Robertson Hired At FVSU
Doug Robertson has been hired as the new women’s basketball coach at Fort Valley State. Robertson replaces Andrea Williams who was hired on July 1 as the head women’s basketball coach at Chicago State. Williams spent three years at FVSU and had a 28-34 overall record and a 17-22 SIAC record. Robertson inherits a team that posted a 9-15 record a year ago along with a 4-10 conference mark.
Robertson comes to FVSU after spending last season as an assistant coach on the Shaw University women’s basketball staff. Prior to last year, he spent the 2020-21 campaign as part of the Claflin University men’s basketball team as an assistant.
The Baltimore native spent ten years as the head women’s basketball coach at South Carolina State (2008-19) where he had a 112-175 record.
Robertson’s coaching career started at Bowie State where he was an assistant from 1994-99. He later served as the Bowie State head coach from 2005- 08 where his teams went 53- 33. Other coaching stops on his resume include being an assistant coach at St. John’s (1999-2000) and Delaware State (2000-05).
SSU Sports Roundup
Savannah State volleyball players Destinee Langston and Allena Norton were honored by the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last week for their outstanding play on the volleyball court. Langston was named the SIAC Offensive Player of the Week while Norton was tabbed the SIAC Newcomer of the Week.
Langston led the SSU offense with a combined 43 kills with only 10 errors, 39 digs and 40 points—recording a double double in two of the week’s matches while Norton ended the week with a combined 36 kills, 10 errors, 44 points on offense and 16 digs and six blocks on defense.
The duo has helped lead SSU to a new school record of 11 conference wins. The Lady Tigers played at Allen on November 1 and will close out the regular season at home on Nov. 2 against Edward Waters.
The SSU men’s golf team closed out their fall schedule by traveling to Bluefield, West Virginia to participate in the Big Blue Invitational which was hosted by Bluefield State on October 23-24 at the Fincastle Golf Course .
The Tigers won the event with a team score of 595 (299, 296). SSU’s Korbin Allen was the tournament low medalist with a two round score of 146 (72, 74).
The SSU cross country teams finished their regular season by hosting Fort Valley State in a dual meet on October 28. Both SSU teams bested their competition in the 5k event.
In the women’s field, SSU’s Kayla Chance was the top finisher with a time of 18:48 while Erik Roberts was the winner for the men by posting a time of 16:20.
Both SSU teams will head to Macon on Nov. 4 to participate in the SIAC Championships.
Tigers Rally Past FVSU
Down by ten points as they entered the final quarter of the play, Savannah State scored three touchdowns to escape with a 28-24 win over Fort Valley State in the inaugural Macon Central City HBCU Classic. The contest, which drew 5,342 fans, was played at Henderson Stadium on October 29.
Savannah State put together their best offensive outing of the season, gaining 372 yards.
In nine previous contests at Henderson Stadium, the Tigers had been winless. All of those losses took place in the Music City Classic with eight of the setbacks coming from Albany State.
The win improved SSU to 4-5 overall and 3-4 in the SIAC.
A 60-yard touchdown run by Jadon Adams gave Savannah State a 7-0 lead with 6:15 left in the second quarter. The Wildcats answered with a touchdown in the second quarter to tie the game. A touchdown and a field goal in the third quarter put FVSU ahead 17-7 as they entered the final 15 minutes of play.
The Tigers took the lead early in the fourth quarter, thanks to a pair of players with middle Georgia roots. Sandersville native Shamarcus Poole scored on a two-yard run with 11:48 left and Marlon Jackson of Fitzgerald scooped up a Wildcat fumble and rumbled 34 yards for a scored with 10:09 remaining.
FVSU regained the lead at 24-21 with just over five minutes left but a one yard touchdown run by Adams put the Tigers ahead for good at 28-24 with 1:03 showing on the clock.
The Wildcats drove down field on their next possession but could only get as far as the SSU 17.
While both teams had over 300 yards of offense, the game was also filled with mistakes. SSU drew 11 penalties for 117 yards while the Wildcats were flagged nine times for 77 yards.
Fort Valley State (7-2, 4-2 SIAC) was led by Kelvin Durham who passes for 146 yards and Emmanuel Wilson, the SIAC’s leading rusher, who had 119 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Adams led the winning effort
by running for 109 and two touchdowns and passing for 71 yards. JT Hartage completed 7 of 8 passes for 92 yards. Poole added 81 yards on the ground and Brent Carr, another SSU player with middle Georgia ties, caught five passes for 67 yards. Freshman linebacker Tavare Brewton had a career-high ten tackles for the defense.
Savannah State will try to finish the season at .500 as they host Lane at TA Wright Stadium on November 5 at 5p.m.