Georgia Southern 83 SSU 9
Georgia Southern and Savannah State combined to put 92 points on the scoreboard but unfortunately for the Tigers, 83 were scored by GSU. The crowd of 23,121 at Paulson Stadium saw the Eagles score 21 points in the first quarter and take a 48-0 lead into the half. Southern led 76-0 before SSU prevented the shutout when John Barron kicked a 39 yard field goal with 9:07 left in the game. Another GSU (1-1) touchdown made the score 83-3 but Savannah State scored with 29 seconds remaining as Tino Smith threw a 31 yard touchdown pass to Cantrell Frazier. GSU rolled up 695 yards of offense and their defense didn’t allow the Tigers, who were paid $150,000, to cross midfield until the third quarter. Smith led SSU (0-2) with 110 passing yards and 27 rushing yards. Frazier caught three passes for 50 yards and Trevion Ashford had 10 tackles.
Delta State 56 FVSU 13
Malcom Eady’s one yard touchdown run gave Fort Valley State the early lead but Delta State answered with 56 points to put the game out of hand. Trailing 6-0, DSU scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and led 35-6 at intermission.
DSU scored three more times in the third quarter for a 56-6 cushion. FVSU (0-1) added their second touchdown with 8:21 left in the game as Bolden Davis caught a six yard touchdown pass from Otis Brown. Eady passed for 178 yards for the Wildcats while Dominique Burks had 10 tackles for the defense.
Reed Joins Staff At UMES
Clifford Reed has joined the basketball staff at Maryland-Eastern Shore. Reed spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant at Savannah State and spent the previous season as a assistant at Georgia Southern. A former player at Bethune-Cookman, Reed was an assistant for the Wildcats from 1997- 2001. He became the Cookman head coach in 2001 and led the Wildcats to their first MEAC regular season title during the 2010-11 season.
MEAC Football Roundup
The only MEAC team to earn this past week was North Carolina Central who defeated former CIAA rival Elizabeth City State 34-7 as Andre Clarke ran for three touchdowns. In other action, Rutgers beat Howard 38-25, Clemson paid South Carolina State $250,000 and beat the Bulldogs 73- 7, Holy Cross beat Morgan State 29-26, Liberty beat Norfolk State 17-0, Coastal Carolina beat North Carolina A&T 31-30, William and Mary beat Hampton 42-14, Miami paid Florida A&M $700,000 and beat the Rattlers 41-7 while Delaware beat Delaware State 27-9.
Gilford Throws For 260 yards
AJ Gilford passed for 260 yards and two touchdowns but it would not be enough as St. Augustine’s lost their season opener to Indiana (PA) by a score of 41-19. Gilford, a graduate of Savannah’s Jenkins High School, completed 21 of 31 passes and threw one interception. The junior signal caller had touchdown passes of 14 and 7 yards in the contest. Indiana (PA) jumped out to a 27-0 lead and the Falcons never recovered.