by Hal Lamar
Savannah –Morehouse out for 2007 CSRA Classic in Augusta
INSIDE has learned that the 2007 CSRA classic played annually in October in Augusta, Georgia will have two new opponents. For the last few years, the Tigers of Savannah State and Maroon Tigers of Morehouse have mixed in the town of James Brown. The scuttlebutt swirling around Hotlanta is that Savannah wanted a bigger slice of the renumeration pie from the CSRA committee and they said "no" and kept going by canceling the two teams’ appearances, this year.
In lieu, the committee has invited Clark-AU and Benedict to play their regularly scheduled game there come October. Savannah and Morehouse will play but the game has been moved back to a home –and-home with the Tigers by the sea headed to Atlanta, October 13. Having SSU in their own backyard probably suits Morehouse head coach Rich Freeman just fine. It will be up to him to redeem Morehouse from that embarrassing 24-20 loss last year in Augusta. Morehouse was leading 20-6 until the fourth quarter when winless SSU scored 18 unanswered points and then celebrated like it was the Super Bowl….
The braids are gone from the head of Morehouse starting quarterback Carlos King. When asked about it by INSIDE, he said it was simply “team rules” and he is on the team. It shows the kid is willing to listen, adhere to discipline, and, as a senior, is setting a fine example for the underclassmen. That is something that first year head coach Rich Freeman said impressed him right away when he was hired by MH earlier this year.
He also told INSIDE that he hasn’t changed his mind one bit about his decision back in July to start King at QB.. King is excited, but admits he wasn’t surprised totally.
“ I think it’s a reward for hard work,” he said. I put the effort into it and its paying off for me.” King, a senior, is from Albany Georgia (I wonder how Iron Mike White let him get out of Dougherty County).
Freeman, meanwhile, says he is quite happy with his defense and admits the offense is “starting to jell.”
“What we need is more cohesion on the offensive line. They are young,” he says.
Freeman did manage to assemble an impressive cadre of assistant coaches including former Tennessee State quarterback Leon Murray. “He’s like a quiet giant,” said Freeman, “soft-spoken but effective.” Morehouse opens against Benedict at home and Freeman says he knows nothing about the South Carolina Tigers, who have a new head man in Stan Conner.
Mike Frazier (Morehouse), Commissioner of Minor League Sports Southern Football League, is doing double duty this year as head coach of the Forest Park (Ga) Vikings and his first year on the sidelines after a considerable absence in paying off. Saturday, August 18, the team journeyed to Macon Georgia to face the Middle Georgia Warriors and won the game 14-0. Although even Frazier admits it was an ugly win with virtually no offense, he benefited with a strong efforts from the defense and special teams. It vaulted the team to a 4-0 mark, best in the 12 team league. This weekend, they are at home against the Georgia Pride of Norcross…..
And now a look at this week, the first week of the 2007 SIAC grid season and my own humble picks:
*Stillman vs.Concordia-5pm (CST),Stillman Stadium, Tuscaloosa,Alabama
*Albany State vs. North Carolina Central-7pm, Albany Municipal Coliseum, Albany Georgia (This game will be televised via CSTV)
*Fort Valley vs. Clark-Atlanta-6pm-Wildcat Stadium, Fort Valley Georgia
*Lane vs. Lincoln-6pm, Jackson Tennessee
*Miles vs Shaw-6pm, Albert Sloan Stadium, Fairfield Alabama
*Morehouse vs. Benedict-7pm-BT Harvey Stadium, Atlanta Ga.
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