Clark Atlanta making big noise in SIAC

 

They’ve got an unbeaten record and the reigning Division II national player of the week. The Clark Atlanta Panthers are making some noise in the SIAC this season, and they can make their loudest statement of the season Saturday when they face perennial conference power Tuskegee in Alabama.

The Panthers (3-0, 3-0 SIAC) opened the season with a 30-24 double overtime victory at Fort Valley and received a win by forfeit after Stillman was forced to cancel the home contest between the teams Sept. 5. Clark Atlanta blanked Lane 33-0 in its home opener last week behind a four-touchdown performance from QB Mark Wright, who was named national player of the week by the Heritage Sports Radio Network for the effort.

The Panthers face their toughest test of the season Saturday on the road against the Golden Tigers, who had won 17 straight SIAC games before a 23-16 loss to Miles Sept. 12. Tuskegee has dominated the series against Clark Atlanta, winning 12 of the last 13 (including a 42-20 win in Atlanta last season) and 54 of 72 overall.

With a victory, Clark Atlanta could solidify its spot at the top of the SIAC. But it will be a tough task against a Tuskegee team that hasn’t lost a home game in three seasons under coach Willie Slater.

So, who do you think will prevail in this SIAC showdown?

FAMU on a roll headed to the ATL

Florida A&M will bring a 3-0 record into the Sept. 26 Atlanta Football Classic matchup against Tennessee State, including Thursday’s 48-10 victory over MEAC opponent Howard.

LeRoy Vann returned two punts for touchdowns and quarterback Curtis Pulley had two TD passes as the Rattlers routed the Bison before a national television audience on ESPNU. Next up for FAMU – its annual battle with the Big Blue of TSU at the Georgia Dome.

The Rattlers have won seven straight against TSU in Atlanta, including last year’s 28-21 victory in which Pulley accounted for three TDs.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

CIAA

Fayetteville State at Saint Paul’s, 1 p.m.

Livingstone at Bowie State, 1 p.m.

Shaw at Lincoln, Pa., 1 p.m.

Virginia State at Saint Augustine’s, 1:30 p.m.

Chowan at Elizabeth City State, 4 p.m.

Virginia Union at Johnson C. Smith, 6 p.m.

MEAC

Morgan State vs. Winston-Salem State, Giants Stadium, 2 p.m.

William and Mary at Norfolk State, 6 p.m.

Hampton at North Carolina A&T, 6 p.m.

SIAC

Stillman at Central State, 1 p.m.

Clark Atlanta at Tuskegee, 2 p.m.

Morehouse at Lincoln, Mo., 3 p.m.

Miles vs. Samford, 3 p.m.

Benedict vs. Concordia, 4 p.m.

Lane at Fort Valley, 7 p.m.

Ky. Wesleyan at Kentucky State, 7 p.m.

SWAC

Texas College at Texas Southern, 1 p.m.

Alcorn State at Central Michigan, 3:30 p.m.

Grambling State at Jackson State, 4:30 p.m.

Ark.-Pine Bluff at Mississippi Valley, 6 p.m.

Jacksonville State at Alabama A&M, 6 p.m.

Tennessee State at Southern, 7 p.m.

Edward Waters at Alabama State, 8 p.m.

For this week’s complete schedule, visit Onnidan’s HBCU Sports Online by clicking here.

8 comments Add your comment

rave1914

September 18th, 2009
2:40 pm

hampton opens meac season with win at a&t en route to the title…

Erin

September 18th, 2009
3:05 pm

Go Skegee! We are waiting on Bahhur and Company!

Josh B

September 18th, 2009
3:53 pm

let’s go A&T!! AGGIE PRIDE!!!!

JGM

September 19th, 2009
9:58 am

I am a FVS Wildcat. As much as it PAINS me to say this, Albany ST will wear the SIAC football crown in 2009.

Barry

September 19th, 2009
1:10 pm

Hey Y’all:

GO DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY HORNETS (DSU) of the MEAC. MAKE HISTORY AND BEAT THE UNIVERSITY OD DELAWARE (UD) THIS WEEK. This is the first time these two teams have every played in their nearly 100 years existance in the state of Delaware. Racism played a part in this, of course. UD was forced to play DSU (10-1) in the I-AA payoff 3 years ago. DSU eventually lost that game. UD had Joe Flacko at the time who is now the starting quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens. A win by Delware State University have historiccal significance for black college football, in general, and in the state of Delaware. And you know the significance it will have for the MEAC.

GO DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY HORNETS!! BEAT THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE.

Doug

September 19th, 2009
7:59 pm

Hold the phone…LEO. I love to bet on the underdog myself, BUT. This kind of talk about Clark Atlanta making noise is premature. In baseball, a pitcher may commit a number of illegal motions (win a couple of games) or actions which constitute a BALK. A BALK ordinarily results in an immediate dead ball and nullification of any pitch, and each runner is awarded one base. You’re talking like Clark Atlanta is going to win the Big “SIAC” Show. A bye week by Albany State doesn’t constitute a forfeit of the Holy Grail…Let’s Keep it Real Leo. RESPECT.

PantherDiva

September 20th, 2009
2:04 am

Go CAU! So proud of my alumnus

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