SSU 34 SC State 10
Savannah State sent their 24 seniors out on a winning note as the Tigers defeated South Carolina State 34-10 on November 18 in a game played at TA Wright Stadium. It was the first time SSU defeated the Bulldogs since the 2001 season.
Freshman tailback Jaylen McCloud scored on a six yard run early in the first quarter and tight end Paris Baker caught a 90 yard touchdown reception from D’Vonn Gibbons with 6:15 left in the quarter to put SSU put front 14-0. Giovanni Lugo kicked both extra points.
The Bulldogs (3-7) scored a touchdown late in the first quarter to slice their deficit in half. Lugo kicked a 28 yard field goal with 19 seconds left in the second quarter to send the Tigers into intermission with a 17-7 advantage.
Both schools added field goals in the third quarter but Savannah State scored twice in the fourth quarter. Tino Smith caught a five yard touchdown pass from Gibbons early in the quarter and Terrance Mc- Cray intercepted a pass and rambled 27 yards for the final score of the day.
The crowd of 3,015 saw SSU rack up 355 yards of offense. Gibbons threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns, Mc- Cloud ran for 39 yards and a touchdowns while Cameron White caught three passes for 90 yards. Stefen Banks anchored the defense with ten tackles, four tackles for losses, three sacks and one forced fumble.
The Tigers (3-8), who have not had a wining season since 1998, finished the year winning three of their final four contests which will provide fuel going into the off-season.
Broadnax Wins 200th Career Game
Savannah State men’s basketball coach Horace Broadnax won the 200th game of his career when his Tigers defeated Alabama State 101-97 on November 21 in a game played in Chattanooga, Tennessee as part of the Cayman Island Classic. Of those wins, 158 have come at SSU during his 13 tear tenure while 42 took place during his five years at Bethune-Cookman. In other games at the classic, SSU lost to Louisiana Lafayette 115-82 on Nov. 17 and fell to Jacksonville State 86-71 on Nov. 20.
The Tigers lost their home opener to East Tennessee State 76-61 on Nov. 13 but bounced back to defeat Middle Georgia State 114-80 to win their first game of the young season. Savannah State fell to Texas Tech 103 on the road in a game played Nov. 25.
Dexter McClanahan led SSU in scoring against Middle Georgia (26), Louisiana Lafayette (17), Jacksonville State (22) and Alabama State (17). Austin Dasent scored 12 points against East Tennessee State and John Grant put in 18 points against Texas Tech.
SSU Women On Losing Streak
At press time, the Savannah State women’s basketball team are on a four game losing streak. SSU lost a road game at Alabama State 81-61 on November 13. The Lady Tigers returned home to participate in the Savannah Invitational during the Thanksgiving holidays.
Savannah State played three games in three days, losing to Providence (78-48), Richmond (100-63) and Florida (90-40) on Nov. 21, 22 and 23 respectively. Kaylee Allen led SSU in scoring against Alabama State (21 points), Richmond (22 pts) and Florida (12 pts) while Donasja Scott scored 11 points against Providence. Alexxus Sowell grabbed ten rebounds in each of the four games.
HBCU Coaching Changes
Now that the regular season is over, several historically black colleges are searching for new football coaches. At press time, eight schools were in the market for a new head coach.
Alabama State (Brian Jenkins) made a coaching change during the season while Virginia Union (Mark James), Alabama A&M (James Spady) , Mississippi Valley State (Rick Comegy), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Monte Coleman), Delaware State (Kenny Carter) , Hampton (Connell Maynor) and Florida A&M (Alex Wood) and their head coaches parted ways after the season ended.
James had a 26- 15 record at VUU after four years and went 6-4 this year. Spady had a four-year record of 15-30 record at AAMU while Comegy posted a 6-38 record after four seasons at MVSU. Coleman spent ten years at UAPB but had a 40-70 record. Carter lasted three seasons at DSU and ended up with a 3-30 record, Maynor guided HU to a 20-25 record in four years at Hampton and Wood went 8-25 in his three years at FAMU. James along with Maynor (6-5) had winning records this season.