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Savannah State Wins Augusta Classic

The Savannah State football team started the SIAC portion of their schedule on September 21 with a 21-14 win over Benedict in the 27th Annual Augusta Classic.

The 4,287 fans at Lucy Laney Stadium saw SSU win their second game in a row as they improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the SIAC.

Freshman defensive back Chris Smith returned a interception 43 yards for a touchdown to give SSU a 7-0 lead midway in the first quarter.

The teams were tied 7-7 at the half but SSU added two scores to go ahead 21-7 in the third and fourth quarters.

D’Vonn Gibbons threw a 35 yard touchdown pass to Major Bellamy midway in the third quarter and D’Angelo Durham scored on a one yard run with just over two minutes left in the game for a 14 point cushion. Benedict scored a touchdown with just over a minute remaining but it was too late.

Durham, who was named the MVP for Savannah State, ran for 85 yards for Savannah State while Gibbons passed for 55 yards. Salik McRae had five tackles for the SSU defense. Benedict (0-3) was led by former Effingham County quarterback Phillip Brown who ran for one touchdown and threw for another. Brown was named the Benedict MVP for the game.

 
 

SSU will travel to Morehouse on Sept. 28 to play the Maroon Tigers at BT Harvey Stadium at 2 p.m.

McCombie Hired At East Georgia

Former Savannah State assistant baseball coach Eric McCombie has been hired as the new head baseball coach at East Georgia College.

While at SSU, McCombie was the recruiting coordinator and also was the hitting, catching, infield and outfield coach. Before joining Savannah State in 2013, McCombie was the assistant coach at Georgia Southwestern State where he was the outfield, base running and third base coach. A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association, McCombie has also worked as an assistant coach at La Roche University and head coaching positions for the Myrtle Beach Riptides and the USA 15U National Team. In 2008, McCombie earned his Bachelor of Science in management and a minor in marketing from La Roche, where he was a four-year starter on the baseball team. He then got his Master of Science in coaching education from Ohio University in 2013.

 
 

SIAC Schools To Add Men’s Volleyball

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAC) has announced the addition of men’s volleyball as the league’s 14th-sponsored sport with the support of a $1 million grant from First Point Volleyball Foundation and USA Volleyball. The $1 million grant is being funded with $600,000 from First Point Volleyball Foundation, a nonprofit started by John Speraw, Head Coach of the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team and UCLA, and $400,000 from USA Volleyball. Six SIAC member institutions will sponsor NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball and will debut in the spring of 2021. A six-team conference tournament also will take place at a date and site to be determined. The six SIAC schools starting men’s volleyball are Kentucky State, Central State, Benedict College, Paine College, Morehouse College and Fort Valley State.

 
 

Tatum Laid To Rest

Funeral services were held for Savannah State volleyball player Karissa Tatum on September 11 at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. T atum, 21, died on Sept. 4 as a result of injuries received in a automobile accident.

In addition to playing volleyball at SSU, Tatum was a journalism major at Savannah State and was a honor roll student. In her two years as a SSU volleyball player, Tatum played in 70 sets, 37 matches while scoring 75 points and having 69 kills.

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