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Hal LamarBy Hal Lamar
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Morehouse shakes off two year opening season loss jinx, beats Edward Waters

I imagine ole Morehouse head coach Richard Freeman can sleep at night again since his Maroon Tiger elevens broke that two year jinx of season opening losses last weekend by beating Edward Waters 31-16 in Jacksonville Florida. Playing Edward Waters is no snap and Freeman can tell you about that first hand. Last year, he hosted the Tigers and came close to losing that ball game. He was also aware that this year he was going against new head coach Alvin Wyatt, the former pilot with the Bethune Cookman Wildcats.

He was also counting on running back Shelton Hamilton to return to campus this year 100%. The Montgomery Alabama native has been bugged with injuries since coming to the “House” three years ago. Well, if his performance in J’Ville is any indication, it appears he is living up to his words of assurance to Freeman. Hamilton rushed 24 times for 140 yards and scored two touchdowns….

CAU Montavous TaylorTaylorSpeaking of Atlanta schools and running backs, CAU Montavious Taylor seems to be picking up where he left off last season. He rushed for 117 yards and one score in what turned out to be a losing effort for the Panthers who fell on the road 28-18 to the Marauders of Central State of Ohio. Taylor played high school ball in Atlanta at Carver High . His coach, Darren Myles says Taylor is headed for superlative status with CAU. “ I know he will come through for them,” he told INSIDE. “He’s a gamer. If his coach (Kevin Weston) tells him to run track, he will run track. There will be no sophomore slump for him. “…..

The Marauders have a new head coach in Cedric Pearl, replacing EJ Junior who was only there for one season (I wonder why?). Nonetheless, Pearl notched his first victory as HC and it was also a conference win which puts him (for the moment) atop the SIAC west. The Marauders are playing Texas Southern this weekend in the first HBCUX Bowl in Nassau, the Bahamas. The 411 INSIDE has read promises this first outing to be a rich one for both colleges and the islands with a slew of activities leading up to the first grid meeting between these two colleges………….cnst cedrick pearlPearl

ELSEWHERE IN THE SIAC: Breakdowns in quarterback protection contributed to Paine’s 28-26 loss to Shorter last weekend. Shorter led 21-10 at halftime. Paine’s quarterbacks were sacked four times. To his credit, one of them, Loranzo Hammond threw for 131 yards and two scores ….

Tuskegee was upended 30-17 by Alabama A&M , spoiling the home and season opener for the Golden Tigers. Although Tuskegee QB Justin Nared threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns, the senior reportedly chastised his teammates for not “performing as a team.”…….

Benedict exploded with a 26 point second half while blanking their host Lane College and returned to Columbia, South Carolina with a 39-7 mark. It allowed them to get a bit beyond their embarrassing season and home opening loss to South Carolina State a fortnight ago 63-0. Benedict’s offensive thrust came via quarterback Cameron Stover who passed for 188 yards and scored twice…

Last year, Fort Valley journeyed to Delta State and surprised them with a win. Apparently, the Statesman figured turnabout was fair play. They defeated the Wildcats 56-13, spoiling the season and home opener for the Wildcats and handing them their worst drubbing since 2009 when they were beaten by Southern 55-23 and their worst opening season start since 2008 when they lost 56-3 versus Valdosta State…….

West Alabama’s 30-7 shot in the first half was too much for Stillman to overcome. They fell to visiting West Alabama 44-20. A 13 point fourth quarter by the Tigers was too little, too late. Stillman starting quarterback Josh Straughan’s 179 pass completions and two scores was not enough. The junior from Washington State was sacked four times…..

Miles took CIAA contender Shaw to the woodshed last Saturday, taking a 21-0 lead at half, tacking on nine more points in the second and turned Shaws’ Bears into teddy bears by sending them back to Raleigh, North Carolina with a 30-7 loss. Miles piled up 463 yards of offense and sacked Shaw’s quarterback Trey Folston 3 times…..

An 85 yard kickoff return by Valdosta State midway the fourth period rubbed salt in a wound the Blazers had already inflicted against Albany State in the first three quarters to put a cherry atop a 38-10 pasting of the Rams in Valdosta. Valdosta led 17-0 at the half. ASU’s Frank Rivers finished the game passing for 164 yards and a score but was sacked three times…….hbcux classic

XTRA POINTS: Howard University graduate Chuck Walton has stepped into high cotton as the Voice of the Bison this season. He was adorned to the post two years ago by Ed Hill, the dean of HBCU sports information directors and one of its sharpest. If Ed puts his stamp on the brother, he’s got to have it going on…

Jimmy Joe, brother of former FAMU and Miles College head coach Billy Joe, is now receivers coach at Edward Waters……

Thanks to my brother-in-law’s wedding, I journeyed to Oklahoma last weekend where Langston University is domiciled. The wedding was in Tulsa, home to one of the college’s two satellite campuses.  It’s located in an area once called “black wall street” which at one time comprised some 600 businesses of all kinds. In 1921, the neighborhood of prosperity was wiped out in a so-called race riot brought on amid published allegations of a black man raping a white elevator operator. The area is also known as the hometown of the ultra successful GAP band (GAP was acronym for Greenwood, Archer and Pine Streets where band members were born and raised. …. Langston’s other satellite center is in Oklahoma City, home to an impressive museum of Cowboy history and artifacts. The building also features a display of the Buffalo Soldiers and a surprising layout of movies featuring African-American cowboy film stars. I do think,however, the museum wants for a whole wing dedicated to their exploits as they do for native Americans, Hawaiians and women…

Former Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims’ barbeque restaurants have spread beyond the boundaries of Oklahoma and are popping in Michigan. Is Atlanta next?


  • Samford over Stillman
  • Benedict-idle
  • Tuskegee over Albany State
  • CAU over Lane
  • Kentucky State over Johnson C Smith
  • Morehouse over Howard
  • Paine over Livingstone
  • Texas Southern over Central State
  • Miles over West Georgia
  • Fort Valley over Savannah State

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