Tigers Begin MEAC Play
With three games under their belt, Savannah State will play Delaware State on September 27 at Alumni Stadium. It will be the MEAC opener for both squads. The Tigers, who own the 2nd longest losing streak at 12 games in the FCS, enter the contest with a 0-3 mark while DSU is also winless at 0-4. The SSU offense is averaging 14.7 points a game. Junior quarterback Ker-Sean Wilson has thrown for 263 yards and two touchdowns but has also thrown five interceptions. Joshua Berry has ran for 70 yards while Cantrell Frazier has 10 receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns. The offensive line, which starts three freshman has surrendered 11 sacks thus far.
The Tigers are giving up 62 points and more than 530 yards per game. Individually, Justin Dixon has 25 tackles while Alfred Ansley has 20. Dixon and Jovanta Mobley each has two fumble recoveries while Marquis Smith leads the team with three sacks. The Hornets are averaging 9.2 points a game while giving up 39.8 points a game. Gilbert Rivera (507 yards passing) leads the DSU offense while Malcolm Williams (212 rushing yards) and Milton Williams (276 receiving yards) are also key contributors. Savannah native and former Johnson High standout Jihad Abdur Rahman (6-4, 240) is a defensive end for DSU. Delaware State defeated SSU 24-22 last year in Savannah.
MEAC Adds Associate Member For Golf
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has announced that Georgia Regents University will join the conference as an Associate Member for Men’s Golf.
GRU Augusta competes in the Peach Belt Conference (NCAA Division II) and field’s teams in women’s basketball, cross country, outdoor track & field, softball, tennis and volleyball and men’s basketball, baseball, cross country, outdoor track & field, and tennis. The Jaguar men’s and women’s golf teams compete in NCAA Division I.
Last season, the Jaguar men’s golf program welcomed new head coach Jack O’Keefe to the team. Georgia Regents has competed in 13 NCAA Championships and has two NCAA titles. In 2010 and 2011, the Jaguars won back-to-back Division I National Championships, becoming the first men’s golf program to repeat as national champions since the 1984-85 Houston Cougars, coached by legendary Dave Williams.
The Jaguars defeated Georgia, 3-2, in the Match Play Finals of the NCAA Championships at Karsten Creek Golf Club for the 2011 title and in 2010 they beat Oklahoma State, 3-1-1 in the championship match of the 112th NCAA Championships at The Honors Course just outside Chattanooga, Tenn. The Jaguars will play in five tournaments in the fall and six in the spring, concluding the regular season at the 2015 MEAC Men’s Golf Championship April 23-25, in Savannah, Georgia. The Jaguars join the 2014 champion Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Hampton, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore, North Carolina Central, and Savannah State.
Former SSU Athletes Form New Support Group
Their purpose is simple. They want to help rebuild Savannah State University athletics by giving back.
Citing a need for financial growth and resources, a group of former Savannah State football players have formed a new group to help support the school’s athletic program.
One of the leaders of the non-profit organization, which is called SSU300, is Steve Gerido, a former all- conference offensive lineman at SSU.
“Currently a lot of our HBCUs are struggling,” says Gerido. “We started the 300 club because we love our institution and want to see her succeed academically and athletically. Specifically, we understand that we need to help the student-athletes and coaches by giving back. Therefore, we must close the gap by providing resources needed for success,” he went on to add.
Gerido along with former teammates Wesley McGriff, Randy Pitts, Daryl McCormick and David Graham make up the group. Jimmy Gerido, Steve’s father and Willie Walker, a SSU alumnus, are also members.
Members are required to donate a minimum of $300 a year.
Anybody willing to give back to SSU, is eligible to join, according to Gerido. He states that membership is open to everyone but he especially wants former athletes to join.
He added that the resources will help all athletes at SSU, not just the football players.
The group has already been busy.
During the summer of 2014, members purchased six flat screen televisions for the offices of the football coaches as well as a leg drive machine. During the Tigers home opener against Fort Valley State, the organization sold BBQ dinners and raised $300.
The estimated value of the donations so far is $15,000.
Currently they are working to buy a 50-inch television for the football locker room.
The organization’s motto is “Molon Labe” or let them come.
Those interested can find SSU300 on Facebook but the group is in the process of building a website. They can also be reached at SSU300club@gmail.com