Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Central State wins first road game under Cedric Pearl
ATLANTA-Second year Central State of Ohio Head Coach Cedric Pearl had every reason to smile and make happy last Saturday in Hotlanta after embarrassing the Panthers of Clark-AU 49-12, spoiling rotten the home opener for the Panthers and the debut of its first year head coach Kevin Ramsey. But winning the game was just a part of Pearl’s happiness.” This is my first road win since I’ve been here,” he said, Pearl is no stranger to the SIAC or the AU Center having coached at Morris Brown and Morehouse just a few years before.
Yet despite the lopsided loss, Ramsey came away from the game with a couple of pluses.
First, he now knows his Panthers can score and secondly, the team avoided another shut out. As for the rest of the game, there is work to do and Ramsey knows where to begin.
“Turnovers,” he told INSIDE. “ To set up points early for those guys (CSU), it will take the sting out of any ball club.”
CAU committed 6 turnovers in the game and CSU converted on 3 of them. By halftime, Central State was leading 35-0.
“The thing I am really proud of is our special teams,” Pearl told INSIDE .”Those turnovers really made the difference”. The Marauders were 4-6 last year with all their wins at home , including Clark-AU who they defeated in the season opener 28-18. “I’m proud of this year’s defense. They are leading our team right now because of injuries to our offensive line.Our quarterback (Marquis Wells) played very well”. Wells threw for 179 yards and three touchdowns. CAU starting quarterback Matthew Vincent completed 11 of his 20 passing attempts for 105 yards though intercepted three times and sacked once.
The win last Saturday was the largest scoring margin for Pearl’s Marauders and the biggest since 2012 when CSU beat Kentucky Wesleyan 51-7. CAU meanwhile is 0-2. Their last loss of more than 37 points was last year against West Georgia 42-2. This weekend, Central State faces winless Benedict.
Morehouse, meanwhile, failed to covert on a much needed two point play in the third overtime period and lost to the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff 29-27.
Morehouse went to Pine Bluff last Saturday 1-0 to face the Lions who were 1-1 following their opening season loss September 6 to South Carolina State 35-7. Both teams were scoreless through three quarters, then exchanged touchdowns and PATs in the fourth to force the contest into overtime. Both teams matched scores through the first two OT periods. UAPB, on their possession in the third OT period, scored seven and then successfully converted a two point PAT. Morehouse responded in their possession with a touchdown but failed to match UAPB’s two point conversion to move to 1-1 while handing the Maroon Tigers their first loss of the season and moving them to 1-1 overall but still 1-0 in the SIAC’s eastern division.
In other SIAC scores from last week, Johnson C Smith beat Kentucky State 31-14, Stillman is 1-1 after beating Concordia-Selma 18-15, Tuskegee defeated Albany State 27-14, Elizabeth City mauled Benedict 55-0, Fort Valley routed Lane 50-38, and Miles lost to West Georgia 33-7.
XTRA POINTS: Flags should be flying at half-staff or they well should be all this week in Atlanta after the death of one its most valuable sons. We lost former Morehouse athlete and coach Basil Hall, who died last Tuesday. His home-going is scheduled for September 19. Hall was born and raised in the city of Atlanta, played high school and college football here and later coached at his alma mater. He was an excellent baseball coach and led Morehouse to several SIAC championships. He was also a referee, principal, and a dedicated member of Atlanta Retired Athletes, a group of former coaches and coaches. I am sure the AFA, Morehouse and the Atlanta School board will applaud, albeit posthumously, the contribution he brought to his beloved Atlanta.
Here are this week’s games and INSIDE picks…..
- Tuskegee over Winston Salem
- CAU over Fort Valley
- Virginia State over Kentucky State
- West Alabama over Miles
- Bethune –Cookman over Lane
- Central State over Benedict
- Stillman over Albany State
- Morehouse over Johnson C Smith
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