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Morehouse, Central State Collide In Chicago; CAU at home against Fort Valley State

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By Hal Lamar Contributing Writer | 9/20/2013, 7:29 p.m.
At the conclusion of the Battle of the O-2 teams this weekend, at least two of those teams will finally ...
The 0-2 Morehouse Maroon Tigers will face the 0-2 Central State Marauders Saturday in Chicago at the 16th Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field.

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Morehouse Maroon Tigers

At the conclusion of the Battle of the 0-2 teams this weekend, at least two of those teams will finally have a one in the win column.

The 0-2 Morehouse Maroon Tigers will face the 0-2 Central State Marauders Saturday in Chicago at the 16th Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field. Their comrades in the Atlanta University Center, the 0-2 Clark Atlanta University Panthers will host the 0-2 Fort Valley State Wildcats.

Neither of the AU Center teams could forge a victory last week. CAU had their home opener spoiled by tough Stillman College 27-6 behind the 312 passing yards of sophomore quarterback Joshua Straughan who also threw two touchdowns. The win gives Stillman a 2-0 start and made their head coach Teddy Keaton happy…to a degree.

“I’m always glad to get a victory but we’ve got some things to work on,” said the Stillman grad who returned to his alma mater as head coach in 2011. “ We have to get some things cleaned up penalty-wise (Stillman drew ten penalties for 95 yards against CAU).”

“I think we hurt ourselves with drives, especially on defense with undisciplined things. Turnovers hurt us early in the first half,” he said. “We could have scored more points on CAU. I think our team underestimated them. I take my hat off to coach (Kevin Weston). He’s doing a great job. They are young. When he gets those guys into his system, they will do well.”

Much like the season opener a fortnight ago against West Alabama on the road, the Panthers were able to avoid a shutout. With 8:36 to go in the game, CAU mounted a 10 play, 88 yard drive helped by two Stillman penalties. It ended with a one yard run to the end zone by freshman Montavious Taylor of Atlanta (New Schools at Carver). He led all rushers with 85 yards. In fact, CAU outrushed Stillman 224-163 but likely that was due to their rush-prone offense. The Panthers only passed for ten yards while collectively, Straughan and backup Torrance Moise, a senior transfer from Webber International, threw for 345 yards. Moise also threw for one of Stillman’s four touchdowns.

Defensively, CAU junior linebacker Bre’nard Williams, a pre –season All-SIAC pick, led all tacklers with 14, 10 of them solo shots.

Meanwhile, Morehouse College is aching after losing their second straight game to Lane College 31-17. The 0-2 start is the poorest for Head Coach Richard Freeman since arriving on campus in 2007 and the poorest for the school since 2004 when they opened that season 0-2 with losses to Fort Valley and Edward Waters.

In last week’s Lane game, the Tigers attempted to overcome a deficit by scoring twice in the fourth period but much like the season opener against Howard, it proved too little, too late. The Dragons were led by their senior quarterback Chris Rini who completed 25 of his 32 passing attempts for 270 yards and three touchdowns. Morehouse conversely, may have found a second diamond-in-the-rough quarterback in freshman Mongavious Johnson. He relieved starter Joshua Harris and threw for 76 yards and two touchdowns.