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CAU Goes for 2nd Win; Morehouse Tangles in Columbus

By Hal Lamar | 10/11/2013, 5:05 p.m.
Morehouse College football.

ATLANTA - The 1-3 Clark Atlanta University Panthers return to Panther Stadium this weekend to take on the visiting Warriors of the College of Faith from West Memphis, Ark. while the 2-3 Maroon Tigers of Morehouse college travel to Columbus, Ga. to do battle with the 4-1 Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University in the 78th playing of the Morehouse-Tuskegee Classic (once known as the Columbus Classic).

Last weekend was a red letter day for CAU which won its first game of the 2013 season and moved to second place in the SIAC Eastern Division standings. The Panthers defeated Morehouse 21-17 at B.T. Harvey Stadium before a near capacity crowd of 7,734 fans. It was their first win since the 32-25 win over the Tigers in 2006.

It was the first win in the short head coaching career of former Tusculum College assistant Kevin Weston who told reporters following the victory that it was not just a win for his young charges alone.

“This was a win for the entire school.  I was told when I first arrived on campus that this was one of the most intense rivalries in college football. It is,” Weston said.

Several keys helped CAU to secure the win. One was Montavious Taylor, the true freshman running back who played high school football locally at the New Schools at Carver. He rushed 33 times for 154 yards and scored twice. The other key was the passing arm of freshman quarterback Trenton Earl.  He accounted for 157 yards.  In CAU’s first three games of the season, Earl passed for only 96 yards collectively.  Conversely, both Morehouse quarterbacks Joshua Harris and Monqavious Johnson could muster only 74 passing yards between them.

But perhaps the most significant key to the win came in the fourth period on a Morehouse drive with 5:18 remaining. Leading 17-14, the Tigers had moved the ball to their own 38 yard line. On a third and seven, Johnson attempted a pass that was intercepted by CAU senior Stevon McGill. Then through a series of first downs, CAU was able to run out the remaining 4:16 of clock to claim the win and win bragging rights within the Atlanta University Center.

ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: Kentucky State  (3-2) used the 139 passing yards and two touchdowns of senior Adam Robinson and a 135 yard, three TD performance of junior Jacquise Lockett to defeat West Virginia’s Alderson Broaddus University 49-20...Miles (2-2) broke a 7-7 deadlock at the half and outscored Benedict (2-3) 20-6 in the second to defeat the Tigers 27-13…It’s a long year for Central State (0-5) in their first full season in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and a tough one for first year coach  E.J. Junior. His Marauders were mauled by West Texas State, 72-0. West Texas led 44-0 at the half…Lane’s (3-2) special teams blocked an 11th   hour PAT and wound up upsetting Stillman (3-2,2-1 conf) 28-27...and SIAC west leader Tuskegee  (4-1) stopped a drive by Fort Valley (2-3) through a fumble recovered by freshman Terrance Leatherwood to win over the first place Wildcats in the east, 21-13.

THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND VOICE PICKS

Miles over Central State - (CSO’s homecoming)

Fort Valley over Kentucky State (KSU’s homecoming)

Lane over Albany State

Tuskegee over Morehouse -

Columbus Ga.

CAU over College of Faith

Stillman over Benedict

(Stillman HC) 

Last week’s predictions:

4 right, 1 wrong