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HBCU Football Spotlight: Tuskegee Looks to Stay Unbeaten in SIAC on Sat.

Cornerback Mikael King has played well in the secondary as Tuskegee remains undefeated in SIAC play. (Tuskegee University)

By Donald Hunt

Special to the Birmingham Times

Tuskegee University’s football team has been picking up a lot of momentum in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and one of the teams to watch in the conference.

The Golden Tigers (5-1 overall, 4-0 league) will look to continue its stellar play against Edward Waters (3-3 overall, 3-2 league) in a home game on Saturday, Oct. 14. The kickoff will be at 2 p.m.

On offense, Tuskegee is led by wide receivers Corey Petty and Antonio Meeks. Petty has 19 catches for 344 yards and one touchdown this season; Meeks has 13 receptions for 306 yards and three TDs.

Defensively, linebacker Vincent Hill has played some outstanding football with 45 total and 1 total tackles. Cornerback Mikael King has produced 29 total and 20 solo tackles.

In other SIAC action, Miles College (4-2 overall, 3-1 league) will visit Morehouse College (0-6 overall, 0-4 league) on Saturday, Oct. 14. The kickoff is set for 12 p.m. Miles College is looking to bounce back after dropping a tough 27-24 loss to Benedict College last week.

The Golden Bears’ wide receiver Jaih Andrews continues to play at a high level with 16 catches for 309 yards including two TDs.

On the defensive side, cornerback Jamarius Brown has been one of the team’s best playmakers. He has played extremely well in the Golden Bears’ secondary with 18 total and 15 solo tackles.

In the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Alabama A&M (3-3 overall, 1-2 league) will face Grambling State (3-3 overall, 2-1 league) on the road Saturday, Oct. 14. The kickoff will be at 3 p.m.

The Bulldogs’ strength on offense has been the ground attack with running backs Donovan Eaglin and Ryan Morrow, which has helped them control the tempo.

Elsewhere in the SWAC, Alabama State (2-3 overall, 1-2 league) will entertain Jackson State (4-2 overall, 2-1 league) on Saturday, Oct. 14 with a 2 p.m. kickoff.

Linebacker Colton Adams has been a major defensive standout for Alabama State with 60 total tackles.

Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Standings

Conference                           Overall

Benedict College                 5-0                                           7-0

Fort Valley State                 5-1                                          5-2

Tuskegee University            4-0                                          5-1

Albany State                      4-0                                          4-2

Allen University                  3-1                                          4-1

Miles College                      3-1                                          4-2

Edward Waters                  3-2                                          3-3

Savannah State                 1-3                                          2-4

Lane College                     1-4                                          1-5

Central State                    0-4                                          1-5

Kentucky Sta                    0-4                                          1-5

Morehouse College             0-4                                          0-6

Clark Atlanta                     0-5                                          0-6

SIAC Football Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 12

Benedict College 48, Fort Valley State 6

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023

Miles College at Morehouse College 3 p.m. Atlanta, Ga.

Clark Atlanta at Shorter University 12 p.m. Rome, Ga.

Savannah State at Central State 1 p.m. Wilberforce, OH

Edward Waters at Tuskegee University 2 p.m. Tuskegee, Ala.

Allen University at Albany State 2 p.m. Albany, Ga.

Kentucky State at Lane College 3 p.m. Jackson, TN


Southwestern Athletic Conference Standings


Conference                           Overall

Florida A&M                              4-0                                         5-1

Jackson State                            2-1                                        4-2

Alabama A&M                           1-2                                         3-3

Alabama State                          1-2                                         2-3

Bethune-Cookman                    0-2                                         1-4

Miss. Valley State                     0-2                                         0-5


Prairie View A&M                      3-1                                          3-3

Grambling State                      2-1                                          3-3

Alcorn State                           2-1                                          3-3

Southern                               2-1                                          2-3

Arkansas-Pine Bluff                0-2                                          1-4

Texas Southern                      0-2                                          1-4

SWAC Schedule Saturday, Oct. 14

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Miss. Valley State 2 p.m. Itta Bena, Miss.

Texas Southern at Bethune-Cookman 2 p.m. Daytona Beach, FL

Alabama State at Jackson State 2 p.m. Jackson, Miss.

Alabama A&M at Grambling State 3 p.m. Grambling, LA

Lincoln University CA at Southern 4 p.m. Baton Rouge, LA.

Prairie View A&M at Houston Christian 6 p.m.  Houston, TX

Game of the Week: Alabama State at Jackson State 2 p.m. Jackson, Miss.