Maroon Tigers Host Kentucky State Saturday

Date Released: September 29, 2017

The Morehouse Maroon Tigers will look to get back onto the winning side Saturday when they host Kentucky State at B.T. Harvey Stadium at 4 p.m.

Morehouse, 2-2 so far this season, is coming off a tough 27-24 loss to Miles last Saturday that left a bad taste in the Maroon Tigers’ mouths.

“We feel like we’d like to have that game back,” said head coach Rich Freeman.  “We gave them one or two first downs that they shouldn’t have gotten, and at the wrong time. We played really good when our backs were against the wall.

“We were able to hang on but just ran out of time,” he said. “Just didn’t have enough time left on that scoreboard to come back and get that victory.  But I’d love for a shot at playing them again.  That was the silver lining that we used when we talked to our kids after the game.  That’s the type of team that you’re going to have to beat to win the championship. So, hopefully, if the cards fall where they may, we can play them again.”

First, they’ll have to deal with a Kentucky State team that is also 2-2 this season.  After dropping their first two games, the Thorobreds have defeated Kentucky Wesleyan and Central State.  They are led by running back Brett Sylve (315 yards in three games) and quarterback Paul Campbell (646 yards and four touchdowns passing).  Leading tacklers Hakeem Adebimpe and Rodriquez Jones leads a defense that’s particularly strong against the run.

“Kentucky State comes in here with a highly acclaimed head coach in John L Smith who has led several prominent programs – Michigan State and Louisville just to name a couple,” Freeman said.  “So that team is going to be prepared.

“But he has a challenge as well,” Freeman said. “We have some explosive players on our football team.”

Freeman points to quarterback Kivon Taylor who Freeman says is playing his best football as a Maroon Tiger.  His top target, wide receiver Amyr Smith, lead the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in receiving.  Running back Frank Bailey, the SIAC’s Newcomer of the Week this past week, had a breakout game against Lane as he rushed for 90 yards last week.

On defense, the Maroon Tigers are led by David Smith who has 35 tackles this season, and Kenneth Hagins who has 29 tackles and 2.5 sacks.  Antonio Johnson leads the SIAC with 4.5 sacks. 

“They’re finally catching on to what we’re doing offensively and defensively,” Freeman said of his team. “We’re jelling and doing some things. I just think it’s a matter of time before everything clicks on all cylinders.”


Last Modified: September 29, 2017, 12:09 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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