Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
The SHOWDOWN: ‘Skegee @ Miles (this gon’ be good!!!)
On November 3, 2012, INSIDE was at Cleve Abbott stadium on the campus of Miles College to witness what I then also called a showdown game between the Bears and the Golden elevens of Tuskegee University. Both teams are meeting once again this weekend in Fairfield Alabama and the circumstances from two years before are similar. The outcome will determine who wins the western division of the SIAC and who advances to the SIAC’s championship game in Montgomery Alabama’s Cramton Bowl. Both teams have their rightful share of explosive players who can almost single handedly turn the game around with a pass, a run from scrimmage or a field goal. Two years ago, 15,791 fans crammed into every available space of Abbott field. This year will be no different. Last time, INSIDE predicted a Miles win. We lost, in more ways than one. Remember this picture?
Whoever comes out the winner this weekend in Fairfield won’t have to wait to see who they will oppose November 15. Albany State’s 6-0 conference, 4-0 division and 6-2 overall has already won for them an exalted place into the conference title game for the second time in the contest’s four year history. Back in the inaugural event of 2011, the “good news” Bears defeated the Rams 20-17 behind a field goal from former Bear Scott Chambers with nine seconds left in the game.
It is actually the final division records of Skegee and Miles that will make the difference in who goes home and who goes to Montgomery. Both Tuskegee and Miles are 4-0 divisionally. A loss by either means a 5-0 for someone and a trip to Alabama’s capital.
And as for eastern division winner Albany State, they can thank the devil out of Morehouse, which upset Fort Valley last weekend in Atlanta in come-from-behind fashion 24-21. That would have turned the Valley-ASU game into the same kind of showdown fans will see in Montgomery this weekend…..Speaking of Morehouse, the upset of the week in the SIAC (which INSIDE predicted) was the Marooners’ win against visiting Fort Valley.
The Wildcats led 14-0 with 7:21 remaining in the first half. Then the Marooners, behind two touchdown passes to the end zone by returning quarterback Mongavious Johnson, narrowed the Fort Valley lead to 2 at the half.
Fort Valley began the second half with a 38 yard field goal, extending their lead to five. Morehouse then used the remaining 7:47 of the third and 56 seconds of the beginning of the fourth period to march 95 yards on 19 plays to score on a three yard run by senior running back Shelton Hamilton to take an 18-17 lead. Then with 4:22 remaining in the game, Morehouse launched another long clock-eating drive that resulted in a three yard run for a score by Hamilton. But an attempt for a two point PAT failed. It was fumbled and recovered by Fort Valley’s Aaron Davis, who ran the other way for a two point conversion. That, however, would be Valley’s final points of the night.
Clark-AU, meanwhile, defeated Paine College 34-0, handing the Lions its second shutout of the season and winning their third homecoming since Kevin Weston took over as Panther head coach in 2012. It was also his first shutout of a conference team. CAU’s five touchdown scoring orgy started in the second period when all conference linebacker Bre’nard Williams stepped in front of a Lion pass and raced 78 yards for a score. Williams also had 18 tackles, 14 of them solo shots and sacked Lion quarterbacks twice. “ Well, had to get the job done,” laughed the native of Omega, Georgia. He said the one thing the Panthers didn’t want to do was lose homecoming. “Our minds were made up, “ he said. “ We agreed to stay focused and win this one.”” It was the best executed game the guys have played in this year,” said Weston. “The one thing we did right was get out of our own way and play football.”
ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: Kentucky State’s Jaquise Lockett rushed for 163 yards and scored three touchdowns to defeat Lane College 47-14. In a losing effort, Lane QB Terrance Myles passed for 150 yards and scored both the Dragons’ touchdowns. He was also sacked twice……Tuskegee ran into a Central State buzz saw last weekend but still managed to slide by the Marauders 28-25. They were led by the 198 rushing yards and three touchdown performance of senior Michael Thornton …..Albany State running back Jarvis Small, among the top 50 rushers nationally, added 236 yards and four touchdowns to his resume in the Rams’ 40-14 win over Benedict ….. Miles College used a strong defense and the 218 rushing yards of Jonathan Clark to slide by tough Stillman 26-22.
XTRA POINTS: For the second year , there will apparently be no Pioneer Bowl. Last year, the game was cancelled due to an incident which forced the CIAA to cancel their championship game and later bow out of the Pioneer. No word on why the game won’t be played in 2014……..The NFL might take a long look at Clark-AU linebacker Bre’nard Williams. He is now ranked second in solo tackles among all others in Division II….Two other SIAC student-athletes are also ranked in the same category. They are Albany State’s Tavarius Washington (9th) and Stillman’s Cameron Stallings (24th). …
THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND PICKS:
- Central State over Lane
- Stillman over CAU
- Albany State over Fort Valley ( Fountain City Classic, Classic, Columbus Georgia)
- Morehouse over Kentucky State
- Benedict over Paine
- Tuskegee over Miles
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