Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
Atlanta native leads FAMU over Southern in Atlanta Classic 22
This year’s Atlanta football classic was especially satisfying for Florida A&M junior running back Lavante Page. The 5-1, 180 pounder is a native of Atlanta. He grew up in a southwest Atlanta community called Oakland City and attended Forest Park Middle School and Douglas County High School (Douglasville, Georgia). During his post game interview, he quipped that middle school was the last time he scored five touchdowns in one game.
Against Southern, Page scored three of his five touchdowns in the second half on runs of six, one and two yards. “I didn’t do it by myself,” he quickly noted. My O (for offensive) line and my fullback paved the way. The team won this game. We were determined not to return to Tallahassee with a loss.” He told INSIDE that several schools courted his talent but FAMU was a favorite of himself and his mother. “ We visited the campus and Coach (Joe) Taylor made us feel like family.”
Page was named FAMUs MVP in the classic.
According to my arithmetic, The Classic needs 1351 more ticket buyers to reach the one million mark in attendance. As of classic 22, the figure was 998,649…Bringing Southern back into the fray did have an effect on this year’s ticket sales. 59.373 attended this year’s gridiron “do” which is 5121 more than last year’s 54,202.
BACK TO THE SIAC
Morehouse College Head coach Rich Freeman was happy as could be to get a win out of Lane College, his former employer.
Freeman, in his fourth season as head coach at Morehouse, came back to his hometown of Atlanta from Lane College in 2007 where he was an assistant coach. And since 2007, the Tigers are 5-0 against the Dragons who always gave the Marooners a hard time each year.
This year was no exception. Morehouse sweated bullets through most of the 4th period trailing 21-19 until Byron Ingram found Derrick Hector in the back of the Lane end zone for a score with 1:25 remaining in the contest to give the Marooners a 25-21 victory and up their overall record to 3-1. Morehouse’s only blemish this year was a 30-27 loss to Howard University on September 10.
Lane’s nemesis was turnovers. The Dragons fumbled the oval twice in the game and once again failed to produce the offense needed to turn away their opponents. At one point before halftime, Lane led 14-3 but wound up going into the locker room at the break leading 14-13.
Lane’s loss moves the Dragon’s overall record this year to 2-2.
CAU LOSES 2ND GATEWAY CLASSIC 9-7
The Panthers of Clark-AU were again the victims of turnovers and lost to the University of Arkansas-Pint Bluff (UAPB) 9-7 in the 17th Gateway Classic in St Louis Missouri.
CAU trailed the Golden Lions 7-0 until 6:58 of the fourth quarter when freshman running back Anderson Davis scored on a three yard run. But a drive late in the fourth quarter was thwarted when UAPB safety Jarvis Webb intercepted a pass from T.J. Smith to seal he Lion’s 3rd victory in four games.
‘ROUND THE SIAC: Fort Valley broke a three game losing drought to defeat Benedict 40-23. Valley’s Tavis Richmond rushed 129 yards and scored twice…Kentucky State is rolling right along with their third victory in four tries. They beat Kentucky Wesleyan on the road 23-7….Quarterback.Stanley Jennings helped the Albany State Rams overcome a 21-10 deficit against Miles to beat the Bears 34-27….Stillman College’s Brandon Allen was BMOC after he led his team to an upset 13-9 win over Tuskegee. Stillman did it the hard way, beating the Golden Tigers in Tuskegee’s Cleve Abbott Stadium…..
WHERE THEY STAND: Clark-AU, Albany State and Morehouse are tied for first place in the SIAC’s eastern division. All three have 1-0 conference marks. ASU and Morehouse are 3-1 overall; Meanwhile, Stillman is a surprising leader in the SIAC’s western division with a 2-0 conference mark. Kentucky State is second with a 3-1 overal1, followed by Lane at 2-2. KSU and Lane both have 0-1 conference marks…
EXTRA POINTS:The press box at the Atlanta Classic was buzzing with news that Alabama A&M University will open its 2012 season against the Tigers of Auburn University…..Ty Miller, director of sports for the Sheridan Broadcasting Network in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, has created an interesting web site called championshipchasetv.com. A big focus of the site is the Pittsburgh Steelers. I watched a great interview with former Steel curtain member LC Greenwood (Arkansas AM&M, now UAPB) . Check it out and sign up…Don’t worry, its free…..Southern University’s band dropped in on halftime of an Atlanta High School game last weekend and treated fans to a mini-concert. Listening to that band, I now fully realize why they are called the human jukebox!