AUGUSTA -- The 21st annual Augusta City Classic/Capitol City Classic turned into one special game at Laney Stadium.
Fort Valley State got two early touchdowns from its special teams en route to a 35-30 victory over Benedict College on Saturday.
The Wildcats (2-2, 2-0 SIAC) blocked two punts in the end zone to help lift up a struggling offense. FVSU head coach Donald Pittman said all three phases of the team had to unite in order to win.
Special teams played a major role in this game, we got two touchdowns, and they got one score on a kick return, Pittman said. When your offense cant score consistently, you have to find other ways to win.
FVSUs defense also rose to the challenge led by senior linebacker LeRon Furr. He accounted for 12 tackles (four for a loss) and a forced fumble. The defense also held Benedicts run game to minus-16 yards.
We have a very good defense that has been playing really well these past few weeks, Pittman said. Their performance (Saturday) didnt surprise me at all.
In our last two games, theyve held both opponents to under 50 yards on the ground. If we hope to continue this success, we need to become more disciplined and cut down on all of the penalties.
Benedict (2-2, 0-1) head coach James Woody said his teams lack of focus is what led to the loss.
We just made too many mistakes. We had a lot of missed blocks in our special teams unit, he said. Guys who were supposed to block out, were blocking in and vice versa. Hopefully, after a good week of practice, we will be able to fix that.
Woody said the best example of the teams lack of focus was the opening play of the second half. One receiver missed his assignment, and it led to an interception return for a touchdown by JaBioas Glenn.
The receiver didnt make his block on that play. We were in a quad situation where the receiver who was supposed to block that corner went out for a pass instead of doing his job, Woody said.