Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
A Shocker! Lane Dragons burn Albany State
You think one game can't make a season? Don't say that around the campus of Lane College.
I'm writing this column Sunday afternoon, October 9 but I can well imagine there is still dancing in the streets of Jackson, Tennessee after Derrick Burrough's Dragons burned the nationally ranked Albany State Rams 26-24 Saturday, October 8..
Only 1078 fans showed up for the contest, meaning the greater majority of Jackson, Tennessee's public and Lane's student body missed a honey of a game. ASU had leaped on Lane in the second half with three touchdowns (you don't think the Rams got a little lax after jumping to a big lead early, do you?) But Lane's ìmake doî Dragons (that from the mouth of Burroughs ) locked down the Ram defense in the second half while sacking ASU's Stanley Jennings three times. The season isn't over for Lane .They've still got Tuskegee, Miles, Benedict and Kentucky State to face. But that ASU loss sent a message to all of the aforementioned; don't look beyond the Dragon fire. You might get burned!
ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: The last time Morehouse College lost this season was 30-27 over Howard University September 10 in DC. Since then, the Maroon Tigers have cheated the losing circle by breaking off four straight wins to include a 17-14 victory over Tuskegee last weekend, October 8th before an SRO crowd of 19,876 at the 76th Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic in Columbus Georgia.
Morehouse last beat the ëBama Goldens 16-13 back in 2003. This is the first victory over Tuskegee for Head coach Richard Freeman since he took the reigns of the program four years ago.
The Marooners trailed Tuskegee 14-7 at halftime but then shut down the Golden Tigers offensively in the second half while scoring 10 points of their own. The final touchdown of the game came at the 7:20 mark of the fourth period when quarterback Byron Ingram rushed in from the one yard line. He finished the afternoon with 219 passing yards and one touchdown.
Morehouse's defense sacked Tuskegee's freshman quarterback Justin Nared five times. Three of those sacks came from senior Chigbo Anunoby. Junior Brandon Houston contributed 11 tackles, none of them solo shots.
The victory solidifies Morehouse in first place in the SIAC's eastern division. On October 15, Morehouse tangles with Albany State in Albany Georgia. Morehouse last defeated Albany 24-19 in 2008. The winner will go a long way in deciding the divisional representative in the November 12 inaugural SIAC championship game at Atlanta's Lakewood Stadium. Morehouse last defeated Albany, 24-19, in 2008.
MILES SPOILS HOMECOMING FOR CAU: Miles College found out that sometimes the most valuable member of their roster is the kicker. Such was the case October 8 in Atlanta when sophomore Patton Chambers ended a 14 game Golden Bear scoring drive with a 19 yard field goal with only 19 seconds remaining. It broke a 16-16 deadlock to give Miles a 19-16 win over Clark-AU to solidify their second place standing in the SIAC's western division.
ì We got a long way to go,î Miles first year head coach Reggie Ruffin told his huddled elevens following the game. ì But you fought back . Give yourselves a hand.î
It was a bitter homecoming loss for the Panthers who came into the game having suffered a humiliating loss to Morehouse a fortnight ago 30-2. Fans of the cardinal and black can take solace in the increased intensity their team brought to the playing field last Saturday. They took a 7-0 lead in the first period on a second quarter three yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Anderson Davis. But with 1:23 remaining in the same half, Miles launched an 11-play drive of their own which ended on a one yard quarterback keeper by junior David Thomas.
CAU and Miles exchanged leads twice in the second half.. Miles caught CAU starting quarterback Bryan Mann in the end zone for a two point safety which pulled them to within four points of the CAU lead. Then, Miles took advantage of CAU's free kick to march 64 yards and score on a 10 yard pass completion from Thomas to junior K.C. Logan. But CAU launched a drive of its own at the 7: 58 mark of the fourth quarter which ended with a 30 yard field goal by Panther kicker Kemuel Lawrence . After Miles kicked what became the game winning field goal, CAU tried to make the most of the remaining 19 seconds left in the game with a drive that made it to the Miles 40 before time ran out. ì(The safety) was a big momentum change for us,î said Miles' Thomas, who passed for 219 yards and one touchdown.
ìAs an offense, we saw what the defense was doing and we knew we had to step it up.î ìWe made some mistakes (on the safety),î CAU head coach Daryl McNeil told INSIDE.. ìIt's a learning experience for us and for Mann. We'll take this experience and keep moving.î
CAU remains in second place in the SIAC east behind first place MorehouseÖ
Kentucky State was the 25-24 homecoming winner over Fort Valley State An interception by KSU's Keith Massey halted an FVSU drive to seal the win for the Thorobreds,,,,,,,Stillman made it look easy over hapless Benedict (new head coach and all) 37-0 to solidify their almost un-catchable lead in the SIAC's western division.
THIS WEEK'S GAMES AND PICKS
Morehouse over Albany State
Lane over Tuskegee (Lane homecoming)
CAU over Benedict (Benedict homecoming)
Bethune-Cookman over Ft Valley
Stillman over Chowan
Miles over Kentucky State