Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
Turnovers hurt CAU in 41-7 loss to Georgia State; Coach McNeil sees promise even in loss
Losing by a 41-7 score, one would think that Clark-AU was decimated by Georgia State University in the season opening football game for both on Friday, September 2 at the Georgia Dome. But a quick check finds that the score was the only lopsided statistic of the whole night.
“In statistical categories, we weren’t blown out,” said Head Coach Daryl McNeil.
Offensively, for instance. GSU tallied 342 total offensive yards but CAU picked up 247. The Panthers also racked up 140 rushing yards to GSU’s 146. CAU’s defense held GSU to only three points in the first quarter.
What tripped up CAU was turnovers. In the second period, GSU Panther defenders snatched two CAU passes, both of which resulted in scores.
“The two interceptions were game changers,” said McNeil.
GSU would also score three more times in the second half . CAU avoided a shut out in the 4th period when junior Bryan Mann found Terrance Milton in the end zone to wrap up a 52 yard drive. Mann, who returned to the gridiron after a two year layoff due to family problems, completed six of his passing attempts for 72 yards and was the game’s leading rusher with 88 yards
“The layoff didn’t hurt me too bad,” said the 6-1 junior from South Bay, Florida. “ I’ve been working out all summer. I knew I could throw the football, but I also knew I had to use my legs as well.”
Despite the loss, McNeil said the team showed potential in several offensive and defensive areas.
“We saw a lot of positives in this game. Rashad Lewis (freshman running back), showed some flashes. We gave him jersey number 3 worn last year by all conference running back Winston Thompson (now graduated). “ Winston was on the sideline, talking to me, pointing out things,” Lewis told INSIDE.
“Yes, the team has a lot of promise. If we clean up our mistakes and don’t turn the ball over, we can go to the championship.”
MOREHOUSE ROMPS TO FIRST WIN OVER MILES
Morehouse head football coach Rich Freeman said that his returning junior quarterback Byron Ingram “knew the offense better” and was justified in starting the game against Miles. The junior college transfer from last year came through for Freeman and the Tigers, completing 19 of his 29 passing attempts for 167 yards and scoring three of the Tigers’ seven touchdowns to whip the Bears, 47-9. Morehouse took a 23-0 lead into the locker room at halftime and then added 24 insurance points in the second half despite a downpour that practically turned Birmingham’s Legion Field into a river. Reginald Ruffin, starting his first year as head coach at Miles, blamed the loss on his own poor coaching (to use his words) and a young, inexperienced squad. Morehouse’s defense harassed Miles junior quarterback Casey Weston all evening. He threw for a paltry 11 yards.
AROUND THE CONFERENCE:
- Stillman fought off an attempted comeback by nationally ranked Shaw University in the second half to win their season opener 16-13….
- An interception with 39 seconds remaining in the game allowed Joe Taylor’s Florida A&M Rattlers to escape with a 28-22 win over Fort Valley State..
- Benedict got itself embarrassed on its own turf last Saturday 27-0 at the hands of visiting Virginia Union. It was VU’s second straight shutout in as many games…
- Speaking of escapes, Albany State’s preseason all conference quarterback Stan Jennings scored on a 12 yard run with 51 seconds left to give the Rams a 37-34 win over Savannah State before 7100 in Macon Georgia….
- Lane College got itself off to a good start with a 17-10 victory over Edward Waters College. Lane was winless in 2010.It was their first season opening win since they beat Kentucky State 32-10 in 2008……
- Kentucky State defeats Central State of Ohio 39-21 Sunday evening in Dayton Ohio.
Former Atlanta Falcon wide receiver Terrance Mathis is now offensive coordinator for Savannah State. He was one of several new coaches brought to Savannah by first year head coach Steve Davenport…..
The scuttlebutt is that Harold Williams, the new supervisor of officials for the SIAC, is giving the pink slip to any referee who is overweight and cannot satisfactorily pass the physical…..
Applause to Fort Valley’s longtime (28 years) head women’s basketball coach Lonnie Bartley. Later this month, he will be inducted into the Black College Alumni Hall of Fame here in Atlanta….
THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND PICKS
Albany State over Wingate in Albany Ga.
Bowie State over Benedict in Bowie Maryland
CAU over Lane in Atlanta
Delta State over Ft Valley in Ft Valley Ga.
Kentucky State over Lincoln in Frankfort Ky
Miles over Concordia-Selma in Fairfield Alabama
Morehouse over Howard in Washington DC
Samford over Stillman in Birmingham Alabama
Tuskegee over Langston in Tuskegee