Tigers Win Homecoming Game
Savannah State football fans had a happy homecoming on October 28 as the Tigers defeated Norfolk State 32-3 in TA Wright Stadium before a crowd of 7,812 fans.
Rashad Saxton ran for 118 yards and a touchdown, Walter Yates had 10 tackles, Mulik Simmons (Bible Baptist) had two interceptions and Giovanni Lugo kicked a career-long 44 yard field goal for SSU as they improved to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the MEAC. SSU led 17-3 at the half. Jaylen McCloud caught a 22 yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and ran for a two yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Tigers. The Tigers defense had another good outing as they gave up just 206 yards. The SSU offense was not bad either, with a season-high 372 yards.
It was the third season in a row that SSU has defeated the Spartans.
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MEAC Releases Preseason Basketball Polls
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference released their preseason basketball polls for the 2018-19 season The Savannah State men were predicted to finish eighth in the poll while the SSU women were selected to finish 12th. The Tigers are coming off a season where they finished 15-17 overall but won a share of the conference title. SSU returns just four players from last season and has added six players with junior college experience. Horace Broadnax, who is entering his 14th year as head coach, will count on guard Zach Sellers, who averaged 10.3 points, 3.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. The SSU women posted a 5-25 record a year ago. Head coach Cedric Baker, who is entering his 16th year at the helm of the program, returns sophomores Alexxus Sowell and Heniaya Moton. Sowell averaged 4.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game while Moton contributed 6.8 points, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals a game. Both SSU teams kick off their season on November 1 with exhibition games. The Lady Tigers play Allen at 5:30 pm while the Tigers take on Thomas at 7:30 pm. Bethune-Cookman’s men was picked to win the MEAC men’s division while North Carolina A&T was tabbed to capture the women’s title.
Lewis Laid To Rest
Former Savannah State football player Sam Lewis died on October 16 in Augusta, Georgia after a bout with cancer.
Lewis grew up on Savannah’s eastside and was a star athlete at Savannah High. In 1977, he received a scholarship to play at Savannah State where he led the Tigers in rushing, punt returns and kick returns. Although he was only listed at 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, he was invited to the Dallas Cowboys training camp. After college, Lewis joined the Marines and after he was honorably discharged from the Marines, he continued his military service by joining the Air Force.
Funeral services were held for Lewis on Oct. 23 at Sidney A. Jones and Campbell Funeral Services Chapel. Lewis was buried in Glennville, Georgia at the The Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Scott Joins Norfolk State Staff
Julius Scott, who served as Savannah State’s assistant athletics director for compliance for the past two years has been hired as the director of compliance at Norfolk State. Before coming to SSU, Scott was the compliance coordinator and an academic counselor at Alcorn State from 2015-16. The Durham, N.C., native worked at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference from May 2012 until March 2015 as the championship and compliance intern. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health, physical education and recreation and a minor in sports management in December of 2013 from Virginia State.