Despite the absence of quarterback Eugene Smith, Fort Valley State was able to make a few plays on offense and totally dominated the other two phases of the game-special teams and defense.
The Wildcats’ defensive pressure stymied Miles College’s QB Carlton Hill and the Golden Bears’ offense in a 24-3 win to start the 2010 season.
Nicholas Stephens got his first start as FVSU quarterback, but the big plays mainly came on defense and special teams.
Senior receiver Anthon Harris returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown to open the second quarter which gave the Wildcats an insurmountable 14-0 lead with the way the FVSU defense played throughout the game. Additionally, senior Dionte Dinkins added a blocked punt for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats limited the Golden Bears’ offense to less than ten yards rushing and made their offense one-dimensional as Carlton Hill was running for his life on most plays versus the FVSU defense.
The Miles-FVSU series dates back to 1940 and Saturday’s win was the 35th out of 48 games versus its Fairfield, Alabama opponent.
The Wildcats are now 1 and 0 to start the season, and will face Morehouse College in Fort Valley next Saturday at 6 pm.
IN OTHER GAMES IN THE SIAC: Albany State starting quarterback Stanley Jennings, a junior-college transfer from Southwest Mississippi, threw three touchdown passes as the Rams defeated Kentucky State, 42-12. Jennings completed 13-of-19 passes for 267 yards. Albany State starts their season with a 1-0 record
Clark Atlanta’s defense was able to take advantage of Lane College’s miscues by scoring two defensive touchdowns in less than a minute which opened the door to a 20-6 win. Clark Atlanta’s scored their only offensive touchdown when Ronald Thompson completed a 30-yard TD pass to Saledeem Major. Clark-Atlanta now has a 1-0 record.