October 23, 2021 SIAC East Football Recap : ASU, MHC both get wins, will meet next


From sneakershoptalk.com :

As has been the case so many times this season the Albany State defense brought another offense to a grinding halt. 

The victim this week was the Savannah State offense. 

In what was seen as a battle of SIAC Eastern division, Albany State showed who is the true beast in the East with a dominant 30-0 shellacking of Savannah State. 

The Golden Rams defense was lights out , smothering the Tigers offense to a mere 59 yards of total offense, while one again it was the passing game that got it done with ASU quarterback Dionte Bonneau going for 250 yards and two scores.

For most of the first quarter, both defenses stood strong in staving off the opposing offense until late in the quarter when Albany State was finally breakthrough putting together a 10 play 42 yard drive that ended in a 37 yard Gabriel Ballinas field goal to put the Golden Rams up 3-0.

Albany State got their next score after their defense forced a Savannah State 3-and-out on their first drive the second quarter. The Rams did not get in the end zone, but Ballinas’ second field quad of the day, this one from 40 yards out ,put ASU up 6-0. The Golden Rams defense forced another Tigers 3-and-out on their very next drive and the Albany State offense took advantage of good field position, getting in the end zone just five plays later when Kam Ward took it in from 3 yards out, putting the score at 13-0 with the successful PAT.

Following yet another futile drive by the Savannah State, which would be a recurring theme this day, the Rams would pash their advantage to 16-0 with Ballinas’ third field goal of the day , this one from 23-yards out.

Two-thirds of the way through the third quarter a 50-yard touchdown pass from Dionte Bonneau to Javon Wooten put the Tigers in a 23-0 hole. 

Bonneau’s second touchdown pass of the day, a 21-yarder to Rashad Jordan would, thankfully for Savannah State, cease the bleeding at 30-0.

Savannah State will have only but a few days to lick their ram-shaped wounds from a loss that not only snaps the Tigers nine-game conference winning streak but also gives SSU head coach Sean Quinn’s first SIAC loss since he assumed the helm back in 2019. Saturday they head to Fort Valley, GA to take on the Wildcats of Fort Valley State. Kickoff is scheduled for 2pm EST. 

For Albany State, they remain undefeated in the SIAC, and they will hit the road next week, heading to Atlanta to take on the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College. 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Frank Bailey Jr. ran for two touchdowns to help Morehouse pick up a 20-5 win in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic COnference to spoil Benedict’s Homecoming on Saturday afternoon at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium.

MHC (3-5, 3-1 SIAC) kept BC (3-5, 0-4 SIAC) to a season low in points scored to garner its third straight win of the season.

Bailey scored on touchdown runs of 50- and 2-yards respectively to finish with 96 rushing yards on 15 attempts (6.4 avg.).

The Maroon Tigers recorded nine sacks and four interceptions. 

Daniel Norman led all players with a strong defensive performance to galvanize MHC’s performance. He finished with 11 tackles (9 solo), five tackle-for-loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception. 

Tyler Hunter chipped in two sacks and Darie Pittman recorded two interceptions. Daylon Land also added interception. 

Michael Sims passed for 126 yards after completing 9-of-19 pass attempts and one interception. Marqueiz Pride tallied three receptions for 66 yards.

Darren Moore pitched in field goals from 39 and 40 yards out to help cap the Maroon Tigers scoring. 

Eric Phoenix guided BC’s offense with 289 yards passing after completing 25-of-43 pass attempts with four interceptions. Darius Philo had four receptions for 81 yards and Steven Campbell had five receptions for 42 yards.

Israel Nwokocha collected two sacks inclusing one that gifted the Tigers with a saftey in the second quarter. CJ Swan finished the game with an interception and Timothy Allen had a team high five tackles (3 solo) for BC. 

Tinoco Rigobe’s 40-yard field goal opened the scoring on the day and gave the Tigers their only score on offense

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