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Hal LamarBy Hal Lamar
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Morehouse “turns over” win, divisional lead to Albany State

ALBANY,Ga- Despite arguably facing the best defense that Albany State has mounted this season, the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College let a big fish off the hook in their 25-15 loss to the Rams of ASU October 15 in Albany Georgia.

The loss also allows the Rams to slip into first place in the SIAC’s eastern division. The Morehouse win was Albany State’s first divisional clash of the year.

Albany State scored first in last Saturday’s game at the 3:27 mark of the first period on a two yard run by Nathan Hoyte. But then, a point after attempt was blocked and returned 92 yards for a safety by Maroon Tiger sophomore Joshua Thurston.

Morehouse had a golden opportunity to take the lead with less than a minute remaining in the first period. On first and goal at the Albany State two yard line, running back David Carter fumbled the oval which was recovered by Albany State sophomore Brandon Brown. It was one of five times that the Ram defense forced Morehouse to cough up the football and at the most inopportune times.

At the 10 minute mark of the second quarter, Morehouse found itself again in scoring position at the Albany State 19. The ball scooted out of the hands of quarterback Byron Ingram and into the hands of an Albany defender. The Rams took advantage of the turnovers to score twice in the second period and walk into the locker room at the break leading 19-2.

The fortunes of the Marooners seemed to change in the second half. Led by an  ASU fumble encouraged by linebacker Charlie Wilson, Ingram led the Tigers on a 70 yard drive that resulted in a 13 yard strike to wide-out Derrick Hector.

Albany’s lead was cut to 10.

Morehouse scored again early in the fourth period thanks to their defense and Darius Williams who intercepted an ASU pass which set up another Morehouse touchdown and whittle down the Ram lead to seven.

But an 11th hour drive by Morehouse late in the fourth period was stopped when ASU linebacker Bruce Ryles intercepted an Ingram pass in Morehouse territory which allowed the Rams to seal the victory with a 25 yard field goal by sophomore Brandon Hamilton.

Despite the victory, the pressure is really just starting for the Rams who must win its three remaining ballgames to insure a trip to the first SIAC championship game November 12 at Atlanta’s Lakewood Stadium. ASU will tangle with Clark-AU October 22 in Waycross, Ga., Benedict at home on the 27th, and then Fort Valley November 5 in Columbus Georgia. All are divisional matches. Conversely, Morehouse, now in second place in the east at 1-1, faces two other divisional matches with Benedict as their homecoming opponent October 22 and Fort Valley October 29 . They close out the regular season on the road against Kentucky State.

Meanwhile, Clark-AU is having trouble finding the winners circle again. After their upset win over Fort Valley September 17,the Panthers have dropped four straight, including the 10-7 loss October 15 as the homecoming opponent for Benedict College.

It was the first win for Benedict’s interim head coach James Woody.James WoodyWoody

CAU led 14-3 until the 5:54 mark of the fourth period when the Tigers scored on a 43 yard pass to Jordan Kelley. It ended up being the only points they would need to skirt past CAU which had lost its own homecoming to Miles College just a fortnight before. The win, Benedict’s first since their upset 23-17 victory over ranked  Shaw University September 17, has moved the Tigers to third place in the SIAC’s eastern division. CAU, which at one point was in first place in the east, has slipped to fourth.

‘ROUND THE CONFERENCE: Stillman College, number one in the SIAC west, had to come from behind to defeat the 1-6 Chowan Hawks 24-21. It leaves Stillman observers to ponder the fate of their team as they face divisional rival Miles in two weeks…..Miles, meanwhile, won an important divisional clash with Kentucky State 45-24….Meanwhile, Tuskegee has won the second of its last three games by defeating Lane College 41-17 with the Goldens getting 60 full minutes from their defense….Fort Valley dropped its third straight last weekend 58-30 to Bethune-Cookman ……..

XTRA POINTS: Benedict junior quarterback Simeon Kelly cites his father as his biggest inspiration. That’s because his Dad, Simeon Senior, was a not-too-shabby running back for Clark-AU back in the 70s. One of his teammates in those days was George Turner, Atlanta’s current chief of police……The steering committee helping the SIAC plan for the first conference championship game November 12 is putting some finishing touches on the game and ancillary activities such as a battle of high school bands and special honors set for past SIAC gridders who are now or were in professional football and a specific honor to be afforded those past stars who made the all-conference teams. By the bye, if you played at any of the conference colleges and made an all-conference team, please contact SIAC official Ruben Perez at (404) 221-104 x 27 or at

Tuskegee over Kentucky State
Stillman over Fort Valley
Morehouse over Benedict
Albany State over CAU
Miles over Lane

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