Hat trick by Rawls, lifts Kentucky State in win over Fort Valley State

Kentucky State 17, Fort Valley State 11

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sophomore defensive back Eric Rawls intercepted his third pass of the game with just 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter to secure a 17-11 victory for the Kentucky State University Thorobreds over the Fort Valley State University Wildcats in a conference football game on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

With just 27 seconds left in Saturday’s contest Fort Valley State (2-4, 2-2 SIAC) took over at its own 12-yard line looking to make one final push. On their first play of the drive Fort Valley quarterback Eugene Smith threw a desperation pass down the right side of the field only to have Rawls adjust to the ball and secure the victory for Kentucky State (4-2, 2-1 SIAC) with an interception.

A game changing defensive play was a fitting end to a game that saw the two defenses control the pace of play throughout. Both of the defensive units held the opposing offense to less than 200 total yards. Neither offense was allowed to settle into their game plan with the defenses combining for six sacks, five interceptions and 11 quarterback hurries.

Junior linebacker Terry Horton had a game high 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Horton was all over the field collecting five solo and seven assisted tackles as well as 2.0 tackles for a loss of 17 yards.

Horton’s biggest impact play of the game came with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, when Smith dropped back for FVSU on fourth-and-four. Horton came on a blitz right up the middle and sacked Smith for a loss of 13 yards. That play gave the Thorobreds the ball back with just over two minutes left and allowed them to run the clock down to under 30 seconds.

After three games in a row at home the Thorobreds will hit the road for a conference match-up against Miles College next Saturday, October 19. That game will be Miles homecoming game and will be televised on Bounce TV.


Marauders pull off upset, earns first win of the season

Central State 25, Miles 21

WILBERFORCE, OH –Trailing 14-13 at the start of the third quarter, Michael Wilson found receiver Steven Heard for a 15 yard touchdown pass and the followed with a three yard run to lift Central State University to a 25-21 upset win over Miles College Saturday afternoon at McPherson Stadium for its homecoming.

Wilson finished completed 5-for-7 passes for 120 yards, while adding 113 yards rushing on the ground to lead the Marauders, (1-5, 1-3 SIAC) to their first win of the season and as a member of the SIAC.

The Golden Bears, (2-3, 2-1) suffered their first lost in SIAC action this season. The team was led by Denzel Veale, who finished with 79 yards rushing and a late touchdown, which eventually was the final score of the game.

On its homecoming, it didn’t take long for Central State to get on the board as Tyrez Shipmon picked up a Golden Bear fumble and returned it 28 yards giving CSU the 7-0 first quarter lead.

MC starting quarterback, Demetrice Price, led the Golden Bears on a seven play, 76-yard drive, capped by his three yard plunge tying the score at 7-7 early in the second quarter. Miles would take the lead on a 57-yard touchdown interception return by cornerback Alexander Francois making the score 14-7.

Just before halftime the Marauders would cut the lead to 14-13 as Priest Shuler ran it in from 11-yards out but the point after attempt was blocked.

Central State would take the lead early in the third quarter when  Wilson found Heard on a 15-yard TD pass giving CSU the 19-14 lead. Wilson would help the Marauders add to the lead on a three yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown extending the lead to 25-14.

The Golden Bears attempted to rally in the final quarter adding a touchdown run by, Denzel Veal, cutting the score to 25-21, but it proved to be a little too late as CSU held on for their first SIAC victory.

Miles College returns to the friendly confines of Albert J. Sloan – Alumni Stadium for Homecoming 2013 next Saturday, October 19th to take on the Thorobreds of Kentucky State University. The contest has been designated as the SIAC Game of the Week and will air to a national TV audience on Bounce-TV. Kick-off is set for 4:00 p.m.  Central State will travel to Jackson, Tenn. to face Lane College, Saturday at 2 p.m.


Tuskegee blows out Morehouse

Tuskegee 54, Morehouse 10

COLUMBUS, GA – In Tuskegee’s 54-10 blowout victory over their oldest gridiron rival in the 78th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic at AJ McClung Stadium, Rashard Burkette had an impressive performance in what was his first start in 18 games.  The senior was 12-for-19 for 247 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran for 29 yards in his first start since Sept. 1, 2012.

Even more impressive than Burkette’s showing at A.J. McClung Stadium on Saturday was the performance of freshman Hoderick Lowe.  The freshman was the catalyst as he had nine rushes for 75 yards and three touchdowns to go with three receptions for 93 yards and another touchdown.

Tuskegee, (5-1, 3-0 SIAC), had a total of 351 out of 598 total offensive yards on the ground. Six Golden Tigers rushed for at least 29 yards, and three of those players ran for a minimum of 72 yards.  These contributions look very similar to the last two weeks, when the offensive line for Tuskegee became 100 percent healthy.

For Morehouse, (2-4, 0-2 SIAC), the Maroon Tigers day was marred by miscues, mistakes, injuries, and turnovers. In summation, it just was not a good day for the Maroon Tigers. In the first half, Morehouse drove the ball effectively, but was only able to come up with 10 points on four attempts inside TU’s 30 yard line.

Don Cox was Morehouse’s MVP with four catches for 63 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jordan Tarver in the 4th quarter.

Tuskegee ends their crucial six game home stretch with its first home game of the 2013 season next week. To that end, the Golden Tigers will have an opportunity to defeat two teams of rival tigers in consecutive weeks, when Stillman is in town next Saturday.  Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. Central/2:00 p.m. Eastern.

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Morehouse will travel to Fort Valley to face Albany State next Saturday at 2 PM.


Stillman bounces back with win on homecoming against Benedict

Stillman 35, Benedict 21

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –Stillman Tigers defeated the visiting Benedict Tigers 35-21 at Stillman Stadium on its homecoming.

In a game the featured two of the top offenses on the SIAC, Stillman boasted an offensive total of 445 total yards (144 rushing, 301 passing) while Benedict tallied 340 yards (65 rushing, 275 passing) in the contest.

After both teams struggled on their opening possessions, Stillman struck first when junior Jovontae Thurman ran from four yards out with 50 seconds remaining on the first quarter clock.  Benedict got on the scoreboard when Eduard Hernandez nailed a 42-yard field goal, making the score 7-3.

Stillman would answer when freshman running back Rovonta Johnson – returning from an ankle injury – scampered 42 yards to make the score 14-3.  Less than three minutes later, a bad snap by the Stillman offense found its way into the hands of Benedict linebacker Martin Epps who ran 45 yards to the end zone.  With the PAT, Stillman led 14-10.

With 1:34 remaining in the half, Stillman quarterback Torrance Moise found Joshua Jackson for an 18-yard strike, extending the Stillman lead to 21-10 at intermission.

When both teams returned from the locker rooms at halftime, junior kick returner/receiver Dondre Purnell took the kickoff 97 yards for a score, making the score 28-10 in favor of Stillman.

After Benedict earned three points on a 23 yard Hernandez field goal, Stillman’s Johnson would score his second touchdown of the day, this one from one yard out.  After the Yonwaba Pupuma PAT, Stillman led 35-13.  Benedict would add a late touchdown, but would not get any closer than the 14-point margin.

For Benedict (2-4, 1-3 SIAC), Marcus Graham finished completing 13-of-33 pass attempts for 186 yards while being sacked four times.  Harlon Samuels caught five passes for 90 yards in the game.  Lorenza Cooper finished with 16 carries for 71 yards.    Brandon Beech led Benedict with 10 tackles

For Stillman (4-2, 3-1 SIAC), Moise finished with 263 yards on 19-of-27 passing while carrying the ball 14 times for 18 yards.  Reese Sturgis caught three passes for 111 yards while Charles Payne caught four passes for 70 yards.  Johnson finished with 11 carries for 58 yards while Thurmon had five carries for 54 yards.  Defensively, Cameron and Robert Crosby each had nine tackles while Greg Abrams andPeter Dele had six stops.

Stillman will take to the road next week for a rivalry contest against Tuskegee University on Saturday, October 19 at 1 p.m


 Lane wins a thriller over Albany State

Lane 37, Albany State 31

JACKSON, Tenn.–Chris Rini completed 29 of 42 passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns, but no completion was important as his late fourth quarter 6-yard touchdown pass to Bradley Landrum, which turned into the eventual game winner for the Dragons 37-31 win over Albany State Saturday evening at Lane Stadium.

Rini also ran for 53 yards and two touchdowns to lead his team to its second consecutive win of the season. Receiver Gregory Moore II had a game-high eight catches for 171 yards and a touchdown. Landrum finished with six catches for 75 yards and the aforementioned score. Jerry Carter also scored on a 42 yard fumble return to lead Lane.

Also, for the second week in a row, Lane used a big play on defense to secure a win. Michael Ruffin intercepted a pass in the final seconds of the game to secure the win for the Dragons, (4-2, 2-1 SIAC).

Despite racking up over 500 yards of total offense, Albany State, (1-4, 0-2 SIAC) is in an unfamiliar territory, facing its worst record under the direction of head coach Mike White. Quarterback Frank Rivers finished with 284 yards passing and two touchdowns, while Kareem Hess and Phillip Moore combined for 173 yards on the ground.

The team’s jockeyed for position early, with Lane eventually taking a 16-14 lead at the half. In the final minutes of the game, the Dragons had to nurse a 30-17 lead with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, until the Golden Rams scored two touchdowns and took a 31-40 lead with over four minutes remaining in the contest.

Lane host Central State next Saturday for a 2 PM (CT) kickoff, while Albany State will host Morehouse College.


Clark Atlanta steamrolls College of the Faith

CAU 56, COF 0

ATLANTA–With 591 total rushing yards on offense the Clark Atlanta University Panthers demolished College of Faith 56-0 at home on Saturday. CAU will travel to take on Benedict College on Saturday  Oct. 19, at 2:00 pm in Charles F. Bloden Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

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