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Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC

Hal LamarBy Hal Lamar
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y Patsy Collier-Lamar


Clark-AU jumped on a Lane turnover late in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s clash in Jackson Tennessee against a serious Lane Dragon squad to return to the ATL with a 30-27 victory. The win also breaks an eight game CAU losing streak. In fact, the last game won by Daryl McNeill’s elevens was a 16-11 upset of Fort Valley State in game three of the 2011 season. McNeill got great performances from both his offense and defense and his freshman  running back Antonio FordFordAntonio Ford who rushed for 83 yards and scored a touchdown. It’s the second time in two seasons that CAU has beaten the Dragons. Last year in Atlanta, they defeated them 21-3. To Lane’s credit, quarterback Chris Rimi passed for 232 yards and scored two touchdowns.


Meanwhile, ‘ole Tuskegee bounced back from that one point opening day loss to the Dawgs of Alabama A&M to win their first of the season 35-17 over Johnson C. Smith. Willie Slater’s Golden boys actually trailed 17-13 at the break but then blanked the defending Pioneer Bowl champion Golden Bulls 22-0 in the second half thanks to two turnovers and a short punt late in the fourth that gave the Goldens excellent scoring opportunities…

Speaking of one point losses last week, Miles College recovered from their one point loss to the University of North Alabama and beat Shaw University on the road 28-15..Miles led 7-3 at the break and then electrified the 1,823 fans at Durham County Stadium (well, some them anyway) when Jerommy Mardis took a pass from quarterback David Thomas and galloped 83 yards for Miles' third touchdown of the evening. …


Elsewhere in the SIAC, Morehouse and Edward Waters College of Jacksonville, Florida played in a steady downpour and sat through two  lightning  delays at the annual “Rumble in the Swamp” Classic in Waycross Georgia. Morehouse, behind the over 200 yards rushing and three touchdown performance of celebrated runner David Carter, defeated the Florida Tigers 38-19….

Kentucky State lost its season and home opener to Kentucky Wesleyan 13-6. The key for the visitors was in the fourth period when they took possession with 10:21  remaining and consumed 9:09, kicking a 30 yard field goal and then giving the ‘Breds  the football at their own 26  with 1:12 to go. KSU’s final possession stalled at the 35 with 29 seconds to go…..

Stillman College embarrassed themselves in front of the home-towners to get themselves shut out by Ouachita Baptist 31-0….Antonio HentonHenton

Valdosta State smothered Fort Valley 62-14. The Wildcats actually took a 7-0 lead in the first on an 80 yard pass from Antonio Henton to Chris Slaughter, then again in the second on an interception return by Jabioas Glenn. But that was all the scoring FVSU did as the host Blazers shut out their guests 28-0 in the second half….

Albany State went away to Wingate, North Carolina to get beat up by Wingate College 37-9….Ramone HarewoodHarewood

XTRA POINTS: Two former SIAC standouts are getting a chance to show forth for the Baltimore Ravens. Former Lane College star Jacoby Jones ended his six year relationship with the Houston Texans which drafted him in the third round in the 2006 draft and is now a Raven . He told reporters after the Raven win last weekind over the Bengals that he likes the adoration of the Baltimore fans…and former Morehouse lineman Ramon Harewood, a 2010 sixth round draft choice of Baltimore, started his first game as a pro last weekend. The native of Barbados who had never played football before arriving at Morehouse, said he wasn’t sure he’d be around for the 2012 season, let alone start……..

Former Bethune-Cookman standout Stevie Baggs, trying for a spot with Baltimore, was waived earlier this month…

I wonder what CAU is doing for halftime with its band suspended pending a probe of alleged hazing within the ranks…

For those of you like me who can’t make it to Cleveland, Ohio this weekend, the Morehouse-Winston Salem contest will be broadcast via the Heritage Sports Radio Network (hsrn com)….Those of you  traveling to Cleveland for Winston-Salem and Morehouse and hungry should drop  by Simply Unique Restaurant in downtown Cleveland at 4338  East 71st Street, about 10 minutes from the Cleveland Browns Stadium. I admit this is a shameless plug for the restaurant which happens to be owned by my brother and sister-in-law, Felton Collier and Joyce Marie Dillard. Felton is a master chef who has worked his pots and pans wizardry in five star restaurants worldwide….

Tuskegee over Lane-Tuskegee Ala.
Shaw over Stillman-Durham North Carolina
Morehouse over Winston Salem-Cleveland Ohio
Benedict over Va State-Columbia SC
CAU over Fort Valley- Ft Valley Ga.
Miles over University of West Ga-Fairfield Alabama
Kentucky State over Lincoln (Pa)-Lincoln Pa.
Albany State over Elizabeth City-Elizabeth City NC 

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