Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
Tuskegee 20-17 winners over FAMU in Alabama nail-biter
The city of Mobile Alabama rocked and rolled last Saturday night as Florida A&M University locked horns with the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University for the first time in 20 years at the 5th Quarter Classic. The last time the two mixed on the gridiron was 1996 and the Division I FCS Rattlers crushed the Division II Goldens 56-0.
In 2016, the classifications are the same but Tuskegee seemed bound and determined that the results would not repeat themselves. Interestingly, Tuskegee head coach Willie Slater pulled his number one quarterback Kevin Lacey with a handful of seconds remaining in the third period but put him back into the lineup with 3:20 to go in the contest. As it turned out, it didn’t happen a moment too soon.
Tuskegee was trailing 17-13 but a short punt by the Rattlers and then a 41 yard return by ‘Skegee redshirt freshman Ladarell Pettway gave the Goldens good field position at the Rattler 33. Two plays later, Lacey connected to senior Desmond Reece to push Tuskegee ahead 20-17. FAMU got its hands on the oval once more with 2:14 to go at their own 31. But on 2nd and 10 at the FAMU 49, quarterback Kenneth Coleman completed a 16 yard strike to Kevin Troutman which would have given the Rattlers possession at the Tuskegee 35. But ‘Skegee sophomore defensive back Darnell Hill forced a fumble recovered by senior linebacker Jose Sanchez. Tuskegee then ran out the remaining 1:28 to defeat FAMU for the first time since a 39-34 decision in 1990
IN HOTLANTA:The Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College took an early 14-3 lead against the Vikings of Elizabeth City State at the 19th Down East Viking classic in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The mostly partisan crowd of 3108 saw despair in the first half turn to encouraging play by ECSU in the second as the Vikings scored 21 unanswered points in the 3rd period to outscore the Maroon Tigers 28-16 in the half. Morehouse quarterback Mongavious Johnson threw for 145 yards with one touchdown strike. Viking signal caller Daquan Neal passed 184 yards including one touchdown . Both signal callers were sacked four times each.
The win was Elizabeth City’s first of the season while Morehouse returned to Atlanta with a 2-1 mark. They also dropped to second place in the SIAC’s eastern division.
Clark Atlanta, meanwhile, gave it all they had and probably borrowed some from another team as they forced Fort Valley into triple overtime before succumbing 37-31 when Wildcat rusher Chauric Jackson scored on a one yard run, thanks in large measure to a CAU interference call on the fourth play of the third overtime period that gave the Wildcats possession at the Panther five yard line.
But the game was a nail-biter practically the entire four quarters of regulation. In fact, it was tied three times . At the start of the fourth period, CAU scored on a one yard run by quarterback Deshawn Blow to take a two touchdown lead 24-10. But CAU then fumbled and Blow had a pass intercepted in the fourth, both converted to touchdowns by Fort Valley to move the game into its first overtime. Both teams traded touchdowns in the first two OT periods. CAU was unable to score during their possession in the third.
The loss was crucial for CAU as their game with the Wildcats was both a conference and division match. It dropped the Panthers from second to last place in the east and moved Fort Valley into first place in the division.
ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC-.Kentucky State drops to 0-3 with a 20-7 loss to visiting Virginia State…..Benedict is on a roll at 2-1 defeating Central State 42-6 in Wilberforce Ohio. Benedict led 21-6 at the half….Lane College remains undefeated (3-0),edging 2-1 Langston University 46-44 in Tulsa Oklahoma…….Albany State defeated Southeastern (FL) 24-1 is a game shortened by weather. The Miles Golden Bears were idle.
XTRA POINTS: The Atlanta Falcon-Oakland Raider game Sunday had its interesting side points. One was in the third period during a punt return by Atlanta. It was fielded by Eric Weems, a 10 year veteran from Bethune Cookman. During his run of over 50 yards on the return, he was tackled by the punter, Marquette King, a 5 year veteran from Fort Valley State. Though denied a touchdown, King was called for a horse collar tackle. The Falcons scored anyway……
The turnout for the first 5th Quarter classic between FAMU and Tuskegee in Mobile Alabama drew well for a first outing. 19.232 attended the game despite threats of rain and storms. Ladd-Peebles Stadium, which also hosts the Senior Bowl, has a seating capacity of 33,471. It’s a sign of good things to come……..
THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES AND INSIDE PICKS
- Lane @Tuskegee-Tuskegee by 7
- Miles @ Morehouse-Morehouse by 6
- Kentucky State vs. Central State-Indianapolis (Circle City Classic) – Central State by 6 in OT
- Fort Valley @Benedict-Benedict by 10
- Ave Maria @ CAU- CAU by 14
- West Ga @Albany State- West Ga by 3
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