Marauders sacked by Morehouse in 35-33 loss







September 16, 2017

Nick Novy
Sports Information Director
Central State University


Marauders sacked by Morehouse in 35-33 loss

WILBERFORCE, Ohio – Possessing the lead at halftime for the second consecutive home game, Central State University was unable to close out Saturday’s game in a 35-33 loss to Morehouse College.
In a back-and-forth game which included 8 lead changes, the Marauders were the first team to put points up on the board. Quarterback Trent Mays engineered a 12 play – 72-yard drive and connected with Lavon Meeks for a 16-yard score through the air to put CSU up 6-0 at the 13:45 mark of the second quarter. Morehouse quickly responded with an 11 play – 65-yard touchdown drive ending with a 7-yard rush from Frank Bailey. CSU bounced back on their next drive as Mays found Tyrone Jones for a 42 yard gain to get into the red zone. Mays eventual capped off the drive by crossing the plain from the 1 yard-line as CSU went up 12-7.
Two plays later, Morehouse quarterback Kivon Taylor heaved a 55-yard touchdown pass to Amyr Smith as the Tigers reclaimed the lead, 14-12. Near the end of the half, the CSU defense pinned back the Morehouse offense back to its own 3-yard line. With the Morehouse punter standing deep in his own end zone, CSU’s Isaiah Smith broke through the line and blocked the punt. Curtis Jones scoped up the loose ball in the end zone to give the Marauders a 19-14 lead going into intermission. Henry Alexander III, who made his season debut for CSU, started the scoring in the second half when he intercepted a Kivon Taylor pass and returned it 58 yards for a Marauder touchdown. Alexander III recorded his second interception of the day on the next Morehouse possession, but CSU fumbled the ball right back to the Tigers on the next play. The Tiger turned the turnover into a 76-yard touchdown drive to pull within five points, 26-21.
On the next Marauder possession, a tipped ball was intercepted by Morehouse’s Keith Anderson on the 42-yard line. The Tigers methodically marched down the field with running back Frank Bailey scoring from 2-yards out to put his team up, 28-26.
CSU bounced back on their next drive as Terraris Saffold found the open hole in the defense and went 86 yards for his first rushing touchdown as a Marauder. After a converted extra point from Trevor Teel, CSU led 33-28 at the 5:21 mark of the third quarter.
After a 40-yard kick return from Ricci Nuckles, the Morehouse offense took over on their own 44-yard line. Taylor completed all three pass attempts for 53 yards and finished off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Tigers back up, 35-33.
Entering the fourth quarter, CSU drove the ball down to the Morehouse 19-yard line before attempting a 36-yard field goal attempt that went wide right. The Tigers marched down the field again and were ready to score again until K’Jamus Sanders intercepted a wayward pass and returned it down to the Morehouse 24-yard line. With the offense struggling to advance the ball, a Trevor Teel field goal would have given CSU the lead but a mismanaged snap resulted in a loss of possession with 4:53 left in the game. In control, Morehouse effectively managed the clock on their way to victory. Taylor finished the afternoon completing 17 of 27 pass attempts for 247 yards. Taylor’s primary target was Amyr Smith, who caught 8 balls for 154 yards and a score. Linebacker Kenneth Hagins led the Tigers’ defense with 7.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss. As a team, the Tigers recorded 5 sacks on the day. With the win, Morehouse improves to 2-1 overall heading into next week’s game against Miles College. For the Marauders, Mays completed 17 of 21 attempts for 232 yards. Lavon Meeks eclipsed 100 yards receiving for the second straight week, hauling in 8 receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown. Alexander III finished with two interceptions and 4.5 tackles. Freshman linebacker Kailen Abrams led CSU with 7 tackles. The loss drops CSU to 0-3 on the season. Central State will spend this week preparing for Saturday’s Circle City Classic against rival Kentucky State.

Sato Earns $2.45 Million for Winning 101st Indianapolis 500


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Sato Earns $2.45 Million for Winning 101st Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 29, 2017 – Takuma Sato earned $2,458,129 from an overall purse of $13,178,359 for his victory Sunday in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Sato, from Tokyo, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500, fending off three-time winner Helio Castroneves by .2011 of a second to the checkered flag in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda. This was the sixth-closest finish in Indy 500 history.

Sato took the lead from Castroneves for good on Lap 195 of the 200-lap race. He led twice for 17 laps.

Castroneves, who dodged multiple on-track incidents and led nine laps even after receiving a drive-through penalty, earned $770,629 for finishing second in the No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Chevrolet. He became one of seven drivers with three Indianapolis 500 runner-up finishes.

Toward the end of the race, Castroneves had to worry about third-place finisher, rookie driver Ed Jones, in his rear-view mirror. Jones never led in the race but ended up as the top rookie finisher in the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda, earning $535,629.

Max Chilton, who led a race-high 50 laps, finished in fourth place in the No. 8 Gallagher Honda. He earned $484,129.

Rounding out the top five was 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda. Kanaan, who led 22 laps, earned $438,129.

Pole sitter Scott Dixon earned $446,629 despite placing 32nd in the No. 9 Camping World Honda. Dixon was unhurt after a frightening crash with Jay Howard on Lap 53 in which Dixon’s car went airborne and hit the inside SAFER Barrier between Turns 1 and 2.

Fernando Alonso earned $305,805, including $50,000 for being named Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Two-time Formula One World Champion Alonso was the top-qualifying rookie, in fifth, and led 27 laps – more than any other rookie – before ending up 24th after a mechanical problem on Lap 180 halted his race while running seventh in the No. 29 McLaren-Honda-Andretti Honda.

The Indianapolis 500 purse consists of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar Series awards, plus other designated and special awards. Purse awards were announced and presented at the Victory Celebration presented by Ice Miller and Allied Solutions on Monday, May 29 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.

Visit to renew tickets for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27, 2018 and to buy tickets for the remaining races in 2017 at the Racing Capital of the World – the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250, and the Red Bull Air Race.

2017 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship – Elite Eight, Xavier vs. Gonzaga

Photo by Tom Greene/TM


San Jose CA, SAP Center

by Horace Dozier Sr.



The start of the first game of the elite eight has begun and question of who will advance to the final four will be answered soon. The first half saw Gonzaga take a ten-point lead behind a barrage of three balls and Xavier turnovers but this team is in it to win and Xavier fights back within four but the punishing threes continue from Gonzaga. Score at the half 49-39 Gonzaga