Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal and Patsy Lamar
Photos by Patsy
Inside Scores on 4 of 5 Predictions: Not Too Shabby!
ATLANTA-Well, congratulations to me > For the first time in a while, I got the majority of my predictions right.
I got it right on KSU-Miles (I picked Miles), CAU-Benedict (I picked big Mike White and the Tigers), Tuskegee and Jackson State (didn’t realize JSU was playing so raggedy this year) and ASU –Morehouse (had ASU). The one prediction I blew was Central State and UAPB (I picked UAPB).
Although I have predicted that my friend Cedric Pearl, who I had the pleasure of meeting when he coached in the SIAC and particularly Morehouse and Morris Brown, would lose, I figured he had to penetrate the winners’ circle at least once. I wrote the SID for the Marauders, Nick Novy and said I am sure Pearl, staff , the players and even the president that the losing monkey was off their backs. He responded with a quip.” We had to wait to play a Division I school to get the W”. This was also UAPB’s homecoming so I imagined the Lions had to sneak out the stadium following the loss while Pearl and his boys probably ran the whole 690.7 miles back to Wilberforce hollering and screaming with every step. Junior quarterback Trent Mays had a day for the books. The native of Stubbenville, Ohio threw for 334 yards and one touchdown plus passed for another. Now, the end isn’t over for CSU. They face Fort Valley this weekend at home, square against Tuskegee October 28 in ”Death Valley” and end the season November 4 against Lane at home.
THE ATLANTA UNIVERSITY CENTER: It’s a bit disappointing that Morehouse and CAU, the latter looking the most promising, would wait until the near end of season to start losing. The Panthers journeyed to Columbia, South Carolina and lost 14-3 to Benedict. The game drew 12,739 to Charlie Johnson Stadium as it well should since this was homecoming for James “Mike” White’s offensive and defensive elevens and they didn’t let the partisans down. It was a low scoring game and likely disappointed fans of high scoring offenses. But it did move Benedict to third place in the eastern division of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and move Morehouse and CAU to the basement of the division. Morehouse, who battled Tuskegee a fortnight ago to overtime but would up losing 23-17, gave Albany State a 34-10 homecoming win and put the Rams in hollering distance of first place Fort Valley in the SIAC east.
ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: Central state was not the only team in the Division II conference to defeat a Division 1 opponent, Tuskegee, first place in the SiAC’s western division, turned hapless, winless Jackson State every way but loose last weekend in the second 5th quarter classic in Mobile Alabama. They won the game 33-7 and allowed the D-1 Tigers to score only once. JSU is 0-6 ,the first time they’ve been that way since 1969. Last year, Tuskegee defeated Florida A&M 20-17 in the first 5th Quarter classic….
Lane College managed to score 14 points in the second half but by then, their opponent Fort Valley had amassed 24 in the first; add 14 more points of their own in the second for a 37-14 win to solidify their hold on first place in the SIAC east…..
Miles College has shut out three schools since 2014 so I guess Reggie Ruffin and his Golden Bears figured it was time for one more and they got it last weekend 35-0 against Kentucky State University. It was also a division game so it didn’t hurt Miles standings in the SIAC west. They are second behind division leading Tuskegee and have fans thinking this may lead to a showdown for the division title versus the Golden Tigers November 4th in Tuskegee. It will also be Tuskegee’s homecoming. Whoa!!!!
XTRA POINTS: Writing this column allows me opportunities to research bits of information which works for this section of INSIDE. I found out that serious personalities have walked the halls of Central State of Ohio. I learned that among the graduates are: classical singer Leontyne Price, one time LA Dodger catcher John Roseboro, jazz singing sensation Nancy Wilson, Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock 9 students from 1957 and comedian/actor Arsenio Hall…..
Morehouse and CAU will again create the annual football ball of confusion. Their homecomings are this weekend at their respective stadiums but at the same time (2pm)…Add to that another school, Ga State, located in downtown Atlanta. Then several local high schools will be celebrating homecoming activities with many inner city high schools getting the chance to play and attend Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
INSIDE PICKS FOR THIS WEEKEND
Fort Valley @ Central State-Ft Valley by 3 in OT
Tuskegee @ Kentucky State (KSU Homecoming)-Tuskegee by 6
Albany State @ CAU (CAU homecoming)-ASU by 7
Benedict @ Morehouse (MHC homecoming)-Morehouse by 7
Lane @ Miles-Miles by 7
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