Morehouse Visits Fort Valley, Clark AU Hosts Shorter Saturday

AU Center teams try to rebound after homecoming losses

By Hal Lamar | 10/29/2013, 11 a.m.
The 2-6 Morehouse Maroon Tigers have two more opportunities to salvage something out of their disappointing 2013 season beginning this ...
The Albany State Rams (yellow and blue) defeated Clark Atlanta Panthers, 30-7 on CAU’s homecoming. Photo by Stan Washington.

ATLANTA - The 2-6 Morehouse Maroon Tigers have two more opportunities to salvage something out of their disappointing 2013 season beginning this weekend when they travel to Peach County to take on the Fort Valley State Wildcats.

The latter is in second place in the eastern division of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) but could have their chance of capturing the division title and earn a spot in the SIAC championship game, Nov.16 all but ruined if they lose to Morehouse which trails the Wildcats in the series 9-3 since 2000.

Clark Atlanta University Panthers (2-5) has three non-conference matches to end their season beginning this weekend with a home tilt against the 0-8 Shorter Hawks of Rome, Ga. This is the first meeting between these two colleges.

Last week was a disappointing one for CAU and Morehouse who dropped their homecoming games. The most disappointed, perhaps, was Morehouse who suffered a 29-26 loss to the 4-4 Benedict Tigers on an eleventh hour 32 yard field goal with 31 seconds to go before 19,345 heavily partisan fans at B.T. Harvey Stadium. Morehouse took a slim 10-9 lead into the locker room at the half. By quarter four, the score was tied at 19-19 but a fumble forced by Morehouse gave the Tigers the oval at the Benedict 25. Five plays later, senior Thomas “TJ” Williams scored on a nine yard run to give Morehouse a 26-19 lead. Benedict then returned the oval the other way through five plays of its own to tie the game at 26 apiece.

Then with Morehouse unable to move the oval past the 50 on their possession, Benedict took over on downs and used 16 plays to get to the Morehouse 4. Unable to punch through six points on three tries from the Morehouse four, Benedict sophomore Edurado Fernandez kicked in the winning three points. Morehouse had the last word on possession but couldn’t get it past their own 18 yard line before time ran out.

Benedict takes on SIAC east leader Albany State this weekend in Albany and must defeat the Rams to get a shot at first place and a possible trip to the conference championship in Atlanta.

Clark Atlanta meanwhile, was taking on the Rams a few blocks away and at the same time of the Morehouse game but having a much tougher mix with the conference leader. In fact, the Panthers failed to convert one first down in the first half and gave up three scores to the Rams, allowing them to take a 17-0 lead into the locker room.

The Rams extended their lead in the second half and up until the 2:48 mark of the fourth quarter, led 30-0. The Panthers came perilously close to suffering their second shutout in two games until an Albany State turnover on a muffled punt gave the Panthers four fresh downs at the Albany 20, They used that to their advantage with five plays to score their only touchdown of the game on a five yard run by true freshman Montavious Taylor (New Schools at Carver) who led Panther rushing with 11 carries and 45 yards.