North Carolina A&T 36; SSU 17
Lamar Raynard threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns while Marquell Cartwright ran for 127 yards and two scores to lead North Carolina A&T to a 36-17 victory over Savannah State, in a game played on November 11 at Aggie Stadium, before a crowd of 9,397 fans. The win improved A&T to 10-0 while the Tigers fell to 2-8.
A&T led 10-0 after the first quarter, thanks to a one yard touchdown run by Cartwright and a 25 yard field goal by Noel Ruiz. Kickers from both teams added 30 yard field goals in the second quarter as the Aggies took a 13-3 lead into the half.
In the third quarter, Raynard tossed a 54 yard touchdown pass but the Tigers answered when D’Vonn Gibbons scored on a two yard run. Three minutes later, Cartwright scored on another one yard run to give the Aggies a 26-10 cushion.
A&T added a 32 yard field goal from Ruiz in the fourth quarter as well as a 18 yard touchdown pass by Raynard for a 36-10 lead. Gibbons threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to Jaylen McCloud with six seconds left for the final score of the day.
Gibbons passed for 137 yards for the Tigers while running for 93. Derek Kirkland caught two passes for SSU while Donald Rutledge had 12 tackles for the defense.
Tigers Tip Off Regular Season
The Savannah State basketball teams tipped off their regular season last week. The Lady Tigers defeated Division III LaGrange 86-44 in Tiger Arena on November 10. Donasja Scott led SSU with 19 points, 16 rebounds and three steals while Kaylee Allen chipped in 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Savannah State beat Paine 85-58 in a exhibition game in Tiger Arena on Nov. 7. In that contest, Scott had 19 points, Allen scored 18 and Heniya Moten added 15. Alexxus Sowell grabbed 12 rebounds. The Savannah State men lost their season opener at 12th ranked Cincinnati 107-77 on Nov. 10. Austin Dasent scored 14 points, dished out six assists, grabbed five rebounds and had three steals for the Tigers. Jahlin Smith added 13 points while Ty’Lik Evans, Dexter Mc- Clanahan and Juwan Grant all had 11 points. The Tigers lost an exhibition game to Fort Valley State on Nov. 7 by a score of 103-89. The Wildcats, who are coached by former SSU coach Sammy Jackson, were led by Jaylon McMillian who had 35 points. FVSU also won the rebounding battle 66 to 59. The Tigers were paced by Grant’s 17 points. Mc- Clanahan added 16 points and seven rebounds while Evans scored 14 points.
Banks Named FCS Hero of the Week Savannah State defensive
lineman Stefen Banks has been named the HERO Sports FCS Football Defensive/ Special Teams HERO of the Week award following his performance in the Tigers 35-21 win over Delaware State on November 4. Voted by a fan poll, Banks received 56.39 percent of the votes cast.
The junior from Columbus, Ohio caused havoc on the Hornets, getting seven tackles, four tackles for losses, four sacks, one fumble recovery, one interception, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.
Tuskegee Wins SIAC Football Championship
Hoderick Lowe ran for 124 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Tuskegee to its 31st Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Football Championship with a 13-6 win over Fort Valley State at Wildcat Stadium, on November 11. The victory gives head coach Willie Slater his seventh conference title since 2006.
Lowe, who was named the Most Valuable Player, scored on a six yard run in the first quarter and a five yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats only score came from the foot of Serna Juan who kicked field goals of 33 and 36 yards.
The Golden Tigers held FVSU to only 183 yards of total offense, two scoreless quarters and pair of field goals in the second and fourth quarters only. Playing in the conference championship game for the first time since 2014, the stingy TU defense also only allowed 28 yards passing.