Maroon Tigers Host Lane Saturday in First Home Football Game of 2017 Season

Date Released: September 7, 2017

The Morehouse Maroon Tigers open the home portion of their football season Saturday at 6 p.m. in B.T. Harvey Stadium when they host Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Lane College.  

Head Coach Rich Freeman said that he is looking forward to seeing his talented team show what they can do and eliminate the mistakes that plagued them in their 23-10 loss against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. UAPB is a school that plays on the Division I-FCS level that the Maroon Tigers dominated in leading 10-0 heading into halftime last week.

“The defense played really well; the offense dominated the field in the first half,” Freeman said. “We have to be able to not make mistakes and not have poor, game-changing penalties like we did against Arkansas-Pine Bluff to negate a 10-0 lead. If we can do that, with the explosive players that we have, I think we’ll be just fine.”

The Dragons are led by preseason All-SIAC players in quarterback Marcus Reynolds, who accounted for 142 yards of total offense and two touchdowns last week, and running back Marcus Holiday who rushed for 148 yards.

Morehouse counters with a defense that features preseason All-SIAC defenders in linebacker David Smith and defensive linemen Antonio Johnson and Voris Bryant.

“I was very happy with the way the defense flew around, and our two freshmen corners, I’m really happy with how they played,” Freeman said.  

On offense, quarterback Kivon Taylor, tight end Ryan Edwards and kick returner Ricci Nuckles will be back after missing some game time last week after suffering cramping injuries during the Arkansas-Pine Bluff game.

Freeman says he feels good about the team as they get ready for Saturday afternoon’s game.

“We have a lot of new guys, but I feel like we are jelling as a team,” he said.

Starting Friday, Turnt Tigers, a group of student supporters of the Morehouse athletic department, will fan out across the Morehouse and Spelman campuses to drum up interest in Saturday's game. Bobby the Tiger will also be greeting faculty, staff, and students Friday as the campus gets ready for the game

Last Modified: September 7, 2017, 17:09 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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