By Joshua Peacock, Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations Savannah State
ATLANTA, Ga. – Savannah State bounced back from a tough loss last week at Benedict with a commanding 15-3 win over Morehouse College this week to close out a three-game road swing.
The Tigers improved to 2-2 overall, and 2-1 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) schedule. With the two conference wins, the Tigers move into first place in the SIAC East Division standings.
Savannah State returns to Theodore A. Wright Stadium for back-to-back home games the next two weeks. They host Kentucky State on Oct. 1 in an SIAC crossover game before Virginia Lynchburg comes to Savannah on Oct. 8 for this year’s homecoming game.
On Saturday, in Atlanta, the Savannah State and Morehouse defenses battled in the opening quarter, keeping the chains in the middle of the field. Both teams had three drives each for no score in the first quarter.
Morehouse was the first to strike. Late in their fourth possession of the game, and first of the second quarter, Morehouse’s Derrach West connected with Dallas Johnson for a 13-yard pass completion to set up first and goal on Savannah State’s 3-yard line.
Morehouse struggled to punch it in, hitting a concrete wall in Savannah State’s goal-line defense. Savannah native and freshman linebacker Tavare Brewton recorded three tackles for a loss—with assists from Makenly Newbill and Deon Bell—to push Morehouse back to the 11-yard line and keep them out of the end zone.
The Maroon Tigers settled for the 25-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead at the 4:17 mark.
Savannah State answered the field goal quickly.
In his first collegiate start, redshirt freshman quarterback Jadon Adams lead the Tigers on an assertive march down the field.
Adams capped a four-play, 68-yard drive with a 38-yard touchdown rush. Henry Tome tacked on the extra point for a 7-3 Tiger lead with 1:43 to play in the second quarter. Savannah State trailed for just under three minutes.
Savannah State opened the second half with the ball. After a big first down, they got pushed back on a costly penalty. Facing 1st and 20 from their own 35, Adams rushed for four yards, then on second down and long connected with Da’Shun Mitchell on a 16-yard pass down the middle to pick up a first down.
Later in the drive, on 2nd and 11, Adams hit Brent Carr with a 20-yard touchdown strike. Tome missed the extra point as Savannah State went up 13-3 with 4:58 to play. It would be the only points of the third quarter.
Following a missed Savannah State field goal attempt from Jorge Gonzalez with 6:49 to play in the fourth, Morehouse got backed up deep into Savannah State territory on a personal foul.
Out of the shotgun, West looked to throw from the end zone, but Savannah State’s Kelvin Drummond found him instead for a sack and the safety. The final points of the game lifted the Tigers to a 15-3 lead.
Adams was stellar at the quarterback position for Savannah State. He connected on 9-of-12 passing attempts for 152 yards and no interceptions. Adams rushed for 52 yards on 16 attempts. Power back Shamarcus Poole rushed for 50 yards on 14 carries.
Mitchell led the receiving core with five catches for 78 yards. Randy Scott, playing in his first game of the season, had 46 receiving yards on two catches.
Brewton led the defense with eight tackles (4 solo, 4 assisted) on the day and two for a loss. Bell had five tackles (4 solo, 1 assisted). Amiri Johnson finished with five tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted).
Jordan Clark had the game’s only interception. It was the first interception for Clark and Savannah State this season.
Savannah State did an excellent job controlling time of possession—37:26 to 22:34—and racked up 296 total offensive yards.
They held the Maroon Tigers to 127 yards of offense. The Savannah State pass defense stepped up, holding a good Morehouse passing team to only 54 yards in the air, while the Tigers put up 152 passing yards of their own.