Tigers Beat Clark Atlanta In Overtime
Celebrating his 20th birthday, D’Angelo Durham scored on a nine yard run to give Savannah Sate a 22-15 road win over Clark Atlanta on October 19. Following SSU’s score, the Tigers defense came up with a sack of the Panthers quarterback to end the game. The win caps a five game road trip by the Tigers which they won three games.
A week after suffering their worst lost of the season by giving up 42 points to Alcorn State, SSU’s defense held Clark Atlanta’s run game to negative five yards. SSU also earned a $70,000 check for playing Alcorn State.
Played in the rain, CAU (0-7) took a 7-0 lead in the game with 7:19 left in the first quarter. The Tigers (4-3) answered with a D’Vonn Gibbons 60 yard touchdown run in the first quarter followed by a two yard scoring run by Gibbons in the second quarter for a 12-7 advantage.
SSU went ahead 15-7 in the third quarter after a 33 yard field goal by Giovanni Lugo but a blocked punt return for a touchdown by CAU in the fourth quarter tied the game in the fourth quarter.
SSU drove to the Panther ten in the fourth quarter but fumbled the ball.
Gibbons ran for 115 yards and scored twice while Durham added 99 yards and a touchdown. Chris Smith and Desmond Young had four tackles each for SSU while UMASS transfer Brian Smith had the game’s only interception.
SSU To Renew Rivalry With Albany State
Savannah State will play their annual Homecoming football game on October 26 against the Golden Rams of Albany State.
Both teams enter the contest undefeated in the Eastern Division of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Tigers are 4-3 overall record while the Rams are 5-2.
This will be the 62nd meeting between the schools and the first meeting since 2011. Albany State owns a 43-16-2 lead in the series and has won the past 15 contests with SSU. The last time the Tigers defeated ASU was back in 1991.
Savannah State, who is just completed a fivegame road stand, enters the game coming off of a 22-15 overtime win against Clark Atlanta.
The Tigers offense will be led by quarterback D’Vonn Gibbons who had thrown for 350 yards and five touchdowns while running for another 449 yards and five scores. Sophomore D’Angelo Durham is the leading ball carrier with 576 yards and five touchdowns. Cameron White has caught eight passes for 83 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, linebacker Walter Yates has 40 tackles and two interceptions. Giovanni Lugo averages 38.2 yards per punt and had made six of seven field goal attempts with a long of 49 yards. SSU averages 25.4 points a game while surrendering 21.3 points a game.
Albany State’s offense is led by Savannah native McKinley Habersham who has rushed for 525 yards and five touchdowns. Dionte Bonneau is the leading passer with 324 yards and four touchdowns while Michael Green has caught 17 passes for 227 yards and three scores. Tyler Scott has two interceptions and 34 tackles for the defense. The Rams, who beat Benedict 7-2 in their last game, average 23 points per game while giving up 15.7 points.
Former SSU defensive line coach Jonas Jackson is the Rams defensive line coach and former Tiger defensive back Jalen Bush is starter in the Rams secondary.
SIAC Releases Basketball Predictions
The Savannah State women’s basketball team has been predicted to finish third in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Eastern Division, in a vote done by league coaches and sports information directors.
Benedict was predicted to win the division followed by Clark Atlanta, SSU, Paine, Albany State and Fort Valley State.
Kentuckey State has been predicted to win the SIAC Western Division followed by Tuskegee, Central State, reigning SIAC champion Lane, Miles, LeMoyne-Owen and Spring Hill.
On the men’s side, the SSU men were picked to end up fourth in the eastern division. Morehouse is the projected winner followed by Albany State, Clark Atlanta, SSU, Benedict, Fort Valley State and Paine.
Miles, the defensing conference champ, is projected to capture the western division. Behind the Golden Bears are LeMoyne Owen, Lane, Kentucky State, Central State, Tuskegee and Spring Hill.
Last year, during their final season in Division I, the SSU women posted a 7-19 record while the men’s team went 11-20. This year, Savannah State will play a SIAC schedule for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign.
Stevens Named Player of the Week
Lenoir-Rhyne running back Ameen Steven was named the South Atlantic Conference AstroTurf Football Offensive Player of the Week for his performance on the field on October 12.
Stevens, a sophomore from Savannah, Ga., recorded a career-high three rushing touchdowns in Lenoir Rhyne’s 38-14 win over Tusculum on Oct 12. He ran for a season-high 112 yards on 19 carries, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. His three rushing touchdowns marked the most in a Lenoir-Rhyne game since the 2015 season.