Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal and Patsy Lamar
Photos by Patsy (and hbcu schools)
CAU hosts Fort Valley, Morehouse and Tuskegee tangle In Columbus, Ga
ATLANTA- The Panthers of Clark-AU return to the confines of their home turf after three weeks on the road Saturday to take on the Wildcats of Fort Valley State University at 4pm. Last year, the Panthers wrestled with the Wildcats in Peach County, Georgia and lost 37-31 after taking their hosts through three overtimes. Currently, CAU sports has a 1-0 conference and 3-2 overall record. The CAU- Fort Valley game is the first divisional matchup for the Panthers this 2017 season. CAU will face a Wildcat club that is 1-0 in divisional and conference stats and 1-3 overall. Last week, Valley lost to Southern University, 31-14, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
In Chicago last Saturday, CAU, under third year head coach Kevin Ramsey, lost to defending HBCU national champs Grambling, 31-20, at the 20th annual Chicago football Classic.
Before 16,429, Grambling took a `17-13 lead into the locker room at halftime despite leading 14-3 at the end of the first period. CAU ended the half after a productive 13 point second quarter, led by an 11 yard touchdown pass from Panther quarterback Johnathan McCrary and a quarter-ending 42 yard field goal by Carlos Saldana. McCrary, the SIAC’s number one passer and among the top 30 quarterbacks in the country, finished the game with 371 passing yards and two touchdowns. Grambling’s senior quarterback Davante Kincaid was the Tigers golden slipper, throwing for three touchdowns in the first and third quarters. Despite the three score lead late in the fourth period, CAU’s offense continued to fight. McCrary’s second touchdown of the contest came at 3:53 and moved the Panthers to within 11 points of the Grambling lead.
Unfortunately, an onside kick attempt by CAU traveled only seven yards . Grambling recovered, then ran out the remaining moments of the game to return to Louisiana with a 4-1 overall and a 1-0 conference, good for second place in the western division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) behind 2-0 conference foe Prairie View.
Morehouse, meanwhile, will try and snag its second conference win this weekend in Columbus, Ga when they face Tuskegee University In the 82nd playing of the Morehouse-Tuskegee Classic (once known as the Columbus Classic) at AJ McClung Stadium. Beating the Willie Slater led Golden Tigers has been a boil on the neck of the Maroon Tigers and head coach Richard Freeman, now in his 11th year at the school. Under Freeman, Morehouse has won only once against Tuskegee, a 17-14 decision in 2011.
Last weekend, the Maroon Tigers leaned on the incredible performance of their “wonder boy’ senior quarterback Kivon Taylor to defeat visiting Kentucky State 31-21. The Atlanta native completed 21 of his 40 passing attempts for 373 yards and four touchdowns.
Taylor is the conference’s second place passing leader, averaging 219 yards per game and nine touchdowns. KSU tied with Morehouse twice in the game before the latter kicked a 37 yard field goal before halftime. The second half proved to be Morehouse’s. After the Thorobreds scored at 12:40, Morehouse roared back with scores midway the third quarter and sealed the victory with better than four minutes remaining in the game. Taylor, to the surprise of few, was named SIAC player of the week.
ELSEWHERE IN THE CONFERENCE: Central State of Ohio’s winless record will remain intact for another week. The Marauders lost their fifth in a row to Benedict, 21-11.The Tigers led 21-3 through the fourth quarter, With 4:10 to go, the Marauders scored to narrow the Benedict lead to 10, Central State got their hands on the oval once more with 1:53 remaining, utilized five plays, worked the football to the Benedict 44 but were stopped by the Tiger defense…..Tuskegee spoiled Lane’s bid to stop the Dragon’s four game losing streak but missed that by five points and lost 28-23. In the fourth period and trailing 28-10, the Dragons scored twice, one of them thanks to a Tuskegee turnover. But leading by five, and with 50 seconds to go, Tuskegee just sat on the pigskin to preserve the win…………Miles had their players lined up on the field for their home game against Albany State but must have left their offense in the dormitories. Reggie Ruffin’s offensive eleven could only manage nine points while the visiting Rams practically ran roughshod over their hosts and went back to Albany, Georgia with a 34-9 victory. ASU was led by the three touchdown, 184 yard rushing performance of junior McKinleyHabersham……Southern got by Fort Valley 31-14 behind the Jaguars’ explosive first quarter which produced 21 points within the first 7:39 of the period . Fort Valley responded to the first half onslaught with 14 points of their own to trail by only a score in the first half. Unfortunately, Southern shut out Fort Valley scoring while contributing 10 more points to seal the victory. The loss was Valley’s third in four games played (the September 9 game against Valdosta State was cancelled)….
XTRA POINTS: A reader recently sent me an article that appeared in 1902, written by the owner-publisher of the Baltimore Sun. Check this out and see if it reminds you of something:
THIS WEEKENDS GAMES AND INSIDE PICKS
Lincoln(MO) @ Albany State-ASU by 3
Miles @ Central State (CSO Homecoming)-Central State by 7
West Va State @ Kentucky State-KSU by 10
Langston @ Lane (homecoming)- Lane by 6
Morehouse vs. Tuskegee- Columbus Ga (MH-Tusk.Classic)-Tuskegee by 6
Fort Valley @ CAU-CAU by 12
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