The Morehouse Maroon Tigers lost their third game of the season and their home opener on Saturday, 17-10 to the Savannah State University Tigers (3-1). Under a hot afternoon sun the home team got off to a strong start, scoring during their first two drives of the game. The remaining three and a half quarters belonged to their guests however.

The Maroon Tigers went ahead 7-0 following a seven-play opening drive that included a Jalen Brown pass to receiver A.J. Smith and Tremmel Gooden (48 yards down to the Tigers 12 yard line) before junior running back Frank Bailey finished the drive with a touchdown run.

On their second drive of the game Morehouse managed a 30-plus yard field goal from junior kicker Fernandi Sdelamora to go ahead 10-0 midway through the first quarter. The Maroon Tigers would fail to score again for the remainder of the afternoon.

Atlanta native and Appalachian State University transfer defensive back Adorian Beach would single handedly outscore Morehouse during the first half after taking a handoff and slicing up the middle of the Morehouse defense for a 50-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. Beach would score again, this time on defense, when he intercepted a Brown pass and returned the ball 27 yards for the Tigers first lead of the game early in the second quarter.

Both teams exchanged ounts throughout the second quarter before Savannah State got the ball deep in Morehouse territory after blocking a Sdelamora punt attempt. That got the Tigers the ball back with less than a minute to play and picked up three more points -on a 27-yard field goal from senior kicker Giovanni Lugo- just before halftime.

Savannah State notched 158 rushing yards on the afternoon.

Morehouse will host Kentucky State University on Saturday (2 p.m.), Oct. 5 before playing their next two on the road against Tuskegee University (in Columbus, Ga.) and at Fort Valley State.

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