There was 6:17 remaining in the game and the Maroon Tigers, already 1-3 after consecutive losses, were down 24-17 to visiting Kentucky State. Morehouse junior quarterback Michael Sims, in and out of the lineup as a start for the first four games of the season, had played the entire game to that point and would be under center again for the last very important possessions of the game. Morehouse would go on to win 33-24 after scoring 16 unanswered points beginning with a 37-yard field goal and ending with a 17-yard touchdown run by junior Santo Dunn. In between those scores and throughout the games displayed the leadership that enabled him to play significant minutes since his freshman season.

With Morehouse down 24-20 Sims found senior receiver Tremell Gooden (7 rec., 91 yards) for a touchdown that gave the Maroon Tigers their first lead since late in the second quarter. Sims had thrown his first touchdown pass of the game junior running back Frank Bailey late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 17. His play at quarterback this season can be described as mercurial or inconsistent but it can’t be interpreted as unimportant. Sims’ playmaking on Saturday breathed new life in the Maroon Tigers season.

Prior to Saturday Morehouse lost games at Miles College (45-21) and at home to Savannah State (17-10), neither of which Sims started.

With consecutive road games on the schedule this week and next -Oct. 12 against Tuskegee in Columbus, Georgia and Oct. 19 at Fort Valley State- the Maroon Tigers are going to need the preseason All-SIAC selection more than ever. For the season Sims has passed for 665 yards (61.76 completion percentage) four touchdowns and just two interceptions. His numbers are down from last year’s totals at this period in the season but the level of importance of Sims playing at his best cannot be understated.

Michael Sims delivered the second win of the season for Morehouse. Photo: Kevin Chapman

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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