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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Fort Valley State won its first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Football Championship since 1999 on Saturday evening at Cramton Bowl with a 33-30 double overtime win over Kentucky State.siacfbc celebration

In a game that featured three ties, the Wildcats (5-6 overall) secured their momentum late in the fourth quarter. After missing a 24-yard field goal with 10 minutes left, Fort Valley State regained possession of the ball on the next play when Atavious Brown forced a fumble that was recovered by Sam Goode on FVSU’s 20-yard line. Kicker Juan Serna tied the game at 24 with a 37-yard field goal with 8:32 to play.

Neither team was able to find the end zone in overtime but exchanged field goals to tie the game at 27 heading into double overtime. KSU kicker Bill Rose gave the Thorobreds (5-6) a 30-27 lead with a 32-yard field goal but it was Chauncey Jackson’s 11-yard game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Otis Brown that sealed the deal for the Wildcats.

Jackson was named the MVP of the game for Fort Valley State while Raymond Malone was selected as the MVP of the game for Kentucky State. First-year head coach Kevin Porter of Fort Valley State was named the Coach of the Game.

Kentucky State took a 21-14 lead at halftime over Fort Valley State. The Thorobreds attacked early in the first quarter and clinched a 7-0 edge with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Jules St. Ge to Reginal Harris at the 9:17 mark. After KSU went up 14-0 off a 58-yard run from Cloyd, the Wildcats jumped on the board with an eight-play drive that was capped off with a 2-yard run by Chauncey Jackson with less than four minutes remaining in the opening quarter.

In the second half, KSU controlled the clock and used seven minutes to complete a 13-play drive that resulted in a 5-yard touchdown run from Darmontre Ware with 6:52 remaining in the first half. However the Wildcats responded seconds later with Brian Walker’s 90-yard kickoff return to slice KSU’s advantage to 21-14 at the 6:33 mark.

Fort Valley evened the scored in the third quarter when Brown threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Bolden Davis with 7:05 remaining. With 27 seconds left, Rose regained KSU’s lead with a career-best 45-yard field goal.

KSU won the rushing game with 265 yards on the ground but Fort Valley finished with 254 yards in the air. Brown was 17-of-32 with a pair of touchdowns. St. Ge was 8-of-23 and recorded a touchdown. Cloyd tallied 119 yards while Harris totaled 41 receiving yards. Rodriquez Jones finished with a game-high 10 tackles.

Defensively, Ryan Bowman (nine) and Camron Young (nine) led the Wildcats in tackles.

~ TheSIAC.com

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