Originally created 10/26/01

Morehouse starting to believe SIAC title within reach

Morehouse is on a roll and if the Maroon Tigers stay hot, a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title is not out of the question.

In the last three weeks, Morehouse (4-2 overall, 3-1 SIAC) has beaten Bowie State, upset Tuskegee, which leads the SIAC with a 5-1 record, and pulled out a last-second win over Lane College.

The Maroon Tigers enter Saturday's homecoming contest against Kentucky State (2-4) aware that a share of the NCAA Division II SIAC title and a potential berth in the Pioneer Bowl in the Georgia Dome on Dec. 22 is possible.

"We've got a chance, but only if we continue to win," said Morehouse coach A.J. Jones."

Elsewhere on Saturday, Georgia Southern, the unbeaten and top-ranked school in NCAA Division 1-AA and seeking a third consecutive national title, is at East Tennessee State.

In other games involving the state's colleges below the Division I-A level, North Alabama is at Valdosta State, Savannah State at Fort Valley State, West Georgia at Harding, Morgan State at Morris Brown and Clark Atlanta at Tuskegee.

Last week, Morehouse scored in the closing seconds when Chivalrik Daughtry connected on a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Thompson on a fourth-and-goal for a 25-22 victory over Lane in Memphis.

It was the second scoring pass for Thompson, who had a 16-yard TD catch late in the third quarter to cut Lane's lead to 17-16.

Another plus for the Maroon Tigers has been the play of freshman running back Javon Mitchell, who was redshirted last season and hadn't played much until the Tuskegee game two weeks ago.

In that 14-3 victory, Mitchell carried 11 times for 57 yards. In the win over Lane, he also had 57 rushing yards on only six carries.

"Javon is a big, strong kid who can play fullback or tailback," Jones said of the 6-foot, 230-pound Mitchell. "He adds another dimension to what we do in our offense with his power."


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