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Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC

Hal LamarBy Hal Lamar
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BATON ROUGE, La-Albany State captured its first true conference title with a narrow 17-14  win over Miles College.

It was the second time that  these two teams have met in the three years the conference title game has been played..  Interestingly in SIAC Championship One, Miles defeated Albany State 20-17 .ASU  also won by three points.

The loss by Miles was  especially disappointing  for the Alabama boys since the Bears led  throughout most of the contest 14-7 until the fourth quarter when Zachery  Holley booted a 28 yard field goal to narrow the Bears lead to four. Then with  8:51 remaining, a 28 yard punt by ASU at the Miles 13 was muffed  by Darren Fife and the fumble recovered by  Albany’s Untayous Benson at the 4. One play later, Adrian Alexander romped from  the four for what became the winning touchdown.

Miles had two opportunities to  launch drives but couldn’t move successfully against ASU’s “dirty blue”  defense.

ASU finishes 2013 with an  overall 5-4 and first place in the SIAC East. Miles finishes with a 6-4 mark  and second in the SIAC west. Tuskegee, who lost the opportunity to defend their  2012 title with a upset loss to Miles a fortnight ago, finished first nonetheless  and with an 8-2 overall finish, qualified for the first time in  school history for the NCAA Division II  playoffs,. They will visit North Alabama in the first round November 23.  If the SIAC decides to schedule another Pioneer  Bowl, it appears that Albany State would qualify against a rep from the CIAA  which will likely be Fayetteville State. SIAC officials would neither confirm  nor deny reports there might not be a post-season game this  year. SIAC Sports information director Calleb  Obumba  told INSIDE on Monday of this  week that a press  release would be  issued sometime this week.Albany State - 2013 SIAC Football ChampsAlbany State University - 2013 SIAC Football Champs


Clark-Atlanta, its roster filled with freshmen players didn’t seem to stand a prayer  against the more experienced Southern University Jaguars and it showed here in  the Bayou State last Saturday night as the Panthers were shut out,albeit only  their second time this season, 53-0 before 12,217 mostly partisans at AW  Mumford Stadium.

There was little to applaud the  Panthers over. Their only solace offensively was true freshman Montavious  Taylor. The former Carver High of Atlanta running back  rushed 17 times for 51 yards. CAU’s defense  also accounted well for themselves with three of their down linemen finishing  in double figures in tackles.  Juniors Joshua Tate  and   pre season all conference’s Brenard  Williams  recorded 12 tackles, followed  closely by  senior Stevon McGill who had  10 tackles.

The rest of the two hour,  twenty-nine minute contest belonged to Southern, however, as the Jaguars led  26-0 in the  first half and then returned  to the gridiron to complete the job with 27 unanswered points. Did CAU rookie  head coach Kevin Weston think his hosts were trying to run up the score? “ I  think so, “ said Southern head coach Dawson Odums, who coached at CAU from 2001  to 2005. But he added this. “ When you get beat like that, well, it’s the moment.”  But Odums also applauded the Panthers as well. “ The wing T is a difficult  offense that takes time to learn. Eventually, that offense is going to work for  Coach and CAU. Remember, they are young.”

The season is over for Weston  and the Panthers who finished at 3-7. It may not seem like much until you  consider that last year, the Panthers finished  at 2-8. Meanwhile, the season continues for the Jaguars. They take on 1-10 Grambling November 30 at the 40th annual Bayou Classic and then will  represent the western division  of the  Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) at the conference championship game  December 7 against the east division champion Tigers of Jackson State. Note:  Both Odums and Jackson Coach Rick Comegy coached at one time in the SIAC.  (Comegy was once head coach at Tuskegee).

ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: In the only other SIAC  game last week, Central State of Ohio was all but destroyed by West Alabama  91-28. The Marauders, who only won two games this season, trailed 42-28 at the  break  but got shut out 49-0 in the  second.  Interestingly, CSU was only the  second school to score 28 points on West Alabama’s defense. Valdosta State  scored 30 points but lost to UWA 49-30.

The final regular season SIAC  game is Thanksgiving day when Stillman takes on Alabama State.

XTRA POINTS:  Kudos to whomever is responsible for the press  box at Southern’s Mumford Stadium. It was  spacey,  confortable, well  lit ,organized and run and presented us with a  great view of the playing field. Although the SIAC is my beat, I will find  some way to get back to Southern’s campus in 2014…….Budget axes were busy around  Benedict College I’m told. Head football coach James Woody lost several assistants  including former ( and original)  Atlanta Falcon Lee Calland. With recruiting and competition so  tough in this conference, the absence of assistants is not helping Benedict’s  cause……


Alabama  State over Stillman


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