SPORTS WITH WALTER MOORE


 
 

FAMU 27 Savannah State 14

The Savannah State football team fell to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play after losing to Florida A&M at T. A. Wright Stadium. it was the fourth straight loss for the Tigers while FAMU snapped a four-game losing streak. The Rattlers led 13-0 after the first quarter and increased their advantage to 20-0 early in the second quarter. SSU got on the scoreboard midway in the second quarter when freshman linebacker Marquis Smith intercepted a FAMU pass and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown. With just under three minutes left in the game, FAMU (2-4) scored another touchdown for a 27-7 lead. On their next possession, the Tigers capped a 9-play, 41-yard drive when Antonio Bostick threw a seven yard touchdown pass to running back DeQuan Daniels, for the final score of the game, with 39 seconds left. SSU only had 180 yards of offense and gave up seven sacks. Bostick passed for 99 yards while rushing for 32. Jeremy Moore caught two passes for 46 yards while Justin Dixon had 13 tackles. Among those spotted in the crowd of 5,620 were former Tiger standouts Tim Jordan, Eric Brown, Randy Pitts and Steve Gerido. Also in attendance was former SSU interim head coach Julius Dixon.

Former SSU Coach Suffers Stroke

Former Savannah State football coach Daryl McNeill had a massive stroke recently. McNeill, 53, had two stints at SSU, serving as offensive coordinator (1988- 93) and head coach (1997- 98).

The Seneca, South Carolina native was the last Tiger football coach to have a winning season, posting a 7-4 mark in 1998. McNeill also held head coaching jobs at Johnson C. Smith (2004-08) and most recently at Clark Atlanta (2011-12).

Bethune-Cookman 27 Howard 6

Anthony Jordan scored two early touchdowns to spark Bethune-Cookman to a road victory over Howard at Greene Stadium before a crowd of 1,052. Jordan scored on runs of 4 and 11 yards in the first quarter. John Fleck kicked field goals of 39 and 24 yards in the second quarter for Howard (1-5, 0-3) but where shut out the rest of the way. B-CU (5-1, 2-0) scored touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to pull away. Quentin Williams passed for 151 yards for the Wildcats while fellow B-CU quarterback Jackie Wilson threw for 103 yards. Bethune had 480 yards of offense.

Wallace Named AD At Miles

The interim tag has been lifted off Phillip Wallace as the Savannah native was named permanent athletics director at Miles College. Wallace, a product of Savannah High as well as Savannah State has been interim AD since June of 2010. Under Wallace’s leadership, the Miles football and softball teams won SIAC titles, the school started a golf program and he also oversaw the installation of a new scoreboard, jumbotron, and artificial turf at the Miles football facility.

During the 2011- 2012 academic years, six of ten sports achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0, while the overall athletic department GPA was 2.83.


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