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FVSU clinches SIAC East, championship spot

Fort Valley's Jeremy Glinton (17) stiff-arms Morehouse's Jonathan Cummings (19) during his touchdown run.
Fort Valley's Jeremy Glinton (17) stiff-arms Morehouse's Jonathan Cummings (19) during his touchdown run. photo@macon.com

Fort Valley State University welcomed back alumni for homecoming and they were treated to a 52-7 blowout win over Morehouse. The win, combined with an Albany State loss, clinches the SIAC East and guarantees the Wildcats a berth in the championship game.

The first half was very competitive. Both defenses were up to the task. The Wildcats struck in the first quarter with a 22-yard field goal by senior kicker Juan Serna and added to it when junior Slade Jarman hit sophomore receiver Jeremy Glinton for a 45-yard touchdown.

Morehouse was able to close the gap when Michael Sims hit tight end Lance Madden in the back of the end zone for a touchdown and both teams went into halftime separated by a field goal 10-7.

The second half was simply the Wildcats’ stifling defense and the offense making plays. The result was a 42-0 second half that saw backup quarterback Demontay Jones put the final touchdown on the board with a pass to receiver Lamont Clark.

Turning Point

During the third quarter FVSU put up 14 unanswered points in less than 2 minutes. Jarmon ran the ball in from 3 yards out. On Morehouse’s ensuing drive, the Wildcats forced a fumble and defensive tackle Demetrius Harris picked up the ball and ran it back for a touchdown. That made the game 24-7 and the Maroon Tigers never showed they could muster enough firepower to keep pace.

Three who mattered

Slade Jarmon — He had another consistent, turnover-free game. He threw for 196 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for a fourth. More impressive was that he did it in essentially three quarters as the Wildcats went to the backups in the fourth.

Tajee Steele — The freshman receiver continues to be impressive and prove he can be a reliable pass receiver for the Wildcats. He was the leading receiver for FVSU with five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown.

Jeremy Glinton — As the transfer rounds into shape, his explosiveness becomes more and more evident each game. His four grabs for 80 yards and a score was second only to Steele. His first-quarter touchdown catch and run set the tone for the big plays the offense would compile all day.

Observations

The turnovers are piling up for the Wildcat defense.

The Wildcats forced four turnovers. They recovered two fumbles and intercepted two passes. One of the fumbles and one of the interceptions turned into points for the home team. Overall, they have recovered 13 fumbles and intercepted nine passes. That is double the number of turnovers for the offense.

Worth mentioning

The Wildcats receiving corp is deep.

FVSU has six receivers with double-digit receptions on the season. Eight receivers have recorded a touchdown reception. The leading receivers are three sophomores and a freshman. The future looks bright for this group, especially if Jarman continues to develop as he has through the first eight games of the season.

They said it.

Head Coach Kevin Porter on playing tough competition to start the season:

“It was really important to us to schedule some really good opponents at the beginning of the season just to show our guys what it’s like to play at a high level. I think that we were able to do that. Our guys were battle-tested from the beginning and we just tried to keep them together and make sure they understand what’s important, and for us what’s important is ever day.”

Slade Jarman on having poise in the offense:

“It’s definitely the chemistry with the receivers and offensive line. Everybody’s jelling, we are hitting on all cylinders and it shows week to week. We come out and practice and we work hard each week, it shows on Saturdays.”

Jeremy Glinton on taking advantage of limited touches:

“We practice like this. Whenever we get the ball we try to explode and score. It’s been taught and it’s showing up on the field now.”

What’s next?

Next week the Wildcats travel to Columbus to participate in the Fountain City Classic versus rival Albany State. Kickoff will be announced soon per the sports information department.

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