FAMU 24 SSU 14
Savannah State remained winless on the season after a suffering a loss to previous winless Florida A&M before a crowd of 9,868 at Bragg Stadium. The Tigers trip to Tallahassee got off to a rough start as mechanical issues on one of the team buses forced the team to leave campus about five hours after their scheduled departure time. Once the game started, the Tigers were fired up, scoring on their second possession, putting together a 10-play, 89-yard drive that ended up with Richard Williams running for a 9-yard touchdown with just over three minutes left in the first quarter.
The Rattlers (1-5) answered with three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 21-7 lead into the half. SSU sliced their deficit to 21-14 midway in the fourth quarter when Tino Smith threw a 5-yard touchdown to Derek Kirkland but the Rattlers put the game away with 1:16 left on a 40-yard field goal. Smith passed for 290 yards for the Tigers (0-6) while Williams ran for 62 yards. Steve Hagan caught 8 passes for 60 yards while former quarterback Ker-Seasn Wilson caught 5 passes for 80 yards. Marquis Smith had 7 tackles while Jalen Bush, Stephen Reynolds and Wayne Johnson all had interceptions. Jacob Thomas booted a career long 57 yard punt. The SSU offense produced a season-high 362 yards but the offensive line gave up six sacks. The Tigers now own a 15-game losing skid.
Thompson Leaves SSU For Delaware State
Michael Thompson, who for the past two years served as the Savannah State compliance director, has joined the staff at Delaware State as the Hornets coordinator of athletics facilities and event operations. Before working at SSU, Thompson did compliance work at Livingstone and Morgan State. Thompson started worked at DSU on October 6.
MEAC Football Roundup
Football action in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference started on October 9 with North Carolina A&T defeating Hampton 31-14 on ESPNU. On Oct. 11, South Carolina State and Norfolk State both suffered losses and fell out of the league lead. SC State fell to North Carolina Central 48- 35 while Norfolk State lost to Delaware State 13-10 in overtime. Bethune-Cookman downed Howard 49-12 to grab a share of the conference lead along with NC Central. Florida A&M won their first game of the year with a 24-14 victory over Savannah State, who is the lone winless team in the conference.
SSU Starts Basketball Practice
The sounds of bouncing basketballs can be heard once again in Tiger Arena on the campus of Savannah State as the men’s and women’s basketball teams have started practice for the 2014-15 season. the Lady Tigers are coming off a 19-14 season where they went 10-2 at home. Senior guard Ezinne Kalu is the top returning player, averaging 16.1 points a game last year. Head coach Cedric Baker, who is starting his 12th season at SSU, added eight new players to the roster including former Beach High standout Jada Young. The 5-10 post player averaged 12.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocks for Beach last year. SSU kicks off the regular season by hosting Columbia College on November 14.
The SSU men are coming off a 13-19 season. With the top four scorers gone, Alanta Fenner is the top leading scorer returning with 6.3 points a game. head coach Horace Broadnax added seven new players during the offseason, including Savannah High grad Jamal Norman. The 6-5 guard averaged 12.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game his senior year. SSU begins their regular season on Nov. 14 at Eastern Kentucky. Both SSU teams will play a exhibition game against Armstrong in Tiger Arena on November 6.