Strong second half helps Miles cruise to second consecutive win

Miles 27, Benedict 13

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COLUMBIA, SC-Miles College gained 261 yards rushing and took advantage of three turnovers to pull  Miles Football

way from a close game and defeat Benedict 27-13 on Saturday afternoon at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium.

In a game that was tied 7-7 at the half,  the Golden Bears , (2-2, 2-0 SIAC) scored 20 second half points to win its second consecutive game.  Quarterback Demetrice Price went 13-for-19 passing for 116 yards, but had two rushing touchdowns to lead Miles. Running back Emmitt Terry finished with 83 yards and a score and Denzel Veale broke a 63-yard run late in the fourth quarter to end hall hopes of a Benedict comeback.

The Golden Bears scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:05 left in the third quarter. A poor snap on fourth-down from midfield resulted in a 14-yard loss for Benedict punter Brian Curry, his second attempt of the day he failed to get off. The Golden Bears took over at the Benedict 37 and needed just four plays to score, with Terry Emmett running the ball in from eight yards out. The PAT by Jason Coste missed, giving the Golden Bears a 13-7 lead with 3:49 left in the third quarter.

On Miles’ next possession, the Golden Bears traveled 67 yards on seven plays, with quarterback Demetrice Price rushing for a 23-yard score on third down.

Benedict came back and went 68 yards on eight plays for a touchdown. Tavion Wright started off the drive with a 17-yard run, and capped off the drive with a 3-yard run for a touchdown. Eduardo Hernandez’s PAT was blocked, but Benedict cut the lead to 20-13 with 12:50 left to play.

The Tigers, (2-3, 0-2 SIAC) have now lost three games in a row. While the team has vastly improved from last year, the team has been marred by turnovers and poor special teams play, particularly in its last two contest. Quarterback Marcus Graham 23-for-31 for 210 yards and running backs Kenneth Hurley Jr and Tavion Wright each rushed for touchdowns to lead Benedict.

Benedict will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to face Stillman and Miles will travel to Wilberforce, OH to face Central State.


High scoring first half, Lockett lead Kentucky State to victory

Kentucky State 49, Alderson-Broaddus 20

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Jacquise Lockett rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns before weather  Kentucky State

nded Saturday’s non-conference football game at Alumni Stadium between the Kentucky State University Thorobreds and the Alderson-Broaddus Battlers. The Thorobreds earned a 49-20 victory after rain and lightning forced officials to call the game early.

The Thorobreds (3-2, 1-1 SIAC) were cruising to their third victory of the season before bad weather ended the contest with 1:40 left in the third quarter. KSU had just scored its seventh touchdown of the game on a 1-yard Lockett rush when lightning struck. The teams returned to the field and ran out the third quarter clock before the game was officially ended.

Lockett, who entered the game leading the SIAC in several rushing and offensive categories, added to his totals with 135 more rushing yards on 17 carries and three more touchdowns. Lockett now has 650 yards and 12 touchdowns in five games this season.

Junior quarterback Adam Robinson had arguably his best game of the season going 7-for-14 with 139 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Robinson connected on a 33-yard pass to Troy Churchill and a 26-yard pass to Clayton Patton Jr., both in the second quarter.

Sophomore quarterback Alex Springs also spent some time under center in the second quarter going 2-for-2 with 31 yards and a 19-yard touchdown pass to receiver Derek Woodmore. Woodmore finished the game with a game leading 87 yards on three catches.

Senior receiver Jakar Turner was a difference maker on special teams. Turner took an Alderson-Broaddus kick-off and returned it 91-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Turner finished with 110 return yards.

The Battlers (2-3) were led offensively by redshirt freshman quarterback Wesley Nesmith who finished the game with 165 yards and a touchdown on 13-for-24 passing. Redshirt freshman Brandon Jones was the leading rusher for Alderson-Broaddus finishing the game with 51 yards on 13 carries.

Next up for Kentucky State is a match-up against Fort Valley next Saturday, Oct. 12. The game is part of the Kentucky State University homecoming weekend. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m.


No. 4 West Texas A&M to much for Central State

West Texas A&M 72, Central State 0

CANYON, Texas  – A career-high seven touchdowns by West Texas A&M senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan highlighted a 72-0 win on Homecoming over Central State for the fourth-ranked Buffs Saturday afternoon.  With the win, WT improved to 5-0 on the year, while Central State fell to 0-5.

Vaughan, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, broke the school career passing record of 9,799 yards which was held by Taylor Harris as he threw for 401 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns.  Vaughan was 32 of 40 for the game with no interceptions.  Vaughan came into the game just 115 yards behind Harris and achieved the feat late in the first quarter.

Marauders quarterback Michael Wilson went 16-for-32 passing for 124 yards. He also picked up 54 yards on the ground. Zach Thomas also had six catches for 69 yards in the losing effort.

Central State will host Miles next Saturday for its homecoming in Wilberforce, OH.


Blocked Extra Point, Leads Lane To Victory

Lane 28, Stillman 27

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.– Stillman College racked up close to 600 yards of total offense and had a career high 437 yards passing performance by quarterback Josh Straghan, but it was not enough as a blocked extra point after a potential game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter allowed Lane College to escape with a 28-27 Saturday evening at Stillman Stadium.

Stillman tallied 582 total offensive yards in the contest (93 rushing, 489 passing); however, it was  Stillman

ane taking advantage of two interceptions and two fumbles, with both fumbles would lead to Lane touchdowns.

On Lane’s second possession of the game, the Dragons went 20 yards in six plays, capping the drive with the SIAC passing leader Chris Rini finding Duke Coleman for a six-yard scoring pass.  Stillman would answer to start the second quarter when Straughan found Omyon Roberson for Roberson’s first career touchdown.

After the Tiger defense forced Lane into a three-and-out situation, a bad snap would give Lane the ball on the Stillman seven-yard line, a short field which Lane would take a 13-7 lead in a McKinsly Marbury four-yard run.

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Straughan would lead the Tigers down the field finding junior tight end Octavian Ford for a three-yard pass play to give Stillman a 14-13 lead.  Lane would answer late in the first half when Rini would score on a quarterback keeper, pushing the lead to 21-14 in favor of the Dragons at intermission.

Stillman would score first in the third quarter when Straughan would scramble out of trouble to find Raymond Coats in the right sideline of the end zone, tying the game at 21-21.

Lane would regain the lead when Jerald Hatchett capped a seven-pay, 67-yard drive with a 15-yard run nealy untouched.  With the score 28-21, Stillman would seemingly fight their way back into the game until Straughan would leave the game with an apparent injury.

Backup QB Torrance Moise struggled at first before finding his rhythm late in the fourth quarter.  The senior from Miami, Florida would scamper 33 yards to score with 1:41 remaining in the fourth quarter.  The PAT was blocked and Lane would run out the clock to earn the win.

For Lane, Rini finished with 204 yard passing and one touchdown on 23-of-32 attempts.  Gregory Moore caught eight passes for 98 yards, while Duke Coleman finished with seven catches for 56 yards.  Jack Howard had 14 tackles with Chris Rayborn tallying 11.

For Stillman, Marcus Matthews had a team-high 11 tackles while Eric Childs and Jamal Brooks each tallied six stops.  Straughan completed 31-of-46, two touchdowns and two interceptions before the injury.  Dondre Purnell caught 14 passes for 188 yards while Reese Sturgis caught eight passes for 187 yards.

Stillman will host Benedict on October 12 at 1:30 p.m.  Benedict will enter the game on the heels of a 27-13 defeat against Miles. Lane will host Albany State at home.


Tuskegee defeats Fort Valley State

Tuskegee 21, Fort Valley State 13

FORT VALLEY, GA -In their fifth consecutive road game of the season, Tuskegee fought off a late rally to defeat Fort Valley State 21-13 Saturday evening, in a rematch of the 2012 SIAC Championship Game, at Wildcats Stadium.

The Golden Tigers, (4-1, 2-0 SIAC), also picked up their third consecutive win over Fort Valley in two seasons.

Tyree Brooks fumbled a pitch from QB Justin Nared, but was able to run the pigskin in from 36 yards out to give the Golden Tigers a 14-7 lead.  A quick drive to start the second half gave the Golden Tigers a 21-7 lead, as Michael D. Thornton ran in the game-clinching touchdown from two yards out.

Jonquez Sanders scored on an eight-yard touchdown run for the Wildcats late in the game, but Tuskegee was able to run the remaining 4:13 in regulation off of the clock.

FVSU was again plagued by a lack of sharpness on offense, as well as a smothering number of  Tuskegee’s Gardner

enalties, especially 15-yarders. Malcolm Eady took over at quarterback in the second half and the Wildcats managed a touchdown, but couldn’t get going.

The Wildcats again were hurt by a large number of penalties, to the tune of 17 penalties for 183 yards. The offense had spurts and the defense played well enough, but both sides erased that with penalties galore. Leading the way on defense was All-American linebacker LeRon Furr, who finished with 15 total tackles, and Thomas Wolfe, who recorded an interception and pass break up, in the game.

Next week Tuskegee will face Morehouse at the 78th Annual Tuskegee/Morehouse Classic played in Columbus, GA at A.J. McClung Stadium. Fort Valley State will travel to Frankfort to play Kentucky State for its homecoming.


Clark Atlanta Stuns Morehouse, Pick Up First Win For Head Coach

Clark Atlanta 21, Morehouse 17

ATLANTA—Clark Atlanta University ended a five-year drought against Morehouse College with an impressive come from behind 21-17 victory over the Maroon Tigers at B.T. Harvey Stadium Saturday.

The game was the first featured as the SIAC “Game of the Week” televised on the bounce TV network.

Freshman running back Montavious Taylor, who led all rushers with a game-high 154 yards on the ground, punched in two touchdowns including the game-winning score at the 5:18 mark to give the Panthers a four-point advantage. Defensively, safety Stevon McGill sealed the deal with his first interception on the season with 1:02 remaining in regulation.

The Panthers produced a season-high 445 yards on offensive capped with the quarterback play of freshman Trenton Earl who passed for 157 yards while converting on 12-of-16 attempts.

CAU’s defense held the Maroon Tigers to 177 total offensive play while holding them to 0-12 on third down conversions. Senior linebacker Bre’nard Williams led the Panthers with 10 total tackles including seven solo tackles.

With the win, the Panthers snap a three-game losing streak this season and extend their series lead against Morehouse 50-38-2 dating back to 1905.

Next, CAU (1-3, 1-2) will host College of Faith Saturday, Oct. 12, in a 6 p.m., match-up at Panther Stadium, while Morehouse will battle Tuskegee for the 78th Annual Tuskegee/Morehouse Classic.

Week 6 SIAC Schedule

Albany State at Lane, 2 PM (CT)  Jackson, Tenn.

Benedict at Stillman, 1:30 PM Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Miles at Central State, 1:30 PM,  Wilberforce, OH (Homecoming)

College of the Faith at Clark Atlanta, 6 PM

Fort Valley State at Kentucky State, 1:30 PM (CT)

Morehouse v. Tuskegee, 2 p.m., Columbus, GA (78th Morehouse/Tuskegee Classic

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