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Hal LamarBy Hal Lamar
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The Wild weekend in the SIAC

It was a wild, wild weekend in the Southern intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Teams predicted (by INSIDE or others) to lose won. Those predicted to win lost.

A fortnight ago, Benedict was leading the SIAC’s eastern division. They were 1-0 in division play, 2-0 in conference, 3-2 overall. Under them was CAU; 1-1 division , 2-2 conference, 3=2 overall.

Last weekend, CAU defeated Benedict to win their homecoming. That upped the Panthers to 2-1 division, 3-2 conference and 5-2 overall. My thinking; CAU was now in 1st place in the east.

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Albany State, which two weeks ago was fourth in the east at 0-0 division,1-1 conference and 2-3 overall,defeated Morehouse in Atlanta. Now, the Rams are 1-0 division, 2-1 conference and 2—3 total. They took a leap from fourth to first. I also missed on the prediction. I chose Morehouse.

Benedict drops from first to third. Poor Morehouse, at one point in the season first in the division, drops down to last (losing five in a row will do that to a team). Losing to ASU didn’t help that. Fort Valley played a non-conference game, lost it, but only damaged their overall (from 1-5 to 1-6).

Then in the SIAC west, things really went wild. Kentucky State won its homecoming last weekend over Miles, improving its division record to 2-0, its conference to 2-1, and its overall to 3-4. That allows the ‘Breds to move ,however temporary it might be, from second to first in the west, shifting undefeated (6-0) Tuskegee from first to second (remember,now.Tuskegee was idle last week). Miles, despite the loss to KSU, holds on to third place,

Winless Central State wins its homecoming game over Lane and that dragged the Dragons to the division cellar. Now, what’s to happen this week? We’ll have to wait until this coming weekend is over.

Now, some details on last weekend in the conference.

KSU beats Miles 28-24, their second win a row and third in the last four games. The win thrust the ‘Breds to first place in the SIAC’s western division. Miles managed a fourth quarter field goal to narrow KSU’s lead to four. Their last possession was stalled at their own 49 yard line……..

After an 0-6 start, the Marauders of Central State of Ohio finally made it to the winning circle with a convincing 27-10 homecoming victory over Lane College. The Dragons scored their only touchdown in the first half but were held to three points in the second……

Fort Valley suffered its fourth straight loss last weekend on the road 48-14 to Florida Tech. Only a 37-31 win over CAU in three overtimes back on September 17 kept the Wildcats out of the winless stats.

AND IN ATLANTA…….

cau trenton earlEarlClark-Atlanta delighted a big homecoming crowd of 13,927 (CAU field holds about 7,000) with a 27-14 win over Benedict. Panther quarterback Johnathan McCrary, son of CAU Hall of Famer Greg McCrary threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a third. His favorite receiver of late is senior Trenton Earl,who caught seven passes for 156 yards and was on the business end of both McCrary touchdown strikes. Earl is also a team leader who’s played under three different coaches but says current head man Kevin Ramsey, in his second year, has made the difference. “ Coach Ramsey holds everyone accountable, ”said Earl, a native of Detroit and graduate of metro Atlanta’s Stone Mountain High school. “He expects us to be the reason for winning. This helps us grow up and be great as a team.” Six of CAU’s 27 points came from the toe of placekicker Carlos Saidana who is now best remembered as a hero of the cardiac 37-34 victory over Morehouse a fortnight ago. “ To be a freshman kid, he plays big,” said Ramsey. His Panthers now go from being a homecoming host to a homecoming guest for ASU but Ramsey says fan support won’t hurt their efforts against the division leaders.” We need a bus load of people to go with us because we are all we got, CAU”.

At the same time and just a few blocks away from CAU-Benedict, Morehouse, 26-21 losers to visiting Albany State, had an encouraging third quarter in last week’s contest, narrowing the Rams’ 26-7 halftime lead to five points thanks to Maroon Tiger quarterback Kivon Taylor . Spelling starting QB Mongavious Johnson in the third period, the junior from Atlanta’s HW Grady High school took advantage of a turnover by the Morehouse defense to finish a 46 yard drive with a 13 yard toss to junior Tamarick Vanove . Then with 31 seconds left in the quarter, Taylor again ended a 41 yard drive with a four yard toss to senior Lake McGuffie . That narrowed the ASU lead to 5.

Morehouse got their hands on the oval three times in the fourth period but was only able to advance into ASU territory once. The first drive stalled and the ASU defense prevented Morehouse’s offense from getting past midfield twice more before taking control of the football with 2:29 to go and then running out the clock. One of Morehouse’s silver linings last weekend was junior linebacker David Smith. The Virginia native had 19 tackles,11 of them solo shots and scored one and a half of the four sacks the Tiger defense inflicted on ASU quarterback Caleb Edmonds.

ELSEWHERE IN THE CONFERENCE: Last weekend produced some surprises for many conference teams, beginning with Kentucky State University. The Thorobreds won homecoming, defeating Miles College 28-24, their second win a row and third in the last four games The win thrust the ‘Breds to first place in the SIAC’s western division.

Miles managed a fourth quarter field goal to narrow KSU’s lead to four. Their last possession was stalled at their own 49 yard line……..

After an 0-6 start, the Marauders of Central State of Ohio finally made it to the winning circle with a convincing 27-10 homecoming victory over Lane College. The Dragons scored their only touchdown in the first half but were held to three points in the second……

Fort Valley suffered its fourth straight loss last weekend on the road 48-14 to Florida Tech. Only a 37-31 win over CAU in three overtimes back on September 17 kept the Wildcats out the winless stats.

XTRA POINTS: Fourteen former Clark-AU athletes and friends of the athletic program were formally inducted into the 2016 class of the school's athletic Hall of Fame. The list of superlatives: Schredrick Austin (football), Kareem Bacon (football), Millard Hamilton (football), (Rev) Willie Hunter (football head coach, Athletic Director) , Robert E”Bobby’”Pritchett (head basketball coach), Robert Pritchett Junior (football, basketball), Elgin Pritchett (basketball), OJ Sampson (football, baseball), Ms. Effie Turner (friend), Lovell Twyman (football awarded posthumously), Eric Wilson (football), Earnelle Pritchett Winfrey (tennis), and Carolyn McClain Young (friend). The Hall of Fame was established by the Clark-Atlanta Athletic Boosters Association (CAABA) in 1989. A total of 191 athletes, friends and administrators have been inducted. The list includes George Turner, current Chief of the Atlanta Police Department…………Music for the induction breakfast last weekend was provided by trumpeter and CAU graduate Milkshake Mayfield.

THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND INSIDE PICKS

  • Kentucky State @Tuskegee (Tuskegee homecoming) - Tuskegee by 7
  • Miles @ Lane - Miles by 3
  • Clark-AU@ Albany State (ASU homecoming) - CAU by 6
  • Morehouse @ Benedict (Benedict homecoming) - Morehouse by 2 in OT
  • Central State @ Ft Valley (Ft Valley homecoming) - Central State by 3 in OT

 

 

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