Saturday’s October 16th Fort Valley State-Tuskegee matchup is one of the most important games on the (SIAC) Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule this season.
Both teams have high-powered offenses, but also have one lone loss apiece.
For Fort Valley State (FVSU), they have recovered nicely after losing their home opener to a much-improved Morehouse squad in a high scoring affair, 47-35.
Tuskegee’s lone blemish this season was to undefeated Albany State on September 18th. The Golden Rams’ shocking win obliterated Tuskegee’s home winning streak that had lasted since the 2004 season.
Tuskegee was able to recover after that crushing loss the following week against Texas Southern with a 21-14 victory. Then, the following week Miles was an unfortunate victim of a 51-0 beatdown and most recently Tuskegee defeated a tough Morehouse team, 31-15.
Morehouse’s loss was FVSU’s gain as the Wildcats have pulled into a second-place tie with Tuskegee and the Maroon Tigers.
FVSU had no problems in dispatching Clark-Atlanta on Saturday, October 9th. The Tuskegee-FVSU game puts the Wildcats in a position to avenge last year’s close loss to Tuskegee.
Even though FVSU has been more competitive in recent meetings with Tuskegee, the Golden Tigers have a six-game winning streak. So this will be an obstacle that the Wildcats must overcome if Donald Pittman and his very talented FVSU team want to win the SIAC.
One important factor for this weekend ‘s confrontation is that the game is in Fort Valley and not Tuskegee.
There will be a sellout crowd at Wildcat Stadium in Fort Valley and a metaphorical “blue out” on Saturday, October 16th and this is by request of Wildcats’ Head Coach Donald Pittman for all Wildcat fans, alumni, faculty and staff to show support and wear a blue T-Shirt with the word “MUFLY” scribed on the front and back. “MUFLY” stands for “Make Up For Last Year”.
In the 2009 season, Tuskegee quarterback Jeremy Williams completed a 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Antoine Mitchell late in the game to give Tuskegee a hard fought 22-15 win over the Wildcats.
After Tuskegee defeated Morehouse on October 9th, Tuskegee head coach Willie Slater was aware of the eventual matchup against FVSU and provided praise.
“They are better than Morehouse,” Slater said.”We’ve got our work cut out for us.”