SIAC Football Week 1: Players of the Week

The SIAC named their players of the week, with players from Fort Valley State, Tyrell Jackson and Tyler Moore, taking the offensive and defensive honours, respectively. Clark Atlanta’s Carlos Saldana was named Special Teams Player of the Week and Miles’ Jalen Parker Newcomer of the Week.

OFFENSIVE – Tyrell Jackson, Fort Valley State

Quarterback Tyrell Jackson runs for a slight gain. Jackson completed 20-of-34 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown. Photo by Ben Ennis

Jackson connected on 17-of-34 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in a 30-0 win over Tuskegee. He added 5 carries for 26 yards for a total of 192 yards of total offense. His two touchdown passes in the 3rd quarter took it from a 6-0 lead to a 20-0 lead.

DEFENSIVE – Tyler Moore, Fort Valley State

Tyler Moore Photo by Ben Ennis

Tyler Moore was a defensive terror against Tuskegee, recording seven tackles, three solo, a sack, a tackle for loss, forced a fumble and a fumble recovery. Moore combined with Deon Andrews to stuff Tuskegee on a 4th and goal from the 1-yard line. His sack and strip led to a 60-yard scoop-and-score by Zach Anderson and helped break the game open at 27-0. He was a major part in a Wildcat defence that really put the clamps on the Golden Tigers, holding them 4 yds rushing and 103 total yards, 7 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles and an interception.

SPECIAL TEAMS – Carlos Saldana, Clark Atlanta

From the SIAC;

Clark Atlanta kicker Carolos Saldana booted a 30-yard field goal as time ran out to lift CAU to a 13-10 victory over Livingstone on Saturday. Saldana, a senior from Austell, Ga., hit 2-of-3 field goals on the day. Saldana’s kick gave CAU their first season-opening win since 2017 – that came in a game in which Saldana kicked an extra point to put the game into overtime and then kicked a game-winning field goal to lift the Panthers to victory.

NEWCOMER – Jalen Parker, Miles

Parker came off the bench to spark the Golden Bears against Alabama State. His 16-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter tied the game and his 5-yard touchdown run in overtime briefly gave Miles the lead.


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEKDemonte’ Dunlap (Central State); Steven Hodges (Tuskegee); Donte Edwards (Miles)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEKKailen Abrams (Central State); Wesly Appolon (Tuskegee); Cameron Snead (Miles)
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEKDevarens Valcin (Tuskegee); Andre LaBat (Fort Valley State)
NEWCOMER OF THE WEEKDemonte’ Dunlap (Central State); Wesly Appolon (Tuskegee)

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