Savannah State saw their losing streak grow to four games after receiving a 47- 10 pounding from Charleston Southern at Buccaneer Field on October 3. The crowd of 3,023 saw CSU jump out to a 26-0 lead midway in the second quarter. Savannah State made the score 26-7 with just over five minutes left in the first half after a 16 yard touchdown run by Justin Babb and a PAT conversion by Derek Williams. SSU trailed 33-7 at the half and 40-7 in the third. Williams kicked a 28 yard field goal for the Tigers early in the fourth to cut their deficit to 40-10 but CSU (2-3) added another score with just under seven minutes remaining in the contest. Babb ran for 81 yards for SSU (1-4) while A.J. DeFilippis passed for 124 yards. Deleon Hollinger caught five ball for 66 yards and Chris Asbury made 11 tackles on defense.
There has been many changes at black colleges during the past month ranging from firings to retirement. Alabama State AD Monique Holland resigned and was replaced by former Kentucky State compliance director Sterling Steward; Bethune-Cookman fired track coach Garfield Ellenwood and replaced him with Donald Cooper who was an assistant at South Carolina State. Cooper is from Swainsboro and has also worked at Savannah State; Livingstone fired Lamonte Massie as head football coach and replaced him with assistant Eric Brown; Grambling fired Rick Duckett as men’s basketball coach and replaced him with Bobby Washington; Tuskegee fired Stacy Danley as AD and replaced him with Anthony Holloman; and FAMU fired assistant ADs Alvin Hollins and Bob McBee while Bill Hayes resigned as athletics director.
Holds Off Bethune
Carlton Jackson threw a 19- yard touchdown to Edwin Baptiste late in the third quarter and Morgan State held on to beat Bethune- Cookman 24-13 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jackson passed for 104 yards for the Bears (3-1), who won their third straight. Morgan State, which opened with a 17-0 lead as Bricen Tate ran back a fumble, Domanick West scored on a 1-yard run and Kemar Scarlett kicked a 48- yard field goal. Bethune- Cookman (0-4) closed the deficit 17-13 on an 11-yard touchdown run by Courtney Keith late in the third quarter. The Wildcats were led by Fred McCaskill with 93 yards.
Kentucky State broke open a close game with two unanswered scores in the fourth quarter in a 31-13 win over Clark Atlanta. KSU led 21- 13 but a touchdown and filed goal proved to be the game difference. CAU (3-3) led 7-0 but the Thorobreds reeled off three touchdowns for a 21-7 lead in the third quarter. KSU (3-3) gained 374 yards of offense. CAU, which had its homecoming spoiled, started the season 3-0 but are now in a three game losing streak.