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SSU Athletics Department Receives Donation

The Savannah State University Athletics Department recently received a $3,000 donation from the FLH 300 Club.

“It’s great to get support from our alumni groups,” said SSU Athletics Director Opio Mashariki. “It helps our athletics department tremendously and it adds to the student-athletes successful experience while at Savannah State,” he went on to add.

Established in 2015, the majority of the FLH 300 Club membership is made up, but not limited to, former SSU athletes. The mission of the 300 Club is to give financial aid and in kind support to student athletes in their academic and athletic endeavors. They believe in the ideas of philanthropy, legacy building and creation of opportunities for prosperity.

“From the beginning the 300 Club has been committed to supporting our student-athletes,” said 300 Club President Attorney Willie Walker. To date the group have provided over $25,000 in gifts and other contributions. Some of the donations in the past have included flat screen televisions for the coaching staff and weight equipment for the student athletes.

SSU head coach Shawn Quinn with a few members of the 300 Club
SSU head coach Shawn Quinn with a few members of the 300 Club

“This $3,000 gift ensures that our athletes will have the top-notch experience they deserve as representatives of our great University. We also want to thank all of our donors who make these gifts possible,” added Walker.

According to Walker, the donation will be used to supplement the nutrition program for the football team and the next donation will go to a female sport.

SSU 60 Virginia Lynchburg 21

D’Angelo Durham rushed for 125 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Savannah State to their first win of the season, a 60-21 victory over Virginia University at Lynchburg, in TA Wright Stadium. The victory also gave Shawn Quinn his first win as a head coach.

Reserve quarterback Jamurion Hartage ran for a pair of scores while starting quarterback D’Vonn Gibbons ran for one touchdown and passed for two more. Cameron White and Dorian Metts caught touchdown receptions and Uriah Oliver ran for a score.

The 60 points were the most scored by a SSU team since 1992 when the Tigers put 63 points on the board against Livingstone. The Tigers had 554 yards of offense, the most since gaining 559 yards against Morehouse in 1998. The SSU defense was not bad either, holding the Dragons to just three yards rushing. Back in 1998, the SSU defense yielded just 13 rushing yards to Lane.

Gibbons threw for 119 yards, Miles Broadnax added 100 yards on the ground and Rayvion Hayden hauled in two catches.

D’Armani Ridley, Walter Yates, Desmond Young and Fred Raynes all had four tackles for SSU. Yates and Ny’em Bozeman both intercepted a pass for the Tigers (1-1).

The game was a sloppy one with the teams combining for 28 penalties for 407 yards.

Time Change For SSU/Morehouse Game

The game time for the Savannah State vs. Morehouse football game on September 28 has been changed.

The contest will now kickoff at 2 p.m. at BT Harvey Stadium in Atlanta. The game was originally scheduled to kickoff at 6 p.m

The game will also be streamed live on FloSports.

JC Smith Beats Benedict 34-31

Emanuel Wilson scored a touchdown late in the third quarter and added another one early in the fourth to lead Johnson C. Smith over Benedict.

Wilson ended the day with 265 rushing yards while scoring on touchdown runs of 83, 73 and 64 yards. Philip Brown led Benedict with 188 passing yards and 78 rushing yards. The Effingham County native threw two touchdown passes and ran for another. Former Savannah State running back Jayden McCloud ran for 27 yards for Benedict.

Benedict will play Savannah State in the Augusta Classic on September 21 at 6 p.m. at Laney High School.

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