Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
Morehouse QB passes for 403 yards in win over Central State
It’s been a minute since a Morehouse College quarterback threw that oval for more than 400 yards (Ruben Dupree still holds the shool mark for that with 445 vs. Kentucky State in 2003) but it has already happened this year.Sophomore Mongavious Johnson, a metro Atlanta native and graduate of MLK High School, came within 43 yards of setting a new mark. Johnson tossed the pigskin 403 yards and scored four of the team’s six touchdowns in a 43-9 victory at the 17th Chicago Football Classic held before 33,194 at historic Soldier Field. The win was especially gratifying for Morehouse head coach Richard Freeman who finally saw one of his teams do what he had preached to all the squads since arriving back in his home town of Atlanta. “ I have told my teams that to win, we have to play 60 minutes of football. Saturday (September 20), we did just that.”……….
Sometimes, it’s easier to take getting trounced 100-0 than the way Clark-AU lost at Fort Valley State under the lights last Saturday,19-18. With 2:02 remaining in the ballgame, CAU, trailing 19-13, launched a six play, 48 yard drive, scoring on a 14 yard run by sophomore Montavious Taylor. The point-after, which would have tied the score and probably sent the game into OT, was blocked (CAU actually had trouble converting the PAT all evening). The Panthers exhibited excellent ball control and used up the majority of that 2:02. But it wound up working to their disadvantage because with :54 seconds remaining, Valley simply ran out the clock.
ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: Stillman ended its two game losing streak by defeating Saint Augustine's 37-19....Virginia State beat Kentucky State 16-13….
After taking an old fashioned butt- klcking, season opening 63-0 loss to South Carolina State, Benedict captured their second consecutive win 20-19 over 1-2 Elizabeth City
…Lane kept Paine winless, defeating the Lions 18-16. Lane’s first year head coach Malik Hoskins led the Dragaons to their first overall and conference victory of the season…..
A fourth quarter surge offensively and defensively by Winston-Salem State allowed the Rams to knock off Tuskegee 24-13. The loss pushes the Golden Tigers into the rare position of second to last in the SIAC western division….
And Miles’ efforts to post a win against a Division IAA opponent will have to wait until next year. Reggie Ruffin’s Bears lost a squeaker to Hampton 34-30.
XTRA POINTS:Thanks to the Magic Johnson owned Aspire cable channel, I got to watch the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee take on the Rams of Winston-Salem State and learned that one of WSSU’s assistant coaches is Natrone Means, who played in the NFL but is probably best remembered for his 3 year stint with the San Diego Chargers. It seems Brother Means has found a home for his coaching ability with the CIAA. In 1995, he was offensive coordinator for Livingstone College…….
THIS WEEKEND’S SIAC GAMES AND INSIDE PICKS:
Lane over Tuskegee
CAU over West Georgia
Morehouse over Paine
Stillman over Kentucky State
Albany State over Miles
Delta State over Central State
Benedict over Fort Valley
Last Weekend’s prediction tally- 4-4
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