The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


October 17, 2012

JSU tries to bounce back against Tennessee State

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In their past two games, the Mocs have defeated The Citadel and Furman on the road by a combined score of 59-20.

Stillman at Fort Valley State, 2 p.m.

A week after losing to SIAC West Division leader Tuskegee, Stillman (4-3, 3-1) now faces East Division leader Fort Valley State (5-2, 3-1).

Stillman was shutout by Tuskegee 16-0 despite moving inside the Tuskegee 40-yard line on four occasions, including one drive that ended with an interception in the end zone. Quarterback Josh Straughan completed 26 of 39 passes but threw for only 132 yards.

Fort Valley State senior wide receiver Christopher Slaughter, an Auburn transfer, was named the SIAC offensive player of the week after making 10 receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-12 victory over Concordia.

Miles at Lane College, 2 p.m.

Miles (6-1, 4-0) will attempt to extend its winning streak to seven games before closing the regular season with back-to-back home games against Stillman and Tuskegee to determine the SIAC West Division champion.

The Golden Bears are excelling on both sides of the ball. They lead the SIAC in scoring offense with an average of 38 points per game, and they are second in scoring defense at 14.7 point per game.

Lane (3-4, 1-4) has allowed an average of 33.4 points per game in its five SIAC contests this season.

Tuskegee vs. Kentucky State, 1 p.m.

These two teams have been going in opposite directions nearly the entire season. Tuskegee (5-1, 4-0 SIAC) is on a five-game winning streak while Kentucky State (1-5, 0-4) has lost four in a row.

Tuskegee has allowed an average of only 12.2 points per game this season, the lowest in the SIAC, with no team scoring more than 18 points. That is not good news for Kentucky State, which committed five turnovers and gained a total of only 126 yards in last week's 45-0 loss to Miles.

West Alabama vs. Shorter, 3:30 p.m.

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