Savannah State broke open a close game by out-scoring Edward Waters 31-12 in the second half as SSU took home a 45-12 Homecoming win before 11,643 fans. Justin Babb led the onslaught with a career-high four touchdowns and Kurvin Curry passed for a career-high 234 yards and two touchdowns. Babb caught a 52 yard touchdown pass and scored on runs of 23, 57 and 10 yards. Babb ended the day with 167 yards rushing and three catches for 89 yards. SSU (2-6) led 14- 12 at halftime but scored 21 points in the third quarter and 10 more in the fourth. Curry added a 10 yards touchdown run, Daniel Heslop scored on a 9 yard pass and Derek Williams kicked a 22 yard field goals and six extra points. Byron Leggett caught five passes for 82 yards and Antwan Allen had seven tackles. Edward Waters remains win-less at 0-9.
The inaugural Hampton University Athletics Hall of Fame will welcome its first members when 15 legendary names are inducted on November 20 at 7:30 at the Student Ballroom on the HU Campus. Among those being inducted will be former Savannah State athletics director Henry “Hank” Ford, the winningest head men’s basketball coach in HU history, Ford’s 12-year stint saw him compile a record of 228- 120, a winning percentage of .655, best among all of the Pirates’ former coaches. His illustrious career saw his teams win 20 or more games five times and capture CIAA tournament championships in 1982 and 1983. He was named the CIAA tournament’s most outstanding coach four times and in 1997 he was inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame.
Back To Atlanta
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has selected Atlanta, Georgia as the host city for its 2010 SIAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament. The event will be held March 1-6 and games will be played at Frank L. Forbes Arena on the campus of Morehouse College at the Atlanta University Center. The 2010 tournament will mark the 77th year for this post season classic making it the oldest HBCU basketball tournament in America, which began in 1934.
Albany State Beats
A.J. McKenna threw two touchdown passes and Demetri Johnson scored on touchdown runs of 38 and 18 yards as Albany State downed Morehouse 30- 12.McKenna completed 22 of 34 passes for 273 yards and completed touchdown passes to Octavius Staton (66 yards) and Cessel Taylor (19 yards) for the Golden Rams (8-1, 7- 1 in the SIAC). Johnson had 91 rushing yards on 14 carries. Morehouse (6-3, 5-3) trailed 17-0 but cut the lead to 17-12 on two Ian Mullen field goals, one a 51-yarder, and a 13-yard touchdown pass from David Hart to Achille Hendje. Hart had 135 passing yards.
A charter bus taking the Morehouse band to Albany for a football game overturned on the morning of October 31 on Interstate 75 because the driver loss control after trying to avoid another vehicle. About 13 students sufferred non-life threatening injuries. Rainy weather made the roads wet and likely contributed to the accident.