Fort Valley, Ga.-Missed extra point attempts seemed to be the difference between a conference road win and loss for Clark Atlanta University as the Panthers fell in a heartbreaking 19-18 loss to Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) East Division foe Fort Valley State University in football action on the road Saturday.
With 4:38 remaining in regulation, Fort Valley (2-1, 1-0) captured its first lead of the game 13-12 after a 46-yard touchdown run by quarterback Otis Brown. An interception on CAU’s next possesion returned the ball to the Wildcats as they capitalized on the turnover with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Drelon Freeman. FVSU’s missed extra point gave the team a seven-point advantage with 2:03 on the clock.
A well executed two-minute drill by the Panthers (1-2, 0-1) added six points after running back Montavious Taylor’s second touchdown (11-yard receiving TD) on a six play, 48-yard drive at the 1:08 mark that put them within an extra point of knotting the game at 19. The Wildcats, however, stopped CAU’s momentum by blocking the extra point attempt after rising atop of the front line. One last opportunity for an offensive possession by CAU came on an on-side kick that Fort Valley covered to seal the win.
The Panthers held the lead through three quarters with an impressive showing on both ends of the ball. Taylor’s 22-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter gave the Panthers an early 6-0 lead at the half after a missed extra point. Freshman Matthew Daniels recorded his longest run of his young career with a 50-yard rushing touchdown on CAU’s opening possession of the second half. After a failed two-point conversion, the Panthers’ lead remained 12-0. Brown then puts the Wildcats on the board with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Renard Williams late in the third quarter with their first score that cut CAU’s lead to six points.
Defensively, Marquis Abernathy led Clark Atlanta with a team-high nine tackles including six solo and one for a three-yard loss to go along with one of three of the Panthers’ pass breakup. LaRelle Muldrow followed with eight tackles and one interception. Fort Valley’s Stefon Harper led all players with 12 tackles. CAU quarterback Trenton Earl contributed 72 yards on the ground and 73 passing yards (7-of-10) to the team’s 304 total offensive yards.
Next, the Panthers will host the University of West Georgia at Panther Stadium Saturday, Sept. 27, at 2:00 p.m.
-Courtesy of Clark-Atlanta Sports Information
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