Cross Campus Rivals Tangle Saturday

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By Hal Lamar Contributing Writer | 10/4/2013, 11:58 a.m.
What may be the most significant game for both the Clark Atlanta University Panthers and the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers ...
The Panthers, under first year pilot Kevin Weston are badly seeking their first win under his watch and Morehouse Head man Richard Freeman is looking to extend his two game win streak to three and with it his first eastern division and conference victory plus challenge current leader Fort Valley (2-0,2-2).

Clark Atlanta @ Morehouse, 7 p.m. Sat. Oct. 5. Broadcast: Bounce TV

What may be the most significant game for both the Clark Atlanta University Panthers and the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers in memory will be played this Saturday when the two Atlanta University Center rivals collide at Bertram T. Harvey Stadium at Morehouse.

The Panthers, under first year head coach Kevin Weston are badly seeking their first win and Morehouse Head Coach Richard Freeman is looking to extend his two game win streak to three and with it his first eastern division and  conference victory plus challenge current leader Fort Valley College (2-0,2-2).

While CAU enjoyed an idle weekend, Morehouse evened its won-loss at 2-2 with a 28-26 win over visiting Edward Waters College of Jacksonville Florida.

It was no snap.

The game was characterized by one nail-biting moment late in the fourth quarter and after many of the 7500 in attendance had headed for the exits.

Morehouse had built a 28-5 lead in the first half largely on the back of redshirt senior running back Thomas “TJ”  Williams who rushed for 135 yards in the half and scored three of Morehouse’s  four touchdowns. Whether the Tigers rested on their hunches in the second half is debatable, but what EWC did is not.

The Florida Tigers shut out the Tigers 21-0 with all of the touchdowns coming in the fourth period. Their offensive efforts were led by redshirt sophomore Ray Dukes, who rushed for 135 yards and was on the receiving end of a pass from freshman quarterback Taron Williams. EWC’s defense, coached by former Bethune-Cookman University  head coach Alvin  Wyatt, stopped Morehouse on a fourth and two with 38 seconds to go in  the contest.

“I wanted to punt the ball away but my coaching staff thought we ought to try and run out more clock and give the offense a chance to get the first down,” said Freeman, whose look after the response indicated he wished he had that decision to make all over again. Then EWC attempted a drive of its own starting at the 35. Two passes later, the Tigers had the ball at the Morehouse 43.

“We knew they weren’t a throwing offense,” said Freeman. “ So we kind of thought it was our advantage once they started putting the ball in the air.”

He was right. On Williams’ third passing attempt, he was intercepted by freshman Joshua Anderson which effectively ended the game and brought the remaining partisans to their feet.

“It scared me because I knew they had a great field goal kicker,” said Freeman.

The loss by EWC was their fifth consecutive. Head Coach Brad Bernard, in his third season with the Tigers, said there is a silver lining.” We’ve found a gem in quarterback Williams, “ he told AV.’ He’s a gamer. He’s finally stepped up for us. And he’s only a freshman.”

ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: Tuskegee outscored Lane 27-0 in the second half to beat the Dragons 42-14...Central State trailed Tennessee State, 28-0 and the Tigers allowed Central  State only six points in the whole game enroute to a 73-6 shellacking of the  Marauders at the annual Gateway Classic in St Louis Missouri…Marcus Graham’s 293  passing yards and three touchdowns was not enough for Benedict to beat Fort  Valley 35-30...Miles led throughout their game versus Albany State and  withstood a comeback attempt by the Rams to win 22-14…Stillman overcame a 14-0  Kentucky State lead at the half and scored three times in the last 10 minutes  of the game to defeat Kentucky State 26-21.