Tigers Lose To Charleston Southern 24-19
The Savannah State football team fell to 3-2 on the season after suffering a 24-19 loss to Charleston Southern on October 5 at Buccaneer Field before a crowd of 3,608 fans. The loss snapped the Tigers three game winning streak.
Savannah State took advantage of Charleston Southern turnovers, turning them all into points.
A Walter Yates interception, which he returned 20 yards to the SSU 35, set up a 39-yard field goal by Giovanni Lugo that gave SSU a commanding 19-7 lead with just over five minutes left in the third quarter but the Tigers could not hold on as they would be outscored 17-0 the rest of the contest.
With 2:19 remaining in the non-conference contest, Savannah State started a drive at their own 25. A six-yard run by Major Bellamy and a 17-yard reception by Adunte Devereux spotted the ball at the SSU 46 but two plays later the chances for a win were dashed when a pass thrown by D’Vonn Gibbons was intercepted by a Charleston Southern player at the Buccaneers 33 and returned 12 yards to the CSU 45. The Bucs ran out the clock to celebrate their first win of the season.
SSU took a 7-0 lead with 11:49 left in the first quarter following a 49- yard touchdown run by Gibbons. The scoring drive was set up by a fumble recovery by Yates at the SSU 39. CSU tied the game at 7-7 with 5:12 remaining in the quarter but the Tigers answered with nine points in the second quarter.
D’Angelo Durham scored on a nine-yard run with 8:13 left in the second quarter and a 49-yard field goal by Lugo extended the Savannah State lead to 16-7 with 4:19 remaining before intermission. Durham’s touchdown run was set up by a Kiwon Harris interception while Lugo’s field goal was set up by a Ny’em Bozeman interception on the very next Charleston Southern possession.
As a team, SSU had 240 yards of offense, with 200 coming on the ground while the Bucs rolled up 415 offensive yards in which 231 were passing yards. CSU had 27 first downs and only had to punt twice in the game. Savannah State had 10 first downs while the defense intercepted three passes and had three sacks.
Durham rushed for 59-yards and a touchdown while Gibbons added 55-yards and a touchdown and passed for 40-yards. Cameron White had two receptions for 12-yards. Walter Yates led the defense with 12 tackles, three tackles for losses, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble while John Wilson contributed 10 tackles, 2.5 tackles for losses and one sack. Lugo averaged 41 yards per punt and had a career-high 68-yard punt in the third quarter that pinned Charleston Southern at the three yard line.
Savannah State travels to Lorman, Mississippi on Oct. 12 to play Alcorn State for their first meeting since 1970.
SIAC Football Round-Up
Albany State improved to 2-0 in the SIAC with a 21-0 win over Tuskegee on October 5. Savannah native McKinley Habersham led the Rams by rushing for 127-yards on 21 carries.
In other SIAC action, Fort Valley State beat Florida Tech 33-29 as quarterback Slade Jarman ran for three touchdowns and passed for another.
Miles had a happy homecoming with a 31- 27 win over Clark Atlanta. The contest had six hours of weather delays and did not end until 1:29 a.m.
Central State defeated Edward Waters 28- 21. The Marauders ended the day intercepting four passes. A 100-yard interception return by Malik Johnson and a 98-yard kickoff return by Derell Williams helped propel the CSU win.
Morehouse ended a three game losing skid with a 33-24 win over Kentucky State. The Maroon Tigers scored 23 points in the fourth quarter.
Arkansas Pine Bluff escaped Lane 45-38 to win their homecoming game. The Golden Lion used a 98-yard touchdown run by Taeyler Porter with 4:23 left to brake a 38-38 tie for the game winner.