By Joshua Peacock, Savannah State Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah State football has announced the 2022 campaign ahead of the program’s 120th year of competition.
This year’s schedule, the first for new Head Coach Aaron Kelton, features four away games and five home games—with one home game being played in Macon, Georgia. Season tickets for the 2022 season will go on sale in early June.
Savannah State was scheduled to open the season on Sept. 3, but the opponent pulled out of the game. The date remains open with the possibility of a game to be announced at a later date.
“The unexpected cancellation of the opening game delayed our schedule release,” Director of Athletics Opio Mashariki said. “We were hoping to fill this open date prior to releasing the schedule. At this point we want our fans, student-athletes, and alumni to be able to make plans for the current schedule as we work diligently to find a game for Sept. 3.”
The Tigers are currently scheduled to open the season on Sept. 10 in Jacksonville, Florida against Edward Waters in a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) East Division battle.
Savannah State travels to Columbia, S.C. on Sept. 17 for another SIAC East Division game against Benedict College. On Sept. 24, the Tigers face Morehouse College in Atlanta.
On Oct. 1, Savannah State will host its first home game of the season against Kentucky State. Kick-off is set for 6 p.m.
The next week, Oct. 8, the Tigers will host Virginia University of Lynchburg in the season’s only non-conference game for Homecoming. Kick-off is set for 3 p.m.
Savannah State heads back to Atlanta for an Oct. 15 SIAC game against Clark Atlanta before three home games to end the season.
The Tigers host Albany State on Oct. 22 in Theodore A. Wright Stadium in an SIAC showdown. On Oct. 29, Savannah State will play Fort Valley State at the Macon Central City HBCU Football Classic in Macon, Georgia as the home team.
The regular season concludes on Nov. 5 at Theodore A. Wright Stadium against SIAC West Division opponent Lane College.
Savannah State enters their third year of competition in the SIAC—not including the 2020 season which was cancelled due to the pandemic.
The Tigers have been extremely successful following their return to the conference. They’ve compiled 10-1 SIAC record and a 15-5 overall mark through the 2019 and 2021 seasons.
Savannah State football began on Thanksgiving Day 1902 when Georgia Industrial College won its only game of the year.
Through the subsequent 120 years, Savannah State football won titles on the Division II and III levels. The program’s most successful years came as a Division II member of the SIAC from 1981-2000. After 17 years as a NCAA Division I program, Savannah State football moved back to NCAA Division II, rejoining the SIAC ahead of the 2019 season.
2022 Football Schedule:
Date Time At Opponent Location Tournament Result Sep 3 (Sat) TBA Home Open Savannah, Ga. Sep 10 (Sat) 6 p.m. Away Edward Waters (Fla.) Jacksonville, Fla. Sep 17 (Sat) 6 p.m. Away Benedict College Columbia, S.C. Sep 24 (Sat) 2 p.m. Away Morehouse College Atlanta, Ga. Oct 1 (Sat) 6 p.m. Home Kentucky State University Savannah, Ga. (Theodore A. Wright Stadium) Oct 8 (Sat) 3 p.m. Home Virginia University of Lynchburg Savannah, Ga. (Theodore A. Wright Stadium) Oct 15 (Sat) TBA Away Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, Ga, Oct 22 (Sat) 5 p.m. Home Albany State University Savannah, Ga. (Theodore A. Wright Stadium) Oct 29 (Sat) TBA Neutral Fort Valley State University Macon, Ga. Nov 5 (Sat) 5 p.m. Home Lane College Savannah, Ga. (Theodore A. Wright Stadium)