Yesterday was a long day for fans of Georgia's largest college football programs. Let's take a gander at what happened this week and what's ahead for all of the college football programs in Georgia. Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Savannah State, Fort Valley State, Morehouse, Valdosta State, LaGrange, Clark Atlanta, and Albany State, what more could you ask for?
Georgia at South Carolina: Check out out the SBN Atlanta recap of the disappointing game here.
Georgia Tech at Kansas: Grab a tissue and check out the SBN Atlanta recap here.
Georgia State vs. Lambuth: Keep the tears flowing as you check out the SBN Atlanta recap here.
Georgia Southern at Navy: I hope your tear ducts aren't dry yet, because we have another L to add to the scoreboard. Georgia Southern travelled to Annapolis to take on the Naval Academy (0-1) on Saturday, option vs. option, in the "Paul Johnson Bowl." The Midshipmen defeated the Eagles, 13-7. While the Eagles' defense was able to hold Navy to only 13 points and their lowest yardage total since 2002, the offense was a different story. Georgia Southern only gained 109 yards of offense during the game. Jaybo Shaw went 4 for 9 on the day for 36 yards passing and through a pass to JJ Wilcox for the Eagles' sole touchdown. Georgia Southern put the ball on the ground three times, but only turned the ball over once. Ricky Dobbs, Navy's Heisman candidate quarterback, scored a touchdown for the Midshipman, extending his streak of scoring 15 starts in a row. Next Saturday Georgia Southern (1-1) visits the Coast Carolina Chanticleers (0-2).
Savannah State vs. Fort Valley State: The Savannah State Tigers and the Fort Valley State Wildcats clashed at a neutral site in Macon, yesterday. The Tigers quickly learned not to mess with the Wildcats, as Fort Valley State led the way with a 41-10 victory. The star of the game was Fort Valley State's Dominique Patterson who returned two interceptions for touchdowns. The two teams' quarterbacks combined for more touchdown passes thrown to the opposing team in their own. Wildcats' coach Donal Pittman described his teams victory as "championship style." Next week Savannah State (0-2) travels to Daytona Beach, FL to take on the Bethune Cookman (1-0) variety of Wildcats. Fort Valley State (2-1) will host Stillman college next Saturday (0-2).
West Georgia: West Georgia (1-1) had a bye this week. Next Thursday, they will host Harding University (1-0).
Morehouse vs. Lane College: The Morehouse Maroon Tigers welcomed the Lane College Dragons (0-2) to town on Saturday. Perhaps the Dragons were hung over from their crazy adventures at Dragoncon in Atlanta last weekend, but the team did not show up Saturday. The Maroon Tigers brought down the Dragons, 49-6. The Morehouse defense allowed the Dragons ZERO passing yards and only 10 yards on the ground; now, that is stingy. Derrin "Freight Train" Nettles led the way with 15 tackles and a sack. The Morehouse offense gained 223 yards on the ground, led by David Carter's 71 yards. This is the first time since 1935 that the Maroon Tigers have gotten off to a 3-0 start. Next week, Morehouse hosts the Kentucky State Thorobreds (2-1).
Valdosta State vs. Newberry College: Valdosta State visited the Newberry College Wolves (1-1) on Saturday and handled their business. The Blazers defeated the Wolves 45-17, led by David Arnold's 94 yards on 10 carries; freshman quarterback Brett Whitmire's 186 yards in the air, 3 TD passes, and 49 yards on the ground; Gerald Ford's 5 receptions for 105 yards; and the defenses 5 interceptions. The Valdosta State Blazers (2-0) begin Gulf South Conference play next Saturday when they host the Delta State Statesmen (1-1).
LaGrange vs. Millsaps College: LaGrange played host to the Millsaps College Majors (0-1) in an overtime battle on Saturday. Senior running back Andrecus Lindley led the LaGrange Panthers back in the fourth quarter by scoring the game tying touchdown to take the game to overtime. Lindley picked up 65 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime. The Majors got the ball first in OT, but went four and out. The Panthers took over and five plays later, Lindley rushed for a 1-yard game winning touchdown resulting in a final score of 27-21. LaGrange's defense gave up over 400 yards, but also caused five turnovers on the day. I hope LaGrange quarterback Drew Carter has health insurance, as he was sacked seven times throughout the game. LaGrange (1-1) travels to play Maryville College (0-2) next week. Maryville is still awaiting its first touchdown of the season.
Shorter University: Shorter (0-2) took the week off to regroup from its early losses to West Alabama and Georgia State. The team will return to action next Saturday when they travel to Pikeville College to take on the Bears (0-2).
Clark Atlanta vs. Albany State: Clark Atlanta Panthers visited the Albany State Rams Saturday and fell 28-13. This puts Clark Atlanta at 1-1 on the season and allows Albany State to remain undefeated at 2-0. Next week the Panthers will visit Miles College (1-1) and the Rams will travel to Tuskegee University (2-0).