Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
Morehouse College journeyed to Cleveland Ohio last Saturday to face Winston-Salem State in the Cleveland Classic but apparently left their offense in the locker room back home. Their lack of performance, save a spot here and there and a defense that got themselves overrun by the offensive juggernaut of the North Carolina Ram-types, was beaten, (no, crushed) 55-21.
Well, at least they got trampled by a good team… a damn good team. WSSU is the defending SBN black college football champs and they showed the 10,000 in attendance at Cleveland Browns Stadium why they finished the 2011 season at 13-1. Their offense scored practically every time they got their hands on the football, save a second quarter field goal that missed.
Morehouse got no closer to a lead than their first quarter drive that ended with a 7 yard run to the end zone by celebrated running back David Carter. The senior from Marietta Georgia who finished last season the 8th best running back Division II football, was held to only 39 rushing yards. Morehouse’s rushing leader was quarterback Donnay Ragland who ran for 74 yards and passed for 125 and two scores.
Conversely Winston Salem signal caller Kameron Smith threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns.
The loss was the second worst whipping a Richard Freeman-led team has suffered since he took the reins of head coach in 2007. In 2010, Morehouse was defeated 63-41 by Wingate College of North Carolina in the first round of the Division II playoffs.
ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: Clark-AU ,which came from behind to defeat Lane on the road a near fortnight ago, mustered only three points in the final stanza of their game with Fort Valley while surrendering 26 to the Wildcats who were anxious to avenge last year’s 16-11 loss to the Panthers. In fact, Fort Valley had a pretty solid hold on the win by shutting out the Panthers 23-0 in the first half. Although CAU quarterbacks Tyme Williams and starter Charles King passed for a combined 245 yards, they were also sacked seven times. King also had two of his passes intercepted in the first half which resulted in two Fort Valley scores. To their credit, CAU’s defense held the Valley offense to only three points in the second half. CAU had 196 total offensive yards to Fort Valley’s 219 but CAU out-passed the Wildcats, 245-82. CAU junior Terrance Pryor led all tacklers with 15, 8 of which were solo shots….,
Shaw quarterback James Stallon’s 271 passing yards and two TDs led the Bears past Stillman 31-26…
Tuskegee took a 42-0 lead against Lane at the half and defeated the Dragons 45-17 …
A two touchdown performance by Kentucky State’s Justin Williams led the Thorobreds past Lincoln-Pa. 35-23….
Miles came from behind to defeat visiting West Georgia 44-37….
A fumble by Benedict in the fourth period which killed a promising drive allowed visiting Virginia State to win it 30-20. Benedict is 0-3 with all their losses at the hands of CIAA schools..and a fourth quarter interception by Elizabeth City State killed an Albany State scoring drive and allowed the host Vikings to hang on and win 13-12.
XTRA POINTS: While perusing the Fprt Valley-CAU stats, I noticed the name Tra Boger listed among the officials working the contest. Boger, is in fact, the son of NFL referee Jerome Boger. I have known both men since they were kids which means I am truly getting old!!!...
The movers and shakers with 100 Black Men of Atlanta have promised a halftime show that will be “off the chain” come September 29 and their annual Atlanta Football Classic. It will almost have to be since a lot of people, especially locals, bought tickets just to see the FAMU band which won’t be there this time… Speaking of 100 BMOA, I wonder if they followed through on an idea from this writer to identify the one millionth ticket buyer for this year’s game. The club needs to sell 1351 tickets to reach the one million mark. In 22 years, 998,649 fans have watched the game….
Plans are underway to prepare for next year’s celebration of the SIAC’s 100th anniversary. A committee headed by retired high school football coaching legend Raymond “Tweet” Williams (CAU) of which I am also a member, has already compiled a list of colleges once in the SIAC. …
I got an enail from William Head, my ole friend who once coached at Morris Brown here in Atlanta. He is at. Virginia University of Lynchburg with Willard Bailey, its head coach and athletics director . Once known as Virginia Seminary, it revived its athletic program last year but dates its athletic involvement to the early part of the 20th century. They are former members of the CIAA and currently play in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association…..
And the Heritage Sports Radio Network has lassoed Charlie Neal, an old hand at sports and especially HBCU sports as one of their stable of play-by-play announcers for their games….
THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND PICKS:
Kentucky State over Stillman-Tuscaloosa Ala
CAU over Concordia-Selma-Atlanta (CAU Stadium)
Fort Valley over Benedict-Fort Valley
Miles over Albany State-Albany Ga,
Morehouse over Lane-Atlanta (BT Harvey Stadium)
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