The Morehouse Maroon Tigers (1-2 this season) will finally get an opportunity to host their home opener on Saturday afternoon (2 p.m.) against Savannah State University. The crowd at B.T. Harvey Stadium has not seen their team this year yet because Morehouse had decided to being the 2019 season with three road games in four weeks. No matter, they will be home for consecutive Saturdays (the Maroon Tigers will host Kentucky State University at the same time a week later).

What Morehouse fans and faithful will be looking to see is an improvement on defense with the Maroon Tigers coming into this game on the heels of a 45-21 loss at Miles College on September 14. Morehouse was off last weekend. The 45 points was a new season-high after having given up 35 during the season opening loss to Alabama A&M University in Ohio.

The upcoming opponent, the Savannah State Tigers (2-1) make their way north to Atlanta on a two-game winning streak after losing their season opener 23-22 to Florida Tech on Sept 8. The Tigers defeated Virginia University of Lynchburg and most recently conference opponent Benedict College 21-14 last Saturday. During that victory the Tigers offense attempted just nine passes, with starting quarterback D’Angelo Durham going 2-8 for 55 yards with a touchdown pass to receiver Major Bellamy for 35 yards. Durham (85 yards and a touchdown) and D’vonn Gibbons (56 yards on 18 carries) were the team’s leading rushers.

Morehouse has not done a great job of stopping the run of late, in particular in their last game. Miles College ran for a combined 282 yards with redshirt junior running back Wade Streeter, Hoover, Alabama native, running for a game-high 194 and two touchdowns. Senior De’Rell Freeman added 41 yards on 10 carries.

If the Maroon Tigers can’t do a better job of containing the run then this two-game conference homestand will be a long one. Kentucky State amassed 262 yards rushing during their 13-7 home loss to Tuskegee University on Sept. 14, during their last game. The Thoroughbreds had three players with over 40 yards rushing with two; Brett Sylve (81 yards) and redshirt sophomore quarterback Jaylen Myers (78) leading the way. Myers only attempted eight passes during the game.

The Morehouse Maroon Tigers enter Soldier Field in Chicago. Photo by: Morehouse Athletics

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Donnell began his career covering sports and news in Atlanta nearly two decades ago. Since then he has written for Atlanta Business Chronicle, The Southern Cross...

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