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Savannah State 29; Morehouse 10

Savannah State closed out their three-game homestand with a 29-10 win over Morehouse, in a game played at T. A. Wright Stadium on September 25.

SSU had a balanced offensive attack of 318 yards while its defense held the Maroon Tigers to 162 yards.

The victory improved Savannah State to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play while Morehouse dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in conference action.

The win also gave head coach Shawn Quinn his 11th career win and allowed his to pass Daryl Mc- Neil and John Martin who both had 10 wins as head coaches at Savannah State.

SSU, who have now won seven home games in a row, scored on their first three possessions against Morehouse for a 20-0 lead. D’Angelo Durham scored on a 12-yard run with 12:42 left in the first quarter and then added a 10 yard touchdown run with 9:04 showing in the opening quarter for a 14-0 lead. On their next drive, quarterback D’Vonn Gibbons threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Einaj Carter with 57 seconds remaining in the quarter for a 20-0 cushion.

D’Angelo Durham
D’Angelo Durham

In the second quarter, the Tigers added to their lead with JT Hartage threw a 31-yard scoring pass to De- Marion Colbert for a 27-0 lead with 6:28 left before intermission.

Savannah State’s offense could not produce any points in the second half and could go no further than the Morehouse 34-yard line. While the Maroon Tiger defense slowed down SSU’s offense, the Savannah State defense saved the day.

In the third quarter, SSU’s defense forced Morehouse to turn the ball over on downs at the SSU 29. Later in the quarter, Morehouse drove to the Savannah State six, only to be turned away when Kiwon Harris made a interception at the one yard line.

With 4:05 left in the third quarter, Morehouse was awarded a safety when the ball went out of the endzone on a SSU punt attempt which made the score 27-2.

Daijah Freeman
Daijah Freeman

Morehouse scored their lone touchdown with 8:59 left in the game but Savannah State’s defense responded when Makenly Newbill sacked the Morehouse quarterback in the end zone for a safety with 5:48 remaining. The Maroon Tigers made their way to the SSU 19 but Ny’em Bozeman picked off a pass in the endzone to seal the Savannah State win.

The contest was also a sloppy one. Morehouse had 17 penalties for 143 yards while SSU drew a dozen penalties for 101 yards.

Gibbons completed five of eight passes for 131 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Hartage also threw one touchdown and one interception while completing one of three pass attempts. Gibbons was also the game’s leading rusher with 88 yards. Four different Savannah State players had receptions with Colbert and Adunte Devereux having two catches each. Marvin Grunshie had seven tackles and a interception and Newbill had two sacks.

Freeman Joins Staff at North Georgia

Sydney Harville
Sydney Harville

Daijah Freeman was recently hired as the Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services at the University of North Georgia.

Prior to UNG, Freeman worked at Savannah State University where she served as Compliance Coordinator, Student-Athlete Welfare Coordinator and Senior Women’s Administrator.

As the compliance coordinator, Freeman assisted with the Division I to Division II reclassification process. In addition to the day-to-day compliance duties, she served as an academic advisor from October 2017 through February 2019. In the fall of 2020, Freeman was promoted to the position of Student Athlete Welfare Coordinator where she oversaw the department’s life skills, community service, career development and personal development programs. She also served as the SAAC advision for the department.

Freeman served as the SWA for Savannah State in an interim role from the Spring of 2018 through Spring of 2019. She was tagged with the role full time in the Spring of 2021

Through her undergraduate tenure, she was heavily involved with the athletics department as an intern. From August of 2014 until 2017, she worked in the athletic department as the assistant to the athletic director and assistant to the assistant athletic director of compliance/game operation.

During Freeman’s time at SSU she also helped promote athletic events throughout the community as well as on campus, increasing the attendance of games. Freeman was hired as the equipment manager and office assistant in July of 2015.

From October 2013 until May 2017, she also served as president and game operations coordinator for the sports management club. She was tasked with organizing, promoting, preparing, staffing and creating halftime shows.

During her times as student at Savannah State, she joined several on-campus organizations, including the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, Inc, National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A), Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA), and Women Leaders in College Sports.

Freeman joined the NCAA Leadership Academy Workshop during the 2020-21 academic year, furthering her experience and knowledge of athletics’ compliance. She is currently a member of the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A), Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) and Women Leaders in College Sports.

SSU Wins Three

At SIAC Crossover

The Savannah State women’s volleyball team participated in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Crossover the weekend of September 24-26 at the Lakepoint Sports Complex in Cartersville, Georgia.

Savannah State defeated lane 3-2 on Sept. 24. The following day, SSU won one of three matches. The Lady Tigers lost to Kentucky State (0-3) and Central State of Ohio (0-3) before beating Tuskegee (3-0). During their last match of the day, SSU fell to Spring Hill (0-3). On Sept. 26, SSU toppled Miles (3-0) while losing to LeMoyne-Owen (1-3).

On Sept. 20, Savannah State (6-7) traveled to Southwest Georgia when they lost three sets to Albany State, 0-3.

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