Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
Morehouse wallops CAU, claims first place in SIAC east
The Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College made it look easy while embarassing the cardinal and black off their opponent Clark-AU with a 30-2 shellacking on Thursday, September 29 before a packed house at BT Harvey Stadium.
The game, televised over Comcast TV, pushed Richard Freeman’s big Cats into first place in the eastern division of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Observers of CAU football are puzzled how it seemed that the same team that upset highly favored Fort Valley 16-11 back on September 17 played so poorly against Morehouse. You might surmise it was because of the short week of practice and preparation from their previous game with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff n St Louis on September 22 (they lost a hard fought contest to the Golden Lions 9-7) . But Morehouse had the same short week following a tough road victory over Lane College on the road the same weekend.
What might have baffled CAU’s much touted defensive elevens in the Morehouse game was the Maroon Tigers no-huddle offense, which was largely responsible for the team’s first two touchdowns of the first quarter.
“That’s the type of offense that Leon Murray ( Morehouse offensive coordinator) played in when he played at Tennessee State University,” said Freeman, Morehouse’s head coach. “He coaches like he plays; fast-paced, fast tempo which supports our philosophy of fast, hard and smart. We run about 130 snaps a day ( in practice) so our kids are trained to move at an extremely fast pace.”
“We shut their (CAU defense’s ) mouths up, “said Morehouse senior linebacker Charlie Wilson, who contributed three sacks and blocked a CAU punt in the second period that was recovered in the end zone for a score by senior defensive back Darrius Williams. “They bragged about being the number one defense and offended us. We had to show them who the real number one defense was.”
Morehouse scored two of its three touchdowns on the ground. One came from junior running back David Carter , who rushed for 161 yards, his fifth straight 100 yards-plus performance in as many games. “ The offensive line did a great job,” said the metro Atlanta native. “ They opened the holes . I could read the holes well.” Carter is ranked fifth among all rushers in NCAA Division II football.
The victory pushed Morehouse’s overall won-loss to 4-1. More importantly, the win was also a division victory which pushed them to the top ahead of Albany State University which is also 4-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Rams have yet to play a divisional opponent. Interestingly, their first opportunity for a division win won’t come until October 15 when they host Morehouse. Last year, ASU edged the Marooners 13-12 on an 11th hour questionable touchdown by the Rams.
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THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND PICKS
Albany State over Lane
Morehouse over Tuskegee
Miles over CAU (CAU homecoming)
Kentucky State over Fort Valley
Stillman over Benedict