Special Teams, Defense Propels Fort Valley State Victory Over Benedict
Fort Valley State 34, Benedict 30
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Fort Valley State University scored 20 points off a pair of blocked punts and an interception return, and then held off a late Benedict rally to defeat the Tigers 35-30 in the annual Augusta City Classic played Saturday afternoon at Lucy Laney Stadium.READ MORE: AJC Peachtree Road Race runners reflect on freedom, equality for Fourth of July
Quarterback Eugene Smith also threw for 197 yards and a touchdown, completing 12-of-22 passes , and Jonquez Sanders to lead the Wildcats, (2-2, 2-0 SIAC), to its second consecutive victory, after starting the season 0-2. Ja’Bioas Glenn scored on a 34-yard interception return and was named Defensive MVP of the Classic.
After starting the season 2-0 Benedict, now 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the SIAC, was held to -16 yards rushing on the day, although quarterback Marcus Graham was sacked four times and had -32 yards rushing on 11 attempts. Graham completed 15-of-42 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions.
Fort Valley took an early 13-0 lead after scoring on a blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone by Stefon Harper and a Jamie Walker 9-yard touchdown reception from Smith. Benedict responded with 17 unanswered points after Rodney Hall took a Fort Valley State kickoff 90-yards, which was followed by a 5-yard Thomas Gillie touchdown reception and a Eduardo Hernandez field goal, which gave the Tigers a 17-13 lead minutes before the half. Before the period ended, however, Brian Curry’s second punt attempt was blocked, which was recovered by Calvin Jackson, which gave the Wildcats a go-ahead score.
Fort Valley will have its home opener next week against Tuskegee, while Benedict will also host Miles for its home opener for the season.
Second Half Surge lifts Tuskegee over Lane
Tuskegee 42, Lane 14
JACKSON, TENN. – A one-point lead was broken open with 27 consecutive points by the Golden Tigers in the second half, and Tuskegee improved to 3-1 overall with a 42-14 victory over Lane College Saturday afternoon in the first conference game between both teams this season at Lane Stadium.
Justin Nared threw for 213 yards and a touchdown on 14 of 26 passing to lead Tuskegee to its eight consecutive SIAC regular season victory.
The game was broken open on the two touchdown plays by Tuskegee in the second half. Michael Thornton had a 14-yard run to push the lead to 22-14, before Joshua Crowe scored on a 21-yard run about five minutes later. The final score of the game was a 29-yard reception from Rashard Burkette to Marquel Gardner, giving Tuskegee their fourth consecutive touchdown of the second half.
Tuskegee, (3-1, 1-0 SIAC), had a total of 546 yards of offense during the contest, as compared to 251yards for Lane. The big advantage Tuskegee had was the ground game, as the Golden Tigers had 304 yards off of 41 carries. By comparison, Lane only managed 48 yards rushing for the entire contest.
The Dragons, (2-2, 0-1 SIAC), were led by Chris Rini, who completed 27 out of 36 attempts for 203 yards and two touchdown passes, which all came in the first half.
Lane will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to face Stillman in a crucial SIAC West Division contest, 5 p.m. (CST) at Stillman Stadium. Tuskegee will travel on the road for the fifth consecutive week to face Fort Valley State for a 6 p.m. (EST) kickoff.
Tigers route Central State
Tennessee State 73, Central State 6
ST. LOUIS–Michael German was 8 of 8 for 159 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tennessee State’s 73-6 rout over Central State on Saturday at theGateway Classic played at Edward Jones Dome.
German was subbed out for most of the second half after Tennessee State (4-1) raced ahead, leading 28-0 at the end of the first quarter and 43-6 by the end of the half.
Tennessee State gained 539 yards on 54 plays, scoring 10 touchdowns and needing to punt only once in the game.
Tim Broughton ran 13 times for 108 yards and Darion Hall added 94 yards on five carries. Both Hall and Chris Sanders-McCollum scored their first career touchdowns in the second half.
Central State (0-4) scored its only touchdown on a 1-yard run by Michael Wilson early in the second quarter but failed on its 2-point conversion.
The Tigers and Marauders played for the first time since 1990. Tennessee State now leads the series 26-5.
Maroon Tigers fight off late rally for win in home opener
Morehouse 28, Edward Waters 26
ATLANTA – Running Back Thomas Williams rushed for a career high three touchdowns–all in the first half–to pace Morehouse to a 28-5 halftime lead but needed a late interception by Joshua Anderson to pull off a 28-26 victory over Edward Waters Saturday evening in the Tigers home opener at B.T. Harvey Stadium.READ MORE: Ukrainian Forces Withdraw From Lysychansk
The senior running back, who also is the punt and kickoff returner, scored on runs of 15, 34, and 54 yards and finished the game with 118 yards on 10 carries. That combined with three kickoff returns for 60 yards and a 20-yard pass reception gave Williams 198 all purpose yards on the evening.
Morehouse, which started the season 0-2, is now 2-2 going into their SIAC opener at home next Saturday evening against its Clark Atlanta. The rivalry game will be televised on Bounce TV next week as the first SIAC Game of the Week featured on the network.
For the game, Morehouse appeared to be on route to a easy victory, but the visiting Tigers from EWC rallied with three second half touchdowns, including two in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. After taking over on downs, Edward Waters had the ball on the Morehouse side of the field with 22 seconds remaining, but an interception by Joshua Anderson halted the drive and the Maroon Tigers ran out the clock.
It was second big defensive play by Anderson who stifled a third quarter drive by the visiting Tigers, with an interception in the end zone. He collected eight tackles. Devon Mann scored the other Morehouse touchdown, on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Joshua Harris.
Edward Waters scored on rushing touchdowns of 5 and 17 yards and a 22-yard pass completion, all in the fourth quarter.
Straughan tosses four second half touchdown pass to rally Stillman
Stillman 26, Kentucky State 21
FRANKFORT, Ky.–Trailing 14-0 going into the third quarter, Stillman quarterback Josh Straughan threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers to rally the Tigers past Kentucky State 26-21 Saturday night at Alumni Stadium.
The Tigers (3-1, 2-0 SIAC) found themselves trailing 14-7 after three quarters of play before scoring 19 points in the final period on the strength of a strong passing attack.
Straughan threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to receiver Octavian Ford with just 37 seconds left to give Stillman the come-from-behind victory and push the Tigers toward the top of the SIAC’s Western Division. The sophomore completed 19-of-32 passes for 326 yards with touchdown passes to receivers Hudson Cain, Dondre Purnell, Charles Payne, and Octavian Ford.
Both teams combined for 734 yards of offense on a day that saw two very different offensive game plans. The Thorobreds relied heavily on the run game with junior running back Jacquise Lockett rushing the ball 22 times for 140 yards and three touchdowns.
Kentucky State, (2-2, 1-1 SIAC), was ahead on the scoreboard for most of the game. Kentucky State struck first when Lockett scored his first touchdown of the game with just over nine minutes left in the second quarter, which was followed by his second touchdown on a 17-yard run before the half to give KSU a 14-0 lead at the half. After Stillman first touchdown in the third quarter, Lockett scored his third touchdown of the day to give the Breds a 21-6.
From there, KSU held the lead until the Straughan to Ford touchdown late in the game.
Kentucky State junior transfer quarterback Adam Robinson had a solid day for the Thorobreds going 17-for 26 with 140 yards on the day. SIAC preseason first team running back Justin Williams rushed 13 times for 60 yards.
Stillman wide receiver Dondre Purnell was the top receiver in the game with seven catches for 154 yards and a touchdown. KSU receiver Clayton Patton had a team-high seven catches for 72 yards.
Stillman will return home to host Lane College on next Saturday while Kentucky State will host non-conference opponent Alderson Broaddus on October 5.
Miles dominates Albany State, picks up first win of the season
Miles 22, Albany State 14
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–Miles College quarterback Demetrice Price completed 12 of 15 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 65 yards and a score to lead the Golden Bears to a 22-14 victory over Albany State University in its home opener at Albert J. Sloan Stadium.
The Golden Bears, (1-2, 1-0 SIAC), picked up its first conference win of the season and most importantly returned to its rare form racking up 487 yards (239 rushing, 248 passing) of total offense. In its first two losses of the season, Miles allowed 42 points per game and ranked last in the conference in total defense.
The score was tied 7-7 at the half until Price broke the stalemate by finishing a six play 80-yard drive with a 37-yard touchdown run with 3:35 remaining in the third quarter to give Miles a 13-7 lead. On the Golden Bears next drive, Price found All-SIAC receiver Antonio Pitts for its second touchdown of the day with a 7-yard reception. A 19-yard field goal by Jason Coste increased Miles lead to 22-7 lead with 8:34 left in the fourth quarter.
Albany State rallied to pull the game within eight points on a Frank Rivers 12-yard touchdown pass to Jessie Atkins, which was his second of the game. Atkins had a game high 13 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Rivers went 25-of-36 for 260 yards and two touchdowns.
With the score tied 7-7 at the half, Price finished a six play 80 yard drive with 37-yard touchdown run, which gave the Golden Bears a 13-7 lead.
Next week, Miles will travel to Columbia to face Benedict, while Albany State will have a week off before traveling to Jackson, Tenn. to face Lane, October 12.
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Albany State (Bye)
Miles at Benedict, 2 p.m., Columbia, SC
Central State at West Texas A&M, 3 p.m. (CST) Canyon, TX
Clark Atlanta at Morehouse, 7 p.m. Atlanta, GA (Battle of the AUC) **Game Televised On Bounce TV**
Tuskegee at Fort Valley State, 6 p.m. Fort Valley, GA
Alderson Broaddus at Kentucky State, 1 p.m. (CST) Frankfort, KY
Lane at Stillman, 5 p.m. (CST) Tuscaloosa, AL