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Page B 2, The Tuskegee News Much-anticipated TU-Fort Valley State showdown By JIM DEWITr Special to The 7hskegee News Arnold Hodston is a smart marl Arnold is the Sports Information Director: fit;Tuskegee University. While everyone was talking about the mid-season ~h0wdown between Ttmkegee and Fort Valley State, Arnold was more-donbefiaed about Morehouse College. "Morehouse scares me," Arnold said. ~hey always play Ttmkegee tough. It doesn't matter what the records are. You~ce heard that said a lot, but it's true in this case. rm really concerned about Morehouse." The 25,000 fans in Columbus, Georgia's Memorial Stadium had hard- ly settled in their seats last Saturday night when Tuskegee struck on the first snap fromscrimmage against the lV'xaroon Tigers. An 82-yard bomb from qtmrterback Aaron James to wide receiver Kylin Kimble for a touchdown.. Jason Lee kicked the extra point and the Golden Tigers has a 7-0 lead in the 65th annual clash between the two schools. But it went down to cases-as Arnold Houston said it would-and took a 40-yard pass interception by .former Booker T. Washington High of Ttmkegee line- backer Nathaniel Jones with 2:24 left in the game to seal a 28-14 win and keepTUskegee unbeaten in six games. This one wasa war, fitting in a way, cousidering the game was played in the shadows of Fort Beaning. Tuskegee snapped the ball 52 times in rolling up.304 yards of total offense, but Morehouse pounded the Golden Tiger defense for 298 yards on 68 snaps. Believe me, when I say, this one was tough:Reel tough. "There is no quit in this Morehouse team," said Tttskegee Coach Rick Comegy. ~ was concerned about this team. I knew they were going to come out.with high emotions. I knew they would play real hard, because their coacl/isexcellent and inspirational. I know he sends a message to those guys ~"I try to send to mine. Any time you're coaching against a motivational coach, that team is going to be tough to beat." And they were. But give some credit to this bunch dressed in white, crim~on:ar/d-dldTgold. This defense, a unit that has been called upon time ' and ~ a~mTa-this season, came through big when it had to. They always dO, 4~nd that's a credit to Comegy and his coaching staff. ARer all was said ~x[ d~ne, it came down to defense against Moreho,~se. And : don't be~t~cl if it comes down to defense again this week. Come{~ ~layed them one game at a time, but deep down inside he i has pohitJ~l~t~'Fort Valley State since pre-season camp began. Maybe, even eafl~t~da that. And he should have. Fort Valley State stands on the ~2~ of greatness. The Wddcats and Golden Tigers were pro- jected ~ ~h~ne-two in r.reseason for the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic,,~nce (SIAC) championship. Neither team has disap- r ', ~. p pomtedlirpgnOsticators. Both have am vecL And right on time. Its on. Comdg~ ~$i~this would be the toughest test of the year for Tuskegoe. No dout~t~ ~mecoming at Fort Valley in the 12:30 p.r~ CDT conte~ The W'fl~_ ~ not disappoint C omegy. .... .... "Fort v~te~_~gomg to be tough. "l:bey are winning. Ineyre leading me confer.e~~ just got to put this night behind us (Morehouse) savor it~~ work and come up with a good enough plan to win. Defe~ ~harnpionshi.I~. I-bye we h e~l that ~mewhere..be.?~m? FVSU ~ ~ wealxm ~ ~ ~ew xor~ ~'i~m ~; matchu~ ~ ~ game are somethlng ~. It's on.,~' ~" :Wide ~i~.er ~ent Schoolfield Jr., the coach's son, heads a list of tal- BT'W:tias much-needed week off homecoming contest ~ ~ Coac!~ ~@j~cl Bernie Patrick s Booker T. Washington Golden ~? Eagle i~l~a'l~ :team has a much-needed week off before a home- ii coming:b~ Oct. 27 against Russell County. , ~!; The ~c~d~h:Eagles fell 35-6 this past Friday at Class 5A, Region ~!; 3 co-ledc~dr:.~phjamin Russell in a game that Patrick believed his -/ team sl~a~provement. After:l~gTa lasts-second game two weeks earlier and then defeating-~.~Llley on a late touchdown a week previous, the Golden i~ Eagles battle,gamely against a Benjamin Russell team that is 6- iil overall ai~d 4-0 in the Region. BTW dropped to 1-6 overall and .... 1-5 in the Region. .... If you really look at the statistics, the score is not indicative of i~ how we played. It may have been our best game of the season, Patrick pointed out. "We're playing seven new starters on defense i::~ and eight on offense in what I consider the strongest Class 5A :~i region in the state. I'm never satisfied with a loss, but I saw some .~ progress and a lot of effort against Benjamin Russell." :~ Down 21.Q, BTW marched 85 yards before scoring on a 1-yard '- keeper by~ quarterback Chris McCray for the Golden Eagles' only i~ score of the ~night. :~ ~ "Loren~o:H~ffman had a key 21-yard pass reception from Chris ,.~* McCraj~:o~ t hfrd down and Alfonso Grant had runs of 10 and 16 :: yards oh:fl]d cl~ive," Patrick said. ~We moved the ball as well as we ,.:" have al~ ." Granf l~l~d for 109 yards on 24 carries and McCray added 10 "::3:~r. ds on. ~ve m~shes. McCray was 10 for 18 passing for 80 yards :0%~th on~ "m~rception. Passes were dispersed. Hoffman had three : catches:~ ~ards, Grant two for 10 yards, Raleigh Maxwell and : Ulysse~ ~eIl one for eight yards each and McKinley Menefee :! one forol~yal;~s. BTW had 206 yards to 276 for Benjamin Russell. ~.i: Patn eR-l~r~med Eddm Woods, Santim F~tzpatrick, Lucius ~:~ Brooks~ ~ and Menefee for strong defensive efforts. No- sulga,,, Loachapoka set ifor::their annual showdown ,? Notas~g_a _~ coming off an impressive 40-7 win over Lyman ,!:: Ward g~tfi~-g:in~o this Friday's Class A, Region 5 showdown with i:~ o- ,. arch-nv~'Notasulga. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Blue Devil !!i Stadia.. ,.,~ The Bl'ue D~vvils of Coach Ronnie Sikes are 3-1 in the region and ,*: 6-1 over.all while Loachapoka is also 6-1. A win by Loachapeka would tl~dl the region crown for the Indians. "~ Desm'ql~"b~Ikens led the way for Notasulga against Lyman :, Ward. ~dns ;,cored on runs of 15 and 17 yards and added touch- ',i~ down re~ep~ons form Tim Dowdell of 49 and 57 yards. Dowdell ""~:, added "a~zy~rd TD run and D0nte Ray closed out scoring for the ~,':' Blue ~~th. a run of 55 yards. Aiken~ flailed with 10 carries for 104 yards rushing. Dowdell i: passed-f~.3tards as he completed nine of 12 attempts. Michael ~iPhela:~:p~$.~ four passes for 50 yards and Aikens added two :~ catcheg ~i1~ yards for Notasulga. ented, surehanded receivers that are determined to give the Golden Tiger secondary fits. Roosevelt Williams, Tyrone Jones, Frank Walker, Jeffery Stanton, and company, will have their collective hands full. Schoolfield, by the season's end, will most likely be the most prolific receiver in FVSU history. Last year, Schoolfield caught 53 passes for 853 yards and seven touchdowns. He is one of three receivers with game- breaker potential. It's on. Senior Trammel Pryor caught nine scoring passes last year while aver- aging 14.5 yards a catch. Junior Anthony Snead caught three touchdown passes last year while averaging 21.3 yards per catch. It's on. Junior running back Cleo Stinyard shoulders the bulk of the Wildcat running game. He was second in the SIAC in all-purpose yards last year. It's on. FVSU quarterback Ryan Weiss went down with an injury in week two of the 1999 season and Brian ~rfllanueva stepped in the breach to earn SIAC first-team honors. Y'dlanueva is arguably the best quarterback the Golden Tigers will see this year. It's on. Is there a chink in the FVSU armor? COuld be. The Wildcat secondary was decimated by graduation. School field managed to sign several JUCO players in an effort to shore up some holes there and they have played well. But have they faced a team like Tuskegee? Don~ think so. It's on. Aaron James is alive and well. An elbow injury in week two is com- pletely healed and the former Blount High School Star has shown he is back. James had a 39-yard touchdown pass to Kimble State. James won MVP honors last week in completing nine es for o180 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted once. It's on. Severon Zachary, with 90 yards on 20 carries and a touchdoWll week, is now 100 percent after early season injuries. It's 2hskegee University at Fort Valley State. The talked about. Saturday. It's on. Jim DeWitt is the play-by-play radio announcer for Tuskegee football games. TU Notes: Tune in for a game broadcast with DeWitt and Murphy on WJBD (95.5 FM) andAM 630 in Thomasville.. TV broadcast will be on a 7 p.m. Sunday on TCN-TV coach's Fifth Quarter Show airs on Channel 6 at 5:30 p.m. .TU is ranked eighth in the NCAA II South Region, No. 8 in the College Sports Page poll, No. 18 in the Coaches NCAA Division and 24th in the USA Division II poll... Fort Valley State is 5-0 to 4-0 in the SIAC. FVSU is 7-1 overall...Three ( ored as SIAC Players of the week for their efforts against They were junior defensive end Damon Tolson as Week, sophom.re defensive back/punt returner Jeffrey Special Teams Player of the Week and senior offensive tackle Waddell, Offensive Lineman of the Week-.. TLrs Oct. 28 Clark Atlanta in LaGrange, Ga. has been switched from a 1:30 p.m. CDT kickoff...