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 Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC

Hal LamarBy Hal Lamar
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CAU, Morehouse again in Atlanta; same city but different times…finally

            No, it’s not a two-for-one deal , but the two schools are at least halfway there. The Panthers will celebrate homecoming Saturday at their stadium against Paine college.

That’s at 2pm

Then, across the street (and virtually within walking distance), Morehouse will attempt to stay in the race for first place in the SIAC’s eastern division race by taking on Fort Valley State University at the Marooners turf , BT Harvey Stadium .

That’s at 7pm.

Maybe next year, the two schools will sit down together and avoid pulling that scheduling boner the weekend of October 25 playing games at the same time on the same date and then maybe arrange a two –for-one deal allowing hard core fans to see both games with one ticket.

Well, back to the gridiron.

            Last weekend’s turnout didn’t help matters at all for the ‘House who lost on the road 33-15 to Benedict which was celebrating its homecoming and currently in third place in the SIAC east with an identical 2-3 mark to Morehouse.

            The Tigers from Columbia, South Carolina took an early 9-0 lead at the half and used three Morehouse turnovers in the fourth quarter to win plus clean sweep both AU center schools this season and win their second straight. Benedict quarterback bc marcus grahamGrahamMarcus Graham finished the game with 146 passing yards and two touchdowns. Morehouse signal caller Monquavious Johnson returned after a two week absence from a badly sprained ankle to throw a touchdown. It was too little, too late. The Marooners were sent home after suffering their third straight loss.

            The fate for CAU. homecoming opponents for Albany State, were little better. The Rams, like Benedict, beat the Panthers 34-12 and knocked off Morehouse a fortnight ago in Atlanta. The Rams were led by running back Jarvis Small who rushed 122 yards and scored twice and senior quarterback Frank Rivers, who threw 174 yards and two scores. The Rams led AU 20-0 at the half. CAU managed 12 points in the second half. Freshman Mathew Daniels accounted for both, with rushes of 18 and 52 yards.

            Elsewhere in the SIAC, Tuskegee continues to roll, beating Kentucky State 38-9 before a homecoming crowd of 31,352 crammed ( and I DO mean crammed) into Cleve Abbott Stadium, sometimes referred to as “Death Valley”. Both Kentucky State quarterbacks were sacked a collective four times. Tuskegee senior Justin Nared threw for two touchdowns and sophomore Kevin Lacey accounted for 180 passing yards. Tuskegee’s defense held the Thororbreds’ offense to two scores thanks to an effort led by senior El Malik Chinn who collected 10 tackles, five of them unassisted and one sack……Central State University won their third game of the season and their second division victory by surprising Stillman 41-14. Stillman’s quarterback Josh Straughn was sacked six times, three of them credited to sophomore Artell McMillen, who also collected seven tackles, four of them unassisted…….Miles became homecoming spoilers last weekend, blanking Lane 51-0. The Bears were led by sophomore quarterback David Whipple who threw for 132 yards and two scores. Miles led 37-0 at the half…… A 77 yard interception return for a score in the fourth period helped sealed the fate of Paine College which lost 23-10 to homecoming host Fort Valley. Fort Valley led 14-10 at the half but at one point found themselves tied with the Lions in the third period. The fourth period was the deciding factor, however. Aside the interception which resulted in a score for the Wildcats, the Lions wee intercepted a second time with 34 seconds remaining in the ballgame….legion fieldLegion Field

XTRA POINTS- Down Birmingham Alabama way last weekend, 67,710 fans almost filled Legion Field for the 73rd Magic City Classic between ex-SIAC teams Alabama State and Alabama A&M (they came within 3884 of filling every seat in the place with a derriere!!!). And every one of those ticket buyers got their money’s worth, especially in the final 11:23. ASU led 36-28 but goit themselves shut out by A&M through a field goal which cut the Hornet lead to four. Then , Alabama State charged back down field on an eight play drive that was stopped at the A&M 32. In lieu of a field goal, the Hornets made a decision to punt. The 27 yard boot landed at the A&M 5. The Bulldogs seemed hemmed up. Instead, with 5:14 to go, the Dawgs marched 95 yards,scored and took the lead . With 2:15 left, State then launched a 15 play drive which stalled at the A&M 13. A field goal attempt to re-take the lead sailed wide wide left. The, A&M took charge with 12 seconds remaining. Game over…… FYI, the classic started in 1924 with several breaks in years until 1946. …..A Spelman grad turned minister Alonia Jonesalonia jonesAlonia Jones of Atlanta has created an organization called BFLY which she describes as a “movement to inspire people to hold on to hope, based on the premise that life is a series of metamorphoses.” Find out more by visiting or


  • Kentucky State over Lane
  • Tuskegee over Central State
  • Albany State over Benedict
  • Paine over CAU
  • Miles over Stillman
  • Morehouse over Fort Valley

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