SIAC Championship: Albany State 17, Miles 14

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Albany State got its revenge against Miles College in the best setting possible – the Southeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship game.

The Golden Rams (5-5) got a 4-yard touchdown run by junior Adrian Alexander (Southwest Macon) midway through the fourth quarter and hung on to defeat the Golden Bears (8-3), 17-14, Saturday night at Lakewood Stadium.

Miles, this season’s West Division champions, defeated Albany State in the inaugural SIAC championship game in 2011, and beat them 22-14 when the teams met this season in early September.

Albany State struck first late in the first quarter when quarterback Frank Rivers hit Lenard Walker with a 17-yard touchdown pass to cap a 12-play, 70-yard drive and give the Rams a 7-0 lead.

Miles tied the score midway through the second quarter, as red shirt senior quarterback David Thomas led the offense on a 95-yard drive, culminating with a 19-yard touchdown pass to junior Antonio Pitts, who was named Miles’ MVP of the game.

The Bears then took advantage of good field position as a result of a poor Albany State punt late in the second quarter. Miles took over at the Albany State 48 yard line and eight plays later, Thomas faked a pitch to running back Emmitt Terry and darted into the end zone from 4 yards out to give the Bears a 14-7 lead going into halftime.

But Albany State, which leads the SIAC in total defense, kept Miles out of the end zone the rest of the night. Meanwhile, the offense managed two fourth-quarter scoring drives. Early in the period, Zachary Holley connected on a 28-yard field goal to pull the Rams to within 14-10. The drive came after Albany State safety Dexter Moody (Emanuel County Institute), who was named the Rams’ MVP of the game, blocked a punt.

Moody also had an interception in the back of the end zone to thwart another drive by Miles. Then with 8 minutes left in regulation, Miles junior receiver Darren Fife muffed a punt, and Albany State senior defensive back Untayous Benson (Windsor Forest) recovered at the Bears’ 4 yard line.

On the Rams’ next play from scrimmage, Alexander darted around the left side to put Albany State on top for good. The Rams will now represent the SIAC in the NCAA Division II playoffs.


Miles             0    14    0     0       14

Albany State 7 0 0 10 17


ASU — Lenard Walker 17 pass from Frank Rivers (Zachary Holley kick)

MC — Antonio Pitts 19 pass from David Thomas (Jason Coste kick)

MC — Thomas 5 run (Coste kick)

ASU — Holley 28 fg

ASU — Adrian Alexander 4 run (Holley kick)


Miles game MVP:  Antonio Pitts

ASU game MVP:  Dexter Moody

7 comments Add your comment

Ramsnation

November 18th, 2013
8:09 am

Let’s go Rams!!! Great win for Albany State University, now let’s keep it up with the Division II playoffs right around the corner.

LoveFootball

November 18th, 2013
3:41 pm

AJC, why was this article posted under High School blogs instead of College/University sports blogs. To me this is an insult to Albany State University and Miles College. Go Golden Rams! Great win and Congratulations!

RAMS

November 18th, 2013
6:11 pm

AJC Sports, not sure why this is on the high school blog. You all should consider adding a link for Division 1AA & Division II Sports, Actually they could be under the same link Take Fort Valley, Valdosta State , West GA, etc. they deserve proper coverage. Just making a suggestion. As LoveFootball mentioned this is an insult and not a good look .

Congrats Albany State University on winning the SIAC…

PACKER RB 79-81

November 18th, 2013
6:58 pm

Good job RAMS, didn’t know we was an high school team. COME ON AJC???????

Slick Rick

November 19th, 2013
5:31 am

Why put this article under prep zone? It belongs under Georgia Universities sports right? I guess it’s HBCU and the AJC doesn’t care?

S. Thomas Coleman

November 19th, 2013
10:56 am

ALL:

I usually cover high school sports. So when I posted this game story to the blog, it automatically went to the Prep Zone blog. I’ll have it moved ASAP. This is NOT a reflection of the AJC’s opinions on HBCUs, merely a quirk in the computer system.

S. Thomas Coleman

RAMS

November 19th, 2013
11:51 am

Thanks Mr. Thomas .