Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
Morehouse destroys Fort Valley in Fort Valley
FT VALLEY, Ga.- For a head coach at any level of football, being trounced by an opponent on your own home field and in front of your own fans is a most humiliating experience. Fort Valley head coach Donald Pittman was forced to accept a double dose of humble pie Saturday night October 29 by a Morehouse team that scored six times in the game to defeat the Wildcats 49-12.
A mostly partisan crowd of 6,543 sat and shivered in the chilly air to watch as the Morehouse Maroon Tiger machine picked Fort Valley’s defense clean, especially in the first period.
By the start of the second quarter, Morehouse was leading 29-0 with junior David Carter leading the charge. He scored twice in the first period on runs of 45 and 22 yards.
The 62-degree temperature at game time dropped considerably as the Tigers continued to throw cold water on Fort Valley. The Wildcats, in fact, didn’t score until the 10:54 mark of the second period on a 41 yard pass from Antonio Henton to junior Christopher Slaughter. Henton, a home-towner from Peach County High School, provided what little life Fort Valley’s offense could muster, throwing for 200 yards and two touchdowns. He was also intercepted five times and sacked twice by Morehouse’s Scottie Williams (Williams, by the way, is the NCAA Division II’s second leading sacker).
By halftme, Morehouse was leading 42-12. Head Coach Rich Freeman pulled most of his first-teammers in the second half but even his second tier players managed to score one touchdown via a 10 yard run in the third quarter by senior Mychal Harrison. The TD was set up via Carter’s final rushing performance of the evening, a 76 yard run from scrimmage that set up the final Maroon Tiger points at the 10-yard line.
”The offensive line opened up some big holes,” said Carter, whose 351 yard performance surely established an SIAC single game conference record “ I never dreamed we would score this many points against Fort Valley,” he added. “They have a much better team than that. We spent the entire week studying the team, though. We were ready when we came here.”
Valley quarterbackHenton said the team didn’t give up but committed too many turnovers. In fact, Fort Valley had a near-fatal attack of the ‘boo-boo” flu in the first half, committing five faux pass. Three of them resulted in Morehouse scores. The occasional cheers from the Fort Valley side of Wildcat Stadium soon turned into jeers. In fact, some of those boo-birds could be heard from the Wildcat bench as frustrated players were observed by some media pushing, shoving and being verbal against each other.
The frustration, however, was understandable. The loss was an irony considering that just a week before, the Wildcats flattened former SIAC west-leading Stillman 52-3 behind the three touchdown performance of freshman quarterback Cameron Pearson (he was 0-3-0 for 0 yards against Morehouse). This was the first time since 1990 that Fort Valley had lost to both Atlanta University Center schools Morehouse and CAU in the same season. This was also the worst pasting inflicted on a Fort Valley team since 2007 when the Wildcats were wiped out 69-0 by Valdosta State, again on Fort Valley’s own home turf!
CAU DROPS SIXTH GAME 24-3 TO TUSKEGEE
Clark-AU suffered its sixth straight loss last Saturday, dropping its latest contest to Tuskegee, 24-3. The Panthers took a 3-0 lead in the first period on a 50 yard field goal by Kemuel Lawrence which was the sum total of CAU scoring for the day. Tuskegee responded with 21 unanswered points in the second, third and fourth periods. They were led by the two touchdown performance of ‘Skegee running back DeMario Pippen who rushed for 92 total yards. Statistically, CAU kept pace with Tuskegee and out-passed the Golden Tigers 141-116.CAU’s Kiece Crite led all tacklers with 10, seven of which were solo shots.
THE REST OF THE CONFERENCE: Albany State maintained its hold on the SIAC’s eastern division first place standings with a 37-13 win over Benedict. The Rams led 31-0 at halftime but saw Benedict amass 13 points in the third period to trim the ASU lead to 18…Miles clinched the SIAC western division title on Thursday, October 27 with a 9-7 win over Stillman. A fourth quarter interception by Miles’ Tyrell Kinder helped preserve the Golden Bears lead….Kentucky State won its second straight 17-6 over Lane College….
XTRA POINTS: Benedict, the basketball team predicted to finish first in the SIAC, among men’s teams, got surprised during an exhibition game in Atlanta against Carver College. The latter, a small theological institution coached by 14 year veteran Martin Carter of Atlanta, defeated Benedict by 19 points. The game with Benedict was a dream-come-true for Carver President Robert Crummie, who is an alum of Benedict…afci.us or writing Wallace atYou longtime NFL and Atlanta Falcon football fans might remember the name Wallace Francis. The Louisiana native and graduate of UAPB.(called Arkansas AM&N when he graduated in 1973) is now national director of Ambassadors for Christ International USA based in Marietta Georgia. Find out more about AFC by visiting
THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND PICKS
Stillman over CAU (Thursday night game)
Tuskegee over Miles
Morehouse over Kentucky State
Albany State over Fort Valley
Benedict over Lane
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