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Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC

Hal LamarBy Hal Lamar
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ATLANTA-While it likely will not affect its third place standings in the eastern division of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), a victory at this weekend’s show down between the Panthers of Clark-Atlanta University (CAU) and the “G-men” of Grambling State University at the 20th annual Chicago Football Classic Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field will make a statement for the school and to football fans across the country about the present and future outlook for the Cardinal and Black.

In only his third year with CAU, head coach Kevin Ramsey has begun turning CAU into a grid winner and contender. After a forgettable first year under Ramsey, CAU finished 2016 at 5-5, their first .500 season since 2008.

gsu champ ringThe Panthers will face a formidable challenge in Grambling, currently 3-1 overall with their only loss this year to Tulane in the season opener. Last weekend, the Tigers defeated Mississippi Valley State on the road 31-6.

cau kevin ramseyCAU's RamseyLast weekend in Jackson, Tennessee, CAU defeated the Lane College Dragons 31-7 behind the two touchdown throwing performance of Johnathan McCrary who passed for a total of 183 yards. This is the first meeting between the Panthers and the “G-men” and the second year CAU has been invited to the classic. Grambling’s last visit to the game was 1999 when the Tigers beat Alcorn 41-25.

Meanwhile, Morehouse will be home for the first time in two weeks to battle the Thorobreds of Kentucky State University. The Maroon Tigers are holding down first place in the SIAC’s eastern division. Last year, the Maroon Tigers knocked off the ‘Breds 14-3 in their home opener.

Last week, ground control late in the fourth period allowed the Miles College Bears to maintain a lead and edge Morehouse 27-24 in Fairfield Alabama.

miles LiJon CordierMiles QB CordierThe Maroon Tigers and Golden Bears battled the entire evening with each trading off touchdowns and field goals. Even in a losing effort, Morehouse quarterback Kivon Taylor threw for 225 yards and three scores. His counterpart , Miles junior QB LiJon Cordier accounted for 134 passing yards. Each were sacked 3 times.

ELSEWHERE IN THE CONFERENCE: tu osband thompsonTuskegee LB ThompsonTuskegee traveled 741.5 miles ( 1483 miles round trip ) to Findlay ,Ohio and lost badly to the Oilers 61-0 in a fashion that even Tiger hard-core fans found unbelievable. In fact, the last time that any team ran up that many points against the Golden Tigers was 1995, when Albany State smacked them silly 69-0.The only visible silver lining for Tuskegee in the 2:35 contest was senior linebacker Osband Thompson. The Miami native had 15 total tackles, 13 of them solo shots…………It was a battle royal in Fort Valley, Georgia Saturday between Benedict and Fort Valley. When the smoke cleared, the Wildcats went back to Peach County Georgia with their first win of the season, 31-28. Benedict battled back from a deficit to send the game into OT. The Tigers scored on the first OT to take the lead. Then Fort Valley scored to re-tie the game, sending it to a second OT. In the second OT, Fort Valley pulled out the win with a 33 yard field goal by Wildcat veteran placekicker Juan Serena. …Central State is still seeking its first win of the season. This time, it was Kentucky State knocking off the Marauders 34-22 at the 34th Circle City classic in Indianapolis Indiana. . KSU quarterback Paul Campbell led the way with 244 passing yards and one touchdown. 21,184 attended at Indy’s Lucas Oil Stadium…..Albany State not only lost last Saturday’s game to West Georgia 48-16, also lost its first place standing in the conference’s eastern division to Morehouse, according to SIAC stats. It appears puzzling, however , since both schools have identical overalls and Morehouse is 0-1 in conference play……

Tuskegee @ Lane-Tuskegee by 3
Clark-AU vs. Grambling-(Chicago Football Ciassic)-CAU in OT by 3
Kentucky State @ Morehouse-Morehouse by 7
Albany State @ Miles-Miles by 7 (broadcast on Aspire cable TV)
Fort Valley @Southern-Southern by 3
CentraL State @ Benedict-Benedict by 7


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