Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
CAU with HUGE upset win over Fort Valley
Defense sparkles for Panthers
It was really all Clark-Atlanta University head football coach Daryl McNeill could do to hold back his own emotions as he huddled his Panther elevens following their upset 16-11 win over highly favored Fort Valley State University.
“Let me show y’all something you will never see again” said McNeill, who then pointed toward the scoreboard at CAU field. “You guys just don’tknow ( he pauses, seemingly choked with emotion)…you just don’t know what love is. We got a long way to go but you just put pressure on yourselves.” The win ups the Panthers record to 2-1 and, at least for now, first place in the SIAC’s eastern division since the win over the visiting Wildcats was also a division victory. It also plunges Fort Valley’s record to 0-3, It’s their first 0-3 start since 1995.CAU has become s boil on the neck of Valley and head coach Donnie Pittman the last three years. In 2009, the Panthers spoiled Valley’s opening of their brand new stadium with a 30-24 overtime victory. And now this. The loss apparently moved Pittsman as much as the win did McNeill. INSIDE couldn’t find the third year head coach for comment following the game.
The real key to CAU’s victory was defense. The elevens managed to hold back at least two Wildcat scoring threats. One, which puzzled observers on both sides of the aisle in the stands, occurred at the 10 minute mark of the third period. Fort Valley, facing a fourth and goal at the CAU 2, elected to attempt the touchdown versus an almost sure thing field goal effort by junior Justin Rosenbaum who had already kicked a 57 yarder toward the close of the first half. The field goal would have pulled Valley to within two points of the CAU lead. “We just came out and played a ballgame, “said CAU senior lineman Aramide Adefemiwa, who recorded six solo tackles. “ We practiced hard all week. You practice hard, you play hard.”
Fort Valley took a 6-0 lead midway the first period but that touchdown was returned via a one yard run by CAU junior quarterback TJ Smith following an interception by senior linebacker Kiece Crite which gave the Panthers the oval at the Fort Valley one. The Panthers then took advantage of another Valley boo-boo and marched 11 plays to score on a 3 yard run by freshman Rashad Lewis. Despite some fierce defense by Fort Valley, CAU managed to score again on a 42 yard field goal by sophomore Kemuel Lawrence.. CAU got the ball the final 4:17 of the game after their defense thwarted yet another Valley scoring threat and ran out the clock to win the contest.
MOREHOUSE CRUSHES EDWARD WATERS
It was Morehouse’s home opener for 2011 and they didn’t disappoint the 4,987 mostly partisan fans at BT Harvey Stadium. The Marooners churned out 507 yards of offense and were blessed with the third 100 yard game and four touchdown performance by junior running back David Carter to upend Edward Waters College, 49-16. The visiting Tigers from Jacksonville, Florida scored first on a five yard run by Antonio Bellamy. An Edward Waters fumble recovered by defensive back Darrius Williams allowed Morehouse to take a 7-6 lead . Edward Waters did manage to score twice before the half and went into the locker room trailing by five. But then Morehouse’s feared offensive machine cranked up in the second half, scoring 29 unanswered points, led by Carter, who scored three of his four touchdowns.
ROUND THE CONFERENCE: Shaw University of the CIAA dropped to 0-3 with a 23-17 loss to Benedict. It’s the second loss Shaw has suffered from an SIAC school….Lane ended its losing drought with a 46-18 win over East Point Georgia’s Point University….Miles took it on the chin 23-20 to the University of West Georgia in a televised game Thursday, September 15….Tuskegee is 0-2 following their 21-6 loss to Alabama A&M.. It’s ‘Skegee’s first 0-2 start since 1996…Valdosta State halted Albany State’s 2-0 streak with a 30-27 victory before over 10,000 in Albany…..Some costly mistakes by Kentucky State resulted in a surprising 31-29 loss at the hands of visiting Stillman College…..
EXTRA POINTS: Justin Rosenbaum’s 57 yard field goal for Fort Valley against Clark-AU has to be some sort of record in the SIAC and perhaps Division II football. The only other FG of that type distance was a 53 yarder drilled by former Morehouse kicker Ian Mullen last year….INSIDE has learned that a threatened lawsuit by former CAU head coach Ted Bahhur claiming bias in his 2009 firing is still on. INSIDE will have more next week….SIAC supervisor of officials Harold Mitchell is doing a complete makeover of the conference’s “officials” operations. He reportedly plans to trim more men (and women) from the ranks, go to a permanent crew system and use officials to run the play clock…….INSIDERS with the 100 Black Men’s Atlanta chapter say they expect a crowd of a little better than 40,000 for this year’s Atlanta Football Classic. Southern has been to the classic four times and has a 2-2 mark against opponents. Southern’s history with the game goes back to 1991. In game three of the series at Georgia Tech’s Grant Field, the Jaguars lost to South Carolina State, 30-23. They returned the next year to help the game move to the Georgia Dome where they defeated SC State, 19-18. They won the tilt over SC State 14-10 in 1993. Their fourth and final appearance at the classic until now was a 19-18 loss to Tennessee State in 1996……
WEEKEND SIAC PICKS
Morehouse over Lane- Jackson Tn.
Albany State over Miles-Fairfield Alabama
Benedict over Fort Valley (10/22/11) – Columbia SC (Comcast sports)
CAU over UAPB- St Louis Mo.
Kentucky Wesleyan over Kentucky State-Owensboro, Ky.
Tuskegee over Stillman-Tuskegee Alabama