Georgia Southern 77 SSU 9
Nine different Georgia Southern players scored touchdowns as the ninth-ranked Eagles opened the 2013 season with a 77-9 victory over Savannah State in Paulson Stadium. The Earnest Wilson III era of SSU football was delayed for 30 minutes because of lightening. One the game started it was a defensive battle but the Tigers began to wear down thanks to the heat and an aggressive GSU unit. The crowd of 16,528 saw GSU (1-0) lead 7-0 after the first quarter and 28-0 at the half.
The Eagles extended their lead to 49-0 in the third quarter. SSU prevented a shutout when reserve quarterback Zach Hutchenson threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kris Drummond with 19 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.
GSU got a safety on their next possession which made the score 49-9. GSU scored four touchdowns in the final quarter. Hutchenson led SSU (0-1) with 128 passing yards.
He also had one touchdown and two interceptions. Sheldon Barnes ran for 13 yards for the Tigers while Cantrell Frazier caught three passes for 39 yards. Marquis Smith had 13 tackles for SSU followed by Trevion Ashford who had 11 and Justin Dixon who had 10. As a team SSU had 16 penalties for 125 yards. The Eagles, who paid SSU $85,000, had 651 yards of offense while the SSU “Air Raid” offense only produced 183 yards.
SSU Opens Cross Country Season
Savannah State participated in the JU Duals hosted by Jacksonville University on August 30 to open their cross country season. The SSU men defeated Kennnesaw State (22-33) but lost to Jacksonville (33-24) and Bethune-Cookman (28-27). Kris Ballou led SSU with a second place finish with a time of 17:42. The SSU women loss all three dual matches, falling to Kennesaw State (50-15), Jacksonville (41-15) and Bethune-Cookman (30- 25). The top runner for the SSU women was Mariah Davis who had a time of 16:41 to finish 18th overall.
SSU Volleyball Plays In Winthrop Classic
The Savannah State volleyball team started their season by playing in the Winthrop Classic on August 30- 31. Fordham defeated SSU on August 30 by scores of 25-12, 25-12 and 25-15. Caitlynn Masoe had 8 assists in a losing effort while Bianca Brochu had 5 kills. On Aug. 31, SSU lost to Tennessee Tech 25-19, 25-15 and 25-13. Masoe had 18 assists while Gabrielle Nathaniel had 9 kills. Also on Aug. 31, SSU fell to Winthrop by scores of 25-12, 25-13 and 25-17. Asiha Williams had 10 assists for SSU while Bryana Gadis had 7 kills. Bridgette Stephens made the All-tournament team for Savannah State.
Coggins Joins SSU Staff
Ken Coggins was recently hired as the head strength and conditioning coach for all 16 Savannah State sports. Coggins brings to SSU over two decades worth of experience in training athletes. The Jackson, Mississippi native made his way to SSU from the Centerfield Baseball Academy (CBA) in Newnan, Georgia. He served as the Director of Athletic Performance since September of 2012 for the CBA. Prior to the CBA, Coggins was the head strength speed and conditioning coach at Georgia State in Atlanta from 2008-2012. Coggins has also worked at Charleston Southern, Jackson State, Belhaven College, Missouri State, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Memphis State. Coggins was a graduate assistant at Delta State and also did a graduate assistantship at Mississippi State. Coggins earned a bachelor’s degree in Fitness Management and Exercise Physiology from Mississippi State. He did graduate work at Northeast Louisiana.