Indianapolis—The NCAA Division II Super Region Two football rankings were released and three teams from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) were listed in its Top 10.
Miles was listed as the top-ranked team, while Fort Valley made the list at No.6. Albany State
closed out Super Regional Two rankings at No. 10.
Reigning SIAC Champion Miles, (7-1, 5-0), is currently riding a seven game winning streak. The Golden
Bears are coming off a 38-20 victory over Lane and have two SIAC West Division games remaining on its regular season schedule. The Golden Bears will play Stillman on Thursday, and Tuskegee, November 3rd for its regular season finale. Both game will be played at Albert J. Sloan Stadium, the home field of
After its 35-17 victory over Stillman, Fort Valley has two SIAC East Division games remaining on its schedule. The Wildcats, (6-2, 4-1), will play Morehouse on Saturday, before preparing to face their rival Albany State on November 3 in Columbus for the Fountain City Classic. Fort Valley’s two losses
this season came at the hands of teams with a combined record of 11-3.
Albany State, (5-3, 4-1), got off to its worst start since 2002, but has since turned things around. After starting the season 1-3, the 2011 East Division Champion kept their playoff and Division Championship hopes alive by winning four consecutive games. Albany State will play Benedict on Saturday, before gearing up to play Fort Valley on November, 3rd.
Regional football rankings will be released each week until the end of the regular season on
November 10th. The top six teams from each super region will make up the NCAA Division II Football Playoff Field.
SUPER REGION TWO School Overall Record
1 Miles 7-1
2 Mars Hill 5-3
3 West Alabama 6-2
4 Valdosta State 6-2
5 Carson-Newman 5-2
6 Fort Valley State 6-2
7 Lenoir-Rhyne 5-2
8 Wingate 5-3
9 Newberry 5-3
10 Albany State (Ga.) 5-3
By: FVSU Office of Sports Information In a game that was an absolute must win for the Wildcats, Fort Valley State University (FVSU) traveled to Tuscaloosa, AL on Saturday, October 20th for a conference match up with the Tigers of Stillman College (SC). While the teams play in different divisions of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), a win for the Wildcats would keep them out front in the East division of the conference with an overall 6-2 record. A loss would mean a tie in the East with the Golden Rams of Albany State University who won an East Division game against Clark Atlanta University earlier in the day.
While both teams struggled in the first half, only the Wildcats managed a score
before halftime. Freshman running back Germaine Tait capped an 11-play, 63 yard drive with a one yard run for the touchdown. Justin Rosenbaum’s point after gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead at the 10 minute mark in the first quarter. The score remained that way for the rest of the first half.
In the second half, the scoring picked up. After a Tiger seven-play, 60 yard drive stalled early in the third quarter, Alejandro Huerta connected on a 37 yard field goal to give SC its first points of the game and the Wildcat lead was cut to 7-3.
Later in the third, the Tigers claimed their first lead of the contest when they mounted an eight-play, 85 yard drive culminated by a one yard touchdown run by Dondre Purnell. After Huerta’s extra point, the Tigers took a 10-7 lead.
Before the third quarter ended, however, the Wildcats climbed back on top. Junior defensive back Thomas Wolfe recovered a Tiger fumble and returned it 44 yards for the touchdown just seconds before the quarter expired. The Wildcats reclaimed a 14-10 lead after the Rosenbaum extra point.
The Wildcats scored in first minute of the fourth quarter when senior defensive back Dajuan Williams added to his interception total with a 60 yard return for a touchdown. Williams ran his interception total to four for the season with two of those returned for touchdowns.
The Tigers responded with a 75-yard run from scrimmage by David Johnson and with Huerta’s extra point conversion, the game drew closer as the Wildcats led 21-17.
That would be as close as the Tigers would get. A one-yard touchdown run by FVSU Quarterback Antonio Henton followed by a 44-yard touchdown strike from Henton to wide receiver Christopher Slaughter sealed the win for the Wildcats, 35-17.
For the game, Henton completed 17 of 30 passes for 164 yards with the one touchdown toss to Slaughter. Slaughter finished with five receptions for 98 yards and running back Travis Richmond ran for 99 yards on 14 carries. Defensively, Deron Furr and Alex Cook led the Wildcats with seven tackles each.
Now 6-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play, the Wildcats will meet the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College next Saturday (October 27th) at 2 p.m. in B.T. Harvey Stadium on the Morehouse campus. While its homecoming for Morehouse, the incentive for the Wildcats is that a win in Atlanta would ensure that they will
be playing for the SIAC East Division Championship when they meet the Golden Rams of Albany State University the following week in the 23rd Annual Fountain City Classic on Saturday, November 3rd.
FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY WILDCATS
STILLMAN COLLEGE TIGERS
Saturday, October 20, 2012 5 P.M. (CST)
(Stillman Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL)
The Wildcats of Fort Valley State University (5-2, 3-1) will have a lot at stake when they meet the Tigers of Stillman College (4-3, 3-1) on Saturday, October 20th in Stillman Stadium. With just three regular season games remaining on its schedule, the Wildcats cannot afford a lost in the tightly contested East Division of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Currently in first place of the East Division, FVSU is just one game ahead in the win column of division rival, the Golden Rams of Albany State University.
In addition to the winner of the division playing for the SIAC Conference Championship on November 10th, a NCAA play-off berth could also hinge on finishing first in divisional play.
Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 5 p.m. (CST) in Stillman Stadium.
ON THE AIR: TBD
LAST TIME OUT: (FVSU)
The Wildcats are fresh off a 38-12 homecoming win over the Hornets of Concordia College. Wide receiver Christopher Slaughter had a career-high game with 10 receptions for 207 yards. The senior and Fort Valley native was voted SIAC Offensive Player of the Week. Fellow Wildcat Marquis Franklin was named SIAC Offensive Lineman of the Week for leading an offensive line that was responsible for 434 yards of total offense.
In a game dominated by defense, Tuskegee University capitalized on Stillman turnovers in a 16-0 win.
WHAT’S AT STAKE:
This game is an SIAC contest featuring inter-divisional opponents (FVSU from the East and Stillman from the West).
A win by the Wildcats would be keep them in first place of the East Division and make the two remaining
games on their schedule (Morehouse College and Albany State University in the 23rdAnnual Fountain City Classic) even more critical.
A Stillman win would keep their slim hopes alive for the crown in the West and set the stage for a monumental battle against the Bears of Miles College on the following Saturday.
THE SERIES HISTORY: This is the 10th meeting between the Wildcats and Tigers.
The Wildcats hosted the Tigers last season on homecoming and FVSU won easily 52-3. The first meeting between FVSU and SC was in 2003 with the Wildcats winning, 46-6. The only Tiger win against the Wildcats was in 2007 with a 34-11 victory.
Series Record: FVSU leads 8-1-0
THE COACHING MATCH-UP:
Fort Valley State University Head Coach Donald Pittman is in his fourth season at FVSU. The Wildcats are 22-17 under Pittman. Delta State University Teddy Keaton is in his first season as the Stillman College Head Coach.
GAME TICKET INFORMATION: General admission is $10.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WILDCATS?: Interviews with the Head Football Coach Donald Pittman and key players can be arranged through the Sports Information Office by calling (478) 825-6437.
For the latest on Fort Valley State University Athletics contact Charles Ward, Sports Information Director at (478)-825-6437 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at http://www.fvsusports.com.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Wildcats travel to Atlanta, Georgia for a conference, divisional match up with the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College. The game will be played on Saturday, October 27th at 2 p.m. in B.T. Harvey Stadium on the Morehouse campus.
The Tigers will host Clark Atlanta University in Tuscaloosa, AL on Saturday, October 27th at 5 p.m.
By: FVSU Office of Sports Information
(Horace Holloman III, Contributor)
The Wildcats of Fort Valley State University (FVSU) salivated on the bitter sweet taste of victory Saturday (Oct. 13th) after they defeated the Hornets of Concordia College Selma (CCS) 38-12 in Wildcat Stadium on Homecoming/Senior Day.
The sweet taste gave the Wildcats their fifth win of the 2012 campaign; however the FVSU seniors tasted the bitter as they played their final home game of the season.
“The seniors that I have are all good people and they are good team [players],” said fourth-year Head Coach Donald Pittman. “We’re trying to redeem our season from last year and take it one game at a time. That
is our goal.”
The ball seemed to bounce the senior’s way all game long. On FVSU’s first possession quarterback Antonio Henton launched a pass that was tipped between two Hornet defenders and finally caught by wide receiver Chris Slaughter on the Hornets one-yard line. Henton capped the five-play, 61-yard drive with a run up the middle to give the Wildcats the lead 7-0. The Hornets later answered with a seven-play, 72-yard
drive with 6:14 left in the first quarter. While the Wildcats converted their extra point attempt, the Hornets missed theirs as FVSU maintained a 7-6 advantage.
Senior place kicker and punter Justin Rosenbaum continued his stellar play after a booming punt pinned the Hornets at their own one yard line. The defense came with pressure up the middle and Wildcat Van Shackleford forced a safety.
Déjà vu ensued on the Wildcats next possession as Rosenbaum launched another punt which landed at the Hornets three yard line. The defense capitalized once again and sacked the quarterback for another safety giving the Wildcats an 11-6 lead.
The offense started to pick up momentum late in the second quarter as Henton connected with wide receiver Eric McCree for a 10-yard touchdown pass to push the lead 18-6. Wide receiver Chris Slaughter caught his first touchdown of the day on a 62-yard pass from Henton with only 48 seconds left to play before halftime.
“We always have an advantage when we have a guy like Chris Slaughter, we feel like if we can just throw the ball to him he can make plays,” said Pittman.
After halftime the Hornets stung the Wildcats on a 42-yard pass to cut the deficit to 25-12 after a failed
two-point conversion. The Wildcats clawed back down the field and Henton connected with Slaughter for another touchdown strike putting FVSU up 32-12. Running back Jonquez Sanders would put the game out of reach for CCS on a two-yard run which capped a seven-play, 63-yard drive for a final score of 38-12.
Seniors Henton and Slaughter had big games for the Wildcats. Henton had 301-yards passing on 20 completions and Slaughter had 207 yards receiving with two touchdowns. Running back Travis Richmond broke out of a slump and logged 81 yards on eight carries.
Defensively, Leron Furr lead the team in tackles with 13, which puts him second overall in tackles in the
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Leon’s brother Deron Furr finished the day with 1.5 sacks and Thomas Wolfe added an interception.
Up next on the Wildcat schedule is a trip to Tuscaloosa to tangle with conference foe, the Tigers of Stillman College. Now 3-1 in conference play, FVSU will meet the Tigers on Saturday (Oct. 20th) at 5 p.m. (CST) on the Stillman College campus.
Slaughter & Franklin rewarded for last week’s effort
By: FVSU Office of Sports Information
After a convincing 38-12 win over the Hornets of Concordia College in its homecoming football game on Saturday (October 13th), two members of the Wildcats of Fort Valley State University (FVSU) have been selected as Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Players of the Week.
Wide receiver Christopher Slaughter has been named SIAC Offensive Player of the Week. The senior, selected to the AFCA Preseason All-American Team, had a career day with 10 receptions for 207 yards
and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-3 deep threat target from Fort Valley, GA scored touchdowns on receptions of 62 and 14 yards. Slaughter leads the SIAC in receiving yards per game with an average of 85.71 yards per game. He’s currently ranked 37th in the nation in the same category.
FVUS’s Marquis Franklin was named SIAC Offensive Lineman of the Week. A native of Tyler, TX, Franklin dominated Concordia’s defensive ends in a game in which the Wildcats amassed 434 yards of total offense. In an effort to protect FVSU quarterback Antonio Henton, Franklin, a 6’8, 360lb mammoth right tackle, played a vital role in the Wildcats offensive line yielding only one quarterback sack on 34 passing attempts.
October 10, 2012 - For the third time this season, the SIAC named Fort Valley State University’s punter and placekicker, Justin Rosenbaum as its Special Teams Player of the Week. He was tagged with honor after his performance in the Oct. 6 game against the Thorobreds of Kentucky State University.
The 6’2”, 185 lb senior was outstanding in the 36-6 win. The Owosso, Mich. native scored nine of the team's 36 points with field goals of 52, 28, and 30 yards. The 52-yard effort was just shy of his conference field goal record of 57 yards set last year against Clark Atlanta. He was also just three yards shy of smashing the school's single game per punt average of 55 yards. On five punts, Rosenbaum averaged 52.6 yards per punt. His longest was 58 yards, and he landed four of the five punts inside the KSU 20-yard line.
Rosenbaum was previously named SIAC Special Teams Player of the Week for the weeks of Sept.15 and Sept. 22. Rosenbaum and the Wildcats are back in action at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. when they host the Hornets of Concordia College on Homecoming day at Wildcat Stadium.
General admission for FVSU Homecoming 2012 is $20. Tickets can be purchased at the FVSU Cashiers Office, or online at www.wildcatticketoffice.com.
By: FVSU Office of Sports Information
For the second consecutive week, Fort Valley State University (FVSU) punter and placekicker Justin Rosenbaum has been named Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Special Teams Player of the Week. After a 33-10 win over Benedict College on Saturday (Sept. 22nd),
Rosenbaum is joined on this week’s conference selection by teammate David Garbo who was named
SIAC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Both were singled out for conference honors for their performances against the Tigers. Rosenbaum, a senior from Owosso, MI, was a perfect two of two in field goal attempts by connecting on a 47-yarder for the game's opening score and finishing the game's scoring on a 38
yard effort late in the fourth quarter. As a punter, on six attempts he averaged 42.7 yards. His longest punt was a 57 yard boot. He landed one punt inside Benedict's 20 yard line and had one touchback.
Garbo, a senior from Quitman, GA, was tapped with the weekly distinction for his effort as the center
for FVSU. He anchored a Wildcat offensive line which accounted for 306 yards of total offense. He rated out at 94% in blocking execution against the Tigers.
September 26, 2012 - The Fort Valley State University Wildcats took another step toward the 2012 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Football Championship by defeating the Benedict College Tigers, 33-10, in the Wildcat Stadium on Sept. 22.
The Wildcats, now 3-1, pummeled the Tigers (0-4). The game marks their second-consecutive victory against a SIAC rival. In the past two contests, FVSU has held its opponents to an average of just 6.5 points per game.
“Anytime you win it feels good,” said FVSU Head Coach Donald Pittman. “Our defense played great and now we are getting ready for a win next week.”
The Wildcats scored on their first possession of game when placekicker Justin Rosenbaum ended a 10-play, 30-yard drive with a 47-yard field goal.
The 3-0 Wildcat lead was extended on the Tigers’ first offensive possession when linebacker Donta Warren forced a fumble, and FVSU took over at Benedict’s 18-yard line. Four plays later, quarterback Antonio Henton connected with wide receiver Eric McCree on a 13-yard touchdown pass. Rosenbaum’s extra-point
attempt was good, and the Wildcats led 10-0.
With 43 seconds left in the first quarter, FVSU’s Chris Slaughter and Henton teamed up on a nine-yard touchdown pass to push the score to 17-0. Former Peach County High School products, Slaughter and Henton, connected once again for another touchdown with 7:59 left to play in the half. The extra point was missed, but FVSU’s defense held strong until halftime to maintain a 23-0 lead.
After an early third quarter FVSU drive stalled, SIAC Special Teams Player of the Week Justin Rosenbaum boomed a 57-yard punt, which was fumbled by Benedict’s Emanuel Houston at the 19-yard line. Calvin Jackson made the recovery for the Wildcats.
Three plays later, freshman running back Germaine Tait scored on a three-yard run. With the converted extra-point attempt by Rosenbaum, the Wildcats pushed their lead to 30-0.
The Tigers tried to claw their way back in the fourth quarter scoring 10 unanswered points on a 23-yard field goal to begin the fourth quarter and a touchdown with 8:56 left to play in the game. Kicker Justin Rosenbaum, however, ended the Tiger’s chances of a comeback by drilling a 38-yard field goal late in the
Rosenbaum’s performance could earn him another SIAC Player of the Week honor; the Owosso, Mich. native recorded five touchbacks and averaged 42.7 yards per punt. Quarterback Antonio Henton finished the day with 183 yards passing and three touchdowns. Running back Germaine Tait carried the ball eight times and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. FVSU’s defense sacked the opposing quarterback four times, and safety Dajuan Williams lead the team in tackles with eight.
The Wildcats will look to extend their conference winning streak to three in a row when they meet the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. in Abbott Stadium on the Tuskegee campus.
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