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Clark Atlanta Battles Southern in Bayou State

SIAC Championship set with Albany St. and Miles

By Hal Lamar | 11/15/2013, 10:57 a.m.
The Clark Atlanta University Panthers wrap up their 2013 season and the maiden voyage of Head Coach Kevin Weston this ...
Miles College will face Albany State Saturday for the SIAC Championship at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta.

ATLANTA- The Clark Atlanta University Panthers wrap up their 2013 season and the maiden voyage of Head Coach Kevin Weston this Saturday when they travel to Baton Rouge, La to face Southern University.

The Jaguars, first in the western division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and with an overall record of 6-4, are coached by Dawson Odums who once piloted CAU in 2004.

Clark Atlanta travels to Baton Rouge after achieving their third victory of 2013 last weekend over visiting Edward Waters College from Jacksonville, Fl. As was the case against Morehouse back in late September, Edward Waters played tough against the Panthers, racking up 21 points in the fourth period after trailing 28-7 at the break. It was too little, too late, however to overcome the CAU lead, much of which was gathered in the first period.

Morehouse, meanwhile, ended their season on a low note as they were shut out by hosts Kentucky State, 44-0. It avenges last year’s 55-7 pasting Morehouse handed Kentucky. Credit for the Morehouse whitewashing this year goes to KSU junior quarterback Adam Robinson. The California native threw for 323 yards and five touchdowns. Morehouse, racked by injuries to key players, could only get 50 yards from quarterback Joshua Harris who was sacked five times.

The win was also the first for KSU’s Joshua Dean as head coach. He had been serving in the capacity as interim since March.

The season-ending loss for Morehouse leaves them at 2-8, their worst finish since a similar record in 1999.

ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: Miles College earned their second trip to the SIAC football championship last weekend with a surprising 41-36 win over favored and defending conference champ Tuskegee.  Miles went to the dressing room at the break with a commanding 34-14 lead over the Golden Tigers. Miles was led by redshirt senior quarterback David Thomas who put on a clinic for ‘Skegee, throwing five touchdowns and 312 yards passing. The offense of Greg Ruffin’s “good news” Bears were even on the verge of scoring their seventh touchdown of the game when time ran out….Their opponent in the championship, Albany State University, got there by virtue of their 19-10 defeat over Fort Valley last weekend. It was ASU’s fourth straight win which contrasts their 1-4 record the first half of 2013. Like Miles, the Rams were led by their junior quarterback Frank Rivers, who threw for 215 yards and scored two touchdowns including his 63 yard game-winning strike to Adrian Alexander with 5:08 remaining…Central State couldn’t hold on to a 24-6 lead at halftime over Johnson C Smith and wound up losing to the Golden Bulls 26-24…Stillman had no troubles defeating the College of Faith, 42-0. All of the Tigers’ points came in the first half.

THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND VOICE PICKS’

Southern over Clark Atlanta Saturday, 6 p.m. Baton Rouge, La

Miles over Albany State-Saturday, 7 p.m., Lakewood Stadium, Atlanta (SIAC Championship)

(Note: This is the second meeting between these two schools for the conference crown. In championship game one, Miles used a field goal to defeat ASU 20-17.)