Scott, Former Savannah State Assistant Dies
Former Savannah State University assistant football coach Willie Scott has died. Scott battled heart issues for the last few years was in need of a heart and kidney transplant.
Scott, who died on February 8, spent two seasons at SSU (2000-01) working with the defensive line and special teams under then head coach William “Bill” Davis.
A native of Newberry, South Carolina, Scott played tight end at the University of South Carolina in the late 1970s and early 80s. He led the Gamecocks in receptions during his senior season in 1980 and had then a school-record 109 yards in the 1980 Gator Bowl.
Scott. 61, was a first-round pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, taken with the 14th overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Scott played with the Chiefs until 1985 before signing with New England in 1986. He retired from the NFL in 1988. Scott finished his NFL career with 89 catches for 766 yards and 15 touchdowns.
After his playing career ended, Scott coached at various levels including New England Patriots, East Carolina, South Carolina State, Savannah State, and Newberry College. He has also coached at Brookland- Cayce, Calhoun County, Pelion and Saluda High schools.
Scott is member of various halls of game including South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, Southeastern Conference Hall of Fame and the state’s South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. Last year, he was selected in the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame.
SSU Ends Indoor Track Season
The Savannah State indoor track season came to an end on February 13 as the SSU track teams participated in the USC Indoor Open which was hosted by the South Carolina Gamecocks.
The SSU women had three top ten finishes while the men had three as well.
In the women’s long jump, Da’Aliyah Johnson finished fourth with a leap of 18’0.5” while Sadrea Mabry was 9th with a jump of 16’10.75”. Also in the long jump, Enfinity Marshall was 12th while Jaylen Sewell finished 13th and Toni Pellington placed 17th.
Jahvene Walder was seventh in the high jump (5’1.25”) and 12th in the 60m hurdles. In the 800m race, Kayla Chance was 12th and Karen Perez finished 17th. Chance finished 14th in the one mile run while Perez was 20th.
The SSU men’s 4x300m relay team (Tracy White, Andre Valcin, Darryl Wiltz and Jordan Davis) was second in their event with a time of 2:31.42.
Wiltz finished sixth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.35 while Valcin was eighth in the 400m race with a run of 49.38 and 23rd in the 200m.
Cameron McClendon was 11th in the one mile run and Solomon Mitchell was 14th in the long jump. In the 60m race, White was 14th and Davis finished 20th.
Lady Tigers Start Basketball Season
The Savannah State University women’s basketball opened their 2021 season with a 81-63 home loss to visiting Benedict College in a game played at Tiger Arena on February 11.
SSU trailed 15-14 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Tigers found themselves down 31-21 with 2:39 remaining in the second quarter but answered with a 8-0 run to slice their deficit to two. The Savannah State University women’s basketball opened their 2021 season with a 81-63 home loss to visiting Benedict College in a game played at Tiger Arena on February 11.
SSU trailed 15-14 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Tigers found themselves down 31-21 with 2:39 remaining in the second quarter but answered with a 8-0 run to slice their deficit to two.
Benedict led 33-29 at the half.
A 3-pointer by Autumn Westmoreland to open the third quarter pulled SSU within 33-32. Savannah State stayed within striking distance but Benedict finished the quarter with nine straight points to take a 51- 42 lead into the final quarter.
Savannah State started the fourth quarter with a 3-poiner from Azhana Maxwell to get within 51-45. Benedict increased its lead to 53-47 and used a 16-2 spurt to increase their advantage to 69-49 with 4:41 remaining. SSU never got any closer than 16 the rest of the way.
Presbyterian transfer Bria Gibbs, who made all ten of her free throws, led SSU (0-1) with 14 points. Maxwell added 13 while freshman Nyla Allen scored 10 and Amari Heard had seven rebounds.
Former Woodville Tompkins star Jazmin Grayson played a little over six minutes for 24th ranked Benedict (5-0), grabbing one rebound.
Tigers Ready To Start Hoop Season
The Savannah State men’s basketball team is ready to start their 2021 season.
After several postponements, the Tigers are slated to travel to Albany State on February 17.
The Tigers have six veterans back from last year. Marcus Scott averaged 16.4 points, and two assists and had 32 steals a year ago while Trey DeLoach chipped in 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Also back is Andrew Okorodudu who averaged 7.8 rebounds and 4.5 points while collecting 27 blocks.
Among the newcomers are 6-foot-10 Travaugh Gordon, 6-foot- 8 Aly Keys and 6-foot-7 Cherestal Bernard. Gordon is a US Army veteran who played at Erie Community College while Keys comes to SSU from Point University and Bernard has logged time at Southern Illinois and Morehouse.
Other new players include Elavian and Eleik Bowles The 6-foot-4 twin brothers played at Johnson High and at Gordon State College. Rounding out the new additions are guards Kobe Sewell (6-0), Christian Blue (5-8) and Windsor Forest grad Micah Moultrie (6-1).