Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
Morehouse goes to 3-0 for first time in 33 years
The so called mainstream press completely (or conveniently) overlooked an historic moment in Atlanta college football last weekend.
While the city’s pro teams all lost as did so called major colleges Georgia Tech and upstart Georgia State (but they still got major ink and major space on radio and TV), Morehouse College was winning its third game of the infant 2010 season.
The victim allowing Morehouse to hike its W-L to 3-0 for the first time since 1977 was Lane College. The Dragons’ only real accomplishment in the 49-6 drubbing was that they avoided a shutout when sophomore quarterback Terrell Smith punched it over from the seven.
It took Lane 8 plays to go 9 yards and the field position which led to the TD was helped by a fumble recovered by senior linebacker Patrick Morrison.
“ I just don’t think we have enough athletes to compete,” said first year head coach Derrick Burroughs. “We’re certainly not writing off 2010. I just realize that it will take a little longer than I thought it would. I thought we could get in here and compete. I gotta get my guys in here and get some of this old regime out that’s used to losing and doesn’t mind losing.”
Morehouse, meanwhile, is a whole new campus amid the historic winning streak, says 4th year head coach Rich Freeman. “I’ve seen more administrators within the last few days than I’ve seen in the last three years I have been here. It’s not something we are used to. Its growing on us but its good. We are welcoming every new face we are seeing and getting as much help as we can.”
Freeman is also aware of the damage too much glad-handing can do to his team. “You can become cocky and arrogant but that’s not what our program is built off of. We remain meek and humble. We will work hard to keep our guys on system. In fact, we intend bury this victory and get ready for Kentucky State.” Under Freeman, the Maroon Tigers have played KSU twice in the last three years and won both games.
ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: Though admittedly a sloppy way to win a ballgame, Albany State managed to slide by Clark-AU 28-13 amid a mountain of bungles and boo-boos on both sides of the football. In his usual style. Head coach James “Mike” White vanished following the contest, leaving post-game comments to his offensive coordinator Steve Smith who confirmed that ASU was almost the victim of turnovers and fumbles. But CAU’s biggest problem continues to be lack of offense. In the Lane game a fortnight ago, the defense came up with winning points. In Albany, an interception and fumble recovery gave CAU a 13-7 lead in the third period.
But by the fourth quarter, ASU opened a new can of offense to score , led by Robert Welton who did it so good, he was named the SIAC’s offensive player of the week. But Smith and White (wherever he was) know they can’t make goofs like they did and expect to have any success against Tuskegee, which pummeled Stillman 41-15.
In typical ‘Skegee fashion, the Goldens built up a mile high lead in the first half, added some insurance points in the second and coasted to 2-0……
It took nearly five hours to complete but Concordia College managed to run up 52 points on Miles to beat the Bears 52-20 in historic Selma, Alabama….
Fort Valley, playing its second straight home game of the season, beat Division I (so called) Savannah State 41-10. The victory redeems head coach Donald Pittman (some) for the September 4 loss to Morehouse………
ASIDES: It was a rainy night in Georgia and Alabama last weekend. The Concordia –Miles games was delayed for hours by rain and lightning, Morehouse and Lane was stopped before the second half could start because of the weather and Albany State and CAU was forced to play with a rain and lightning overhang which sent most of the Ram faithful scrambling for cover and their automobiles…..
Albany State took the opportunity of their game to honor the school’s founder and first president, JW Holley. He returned to the south in 1903 after reading the works of WEB Dubois who mentioned the condition of Albany’s black populace in his book “The Souls of Black Folk” and created the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute. He served the school until retiring in 1945…
This weekend’s historic mixing between SC State and Benedict, two schools only 42 miles apart may be the last. At a news conference September 13, SC State head coach Buddy Pough hinted strongly that the school has no plans to extend their contract with Benedict and that they were attempting to schedule games with Division IA teams to improve their revenues and increase their strength of schedule. Benedict is looking forward to this weekend’s game which is expected to pack out their 13,000 seat Charlie Johnson Stadium. Frankly, SC State may want to rethink not signing an extended contract with Benedict. Other schools with similar arrangements like Tuskegee and Alabama State have done well.
HAL’S PICKS THIS WEEK
SC State over Benedict
Morehouse over Kentucky State
Tuskegee over Albany State
CAU over Miles
Tennessee Tech over Lane (Thursday)
Fort Valley over Stillman