Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
Whole heap ‘a homecomings this weekend in the SIAC, black college football
I was perusing the composite schedule of HBCU football games supplied weekly during the season by onnidan.com and was amazed at all our colleges who are celebrating their own version of “Oktoberfest” called homecoming this weekend.
I counted 15 across the country. Five of them are right here in the ole’ SIAC.
One of them is right here in the ATL. The west side of this town will be adorned with the ruffles and flourishes of Maroon and White Morehouse as the 147 year old college welcomes its graduates ( and almost grads) home as they host the 3-2 Rams of Albany State
Kickoff is 2pm.
But on the same day and in the same hour of the same weekend, Clark-Atlanta University will be hosting the Tigers of Benedict College less than a block away. For hard-core fans of Atlanta University Center-SIAC football, it presents a problem; …again; which game will you buy a ticket to? I would have thought by now that the two colleges could have worked something out so that football hungry fans who want to see both games can, without having to flip a darn coin.
I want to cover both games. Why? Because both carry a degree of significance. CAU wants to win its first division and second conference game plus add one more to its overall stats. For Morehouse, currently in second place in the SIAC’s eastern division, the game is especially crucial. A win would give the Tigers their third division victory and could propel them back into first place( first place Fort Valley, currently 2-0 in division play, hosts out-of-conference challenger Limestone College). Ya know, it’s not too late for either Morehouse or CAU to change its time (say MH at 2pm, CAU at 6pm) so that both can make some money (it’s not like they don’t need it).
Meanwhile, back at the gridiron, last weekend CAU improved its overall stack of wins to 2-4 with a convincing 41-0 victory over visiting College of Faith. Montavious Taylor , the sophomore running back from Atlanta’s GW Carver High School, had his best day of this season thus far, rushing for 187 yards and scoring four touchdowns, including a 55 yarder that came 15 seconds after the opening kickoff.
it was a sign of good things to come for the Black and Cardinal elevens. CAU scored twice more in the first period, and three more times in the second, providing them the 41 points they would need to win the game. The Saints meanwhile only penetrated into CAU territory twice. Frankly, this win really was no big surprise. The Saints, domiciled in Charlotte came to Atlanta 0-4, all shutouts, They have given up a total of 219 points to their four opponents, averaging 52.4 points a game.
Things were different (and how!) in Columbus, Georgia last weekend between Morehouse and Tuskegee. The Golden Tigers, with a healthy offensive and defensive line and the sure-arms of quarterbacks Justin Nared, Tahj Dent and Kevin Lacey who combined for 262 yards and two touchdowns to sink “dear old” Morehouse 49-0 before a crowd of 16,325 at the 79th Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic (significant since the stadium’s published capacity is 15,000).
Interestingly, Morehouse quarterback Jordan Tarver finished the afternoon passing for 208 yards alone. But aside from him and backup Joshua Harris being sacked three times, neither of their passes produced any points. Tarver, a sophomore from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain was forced to step in for starting QB Mongavious Johnson who injured an ankle during the win over CAU a fortnight ago. Johnson may also be questionable for Saturday clash with Albany State.
The Tuskegee onslaught started in the second period after a scoreless first quarter when the Golden Tigers scored on a 91 yard drive at the alpha of the period. They then scored twice more in the period and picked up where they left off in the third, first with a 92 yard kickoff return by Atlanta native Hoderick Lowe (Grady High School) and then scoring once more with 7:24 to go in the contest. The last time Tuskegee blanked Morehouse was in 1996 (14-0) . It’s the third time since 1964 that Morehouse was whitewashed by the Goldens. In 1966, they were destroyed 93-0 and had a 29-0 loss in 1973.
Elsewhere in the SiAC, Fort Valley got by Kentucky State 36-21 despite Throrobred quarterback Adam Robinson having another red-letter day with 193 passing yards. He was also intercepted three times and sacked three times as well……Limestone took advantage of three Paine College turnovers and a 101 yard kickoff return by the host Saints to keep the Lions winless 47-30…..Albany State picked up win number three and a second straight shutout 33-0 over visiting Lane College. The star, not surprisingly was Grambling transfer Frank Rivers who passed for 290 yards and scored three touchdowns ….Miles celebrated homecoming and leaped into first place in the SIAC west via a 22-12 victory over Central State. Miles quarterback Demetrius Price led the winners with 150 passing yards and two touchdowns.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND PICKS
- Stillman over Tuskegee
- Central State over Concordia-Selma-(CSU Homecoming)
- Miles over Kentucky State (KSU Homecoming)
- Fort Valley over Limestone
- Benedict over CAU
- Albany State over Morehouse (Morehouse homecoming)
- Edward Waters over Paine (Paine homecoming)
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