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Savannah State 39; Erskine 6

Savannah State won their fifth game in a row as the Tigers posted a 39-6 non-conference win over Erskine in a game played at T.A. Wright Stadium, on October 9.

The crowd of 2,675 witnessed SSU roll up 446 yards of offense while the Tiger defense limited their opponents to less than 200 yards (187).

A one-yard touchdown run by D’Angelo Durham with 5:33 remaining in the first quarter gave the Tigers a 6-0 lead as the extra point attempt was missed.

SSU added two scores in the second quarter to expand their lead as quarterback JT Hartage ran for a touchdown and threw for another. Hartage ran for a 14- yard touchdown with nine minutes left in the quarter and with 13 second left before intermission, he threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Einaj Carter for a 20-0 edge.

It took the Tigers just one play to score in the third quarter as quarterback D’Vonn Gibbons raced down the sidelines for a 65- yard scamper which took just 13 seconds off the clock for a 27-0 lead.

D’Angelo Durham
D’Angelo Durham

Erskine answered with a touchdown of their own a little over three minutes later but the extra point attempt was fumbled and scooped up by SSU’s Le’Vonte Larry and returned for a two-point conversion to give Savannah State a 29-6 lead.

SSU opened the fourth quarter with a scoring drive as Shamarcus Poole found the end zone after a 14-yard run which made the score 36-6.

Following a interception by Larry, the Tigers drove the ball to the Erskine seven yard line before their possession stalled but Kenneth

Lockhart came in to boot a 27-yard field goal with 3:06 remaining for a 39-6 cushion.

Gibbons ran for 137 yards and a score while Hartage passed for 57 yards and a touchdown and ran for another. Carter hauled in two receptions for 29 yards and a score while Cameron Brown had a team-high five tackles.

The win improves Savannah State to 5-1 overall. It also extends their home winning streak to eight straight victories, dating back to the 2019 season. The win also gives head coach Shawn Quinn career win number 13 which moves him in a tie with former SSU head coaches Leo Richardson and Joe Crosby. Richardson went 13-25-1 in his five years (1964-68) while Crosby posted a 13- 6-2 mark in his two season (1994-95).

JT Hartage
JT Hartage

SSU Volleyball Team Beats Allen

The Savannah State women’s volleyball team evened their record at 7-7 with a 3-0 win over Division II and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference newcomer Allen on October 7 in a game played in Columbia, South Carolina.

During the first set, freshman, Jasmine Nettles led SSU with five kills to set the pace of the game en-route to a 25-21 win.

Destiny Gaines had three kills and three attacks in the second set as Savannah State went ahead

2-0 with a 25-11 victory.

On the third and final set Imani Williamson, Jeilynn Brown, Destinee Langston and Nettles combined for 10 kills. The Lady Tigers led for most of the final set, but Allen put together a late rally. Savannah State held on for the 25-21 set win and 3-0 match victory.

Destiny Gaines
Destiny Gaines

For the game, Kloe Ludy had seven digs while Sydney Harville (15) and Caylan Samuel (12) led Savannah State in assists. Nettles had eight kills while Brown and Langston had six apiece. Brown added four aces and Nettles and Williamson had one block each.

Tigers To Play CAU For Homecoming

Momentum is riding high for the Savannah State football team as the Tigers will

celebrate Homecoming 2021 on October 16 against the Panthers of Clark Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Theodore A. Wright Stadium.

Both teams enter the contest coming off wins. SSU defeated Erskine 39-6 while the Panthers beat Allen 21-12.

Savannah State has a 5-1 overall record and 3-0 in conference play while CAU is 2-4 and 0-2 in the SIAC.

D’Vonn Gibbons
D’Vonn Gibbons

In 2019, SSU toppled the Panthers 22-15 in a game that went into overtime. The contest, which was CAU’s homecoming game, was also played in soggy field conditions as the outer rain bands of Tropical Storm Nester hovered over Panther Stadium

SSU leads the overall series 26-18-1 and have won the last four meetings between the schools. The series dates back to 1956 which the Panthers dominated in the early years.However, former SSU coaches Frank Ellis, Jr. and William “Bill” Davis had some success against the Atlanta based school. Ellis’ teams won six of nine games against Panthers from 1977-85 while Davis’ Tiger squads never suffered a lost to a CAU team in seven meetings (1986-92).

Savannah State’s option offense is generating 31 points and 333 yards a game with 229 yards coming on the ground. The SSU defense yields 21 points a game and 279.5 yards a contest.

The Tigers are ranked 13th in Division II in run offense, 16th in passing yards allowed, 19th in red zone defense and 21st in total defense.

Einaj Carter
Einaj Carter

The offensive attack is led by quarterback D’Vonn Gibbons who has ran for 432 yards and four touchdowns while passing for 229 yards and two touchdowns. JT Hartage will also probably see some time under center. Hartage has thrown for 395 yards and five touchdowns while running for 87 yards and two scores. Running back D’Angelo Durham has added 379 yards and six touchdowns to the Tigers ground game while Einaj Carter is the leading pass catcher with nine receptions for 222 yards and four touchdowns.

Brendan Jackson is the leading tackler with 25 stops from his linebacker spot. Defensive end Makenly Newbill has 4.5 tackles for losses. Newbill along with Jamaal McKinney and Bernard Brown have two sacks apiece while Le’Vonte Larry and Marvin Grunshie each have intercepted two passes.

Kenneth Lockhart averages 42.8 yards per punt and seven of those have been 50 yards or longer. Lockhart has made four of six filed goal attempts with his longest being 44 yards. Carter averages 7.2 yards on punt returns and 20.5 yards on kickoff returns.

Shawn Quinn is the Tigers head coach. The Chicago native has also made coaching stops at The Citadel (2017), Tennessee Tech (2016-17), Western Carolina (2013-16), Charleston Southern (2012), Georgia Southern (2010-11), Northwestern State (2009), Louisiana State (2008), Louisiana Lafayette (2002-07) and Tennessee (1999-2002).

Clark Atlanta averages 12.8 points per game while surrendering 27.5 points a game. The Panthers average 241.5 yards a game while their opponents average nearly 400 yards a outing (384).

CAU is led by Elijah Odum who has passed for 545 yards and four touchdowns while throwing six interceptions. Freshman Jeremiah Gibbs (5-8, 160) has ran for a team leading 111 yards and has scored the team’s lone rushing touchdown. Drakar Jerry (5-10, 175) is the top receiver with 24 catches for 264 yards and three touchdowns. Rodney Lewis anchors the Panther defense with 36 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.

Tim Bowens is in his third year as the head coach at CAU. His coaching resume has landed him at Georgia State, South Alabama, Samford, Alabama Birmingham, and his alma mater, Alabama.

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