Former SSU Coach Dies
Former Savannah State football coach Daryl “Brick” McNeill died on October 19. McNeill , 53, had a stroke on Oct. 4. He was taken off the ventilator on Oct. 12 and placed in hospice on Oct. 15. A graduate of South Carolina State, McNeill served as the SSU offensive coordinator from 1988-92 and returned as the Tigers head coach for the 1997 and ‘98 seasons. In his first year as offensive coordinator, SSU averaged 30.3 points and 351.5 yards a game. McNeill returned to SSU in 1997 and posted a 3-8 record but bounced back to go 7-4 the following season. It was the last time the Tigers had a winning season. While at SSU, McNeill, who is still well-liked among many Tiger faithful, also served as tennis coach and assistant men’s basketball coach.
Funeral services for former Savannah State football coach Daryl C. Mc- Neill, Sr. will be October 25, 2013 at 1pm. Services will take place at St. Mark United Methodist Church located at 616 Quincy Road in Seneca, South Carolina (864-882- 2603). Funeral arrangements are being handled by Gilbert Funeral Parlor located at 100 E South 1st Street in Seneca, SC. (864-882-0242).
Bethune-Cookman 48 SSU 21
Bethune-Cookman raced out to a 28-0 lead and never looked back in a win over the Tigers at Municipal Stadium. The loss extends the Tigers losing streak to five games and guarantees the program its 15th consecutive losing season. SSU got on the scoreboard when Simon Heyward caught a 76 yard touchdown pass from Leon Prunty with 10:13 left in the second quarter. The 17th ranked Wildcats led 35-7 at the half. Bethune (6- 1, 3-0) played their reserves much of the second half. SSU (1-7, 0-3) scored twice in the 4th quarter as Antino Bostick threw touchdowns passes to Edward Lackey (3 yds) and Jake Durham (15 yds). The Tigers rolled up 404 yards of offense but had five turnovers. The crowd of 4,693 saw Bostock throw for 202 yards and 2 touchdowns while Prunty passed for 108 yards and a touchdown. Lereginald Veals ran for 59 yards while Heyward caught 3 passes for 113 yards and a score. Justin Dixon had 11 tackles followed by Marquis Smith and Alfred Ansley who had 10 tackles apiece.
Tigers To Play NCCU For Homecoming
Savannah State will welcome North Carolina Central to T. A. Wright Stadium this weekend as the Tigers celebrate Homecoming 2013. SSU enters the game with only one win while the Eagles are 3-4. As goes Antonio Bostick, so goes the SSU offense. Bostick has thrown for 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He has also ran for 105 yards and a score. Simon Heyward is the top receiver with 27 receptions for 407 yards and 2 touchdowns. Lereginald Veals is the top rusher with 116 yards but freshman running back DeQuan Daniels has been impressive with 882 all-purpose yards. Linebackers Justin Dixon and Marquis Smith anchor the defense with 84 and 79 tackles respectively. Cornerback John Wilson leads the secondary with 54 tackles and 4 interceptions. As a team, SSU averages 15.9 points and 271.5 yards a game. The defense surrenders 45.6 points and 462.2 yards a game. NCCU has lost two games in a row, including a 34-22 homecoming setback to Morgan State on Oct. 19. Jordan Reid has passed for 1,109 with 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Adreis Augustus is the leading ground-gainer with 319 yards and 3 touchdowns while Lamar Scruggs has 21 catches for 256 yards and 1 score. The defense is led by Tazmon Foster (81 tackles), Allonte Tuppins (3 sacks) and Michael Jones (4 interceptions). The Eagles average 20.3 points a game while giving up 31.
Southeastern Louisiana Names New AD
Southeastern Louisiana has named Jay Artigues as their new athletic director. Artigues was the baseball coach for eight seasons and has served as interim AD for the past several months following the resignation of Bart Bellairs in early June. Bellairs, a former AD at Savannah State, stepped down in June after an internal investigation at the school revealed that 137 ineligible athletes competed for the Lions in unspecified sports between 2005 and 2010. bellairs has been AD at the school since 2009.