Morehouse, CAU are homecoming opponents of Albany, Benedict

Grady knocks Washington out of unbeaten ranks

By Hal Lamar | 10/17/2013, 6:59 p.m.
The 2-4 Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College will attempt to avoid a third consecutive loss Saturday when they travel to ...
Atlanta native Hoderick Lowe powers past Morehouse’s Lance White for a few of his 211 all-purpose yards on Saturday. Photo by GoldenTigersSports.com.

ATLANTA-The 2-4 Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College will attempt to avoid a third consecutive loss Saturday when they travel to Dougherty County as the homecoming guests of Albany State who themselves are smarting from a 37-31 loss last weekend to Lane College. 

 Meanwhile, the Panthers of Clark Atlanta University hope to stretch their two game win streak to three when they travel to Columbia, South Carolina as the homecoming guests of Benedict College who are also hurting after losing 35-21 to Stillman in Tuscaloosa, Al.

The Panthers with their 56-0 whipping they inflicted upon College of Faith from West Memphis, Ark., have evened last season’s two wins. The Panthers showed little mercy to the visiting Warriors on beautiful Saturday for football as they kept the ball strictly on the ground and out of the air.  That gave their running back tandem of freshmen Montavious Taylor (New Schools at Carver), Jordan Dooley ( Duluth High), Eric  Farley (Mays), Aquimial Burton (Johnson County, Wrightsville, Ga), and  sophomores Shaquil Traylor (Grambling State transfer) and Trevious Blair  (transfer Tusculum) a chance to run wild before the home crowd.

The Panthers racked up 591 rushing yards with all eight of their scores on the ground. The leading ground gainer for the quintet was Dooley, who rushed for 147 yards and scored once. The last time CAU shut out an opponent was 2010, when they blanked Miles 14-0. The last time they shut out an opponent scoring 50 or more points was 1966 when they defeated Morehouse, 68-0.

Ironically, last year when the Panthers were 2-8, one of their two victories came against Benedict 14-10 at home.

Morehouse’s story last week was anything but joyful. Poor performance by special teams, little to no protection from the team’s offensive line for either of the school’s quarterbacks and Tuskegee’s 28-0 whitewashing of the Tigers in the  second half led to their embarrassing, 54-10 loss last weekend at the 78th  ‘Skegee-Morehouse Classic in Columbus.

Interestingly, it was a former Atlanta high school product that led the charge for the Golden Tigers.  True freshman Hoderick Lowe, who played his prep ball for Atlanta’s Grady High School, accounted for only 85 rushing yards, but scored three of the Tigers’ eight touchdowns. It was Morehouse’s most humiliating defeat at the hands of Tuskegee since their 56-8 loss in 2004.  

Against Albany Saturday, Morehouse head coach Richard Freeman faces another team he has only beaten once since taking the helm in 2007. A year after his first stint as a head coach, the Tigers defeated the Rams 24-19 in Atlanta.

ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: Miles College got the shock of its life as the guests of 0-5 Central State University’s homecoming. The Marauders inched ahead of the Bears in the last few minutes of the contest, held on and defeated them 25-21 for their first win of the year and the first victory for coach E.J. Junior….Speaking of surprises, only 665 showed up in  Jackson, TN for Lane and Albany State but they got their money’s worth  as the Dragons leaped to 4-2 and third place in the SIAC West with an upsetting  37-31 win over Albany State. An interception by Lane’s Michael Ruffin with 35 seconds left stopped an ASU drive and preserved Lane’s lead and the victory…Stillman refused to let their homecoming crowd down. The 4-2 Tigers led throughout the game and hung on to defeat Benedict, 35-21…Fort Valley, leader in the SIAC East by virtue of their 2-0 mark, stayed put atop the division despite losing  to Kentucky State on their homecoming, 17-11. An interception by KSU sophomore defensive back Eric Rawls drowned a Fort Valley drive before it started to preserve the victory.