CAU Panthers Home This Weekend Against Stillman

Morehouse visits Lane

By Hal Lamar Contributing Writer | 9/13/2013, noon
The 2013 edition of the Clark Atlanta University Panthers will open their home slate Saturday against the Stillman Tigers. Kickoff ...

The 2013 edition of the Clark Atlanta University Panthers will open their home slate Saturday against the Stillman Tigers. Kickoff is 6 p.m. at Panther Stadium. Morehouse, meanwhile, will keep their bags packed for a trip to Jackson, Tennessee and a grid mixing with the Dragons of Lane College.

It will be homecoming of a sort for Maroon Tiger head coach Richard Freeman. Before returning to his hometown to pilot Morehouse, Freeman was an assistant at Lane College under former head coach Johnnie Cole. One of his protégés as offensive coordinator for the team was Baltimore Raven receiver and Superbowl XVIII hero Jacoby Jones.

Last weekend, both AU Center teams faced the agony of defeat. A late fourth quarter surge by the “House” was not enough to overcome a deficit against Howard University and they fell to the Bison 27-16 in the third annual AT&T Nation’s Classic in Washington DC. Morehouse is now 0-3 in the series.

A bright spot for the Marooners was quarterback Joshua Harris. The junior from Detroit, Michigan who’s future ambitions include becoming mayor of his hometown, completed 18 of his 31 passing attempts for 193 yards and scored a touchdown.

Things went a little harder for the Panthers and their baby-brand-new head coach Kevin Weston. In 93-plus degree heat in Livingston, Alabama and before a partisan crowd of 5838, the host West Alabama Tigers scored 42 points through the third quarter including 28 by halftime to defeat CAU 42-6. The Panthers, with over half their roster true freshman (39) and facing a much bigger and more experienced Tiger eleven, did get on the scoreboard early in the fourth period to avoid being shutout as they were last year when CAU hosted UWA and got whitewashed, 44-0.

The Panthers collected 155 yards of total offense while UWA rolled up 509. The Panthers, though seemingly overwhelmed, never gave up however. The defense was ample evidence of that. Junior Bernard Williams, a pre–season all conference first team pick, picked up nine tackles, eight of them solo to tie UWA’s leading tackler Tevin Thomas who also had nine totals but only five solo shots.

Meanwhile, Morehouse College , which took an early, albeit short 3-0 lead over Howard, gave up 27 unanswered points to the Bison who led 27-3 until the end of the third period when Morehouse scored six on a pass from Joshua Harris to Brandon Sartin. Then at the 10:09 mark of the fourth period, Morehouse launched a nine play, 90 yard drive that resulted in a nine yard TD run by Shelton Hamilton. Trailing by 11 points, Morehouse launched two promising drives in the fourth quarter but failed to get pass the Howard 47 yard line in each.

ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: Lane College profited from a two touchdown performance by quarterback Chris Rini to win 38-13 on the road against Virginia –Lynchburg….Benedict welcomed newest SIAC member Central State with a 42-9 win over the Marauders. Marcus Graham passed for 269 yards and scored three times….Fort Valley launched a valiant rally after trailing 36-8 but lost to the defending NCAA Division II champ Valdosta State 36-21 in Macon Georgia….Stillman College, behind the five touchdown performance of Joshua Straughan, shellacked Concordia-Selma 52-0 and an 11th hour field goal by North Greenville allowed them to squeeze by Albany State 26-24.