Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
CLARK-AU TO SHOW DOWN AGAINST HBCU NATIONAL CHAMP GRAMBLING SATURDAY
ATLANTA-While it likely will not affect its third place standings in the eastern division of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), a victory at this weekend’s show down between the Panthers of Clark-Atlanta University (CAU) and the “G-men” of Grambling State University at the 20th annual Chicago Football Classic Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field will make a statement for the school and to football fans across the country about the present and future outlook for the Cardinal and Black.
In only his third year with CAU, head coach Kevin Ramsey has begun turning CAU into a grid winner and contender. After a forgettable first year under Ramsey, CAU finished 2016 at 5-5, their first .500 season since 2008.
The Panthers will face a formidable challenge in Grambling, currently 3-1 overall with their only loss this year to Tulane in the season opener. Last weekend, the Tigers defeated Mississippi Valley State on the road 31-6.
Last weekend in Jackson, Tennessee, CAU defeated the Lane College Dragons 31-7 behind the two touchdown throwing performance of Johnathan McCrary who passed for a total of 183 yards. This is the first meeting between the Panthers and the “G-men” and the second year CAU has been invited to the classic. Grambling’s last visit to the game was 1999 when the Tigers beat Alcorn 41-25.
Meanwhile, Morehouse will be home for the first time in two weeks to battle the Thorobreds of Kentucky State University. The Maroon Tigers are holding down first place in the SIAC’s eastern division. Last year, the Maroon Tigers knocked off the ‘Breds 14-3 in their home opener.
Last week, ground control late in the fourth period allowed the Miles College Bears to maintain a lead and edge Morehouse 27-24 in Fairfield Alabama.
The Maroon Tigers and Golden Bears battled the entire evening with each trading off touchdowns and field goals. Even in a losing effort, Morehouse quarterback Kivon Taylor threw for 225 yards and three scores. His counterpart , Miles junior QB LiJon Cordier accounted for 134 passing yards. Each were sacked 3 times.
ELSEWHERE IN THE CONFERENCE:
THIS WEEKEND’S INSIDE PICKS
Tuskegee @ Lane-Tuskegee by 3
Clark-AU vs. Grambling-(Chicago Football Ciassic)-CAU in OT by 3
Kentucky State @ Morehouse-Morehouse by 7
Albany State @ Miles-Miles by 7 (broadcast on Aspire cable TV)
Fort Valley @Southern-Southern by 3
CentraL State @ Benedict-Benedict by 7
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