Tigers Lose Joe Turner
Devin Dominguez caught a 20-yard pass from Chris Mitchell with just over 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter and Alabama State held on to defeat Savannah State 20- 17 in the 16th Annual Joe Turner Classic. Savannah State (1-1) had their chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but Derrick Williams missed two field goals from 36 and 42 yards. The crowd of 5,947 saw Deron Talley catch a 19 yard touchdown in the first quarter for an early 7-0 lead but the Hornets rallied back to score 10 straight points in the second quarter. SSU answered when Curry scored on a four yard run and Williams kicked a 18 yard field goal to go ahead 17-10. A late FG by Alabama State (2-0) sent the Hornets trailing 17-13 at the half. Mitchell, who was named the game’s Offensive MVP passed for 227 yards and two scores. Curry led SSU with 159 yards passing and one touchdown. Justin Babb ran for 78 yards and Byron Leggett caught three passes for 78 yards. Antwan Allen, who was named the Joe Turner Classic Defensive MVP, had a gamehigh 10 tackles.
SSU Volleyball Falls To
The Savannah State volleyball team participated in the Lady Ram Invitational September 11 and 12 on the campus of Winston-Salem State and came away with four losses. On Sept. 11, SSU dropped matches to UNCAshville (3-0) and Wofford (3-0) and on Sept. 12, the Lady Tigers fell to WSSU (3- 0) and East Carolina (3-0).
McNeese upsets No. 2 ranked Appalachian 40-35 Josh Lewis kicked a 18-yard field goal with four seconds left as 16th ranked McNeese State upset second-ranked Appalachian State 40-35. After receiving the ensuing kickoff, the Mountaineers made several laterals before Travaris Cadet was tackled in the end zone by Kentrel Butler for a safety to seal the win for McNeese State (2-0). App State remains win-less at 0-2.
Casterlin Joins SSU
Savannah State head football coach Robby Wells has hired Barry Casterlin to the Tigers coaching staff as running backs coach. Casterlin comes to SSU from Cheyney University(PA) where he has coached since 2007 .The New Jersey native has also coached at Fairleigh Dickinson. He earned a BS degree in physical education from the University of South Carolina in 2001. That same year he took graduate courses in Education at The Citadel. Casterlin replaces Curtis Frye who left SSU to become tight ends coach at Tennessee State.
South Carolina State
Malcolm Long passed for 148 yards and a touchdown as South Carolina State defeated Bethune-Cookman 24-3 in Daytona Beach, Florida. 15th ranked South Carolina State (2-0)scored early after Bethune-Cookman punter Kory Kowalski’s knee hit the ground on the 4 while fielding a punt snap. Two plays later, the Bulldogs’ Travil Jamison scored from the 1 with 10:43 left in the first quarter. Long completed 14 of 24 passes with one interception and threw a 23-yard scoring pass to Will Ford. Cookman (0-2) had four turnovers and only 97 yards of offense. Kowalski’s 31-yard field goal for the Wildcats with 1:50 left in the third quarter cut the difference to 14-3.