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Wildcats Roll Past SSU

The Savannah State football team received a dose of reality in a 34-9 setback from Bethune-Cookman (2-1) in front of 4,131 fans at Municipal Stadium. After getting easy wins over Livingstone and Winston- Salem State, SSU fell hard to the Wildcats as the offense stumbled and the Tigers scored their lone touchdown on defense. SSU made four trips into the Wildcats redzone only to walk away with 3 points. Poor tackling on defense and the offense giving up four sacks did not help the Tigers. B-CU jumped out to a 14-0 lead before a 31 yard field goal by Derek Williams got SSU (2- 2) on the scoreboard in the second quarter. Bethune went up 27-3 before SSU’s Willie Hall returned a fumble 33 yards for a score in the fourth quarter. Kurvin Curry passed for 167 yards for SSU while Deleon Hollinger caught seven passes for 52 yards. Javorris Jackson had 11 tackles for the defense. SSU will play Howard in the Miami Classic on September 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Sharpe Elected To Hall of Fame

Shannon Sharpe was one of nine people elected for induction into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. After graduating from Glennville High School, Sharpe enrolled at Savannah State where he had an outstanding career. Sharpe closed out his college career with 192 receptions for 3,744 yards, a 19.5 average, and 40 touchdowns. Sharpe set school records for most consecutive games with a reception (39), with a touchdown (14), and for most games with over 100 yards receiving (17). As a senior he caught 61 passes for 1,312 yards and 18 touchdowns, and had three games with more than 200 yards receiving and one game with four touchdown catches. Sharpe played professionally with the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, was voted to eight Pro Bowls and won three Super Bowl rings. He has been with CBS Sports as a commentator for the past four years.

Former SSU Coach Laid To Rest

Former Savannah State assistant football coach George James was funeralized on September 19 in Montgomery, Alabama at Old Ship AME Zion Church. James, 81, coached at SSU in 1992 as the Tigers defensive coordinator. He made other coaching stops at Alabama State, Kentucky State, North Carolina A&T and Tennessee State. A Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. memorial service was held for James on Sept.18.

Clark Steps Down As FVSU Interim AD

Deondri Clark, head football coach at Fort Valley State, stepped down as the university interim athletics director on September 12 to concen- trate on his duties as football coach. Sean Stanley has been named interim AD. Stanley, who was special assistant to the vice president of student affairs, is a native of Fitzgerald, GA. Stanley, 41, attended Savannah State and Tuskegee before earning his bachelor degree at Albany State.

FAMU Pounds Howard

Eddie Battle threw for 154 yards and accounted for two touchdowns to lead Florida A&M to a 51-24 rout over Howard in Washington, D.C. Phillip Sylvester rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown for the Rattlers (2-1). FAMU jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. Adrian Smith added a score on the first play of the second quarter and Kevin Elliott caught a touchdown from reserve quarterback Curtis Pulley to put the Rattlers ahead 48-0 in the third. Howard’s Floyd Haigler completed 30-of-47 passes for 306 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions for the Bison (0-3).

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