Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
ATLANTA- Everybody and his/her gray haired grandma is wondering who will come to Atlanta’s Lakewood Stadium November 10 to decide the champ of the 99 year old Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
You will recall that last year, The good-news Bears of Miles College slid past the Ram elevens of Albany State University 20-17 behind the golden toe of then sophomore Patton Chambers who kicked a 29 yard field goal with nine seconds left in the game.
Can lightning strike twice in Fairfield Alabama?
The current standings suggest it could conceivably happen. Right now, Reggie Ruffin’s elevens and that seemingly unstoppable offense of his is in second place in the SIAC’s western division. But getting back to Atlanta a second time won’t be a snap. The numero uno team in the division currently is Willie Slater’s Tuskegee Golden Tigers who seem comfortable in that slot. But of four remaining conference games in the season, three of them are divisional clashes. And yes, Patsy, those three do include a clash with the Golden Bears and they will enjoy home field advantage since the schedule indicates the game will be played at Sloan Stadium in Fairfield, Alabama. And then lurking in third place is Stillman College who are not mathematically out of anything yet thanks to their division and conference record (in fact, their 16-0 shutout loss to Tuskegee on last Thursday was their first for conference and division games) Three of Stillman's last four games of the season are divisional clashes and one of them is also against Miles.
Conversely in the SIAC East, Albany State is as anxious as an expectant couple to get back to the ATL for another shot at the conference crown. They are currently in second place behind first place Fort Valley. Donnie Pittman’s Wildcats would also appreciate a trip north to the capital city . To do that they will have to have their “A” game on for the rest of the season since they will face Stillman, Morehouse and their always tough clash with Albany State in Columbus Georgia’s Fountain City Classic .And speaking of Morehouse, the team that the forecasters thought would take this division title without much of a fight, it will be an uphill climb from the bottom for Rich Freeman and his elevens to prove their coaching colleagues right in their pre-season predictions. But to have even a ghost of a chance to overtake Tuskegee and ASU, the Marooners will have to defeat Benedict, Fort Valley which happens to be Morehouse’s homecoming opponent, and win their season finale at home against Kentucky State.
Last week in the SIAC, Fort Valley remained in first place in the SIAC east with a non-conference win over Concordia-Selma, Clark-AU won its homecoming and a division game by defeating Benedict, 14-10. Morehouse took it on the chin at home from ASU, 16-13….Lane broke a two game losing streak by beating Point University of Valley, Alabama, 16-10 and Miles won its first divisional contest 45-0 over Kentucky State. It also moved the 6-1 Golden Bears into second place in the SIAC east behind first place Tuskegee.
XTRA POINTS: Last year, the inaugural SIAC championship game drew a crowd of 6374 fans., But conference commissioner Greg Moore. hopes to greatly improve that figure at this year’s event. For one thing, the game will be played at Atlanta’s Lakewood Stadium, a field normally hosting high school games which has been completely refurbished .This year, the game will be nationally televised by CSS, and it will feature a battle of high school bands…….
I’m a bit surprised I haven’t heard more about that 108 yard kickoff return by Baltimore Raven and Lane College grad Jacoby Jones. It supposedly established a new NFL record. …
THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND PICKS
- Tuskegee over Kentucky State- Tuskegee Ala (HC)
- Miles over Lane-Jackson Tn. (HC)
- Albany State over CAU- Albany Ga. (HC)
- Fort Valley over Stillman-Valdosta Ga. (South Ga. Heritage Classic)
- Morehouse over Benedict-Columbia SC (HC)
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