Javarrius Cheatham

TU wide receiver Javarrius Cheatham (2) pulls in a pass from Ahmad Deramus, then turns up field for a gain of 61 yards in the Golden Tigers’ 30-16 home-opener victory over Clark Atlanta on Sept. 16. Cheatham finished with two catches for 94 yards.

Photos by Jaquelyn Carlisle

Tuskegee forced five turnovers against Clark Atlanta in its home opener at Cleve Abbott Memorial Stadium as the Golden Tigers came away with 30-16 win Saturday, Sept. 16.

The win for Tuskegee gives the Golden Tigers a 2-1 overall record and their the first victory in Southern Intercollegiate Conference (SIAC) play while handing Clark Atlanta its first loss in three games.

Linebackers Davoris Thomas and Osband Thompson were both involved in two of the five turnovers created by TU with Thomas forcing two and Thomas recovering them both.

Sophomore quarterback Ahmad Deramus was given the starting nod after Jamarcus Ezell was ruled out due to injury. The Gadsden native completed six of his 12 passes for 124 yards and one interception. His longest pass was a 61-yard completion to Javarrius Cheatham, who finished with 94 receiving yards on the day.

Defensively, the Golden Tigers produced another dominant performance and it did not take long for them to pick up where they had left off from the first two weeks.

Darnell Hill returned a 47-yard interception for a touchdown only 1:20 seconds into the game putting TU ahead 7-0.

Two minutes later, CAU snapped the ball over its punter's head leading to a safety making the score 9-0. Eric Bright Jr. extended TU's lead to 23-13 in the second quarter one a one-yard run and that was the score at halftime.

CAU entered the contest averaging over 50 points per game, but Tuskegee was able to hold the Panthers to 34 points below that average. The Golden Tigers only gave up 213 yards of total offense, including 58 yards rushing.

Thompson led the way with another double-digit tackling effort with 11 overall —three for losses, two fumble recoveries, one pass break-up and a quarterback hurry. Thomas was just as impressive in totaling 10 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and two forced fumbles.

Both teams played to a scoreless third quarter until the Golden Tigers put the game away on a Marquez Burdett 15-yard touchdown run making the score 30-16

Bright led TU rushers with 36 yards on seven carries. The Golden Tigers’ leading rusher on the season, Hoderick Lowe, had only two total yards on eight rushing attempts.

In addition to double-digit tackling days from Thomas and Thompson, Marlon Darnell added seven tackles and Roshad Broadway added six stops. In addition to his interception return for a touchdown, Hill also had six tackles.

The defeat last Saturday against Albany State had no bearing on league standings as it was not considered a countable game. The Division Champion is determined by a six-game conference schedule. If a school plays more than two-cross over games, only the last two count towards the divisional record.

Tuskegee faces the University of Findlay next Saturday with a kick time that starts at noon. Listen to the broadcast live on the Tuskegee Digital Network.

TU notes: For the second straight week, Tuskegee punter Dalton Hall has been named the Southern Intercollegiate Conference (SIAC) Special Teams Player of the Week. This honor comes after a solid performance versus Clark Atlanta last Saturday in which Hall punted the ball seven times for an average of 41.1 yards per punt. His longest was a 51-yarder landing inside the 20-yard line. After three games, Hall has punted 23 punts for an average of 41.52 yards per punt. He has landed five punts inside the 20-yard line and has four punts of 50 yards or more.

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