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Former Tiger TE Robinson Dies

Former Savannah State tight end Dr. Hershel Robinson, Jr. died on September 17.

A native of Atlanta, Robinson played on the Tigers football team in the early 60s. While attending Savannah State, he became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

After graduation, Robinson went on to further his studies and later became principal of Tri Cities High School.

A distinguished educator and administrator, Robinson championed education for all young people. He believed through education a person’s potentials were limitless. After retiring as the principal of Tri Cities, he began a scholarship fund to aid students seeking higher education to broaden their spectrum.

While serving as an administrator at Tri Cities, he contacted then Savannah State football coach Frank Ellis to recruit one of his star players, Casey Grigley. Ellis, who was a teammate of Robinson at SSU, trusted his judgement and replied “If you recommend him, I will take him.” The result was Grigley becoming the first statistically documented running back to gain 1,000 rushing yards from scrimmage in the modern era of Savannah State football.

 
 

Funeral services were held for Robinson on September 22 at Atlanta’s Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Robinson was a Life Member of the SSU National Alumni Association and a member of the Atlanta Metro Chapter.

FAMU 31 SSU 13

Savannah State led Florida A&M at halftime but the Rattlers outscored the Tigers in the second half to walk away with a 31-13 win before a crowd of 16,644 at Bragg Stadium.

A four-yard touchdown run by JaMichael Baldwin gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 9:15 left in the first quarter. That lead held up until the second quarter when the Rattlers kicked a field goal. SSU led 7-3 at the half.

FAMU struck for two touchdowns in the third quarter and added another one early in the fourth quarter to go ahead 24-7.

Jayden McCloud scored on a two yard run for SSU with 6:31 left in the game to slice their deficit to 24-13 but the Rattlers put the game away with another touchdown with just over five and a half minutes remaining.

SSU had more offensive yards than Florida A&M (2-2, 1-0 MEAC) and controlled the clock but it’s tough to win a game when you get penalized 16 times for 162 yards.

TJ Bell passed for 88 yard, D’Vonn Gibons ran for 76 and D’Andre Snead caught three passes for the offense. Mulik Simmons led the defense with seven tackles while Cam Brown had two sacks.

The loss drops the Tigers to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the MEAC as they prepare to play Bethune-Cookman in their home opener on September 29 at 6 p.m.

Nebraska Adds Bethune to Football Schedule

Nebraska has finalized an agreement to play Bethune-Cookman University on Oct. 27 at Memorial Stadium to fill an opening on the 2018 football schedule. The contest will replace the Huskers’ Sept. 1 game against Akron which was cancelled due to severe storms in Lincoln.

Nebraska will pay Bethune-Cookman a guarantee to $800,000 for its trip to Lincoln. The game will be part of the Big Ten’s regular television package. Game time and television information will be available six to 12 days in advance of kickoff.

Morehouse Remains Unbeaten

Morehouse College beat Miles College 23-21 in the XXI Chicago Football

Classic when sophomore quarterback Michael Sims connected with senior wide receiver Tremell Gooden on hail mary on final play of the game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. in front of 20,093 fans on September 22.

With the win the Maroon Tigers (4-0) stay undefeated while the Golden Bears (0-4) remain winless on the season.

Down 21-17 with only 1:10 remaining in the ball game and no timeouts Morehouse drove the ball 84 yards on eight plays capped by the Sims-to-Gooden hail mary giving Morehouse the victory.

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