Hampton 17 SSU 10
Savannah State went away from wearing their traditional orange helmets but was left feeling the blues after a 17-10 homecoming loss to Hampton, on October 7. The Tigers had more offensive yards than Hampton but could not take advantage of the four Hampton turnovers. SSU also turned the ball over four times which resulted in ten points. The crowd of 6,990 fans that filled into TA Wright Stadium saw HU take the early lead but the Tigers answered to tie the score at 7-7 when D’Vonn Gibbons threw a 32 yard touchdown pass to Clark Atlanta transfer Cameron White with 9:28 left in the first quarter. The Pirates (3-2) went ahead 10-3 in the third quarter and
extended their lead to 17-7 with 6:41 left in the fourth quarter. Giovanni Lugo booted a 41 yard field goal for SSU with 3:18 remaining but could get no closer. Rashad Saxton ran for 83 yards for the Tigers (0-5), seldom used reserve quarterback David Handler came off the bench to complete 8 of 14 passes for 102 yards and Derek Kirkland had six catches for 36 yards. Juwuan Tolbert had 10 tackles for SSU while Donald Rutledge, and Darrell Bonner each had a interception. SSU had 323 yards of offense but the offensive line gave up five sacks. During the contest, a check for $25,000 was presented to the school to start a endowed scholarship in the name of former SSU athletic
director Ken Taylor. Also, former football and basketball coach Leo Richardson and some of his players from the 1967 SEAC championship team presented the school a check for $10,000. Richardson said that $5,000 will be used for a football scholarship and $5,000 for a basketball scholarship.
SSU Booster Club Raffle Winners
The Savannah State Booster Club would like to thank everyone who participated in their 2017 SSU Homecoming Raffle. Litus Marshall was the third place winner and won $25. LaTanya Felder was the second place winner and won a $50 gas card. The first place winner was Dorothy Trawick who won a 55 inch
Former SSU AD Dies
Former Savannah State athletic administrator Hornsby Howell died on October 3.
Howell, who turned 90 in September 3, served as the Savannah State interim athletics director from 1996-98. Before working at SSU, he was a member of the University of Georgia athletic staff. Howell was hired at UGA in 1982 as a coach of the football scout team and he also served as the Director of Student Athletic Development & Career Placement Office. Prior to being at UGA, Howell worked at his alma mater, North Carolina A&T. He became the Aggies head football coach in 1968. His first team went 8-1 and won a CIAA championship, and his 1975 team won the first of A&T’s eight MEAC titles. Howell was 55-34-4 in nine seasons as A&T’s coach. Howell was inducted into A&T’s Hall of Fame in 1981, and into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. There is a endowed scholarship in his name at A&T and UGA presents the Hornsby Howell Community Service Award each year to a student athlete who is active in campus and community service. Funeral services will be held Oct. 11, at Lea Funeral Home in Raleigh.
Hines, Jenkins Out At ASU
Just a few days after he accepted the job as president of Alabama State, Quinton Ross has made changes in the Hornets athletic department as athletic director Melvin Hines and head football coach Brian Jenkins are
now out of jobs. Hines served as ASU’s senior associate athletic director from 2010 to 2012. He was ASU’s interim athletic director for three years before having the interim tag removed in September 2015. ASU won the last four SWAC Commissioner’s Cup titles under Hines. Jennifer Lynne Williams, who has been at ASU for two years, has been named the interim AD. Williams has more than a decade of experience in athletic administration. Before coming to ASU, she was the associate athletic director of development for four years at North Carolina A&T where she raised more than $4 million in donor revenue while doubling the number of donors for athletics as the executive director of the Aggie Foundation. She also worked at DePaul (2009-12), volunteered at North Carolina-Wilmington (2008-09) and North Carolina Central (2005-07). Jenkins was terminated last week, a day after the Hornets dropped to 0-5 following a 24-10 loss to Alcorn State on national television. Jenkins had been the ASU coach since 2016 and put together a 10-17 record, Before coming to Alabama State, he was the head coach at Bethune-Cookman. Donald Hill-Eley, who is in his second year on the Hornets staff will serve as interim head coach. Hill-Eley spent 12 years as the head coach at Morgan State and was named the 2002 MEAC Coach of the Year.