2011 SIAC Football: Week 1 Game Recaps
Clark Atlanta at Georgia State
In a highly anticipated season opener coined as the “Battle of the Panthers”, two Atlanta neighboring programs featuring Georgia State University and Clark Atlanta University collided on the gridiron. The Panthers of GSU won the battle, 41-7, over the CAU Panthers in front of a Georgia Dome crowd of 26,273 Friday.
After an evenly matched first quarter statistically, Clark Atlanta seemed poised against GSU who held a three point lead at the end of the period. CAU controlled the time of possession in the first half and recorded 54 total yards on offense compared to GSU’s 51. A major upheaval in the second quarter, however, proved to be the turning point in the game as GSU running back Donald Russell rushed for two touchdowns while quarterback Bo Schlechter threw one of his three touchdown passes in the period. This scoring frenzy gave Georgia State a 24-0 lead at the half.
Georgia State added 10 more points in the third period to extend its lead to 34-0. After three scoreless periods, junior quarterback Bryan Mann gave the CAU Panthers some offensive light and found wide receiver Terrance Milton in the back of end zone on a 34-yard touchdown pass to open the fourth quarter.
The offensive tandem of Schlecter and wide receiver Albert Wilson connected on a 48-yard pass play that pushed the GSU lead to 41-7 which was the final score.
Despite the loss, CAU found two promising spots in the offense anchored by Mann and freshman running back Rashad Lewis in the back field. Mann led Clark Atlanta in total passing yards along with 88 yards rushing while Lewis had a solid performance in his collegiate debut netting 36 yards rushing on 15 carries.
Clark Atlanta quarterbacks Mann and junior T.J. Smith, who shared time under center, combined for 107 total passing yards and two interceptions. The linebacker core of Harrison Porter, Kiece Crite and Ricky Moore was dominating on the defensive side of the ball. Porter led the team with seven and a half tackles including two for losses and one sack while Crite and Moore recorded five and a half and five tackles, respectively.
Next Opponent: Clark Atlanta (vs. Lane- 9/10 at 6 p.m.)
Virginia Union at Benedict
Virginia Union University capitalized on four Benedict College turnovers to beat the Tigers 27-0 in the 10th annual Palmetto Capital City Classic Saturday at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium on Saturday.
The Tigers took the opening kickoff and drove to the Virginia Union 12-yard line before losing the first fumble of the day and ending the scoring threat. After the Panthers had taken a 7-0 lead in the second quarter, the Tigers saw another drive snuffed when quarterback Johnny Carson had the ball ripped out of his hands and Virginia Union’s Antonio Harris raced 58 yards for another VUU touchdown.
The Tigers platooned quarterbacks, swapping out sophomore Carson and freshman Harlon Samuels equally. Carson was 8-of-18 passing for 127 yards and gained 31 yards rushing on 13 carries. Samuels was 4-of-9 passing for 28 yards and gained four yards on nine carries. Both quarterbacks threw an interception.
Virginia Union quarterback and Columbia native Cheston Hickman was named the Andre Braxton Virginia Union University Player of the Game. He completed 9-of-20 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns.
After Harris’ 58-yard fumble return gave the Panthers a 13-0 lead, the Tigers went backwards on their next drive, as Samuels was sacked and recovered his own fumble for a 21-yard loss. After the Tigers punted the ball away, Virginia Union drove 57 yards on just three plays, capped off by a 43-yard pass from Hickman to Matias Parker, who caught two passes on the day, both for touchdowns.
Virginia Union went up 27-0 in the third quarter on a 14-yard pass from Hickman to Steph Templeton.
The Tigers had trouble getting their running game working, finishing the game with just 46 yards on 30 carries. Benedict averaged nearly 200 yards rushing per game last season.
With the running game bottled up, the Tigers went to the air, finishing with 155 yards passing between Carson and Samuels. Mujihad Assad caught six passes for 61 yards, while Darien Thomas had a pair of catches for 59 yards.
Benedict defensive back DeQuan Starling had three pass breakups and three tackles, while finishing with 88 yards on three kickoff returns. Linebacker Daniel Shield led the defense with six tackles.
Next Opponent: Benedict (at Bowie State- 9/10 at 1 p.m.)
Lane at Edward Waters
Lane College went on the road to open the 2011 football season and got their first since 2009 with a 17-10 victory over Edward Waters College.
The Dragons jumped out to a 3-0 lead, midway through the first quarter, on a 22-yard field goal by Ryan Bullock which would be the only points of the first half.
Lane would stretch their lead in the third quarter on a 16-yard touchdown run by Darren Henry and one-yard run by Alan Ferguson.
Later in third quarter, Edward Waters’ Tourre’ Smith picked off an Alan Ferguson pass and took it 45 yards for a score. The Tigers would add a 24-yard field goal from Jerry Martin to cut the Dragons lead to seven which would be the last points of the game.
The Dragons defense held Edward Waters to 155 yards of total offense led by Kyle Hurt who finished tied for the team lead with nine tackles while also notching 1.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Lane wide receiver Cordero Cooper had a game-high nine receptions for 67 yards.
Next Opponent: Lane (at Clark Atlanta- 9/10 at 6 p.m.)
Shaw at Stillman
The Stillman Tigers played with intensity and emotion from start to finish as they downed the Shaw Bears 16-13 in the season opener for both teams. The win marked the initial victory for first-year head coach Teddy Keaton.
The game opened with the Stillman taking the opening kickoff and after a three-and-out, the Tiger defense took the field. Stillman forced Shaw into a punting situation. A bad snap in the special teams area forced the Shaw punter to kick the ball out the back of the end zone and subsequently giving Stillman a safety and a 2-0 lead.
Stillman would score again in the second quarter on a 63-yard run by QB Dondre Purnell pushing the lead to 9-0. Less than four minutes later, RB Schley Devereux would score on a 13-yard run making the lead 16-0. Shaw would get a field goal from Lyncon Shephard with 2:09 remaning in the half, changing the score to 16-3 at intermission.
Shaw turned the momentum back to their favor as James Langford returned the 2nd half kickoff 94 yards cutting the score to 16-10. Shephard would add a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter making the deficit 16-13. Both teams would see their defenses tighten up in the final period. Stillman would make some big stops, including a sack and a series of pass breakups to seal the win.
For Shaw (0-1), QB Quinshon Odom completed 16-of-30 passes for 173 yards and an interception. WR Tyrone Craig caught six passes for 76 yards while Langford had seven carries for 31 yards. On defense, Demarcus Robinson and Marcus Skeen each had seven tackles while Chris Martin and Charles Deas tallied six stops each.
For Stillman (1-0), Purnell finished with 130 rushing yards on 14 carries while completing 5-of-6 passes for 41 yards. LB Jarell Thomas led the team with 11 stops while DL Bryant Mosley had seven tackles. FS Skylar Williams and SS Ronrico Dunn each had six tackles in the game.
Next Opponent: Stillman (at Samford- 9/10 at 6 p.m.)
Fort Valley State at Florida A&M
Played before a capacity crowd at Bragg Memorial Stadium on the FAMU campus, without question, the fans in attendance got their money’s worth as Florida A&M scraped by Fort Valley State, 28-22.
The Wildcats finished the game leading the Rattlers in almost every significant statistical category. For example, FVSU had 28 first downs compared to 13 for FAMU. The Wildcats edged the Rattlers in rushing, 55 yards to just 24 yards. And while just two yards separated the teams in passing offense (FAMU finished with 348 yards and FVSU closed with 346 yards), the Wildcats posted 401 yards of total offense compared to 372 yards for FAMU.
During the game, the Wildcats gave the FAMU faithful little room to relax. With 7:39 left in the first quarter FVSU highly touted pre-season duo of quarterback Antonio Henton and wide receiver Chris Slaughter connected on a 73-yard touchdown pass for the game’s first score. And while FAMU did answer with 5:51 left in the quarter on a 17 yard touchdown run by Eddie Rocker, a 24-yard field goal by FVSU’s Justin Rosenbaum with 1:42 left gave the Wildcats a 10-7 lead at the end of the quarter.
A botched snap on a punt attempt by the Ratters early in the second quarter extended the Wildcat lead to 12-7 but a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Austin Trainor followed by a 40-yard touchdown pass from Trainor to Kevin Elliott gave FAMU its first lead of the game, 21-12.
With 3:31 remaining in the third quarter, Rosenbaum converted a 47-yard field goal to cut the Rattler lead to 21-15. Then, with 1:59 left in the game, the Wildcats surged ahead after the duo of Henton and Slaughter connected again giving the Wildcats at 22-21 lead.
The Wildcats appeared poised to claim the win over the Rattlers but with 39 seconds left a deflected pass by the Wildcats defense landed into the hands of Rattler receiver Lenworth Lennon who scored on the play to give FAMU the winning edge.
Henton threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns while Slaughter had a huge game with 202 yards receiving on 10 catches and a pair of touchdowns. FVSU’s Courtney Daniels had a game-high 10 tackles including three for loss.
Next Opponent: Fort Valley State (vs. Delta State- 9/10 at 6 p.m.)
Albany State vs. Savannah State
Albany State scored a touchdown with 19 seconds left and went on to defeat Savannah State 37-34 in the Music City Classic in front of 7,105 fans at Henderson Stadium
ASU took a 12-0 lead in the first quarter as Jennings threw a 20 yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Tubbs and Darryl Carey scored on a one yard run but Brand Hamilton missed both extra point attempts.
The Rams extended their lead to 19-0 with 13:30 left in the second quarter as Jennings threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Octavius Staton followed by an extra point kick from Tory Torstenson.
SSU finally got on the board when Derek Williams kicked a career-long 52 yard field goal with 11:43 left and the Rams took a 19-3 lead into the half.
Williams booted another 26 yard field goal with 9:58 left in the third to cut SSU's deficit to 19-6, but Albany State answered with a 40 yard field goal by Torstenson with 6:34 left in the quarter to extend the Rams lead to 22-6.
Savannah State would then score 21 unanswered points to take a 27-22 lead, including two touchdown passes by AJ Defilippis to Justin Babb and Brian Lackey, respectively, with a 10-yard blocked punt return by Reggie Givens in between those two scores.
Albany State took a 30-27 lead with 1:20 remaining as Carey scored on a six yard run but the Tigers answered when Defilippis threw a 25 yard touchdown pass to Dylan Cook with 51 seconds remaining.
Trailing 34-30, ASU took the ball and marched 63 yards in five plays as Stan Jennings scored on a 12 yard run with 19 seconds remaining.
Defilippis passed for a career-high 315 yards and three touchdowns while Lackey caught a career-high three passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. SSU’s Nate Clay had a game-high 18 tackles. Carey led ASU with 51 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Jennings threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns while Staton caught five balls for 85 yards and a touchdown. Rashad McCrae led the Rams defense with five tackles. Both teams had 382 yards of total offense.
Next Opponent: Albany State (vs. Wingate- 9/10 at 7 p.m.)
Kentucky State vs. Central State
Kentucky State took control early and never looked back as they dominated Central State, 39-21, in front of 6,539 fans at the Dayton Classic in Dayton, OH.
The Thorobreds got on the board early in the first quarter when Jerrel Noland hit Justin Williams for a 44-yard touchdown pass with 11:44 remaining. KSU would take a 12-0 lead into halftime after a pair of 27-yard field goals from Cade Berryman.
With 6:25 remaining in the third quarter, Noland hit Raphael Amey for a 5-yard touchdown pass to give a 19-0 lead.
Central State would respond with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jeffrey Brooks to Steven Heard but KSU came right back with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Noland to Amey on the first play of their next drive, giving the Thorobreds a 26-7 lead.
Just nine seconds into the fourth quarter, KSU running back Andrew Ramsey would break a 55-yard touchdown run to make the score 33-7. Central State would answer on their next offensive play when Brooks found Heard for a 60-yard touchdown pass.
KSU’s Noland would put the game out of reach with his fourth touchdown pass on the day, this time finding Troy Churchill for a 36-yard score.
Noland, who was named the game’s most valuable player, completed 13 of 16 passes for 218 yards and four scores. He also rushed for 55 yards on nine carries. KSU running back Andrew Ramsey led all rushers with 130 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown.
Central State’s Darius Wilson had a game-high 13 tackles while Courtney Lewis led the Thorobrettes with 7 stops.
Next Opponent: Kentucky State (vs. Lincoln (PA) - 9/10 at 5 p.m.)
Morehouse vs. Miles
Morehouse College made things look easy as they dominated Miles College, 47-9, in the 5th Annual Labor Day Golden Classic at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, AL.
In the first half, Mychal Harrison (4 yards), Winston Bodrick (1 yard) and Byron Ingram (1 yard) scored rushing touchdowns and Ingram threw a 3-yard TD pass to Khamarr Smith, to give Morehouse a 26-3 lead at the break.
Miles' only first half score came on a 33-yard field goal by Patton Chambers.
In the second half it was much of the same as Ingram weaved his way into the end zone from 21 yards out while Bodrick scored his second touchdown on a one-yard plunge in third quarter. David Carter, who finished with 118 yards on 15 carries, added a 17-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The Maroon Tigers used a balanced attack to defeat the Golden Bears, amassing 269 rushing yards and 178 passing yards. Morehouse scored on almost every possession while converting 11-of-16 third-down conversions.
Miles would add a touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a David Thomas 1-yard run.
Ingram threw for 167 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 58 yards on 10 carries and two scores while Derrick Hector had a game-high seven catches for 66 yards. Miles linebacker Corey Robinson had a game-high 14 tackles while Elijah Anderson, DeAngelo Julks, and Mykel Green led Morehouse with six tackles apiece.
Next Opponent: Morehouse (vs. Howard- 9/10 at 3:30 p.m.); Miles (vs. Concordia-Selma at 6 p.m. CST)