Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
ATLANTA-The Ram toughs of Albany State defeated Lane 36-14 last Saturday in the so called Music City Classic in Macon Georgia. I sort of wondered though why the team did somersaults after beating a team next to last place in the SIAC west, a team they had beaten ( and I do mean beaten) 11 of 12 years since 2000 and, except for last year’s win, held Lane scoring to only 77 points.
Here are some possible reasons for the celebration: *In 2011, Lane beat Albany State 26-24 after trailing the Rams by three touchdowns in the second half. The Rams went to Macon this year with blood in their eyes!
*Before their back-to-back wins over Lane and Kentucky State and, of course, their season opening victory over North Greenville, the Rams lost three in a row, including an horrendously embarrassing 41-6 loss to Miles at home. The Rams needed to restore confidence and respectability in the SIAC and their loyal home fans. They were sinking deep into divisional quicksand.
So considering that backdrop , it is easy to understand why the Rams would be so gleeful after the victory. The win improves their conference record to 2-1 and they are playing .500 ball with an overall 3-3 record but they have yet to play anyone in their conference division. They’ll get that chance this weekend when they journey to Atlanta to take on the eastern division second place Morehouse Tigers. The win is pivotal for both teams. After Morehouse, Albany’s final three games of the regular season are with division rivals while Morehouse will almost have to win Saturday since their last three will include only two divisional matchups.
Elsewhere in the conference, Stillman held on to first place in the SIAC West with a 24-19 win on the road against Benedict. The Tigers, desperate for a victory, scored a too-little-too late fourth quarter touchdown to move to with six of the Stillman lead….
Despite a near million chances to score including two instances with the oval at the Tuskegee one, Willie Slater’s Goldens, behind the 207 yard passing performance of sophomore Justin Nared, defeated Morehouse 21-14 in the 77th playing of the Morehouse-Tuskegee classic ( once known as the Columbus Classic) before 10,000….
Miles held visiting Clark-AU to seven points and scored themselves in each quarter to win their homecoming 28-7 before 13,783 and Fort Valley still holds first place in the SIAC east with a 36-6 victory over Kentucky State 36-6.
XTRA POINTS: Fort Valley’s Justin Rosenbaum’s 53 yard field goal against Kentucky State was overshadowed by the 57 yarder he kicked last year . It nearly tied an SIAC record held by Stillman kicker Alejandro Huerta who booted a 58-yarder at Shaw earlier this season….
The Tuskegee-Stillman contest in Tuscaloosa Alabama is being televised nationally over CSS-cable TV Thursday night…..Is Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas headed to Spelman College?......
Mobile Alabama’s Spring Hill College, a 182 year old institution which has applied for membership in the SIAC, is a 1200 Student Catholic College and a current member of the NAIA’s Southern States Athletic Conference. To qualify, the Badgers will have to join the NCAA ‘s Division II and then likely play provisionally in the conference for a season until certified to play a full schedule by the SIAC.
The school plays every sport offered by the SIAC and also fields a bowling and soccer team. They don’t currently have a football team but that might change. If accepted, they would become the 14th member of the SIAC and the fourth team to offer basketball and spring sports only along with Paine of Augusta, Lemoyne-Owen of Memphis and Claflin University of South Carolina.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND PICKS
Tuskegee at Stillman- Tuskegee by 7
Lane at Point University (Valley Alabama)-Lane by 3
Miles at Kentucky State-Miles by 10
Benedict at CAU-CAU by 7 (CAU Homecoming)
Concordia-Selma at Fort Valley-Valley by 4 (FVSU Homecoming)
Albany State at Morehouse-Albany by 6
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