The Battle for Atlanta Lives Up to the Hype as Morehouse Tigers Beat Clark 23-13
On a very nasty, rainy, muggy night in Atlanta, the Morehouse Tigers showed the Clark Panthers who was the biggest, baddest Cat in Atlanta. There will be no trophies, no ceremonies, no keys to the city will be handed out. Just an entire year of bragging rights, King of Atlanta Football. This title is not as prestigious as National Championship or South Eastern Conference Championship, but it is a title that only two schools can honestly say they played for it.
The Tigers (3-2) came in following a very close loss to Miles College. The Tigers were looking to move over .500 again this season. Led by JR QB Monqavious Johnson, the Tigers had an epic second quarter, scoring all of their points. Johnson threw 2 touchdowns and ran for one, the defense scored a safety and the Tigers did not need any more points. The Panthers (0-5) had no comeback, no answer and, even though they played their best game of the season, no chance in coming back. The final score does show how the Panthers defense has improved steadily during the season. They held the Tigers scoreless in all but that one quarter.
Junior QB Matthew Vincent scored all of the Panthers points with his legs. He ran for both touchdowns in the first and the fourth quarter. The rain kept both passers under 200 yards and the slippery ball was not held onto by either receiving corp. Both QBs led their respective teams in rushing as both defensives did not let any of the skill players do anything notable. Sophomore DE Antonio Mallard and SR LB Christopher Hambie led both teams with 9 tackles.
The Tigers clearly won the battle on the field. The rebuilding Panthers do show that soon this will be a harder battle for the Tigers but for now the rebuilding Panthers will have to settle for the moral victory. The Tigers will have a very hard challenge on their hands when they face the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers (4-1). They will have to once again try to show which Cat is bigger and badder. The Tuskegee Golden Tigers will prove to be a mighty foe. The Panthers go on to face the Stillman College Tigers (2-2). Maybe this will be their first win since they haven’t really left home and haven’t been on a real bus ride in 2 weeks.
During halftime Morehouse honored the mother of Brandon Key, a fellow football player that passed earlier this year. His mother was given a framed jersey in his honor.
After some lack luster performances, the Clark band decided to ramp up it’s on field activity. They formed a breast cancer awareness ribbon and blared some good ol’ fashioned jams from the 80’s and 90’s. Morehouse was very rigid and had some tight formations but the music selection left a lot to be desired. This is the battle for Atlanta!!! You have to bring it all the way around! The Morehouse cheerleaders (read: Spellman Ladies) challenged the Clark cheerleaders and the bands played in the stands and I almost forgot the Afro Punk Music festival was cancelled. Almost. Morehouse is going to have to step their band game up if they want to dominate as the Kings of Atlanta. Clark had more swag, more songs and a lot more heart. The game was over after the second quarter as Morehouse had claimed victory but Clark won the stands hands down. We know that Clark is in rebuild mode as a football team. There will be a day when the feisty football team and band claim the title as the Kings and Queens of Atlanta. Watch out Morehouse, Clark is coming.
By Lytrell Howard