Jones, Freeman Ignite Falcons

Skyhawks Bomb Tigers, Set Program Record

Point University scored the game-winning touchdown early in the second quarter and cruised to the program’s first conference win, a 56-14 drubbing of Edward Waters College in Valley, Alabama on Saturday.

Brandon Robertson got the Skyhawks on the board early hauling in a 40-yard touchdown pass from Charles Fortis. “We were fortunate enough to start fast,” said first-year Head Coach Mike McCarty. “We were able to run the ball which let us dictate some things on offense.”

The Skyhawks had a 28-0 lead before the visiting Tigers were able to answer with a score. Ray Dukes capped a 13 play, 82-yard drive by diving face first into the pylon. Whatever works.

Dukes led all Tigers ball carriers with 74 yards rushing on 12 carries. The red-shirt junior from Raines High School in Jacksonville, Florida also caught a pass for 30 yards and led the Tigers with 179 all-purpose yards.

Point racked up 486 yards of offense, three hundred of it through the air. Robertson accounted for 149 of those yards on 7 receptions. The sophomore caught a second bomb from Fortis in the third, a 50-yard over-the-shoulder catch down the middle of the field.

The Skyhawks defense performed well collecting five sacks and three interceptions. Cory Pierce took one of Taron Williams’ passes the other way for a 68-yard touchdown.

Two more scores by the Skyhawks gave the second-year program it’s third 50+ point game of the season. The scores also drew the ire of Tigers head coach Alvin Wyatt, Sr.

Wyatt expressed his displeasure to McCarty during the post-game handshake. “The game was over and y’all were still throwing the ball,” shouted Wyatt.

Point’s offense scored just twice in the second half with backup quarterback Rashad Louie entering the game in the fourth.

The win was the program’s fifth straight setting a record for wins in a season and it’s first conference win.

 

Giants Shrink, Falcons Soar

For the second time in as many weeks, the New York Giants were unable to sustain a drive down the stretch. Matt Ryan, like the Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo, guided the Falcons offense the length of the field in less than 2 minutes for the game winning touchdown 24-20.  

Maroon Tigers Win Slugfest with Golden Bulls

Morehouse overcame four turnovers and two late touchdowns to stave off Johnson C. Smith 37-35.

No lead was safe in this inter-conference match-up between the Golden Bulls of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Morehouse of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Under new head coach Kermit Blount, who spent 17 years at the helm of Winston-Salem State, the Golden Bulls were hoping to return to Charlotte, NC with their second win of the season and in the series with Morehouse.

Smith wasted no time capitalizing off the first turnover by the Maroon Tigers. Carlo Thomas picked off John Monqavious at midfield and returned it 37 yards to the Morehouse 13 yard line. Freshman tailback Tromecio Summers capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.

Another freshman, quarterback Harold Herbin, added a second score early in the second quarter. Herbin threw a strike to Fred Scott for a 25-yard touchdown. The Fayetteville, North Carolina native threw for 274 yards and 3 touchdowns on 22 of 40 passing. He also threw 2 interceptions in the process.

On the other sideline, John Monqavious completed 15 of 22 for 247 yards and 4 touchdowns to go with 1 interception. Monqavious’ matched Herbin’s scoring throw with one of his own later in the quarter. The junior from Decatur, Georgia found Don Cox on a post and delivered a perfect ball.

The Maroon Tigers opened up the offense in the third reeling off three touchdowns to take a 26-14 lead. Monqavious followed up a 77-yard bomb to a wide-open Justin Browning with a 22-yard strike to Devon Mann. Mann caught his second touchdown of the game two plays after Gary Awkard intercepted Herbin.

When Herbin finally got the ball back in his hands, he made magic happen. A 30-yard completion to Fred Scott once again had the Golden Bulls knocking at the door. After a sack by Robert Davis, Smith needed 12 yards on third down to keep the drive alive. This time, the response to the call came from tight end, Steven Reneau. The junior from Rialto, California picked up the first down and more as he dove toward the end zone knocking over the pylon for a touchdown.

Before the Smith marching band could finish its tribute song, Amyr Smith was striding across the goal line with a record setting 100-yard return for a Morehouse touchdown.

As if nothing happened, Herbin marched the Golden Bulls back down the field with the ensuing possession. This time, Herbin called his own number on the 3-yard touchdown run.

All of a sudden Morehouse’s huge lead was down to 6 points. The Maroon Tigers duplicated their opponents drive with an 83-yard drive of their own. The only difference between the two drives, no

touchdown for the Maroon Tigers. Monqavious tried to duplicate Herbin’s feat but was stopped for no gain.

Rather than risk getting no points out of the drive, Head Coach Rich Freeman turned to sophomore kicker Alexis Gonzales. It was the right call. The kick from Gonzales provided Morehouse with enough cushion to withstand a second fourth quarter touchdown from Johnson C. Smith.

Game Balls:
Morehouse:

John Monqavious completed 15 of 22 passes for 247 yards, 4 touchdowns to go with 1 interception.

Amyr Smith 100 yard touchdown return, 1 reception – 12 yards

Devon Mann – 8 receptions – 138 yards, 2 touchdown receptions

Gary Awkard – 4 tackles, 2 interceptions

Emmanuel Parks – 8 solo tackles, 2 pass break-ups

Johnson C. Smith:

Harold Herbin 22 of 40 for 274 yards, 3 touchdowns passing, 1 rushing touchdown, 50 yards rushing

Fred Scott 7 receptions – 108 yards, 2 touchdowns

Austin Jacques – 10 tackles, 6 solo, 1 sack, 1 QB Hurry

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Wildcats Out-Scratch Panthers

Fort Valley State rebounded from a poor defensive showing a week ago against Lane to drop Clark Atlanta a peg in the standings with a 35-13 win in Atlanta.

The Wildcats had given up 86 points to opposing offenses going into Saturday’s contest. Last week, the Cats spotted Lane a 32-7 lead before finding the keys to the heavy equipment. Fort Valley started up the big diesel and steam rolled their opponents 43-7 the rest of the way.

Saturday, the Wildcats jumped out to a 14-0 lead before allowing the Panthers to sneak back within one midway through the third quarter. Germaine Tait, a sophomore from Augusta, GA, scored his first touchdown of the season on the first drive of the game. Cornerback Tracey White added a second score picking off Panthers quarterback Dashawn Blow near midfield and returning it for a score.

Clark Atlanta changed quarterbacks on their next possession and saw immediate results. Matthew Vincent, who had started last week against Central State, replaced Blow with a little less than 3 minutes to play in the half. The junior from Miami, Florida started off a little rough but found his stride with a 16 yard reception on 3 and 15. Vincent capped the drive hitting Darryl Minor in the corner from 23 yards out.

Head Coach Ken Ramsey dialed up the pressure in the third quarter. The former defensive coordinator sent waves of blitzing defenders that forced a three and out and two fumbles through the first 8 minutes of the new half. Vincent took advantage of the second fumble and short field dropping a rainbow into the hands of Travis Richmond in the back corner of the endzone.

The middle of the third must be magical for the Wildcats. In similar fashion to last week’s matchup, Fort Valley went on a scoring spree. This time the Wildcats only scored 21 unanswered points.

Clark Atlanta attempted to answer the Wildcats first of three touchdowns on the ensuing drive but a holding penalty turned third and 6 into third and 16. The long distance enabled the Wildcats defense to pin their ears back and force Vincent from the pocket and short of the yardage needed. The Panthers gained only 35 yards on their final four possessions.

Game Balls:

CAU Matthew Vincent- in relief (32.36 minutes) the junior threw for 252 yards on 24 of 43 passing that produced 2 TDs.

FVSU Tracey White- the cornerback led the Wildcats in tackling with 6 solo, 1 assist and a 47 yard pick 6.

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Sun Devils Rally Late, Escape with Win

43,310 fans showed up at Sun Devil Stadium Friday night to watch the ASU Sun Devils, ranked #15 entering the season, get off to another slow start against the New Mexico Lobos. Showing intermittent signs of why they were ranked so highly a couple weeks ago, the Devils’ ground game ran away from the Lobos in the second half in route to a 34-10 victory.

While ASU entered week 3 against New Mexico looking to sure up the run defense, the 27 point underdog Lobos hoped to use the blueprint set by Cal Poly, the triple option.

The offense managed only 10 points heading into halftime, but in the second half, things were noticeably different. UNM’s defense held its own for a majority of the game, but one critical mistake allowed the Sun Devils to take control. A 93-yard touchdown from quarterback Mike Bercovici to running back Demario Richard gave ASU a 31-10 lead.

ASU opens up their PAC 12 schedule this week against USC at home. Fortunately for the Sun Devils, several players will be returning to the field from injuries and illness. This home game against the 19th-ranked Trojans is a chance to get right and make a statement in the Pac-12 South

After a conference-opener loss to the Stanford Cardinal last week, the 19th-ranked Trojans head into the game against the Sun Devils with two possible mindsets. They will be dejected, or inspired, as they look to avoid a 3rd straight loss to the Sun Devils

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Falcons Win for Mighty Quinn

First-time head coach Dan Quinn got 298 yards passing from Matt Ryan, including two touchdowns to Julio Jones, to spark the Falcons to a 26-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Monday night.

Sun Devils Struggle, Prevail Over Mustangs

The Arizona State Sun Devils opened their home schedule against Cal Poly on Saturday in Tempe, AZ. After a disappointing week 1 loss to Texas A&M, ASU was hoping to rebound with a strong showing in front of 46,500 fans at Sun Devil Stadium. Adding to the excitement was the unveiling of new student sections in the north and south end zones.

Cal Poly, fresh off their opening week win over Montana, didn’t seemed fazed by pregame predictions and took everything ASU threw at them. The Mustangs, playing an active member of the Pac-12 Conference for the first time in school history, more than held their own against the Sun Devils.

ASU’s defense avoided giving up big plays, which kept them in the game until the offense managed a late push and 2 fourth quarter touchdowns to secure the win. In his post-game radio interview, ASU head coach Todd Graham said, “This is an ugly win, but I’ll take all the ugly wins we can get.”

Arizona State was able to escape with a 35-21 victory, but 2 straight sluggish performances have critics raising eyebrows and questioning the team’s true identity.

ASU should be heavily favored again next week against New Mexico, before heading into matchups with USC at home, and UCLA on the road.

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Falcons End Pre-Season Even

Sean Renfree won the battle of the Atlanta backup quarterbacks guiding the Falcons to four scores and a 20-19 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the final game of the preseason.