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Hal LamarBy Hal Lamar

Savannah State wins homecoming; ends Albany's five game win streak

Savannah State University's movement down from the NCAA's FCS or Division IAA athletic program of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) to the Divisioin II level may seem like a step backward for the college but you wouldn't know that by the successes they have achieved this first year back in the SIAC.

The Tigers, who all but wallowed in losses and red ink to their revenue-generating football and basketball programs when they moved away from the SIAC in 2000, cuurently sit atop the SIAC's eastern wing, pushing Albany State aside thanks to last weekend's 35-19 victory on the Tigers' first homecoming since moving back "home." 8101 festive fans took a 14-13 halftime lead thanks to the performance of their sophomore quarterback D'Angelo Durham who rushed for 150 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground.savn deangelo durhamDurham

The loss was especially stinging for the Rams who hadn't lost a conference game since October of 2017 and are the defending SIAC champs.

'ROUND HE REST OF THE CONFERENCE: Speaking of homecoming, Morehouse finally got the losing bug-a-boo off their backs last weekend by winning their homecoming over Benedict 34-13 to snap a Marooner two game losing streak.

A huge homecoming crowd of 25,911, watched Morehouse build a 22-0 lead at halftime, their largest of the season, while holding Benedict to 13 points the entire game. Morehouse junior quarterback Michael Sims accounted well, throwing for 106 yards and three touchdown strikes. Running backs Santos Dunn and Frank Bailey accounted for 2 of the Tigers five touchdowns........

Fort Valley knocked off CAU 34-27 but it was no snap for the mid Georgia Wildcats. The Panthers have played every opponent on this year's schedule tough and the visiting Wildcats were no exceprion. In fact, the Panthers led in the contest three times but unfortunately gave up the ghost in the fourth. Again, CAU quarterback Charles Stafford finished the contest with 200-plus yards passing and threw three touchdowns. Stafford was also sacked three times and fumbled on the team's last scoring drive with 1:10 left in the game , killing a scoring threat. Meanwhile, Valley's QB ace Slade Jarmin accounted for 225 passing yards and three touchdowns yet too was sacked three times.....

Struggling Central State of Ohio surprised SIAC western division leading Miles 15-12, breaking the Golden Bears four game win streak while busting the Marauders two game losing tilt. Key to the Marauers victory over their hosts was freshman Derrell Williams. The wide receiver scored twice to give CSU a 13-12 halftime lead after Miles went into the locker room at halftime leading 6-0. Miles winning bid via a scoring threat late in the fourth period failed when time ran out.......

Bad weather in Frankfort, Kentucky failed to stop 873 hard core Kentucky Stare fans from turning out to watch the Thorobreds defeat visiting Edward Waters College 12-0. Though largely a defensive contest, EWC threated to score three times in the contest and, through some impressive defense, stopped the Breds from extending their lead late in the fourth period via a goal line stand from the four yard line.....

Strong defense which sacked Lane College QB Tarik McKenzie four times allowed Tuskeegee to pick up a second sraight win 29-10. 'Skegee linebacker Daren Perersen led the Golden defensive charge with seven tackles, three solo hits and 2 and a half sacks..........

XTRA POINTS: Morehouse mourns the passing of Augusta, Georgia native Frank Eunice. A member of the class of 1972, Eunice was an exceptional, placekicker for the Maroon Tigers.......cnst terraris sappoldSaffold

Fort Valley's Slade Jarmin and CAU's Charles Stafford are among the top 20 passers in the NCAA Divsion II national rankings...

The Division II's number one all purpose gridder in this week's rankings is Central State's Terraris Saffold. The senior has already rushed for 842 yards in seven games. Also ranked in the same category from the SiAC is junior Brent Sylvie from Kentucky State and sophomore wide receiver Anthony Evelyn from Lane College..

Tuskegee over Edward Waters (Friday night )
Central State over Lane
Albany State over Morehouse
Benedict over CAU
Miles over Kentucky State



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