Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal and Patsy Lamar
Photos, research by Patsy
SATURDAY SHOWDOWN IN ‘SKEGEE!!!!!!!!
ATLANTA-At approximately 1pm (Central), 2pm (EDT) on November 4 at Cleve Abbott Stadium in Tuskegee, Alabama, toe will collide with leather to commence the 60th meeting between Reggie “Ruff” Ruffin’s Miles Golden Bears and Willie Slater’s Tuskegee Golden Tigers. The winner will face the defending conference champ Fort Valley November 11th in Fort Valley (Peach County) Georgia to determine who will reign as the 7th true champ of the 106 year old Southern intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).
Tuskegee and Miles have been previous holders of the crown. Miles, in fact, became the conference’s first true champ in 2011 when they knocked off Albany State 20-17 in Atlanta. Tuskegee followed them in 2012, defeating Fort Valley 55-24. In 2014, Tuskegee won the title a second time, 47-41 in a nail-biter over Albany State. Miles won the title a second time in 2015, 20-7, over Albany State. The shocker of the series thus far occurred last year at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery Alabama when Fort Valley defeated Kentucky State 33-30 in 2 overtimes.
Since 2010 when Tuskegee flattened Miles 51-0, the mixing of these two Alabama schools have hardly been runaways. In seven years, Tuskegee leads the short series 3-2.
ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: Fort Valley locked up the SIAC’s eastern division title with a 52-7 homecoming win over Morehouse College. The visiting Maroon Tigers kept it tight against the defending conference champs, trailing 10-7 at the break. But the second half was all Wildcat, shutting Morehouse out of the end zone 42-0. Quarterback Slade Jarman contributed three touchdown passes for scores and ran for a fourth. Two turnovers in the half by Morehouse also led to two other FVSU scores. Morehouse could only manage a touchdown from freshman quarterback Michael Sims to Lance Madden for 5 yards to end a 10 play, 60 yard drive set up after a 4th down conversion attempt by Fort Valley was stopped via a sack of Jarman by Morehouse‘s Keith Anderson. The loss was Morehouse’s 4th straight. The Maroon Tigers can redeem themselves and their 2017 season this weekend when they host cross-campus rival Clark-AU….
Speaking of CAU, the Panthers are also in the losing doghouse dropping four of their last five games, including a 38-17 Thursday night loss to Miles College televised over ESPN3. Johnathan McCrary kept up his passing pace, throwing for 269 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked three times and was intercepted once. Leading 21-7 at halftime, the Golden Bears added a field goal in the third period and CAU placekicker Carlos Saldana tacked on three for CAU with a 41 yard field goal. Then, CAU’s defense was burned twice at the end of third and three minutes and change into the fourth via a 65 yard pass from Golden Bear quarterback Joseph Cambridge and then an 86 run from scrimmage by Justin Hardy. A last effort to score by CAU, on a drive with 4:16 remaining, ended when McCrary’s pass was intercepted……
Tuskegee knocked off Central State 45-0 at the Golden Tigers’ 93rd homecoming. Among the scorers for the Golden Tigers was Peyton Ramzy. The grandson of head coach Willie Slater caught a 94 yard touchdown strike from quarterback Jamarcus Ezell. …..
Kentucky State knocked off Lane 32-5. Brett Sylve led the way offensively with 111 rushing yards and two scores…..
Benedict won their fourth straight ballgame by surprising Albany State 17-12 in Albany, effectively putting the Rams’ chances of another berth to the SIAC Championship game out of reach. Even if they lose their final game of the season this weekend against Kentucky State , the Tigers under the ole’ pro James “Mike” White will have their first winning season since 2009……..
XTRA POINTS: Miles head coach Reggie Ruffin got a thinking head on his neck. He reached out and brought two former SiAC head coaches on staff. Teddy Keaton, the former pilot for Stillman is now developing the quarterbacks for the Golden Bears and Stan Connors, one-time head coach at both Benedict and Concordia –Selma, Alabama , is handling running backs…..Considering that this Saturday’s Miles-Tuskegee showdown will likely attract a crowd of 30,000 + and considering what’s at stake for both schools, leadership at both colleges should have tried to get this game moved to Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl…………The Alabama A&M-Alabama State annual football mixing known as the “Magic City Classic” did its usual thing in leading all HBCU’s in attendance . This year, 61,221 flocked to Legion Field to watch the Hornets skirt by the Bulldogs 21-16. ……..
THIS WEEKENDS’ INSIDE PICKS
Clark AU @ Morehouse-CAU by 6
Kentucky State @ Benedict-Benedict by 7
Fort Valley vs. Albany State (28th Fountain City Classic, Columbus ,Ga- FV by 6
Central State @ Lane-CSO by 3 in OT
Miles @ Tuskegee- Tuskegee by 6
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