Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
Albany is new #1 in SIAC East; Tuskegee first in west
ATLANTA, Ga- James “Iron Mike” White’s blue and gold elevens of Albany State University left Atlanta late Saturday with more than playing homecoming spoilers to Morehouse with a 31-14 victory or besting the Marooners 27 of the 34 years they’ve been playing. They also took the 180 mile bus trip back to Dougherty County the number one team in the SIAC’s eastern division. White’s response to all that when approached by INSIDE just outside the visiting team’s locker room at Morehouse’s Bertram T Harvey Stadium? “Well,” smiled the dean of SIAC head coaches. “We still got to play them all and we got Clark-AU next week.”
Last Saturday before a crowd of 11,234 (an understatement, especially if the number of people outside Harvey Stadium are also counted which would easily double the number of fans actually on the campus) ASU took advantage of too many Morehouse turnovers to take a 27-7 lead in the series that started in 1980.
Unfortunately, the huge crowd and all the frolicking that came with it was hardly reflected on the gridiron. The Marooners couldn’t seem to find consistent offense and wound up penetrating into Albany State’s red zone only twice and converting once. Meanwhile, ASU penetrated Morehouse’s red zone 10 times and scored five times as a result.
“I thought we had a slow start but we got it going in the second quarter,” White said to INSIDE. “I thought defensively we played good but there were some breakdowns which allowed Morehouse to complete some long passes on us. Overall, though, we did pretty well.”
Morehouse game highlights were few and far between. One bright spot that was missed by many fans who had turned their attention away from the game in the second half to a tumbling exhibition by the cheerleaders along the sidelines was a possible record- setting 77 yard punt by junior Temitayo Agoro in the fourth period (74 yards of it was in the air). The Tigers did find a sliver of offense late in the fourth which allowed them to score once more before the game ended. Sophomore Justin Tarver had a good outing, throwing for 173 yards and two touchdowns. ASU’s senior QB Frank Rivers led the Ram offense with 240 passing yards and one passing and one rushing score. The loss forces Morehouse to lose ground in the race for the eastern division crown of the SIAC. They have now dropped to third behind Albany State and Fort Valley. INSIDE attempted to get comment from Morehouse head coach Rich Freeman . An assistant told us he was in the training room and would join us in a few minutes. He never came out. “I think he’s angry, “said INSIDE photog Patsy Collier-Lamar. “ Can you blame him?”
At the same time on the same day and just a few blocks north of Morehouse’s stadium, Clark-AU couldn’t overcome a 20-3 halftime lead by Benedict and wound up losing 20-10. The Panthers did have one opportunity to score again late in the fourth period. With a 1st and goal at the Benedict one, the Panthers fumbled. Benedict recovered and then ran out the remaining 2:53 of the final quarter. CAU running back Montavious Taylor, a product from Atlanta’s GW Carver high shool, had his third 100-plus yard rushing game and accounted for the Panther’s lone touchdown.
ELSEWHERE IN THE CONFERENCE: What was thought by me and everybody else to be a major showdown in the SIAC’s western division turned out to be a dud.. Tuskegee had a big first half, led Stillman 42-13 and wound up stomping them 61-19. They also claimed first place in the SIAC west. ‘Skegee was led by quarterback Kevin Lacey’s 188 yard passing and 2 touchdown performance and the three touchdowns of running back Hoderick Rowe…….Miles defeated Kentucky State 19-13. The Bears defense sacked KSU quarterback Adam Robinson five times. They took a 19-0 halftime lead at the break and never gave it up …….Paine finally broke a six game losing streak and won their first football homecoming since 1963, 38-14 over Edward Waters. EWC led 14-7 at the half but the Lions had a big 24 point fourth quarter which handed them the lead…..Fort Valley used their defense , led by senior Levon Furr’s 12 tackles and junior Stephon Harper’s 11 to defeat visiting Limestone College of South Carolina 24-19….
XTRA POINTS: Morehouse’s homecoming last weekend was bittersweet to many who took time from all the fun to pay homage to former grad and great friend Gary Busseywww.paine.edu and their football media guide. You will read and see some historic pictures of Paine’s football program prior to 1963 when football was dropped. One shows fans seemingly tearing down the goal posts after beating Livingstone 8-6 in 1962 for their first win in nine years. Forty nine years later, football returned to the Augusta Georgia campus and last week, the team won their first game, defeating Edward Waters. All they need now is one more win to break their 1962 record. GO LIONS!!!!!!. Three years ago, Bussey left homecoming and went to his lady friend’s home in Clayton County where he was stabbed to death by her son, identified as Chinua Plez. Over the weekend, a judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole. Police said robbery was the motive. A TV news account also suggested that Plez had help robbing Bussey and may have further questions for his mother……Visit Paine College’s web site
THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND PICKS
- Tuskegee over Kentucky State (Tuskegee homecoming)
- Stillman over Central State
- Miles over Lane-Lane Homecoming
- Albany State over CAU- ASU homecoming
- Benedict over Morehouse-Benedict homecoming
- Fort Valley over Paine-Ft Valley homecoming
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