with 87 yards on the ground.

 The Dragons will meet Tuskegee for a crucial SIAC West Division matchup at Lane Stadium next Saturday afternoon.


Tuskegee dominated by Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem State 35, Tuskegee 13

 CLEVELAND– On the first play of scrimmage, Winston-Salem State’s defense fell flat after Hoderick Lowe’s 59-yard touchdown run.  From that point forward, the Golden Tigers would fall flat for the rest of the game as the defending SIAC Champions feel to defending CIAA and Black College National Champions, Winston Salem State 35-13 Saturday afternoon at Cleveland Classic played at FirstEnergy Stadium

Tuskegee could not stop the powerful offense of the reigning NCAA Division II National Runners-Up.  Winston-Salem State responded to Tuskegee’s game opening touchdown (with a missed extra point by Trevor Wylie) with a nine-yard touchdown run by quarterback Rudy Johnson, and the Rams had a lead that they would not surrender for the rest of the game at the 10:15 mark of the opening quarter.

The Tuskegee defense gave up a total of 467 yards during the game, and the Rams were able to score a touchdown during every quarter of the contest except the second.  Neither team was able to get into the end zone, and the game was still manageable for the Golden Tigers after they went into the locker room trailing by a score of 14-6 at that point.

The lone bright spot for Tuskegee’s offense, Lowe, the true freshman from Grady High School in Atlanta, finished with 11 carries for 111 yards and the game-opening touchdown.  However, quarterback Justin Nared completed just 7-of-20 pass attempts for a grand total of 85 yards.  By comparison, Winston-Salem’s Rudy Johnson threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 58 yards and two additional scores on the ground.

The key turning point of the game was on Tuskegee’s second drive of the game, when a bad snap from the center was recovered by Hoderick Lowe on a second down play with the Golden Tigers driving at the Winston-Salem 21-yard line.  By the time the play was over, Tuskegee had lost 16 yards, and seemingly all of the game’s momentum.

Tuskegee (2-1) will try to recover next week by going to Jackson, Tenn. to open up conference play against a very powerful division foe in Lane College.  Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. Central time next Saturday.


Stillman cannot handle Falcons flight

St. Augustine’s 35, Stillman 7

 RALEIGH, NC– Playing in less than perfect conditions, the Stillman Tigers saw their win streak end at four as the Tigers fell 35-7 at Saint Augustine’s.

 In spite of wet and cloudy conditions, both the Tigers and Falcons looked to use the game as statement games against quality non-conference competition.

 SAU (1-2) took the opening possession and marched 66 yards on 11 plays, capping the drive with a Roderick Davenport one-yard run.  On their next possession, SAU quarterback A.J. Gilford found Brian Richards for a 32-yard scoring strike to widen the lead to 14-0.

 Stillman would get on the scoreboard when junior linebacker would intercept a Gilford pass and return it 48 yards for the score to close out the first quarter.

 The Falcons would score once in each of the final three quarters, including scoring on a blocked punt return to begin the fourth quarter.

 In the game, SAU would gain 260 yards of offense, but would have four turnovers (all four via interception).  Stillman would gain 202 yards on offense, being held to 27 net rushing yards.

 Junior running back Jovontae Thurman had eight carries for 48 yards while sophomore receiver Hudson Cain caught four passes for 33 yards.  Junior tight endOctavian Ford caught three passes for 64 yards.  Senior quarterback Torrance Moise completed 11-of-20 pass attempts for 122 yards while sophomore QB Josh Straughan went 8-of-17 passing for 53 yards.

Defensively, Matthews had a game-high 18 tackles along with the interception return. Michael Herrod and Cameron Stallings each had six tackles and an interception whileRobert Crosby added five tackles.

Stillman will return to SIAC action next week as the Tigers travel to Frankfort, Ky., to take on the Kentucky State Thorobreds.


Wildcats survive inclement weather, defeats CAU in overtime

Fort Valley State 12, Clark Atlanta 9 (2OT)

ATLANTA–Eugene Smith’s 1-yard touchdown run on a quarterback sneak on the last play of the game gave Fort Valley State a 12-9 double-overtime victory over Clark Atlanta in a game plagued by inclement weather Saturday afternoon at Panthers Stadium.

 Avoiding upset, the Wildcats, (1-2, 1-0 SIAC East), won their first game of the season and also first game in the SIAC East Division.  Nikilous McDaniels rushed for 86 yards and scored an 11-yard touchdown at the 4:53 mark to complete an 11 play, 95 yard drive.

 Clark Atlanta, (0-3, 0-2 SIAC East), showed major improvements on all three facets of the game, but could not pull off the big win for first year head coach Kevin Weston. The Panthers tied the game with 6:31 left in the third quarter as Montavious Taylor grabbed a 14-yard pass from Trenton Earl to clear an 8 play, 57-yard drive.

Both team had chances to win in the fourth quarter, but each missed winning field goals to send the game to overtime.

In the extra period, both team’s field goal attempts were batched. In the second OT, Clark Atlanta kicker Austin Casillas connected on a 36-yard field goal to give the Panthers a 9-6 lead. Moments later the Wildcats responded with McDaniel runs of 10, 5, and 8 yards before Smith’s touchdown run three plays later to win the game.

For the lack of offense displayed on both sides of the ball, each team flexed its muscle on defense. In the game overall, there were eight fumbles, with four being recorded for turnovers, 20 incompletions on 30 passing attempts and 2.9 yards per carry on a total of 144 rushing attempts between the two teams.

 Fort Valley were anchored by linebacker DeRon Furr, who finished with  had a game high 17 tackles and one pass break-up and All-American LeRon Furr, who added 11 tackles, 4.5 tackle-for-losses and two fumble recoveries. All-SIAC defensive tackle Bernard Little finished with tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-losses for 18-yards and a forced fumble.

 Clark Atlanta’s defense were led by its linebackers  Rashad Bryant (13 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss) and All-SIAC selection Bre’nard Williams (11 tackles, three tackles for losses, fumble recovery, and interception). Defensive back Stevon McGill also added 10 tackles and a pass breakup.

 FVSU will travel to Augusta, GA on Saturday, September 28 to play Benedict College in the Augusta Football Classic at 2 pm. CAU is idle, but will face rival Morehouse, October 5 at BT Harvey Stadium on a game that will be televised on Bounce TV.


Bulldogs maul Tigers in Palmetto State Rivalry

South Carolina State 56, Benedict 6

COLUMBIA, SC–The South Carolina State Bulldogs showed just how big a gap there is between a playoff-tested veteran NCAA Football Championship Subdivision team and a young NCAA Division II team as they dominated the Benedict Tigers 59-6 on Saturday in the 12th annual Palmetto Capital City Classic at Williams-Brice Stadium.

The Bulldogs, 2-2, held a 52-0 lead before the Tigers scored. Benedict fell to 2-1 on the season. Benedict lost to S.C. State for the seventh straight time since the two long-time rivals renewed their football series in 2002 in the first Capital City Classic.

The Tigers, who entered the game with the No. 1 defense in Division II, couldn’t stop the Bulldogs, who racked up 405 yards of offense. On the flip side, Benedict struggled to move the ball, gaining 57 yards on the ground and 239 yards of total offense. Quarterback Marcus Graham was sacked five times and finished the day with -22 yards rushing.

The Tigers started out with enthusiasm, as Stephen Williams blocked a punt after the Tigers held the Bulldogs to a three-and-out on the first series of the game. The Tigers had the ball at the S.C. State 19-yard line, but Eduardo Hernandez had a 36-yard field goal blocked. The Bulldogs then moved the ball 54 yards on nine plays with quarterback Richard Cue completing a 7-yard pass to Caleb Davis for the first of eight S.C. State touchdowns on the day. S.C. State also got a 20-yard field goal and a safety.

The Bulldogs had a 28-0 lead at the half, thanks to three costly second-quarter turnovers. Darrius Drummond intercepted a Marcus Graham pass and returned it to the Benedict 6. Two plays later, Justin Taylor ran it in from the 4 to give the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead.

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On Benedict’s next series, Graham was picked off again, as Shaquan Brock returned the interception 55 yards for a score.

On the ensuing possession, Graham’s first pass was picked off yet again. The Bulldogs drove 66 plays on five yards for the scoring drive, with Cue connecting with Tyler McDonald for a 46-yard touchdown and a 28-0 halftime lead.

S.C. State scored on five of its seven second-half offensive possessions to put the game safely out of reach.

The Tigers averted the shutout as Tavion Wright scored a 3-yard run with 4:23 left in the game. The scoring run capped Benedict’s best drive of the day, going 91 yards on 15 plays. The drive was kept alive on a 23-yard rush by Graham on fourth down. Freshman running back Kenneth Hurley Jr. gained 23 yards in that drive. He finished the game as Benedict’s leading rusher with 60 yards on 12 carries and was named Benedict’s MVP.

Benedict opens its SIAC slate with a contest against Fort Valley State in Augusta, Ga., in the annual Augusta City Classic at Lucy Laney Stadium.


Maroon Tigers dominate second half, earn first win of the season

Morehouse 42, Central State 20

 CHICAGO–Sheldon Hamilton had breakout game rushing for 165 yards and two touchdowns to lead Morehouse to its first win of the season in a 42-20 victory over Central State Saturday evening at the Chicago Classic played at Soldier Field.

 Making his first start of the season, the true freshman quarterback Monquavious Johnson went 10-for-18 for 184 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding another score on the ground to catapult the Maroon Tigers, (1-2) to their first win of the season. Thomas Williams also took a kickoff return for a 90 yard touchdown.

 For Central State, the loss dropped the team to (0-3, 0-3 SIAC West) in its first three SIAC conference games. The Marauders schedule will not get any easier as the team will face Tennessee State next week for the Circle City Classic played in Indianapolis. The Marauders offense was unable to produce a touchdown for the second time this season. Defensive lineman Tayvin Ziegler returned a interception 15 yards for a touchdown and Quentin Cowart returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, as both scores came in the second quarter.

 Morehouse will face Edward Waters next Saturday for their home opener at BT Harvey Stadium.


 Virginia State slows down Thorobreds

Virginia State 41, Kentucky State 0

 ETTRICK, VA–Behind the play of quarterback Justin Thorpe, Virginia State built a 20-0 first quarter lead and cruised to a 41-0 victory over Kentucky State at Rogers Stadium.

 Scoring the most points in a quarter in more than two seasons, Thorpe rushed for touchdowns of five and 28 yards and tossed a 33-yard scoring pass to Gene Holloman in the opening quarter of play.

 In the second half, Trojan running back Jordan Anderson took over. Anderson had just four yards rushing in the opening half but broke loose for 117 in the second half to finish with 121 yards on the ground. He scored second-half touchdowns on runs of nine and 63 yards. Zacchaeus Jackson closed out the scoring by picking up a fumble and returning it 65 yards for a score with 5:21 left in the contest.

 Kentucky State, (2-1, 1-0 SIAC West) suffered its first loss of the season and had an uncharacteristic day as the team only was able to rush for 32 yards on 27 carries. In all, the Breds were only able pick up 151 yards of total offense. Kentucky State came into the game averaging 40 points per game.

 The Thorobreds will host Stillman next Saturday for the team’s home opener at Alumni Stadium.


Strong second half aids to Golden Rams first win, aid

Albany State 37, Elizabeth City State 13

 ALBANY, GA.–Junior running back Adrian Alexander ran for a career-high 126 yards and a touchdown to help the Albany State Golden Rams defeat the Elizabeth City State Vikings 34-13 for their first win of the season.

 With the victory, head coach James “Mike” White recorded his 100th career win at ASU. The Golden Rams now have an overall record of 1-2, while ECSU dropped to 0-3 on the season.

 For the third straight game, the Golden Rams got off to sluggish start until finally getting into the scoring column 20 seconds before halftime when Devonta Osborne scored a 22-yard touchdown on a fake field goal attempt. The touchdown was the culmination of a 10-play, 62-yard drive. ASU led 6-0 after the failed PAT.

 In the third quarter, Quarterback Frank Rivers scored on a 1-yard run to give the Golden Rams a 13-0 lead after the successful PAT by Zachary Gayden-Holley.

 Moments later, ASU linebacker Tavarius Washington returned an interception 65-yards for a touchdown to give Albany State a 20-0 lead.

 After a ECSU score late in the third quarter, Rivers found wide receiver Jaquan Rivers in the end zone for a 13-yard strike to give ASU a 27-7 with 6:18 left in the game.

Four minutes later, Alexander would end the Golden Rams’ scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run to give Albany State a 34-7 lead with 1:28 left in the game.

 Running back Phillip Moore also had a steady game on the ground for the Golden Rams. He rushed 14 times for 91 yards. The Albany State running backs combined for 302 rushing yards for the game. Rivers was 14-24 passing and connected on one touchdown pass.

 Larry Whitfield and Marcavius Dudley led the Albany State defense with seven and six tackles, respectively. Dexter Moody recorded three tackles to go with an interception and a pass break-up.

 The Albany State Golden Rams will begin SIAC play when they travel to Birmingham, Alabama to battle Miles College on September 28th. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. central time.


 Miles v. Concordia (Cancelled)

 FAIRFIELD, AL — Saturday’s game between Miles College and Concordia-Selma College at Albert J. Sloan-Alumni Stadium in Fairfield, Ala., has been cancelled due to a fire on the CSC bus which destroyed all equipment. No injury were sustained to the Concordia-Selma football team or coaches. The game will not be rescheduled.

 The Golden Bears next football game will be next Saturday, September 28th, against SIAC conference foe the Golden Rams of Albany State University in Fairfield, Ala., at Albert J. Sloan-Alumni Stadium. Kick-off is set for 6:00 p.m.

Week 4 Schedule

Saturday, September 28, 2013

 Albany State at Miles, 7 p.m. (CT), Fairfield, AL

Fort Valley Sate at Benedict, 2 pm, Augusta, GA (Augusta City Classic)

Tuskegee at Lane, 2 p.m. (CT), Jackson, TN

Central State v. Tennessee State, 2 p.m. (CT), Indianapolis, Ind. (Circle City Classic)

Stillman at Kentucky State, 7 p.m. (CT), Frankfort, KY

Edward Waters at Morehouse, 7 p.m., Atlanta, GA

Clark Atlanta (Bye)

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