Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Morehouse freshman "shows out" at Homecoming
(ATLANTA)-Any punt-kickoff return specialist at any level of football would rejoice for a month if they managed to return the oval for 100-plus yards. Now just imagine a player who managed to return TWO of these marathon runs in a season and you couldn’t blame them for wanting to keep both those footballs! I cannot say whether or not that was on the mindof Morehouse freshman punt return/kickoff specialist Amyr Smith. I can imagine he is still receiving ruffles and flourishes from his Morehouse teammates, relatives and classmates from his high school alma mater Henry W. Grady of Atlanta after nailing a 100 yarder before nearly 15,000 homecoming guests. The last time he brought the house down like that at BT Harvey Stadium was September 19 when the Tigers knocked off visiting Johnson C Smith. And ‘ole “Smitty” wasn’t through yet with Benedict or the home town fans. Although listed as a wide receiver on the team roster, he showed off some passing skills as well when he threw an 80 yard pass to Devon Mann in the second quarter. In the same period, he scored his third touchdown on a 52-yard pass from sophomore junior college transfer Kivon Taylor, his second of the game.
Both Morehouse and CAU came off big homecoming contests last weekend. The Panthers gave the Rams of Albany State University all they could handle until the second half when ASU scored twice to win the game 26-14. Kevin Ramsey’s black and cardinal elevens pulled to within three points of the ASU lead until a third quarter safety and a fourth quarter 2-yard run for a score by Ram running back Jarvis Small gave them the winning points needed.
Despite the loss, CAU’s junior quarterback Matthew Vincent did a land office business on the grid Saturday, passing for 278 yards and throwing one touchdown. As a matter of fact, CAU outpointed their visitors in nearly every category, especially offense with 366 total yards to 255 for the Rams. Vincent was named SIAC offensive player of the week.
Morehouse journeys to Fort Valley this weekend to face the Wildcats as their homecoming opponent while Clark-AU’s Panthers hit the road as well to take on Concordia –Selma. The Panthers are hoping for a second victory of this season over the winless Hornets to match their earlier triumph over winless Benedict. Morehouse is hoping to upset Fort Valley, first in the eastern division of the SIAC, and keep their chances alive of capturing the divisional crown and winning their first trip to the conference championship.
From 2000-2007, Fort Valley dominated the series 8-0. Then Richard Freeman comes back home to pilot the Marooners and breaks the streak. Since then, the series is knotted at 4-4. This is the tie-breaker.
Elsewhere in the SIAC, Tuskegee knocked off Kentucky State 38-28 and solidified their hold on first place in the SIAC west. Central State defeated Stillman 24-7. Both the Marauders and the Tuskegee Goldens focused on Stillman’s quarterback Brett Standifer and shut him down with 30 yards passing against CSU and 34 against ‘Skegee…… and Miles beat Lane 37-10 for a very crucial division victory. It’s the fourth win in the last five tries for Reggie “Ruff” Ruffin’s elevens who started the season wobbly, losing four of their first five games.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND INSIDE PICKS
- Miles over Stillman
- Tuskegee over Central State
- CAU over Concordia Selma
- Kentucky State over Lane
- Albany State over Benedict
- Morehouse over Fort Valley
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