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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.

Albany State was led by junior quarterback Frank Rivers, a transfer this year from Grambling. He passed for 112 yards and one score which pales his performance a fortnight ago against Morehouse when he threw for 192 yards and five scores.

“ I give myself a C- (On the CAU game),” he said after the game. “We left too many points on the field.”

As for his decision to leave troubled Grambling and transfer to ASU, he said it was one of his better decisions. “I feel at home here,” he said. “ The coaches really sold me on ASU. They made me feel at home when I talked to them and visited the school.”

Albany moved into first place in the SIAC East through the CAU win, moving Fort Valley out of the top spot.

ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: Fort Valley had an easy time at their homecoming game beating 1-7 Concordia–Selma, 52-19 and avoiding a fourth straight loss…In a rare Thursday night game, Miles got a three touchdown game from senior David Thomas and defeated Lane, 38-26...A missed two- point conversion cost Central State its third straight win as they fell 35-33 to Stillman…SIAC leader Tuskegee had an easy time with Kentucky State, winning, 36-7.

THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND PICKS

Tuskegee over Central State (Tuskegee homecoming)

Lane over Kentucky State

Miles over Stillman

CAU over Shorter

Fort Valley over Morehouse

Albany State over Benedict

Last week picks:5-1

Washington loses to Carver

By Hal lamar

The New Schools at Carver captured their fourth consecutive win, moved their region mark 4-0 and into second place in 6B-AAAA behind first place Grady, but didn’t necessarily like the way they achieved it.   

The Panthers never played last weekend’s opponent Washington High Bulldogs. The game was cancelled and the Bulldogs forced to forfeit the contest 1-0 after a fight on Washington’s athletic field the night before the scheduled Friday grid mixing.  

Confirmation of what prompted the fight were not forthcoming by The Atlanta Voice deadline. A call to the Atlanta Public Schools Athletic Department was not returned to the newsroom. What details are available indicates that no Carver players, students or parents were involved in the fracas.

According to news reports the fight was apparently prompted by accusations allegedly from some Washington athletes that four boys and a coach identified as members of the C..J Stewart Legacy Baseball League at Washington’s baseball field stole cell phones from their locker room.  

Reportedly, after the Washington athletes checked their lockers, they returned to the field where the confrontation occurred. Police were summoned to the field Thursday evening and reportedly told the Washington athletes instigated the scuffle.

“But there were no Washington parents or coaches at the game or the school to give another side to the incident,” said one unidentified former BTW athlete. One former alum of Washington has sent a letter to Head Coach Rodney Hackney asking what agreement the school or the system has with the Stewart program, saying their use of school athletic fields, locker rooms and other resources were hampering sanctioned activities of the BTW students.

APS officials will only say that disciplinary action will be taken against the suspects. Washington has a final regular season game this Friday against Banneker at Banneker.

THIS WEEK’S GAMES AND RANKINGS

1.Grady (7-1) vs. Carver (6-2), Friday, 5:30 p.m.-Henderson (Grady)

2.Mays (6-2) vs. Stephenson (7-1)-Saturday,7:30 p.m.-Haliford (DeKalb)

3.Carver vs. Grady-Henderson

4.Washington (6-2) vs. Banneker (3-4-1)-Friday, 7:30 p.m. Banneker

5.BEST (4-4) vs. Rockmart (3-5)-Friday, 8 p.m.-Henderson (Grady)

6.Jackson (3-3) vs. Haralson County (2-7)-Friday, 8 p.m.-Tallapoosa Georgia

7.Douglass (1-7) vs. Callaway (7-1)-Friday, 8 p.m.-Lakewood

8.South Atlanta (0-7) vs. Therrell (0-8)-Friday, 5:30 p.m., Lakewood)

9.Therrell vs. South Atlanta-Lakewood

10.North Atlanta (0-8) vs. Lakeside (2-5)-Friday, 7:30 p.m.-Adams Stadium