Golden Bears fall in overtime

Jalen Parker vs. Alabama State 2021

LaBaron Marks

13

Miles M C 0-1 , 0-0

14

Alabama St. ASU 1-0 , 0-0

Score By Quarters
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT F
M C Miles 0 0 0 7 6 13
ASU Alabama St. 7 0 0 0 7 14

Game Recap: Football |

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — For most of Saturday’s Labor Day Classic, Miles’ offense had very little success moving the football. But the defense kept Alabama State at bay long enough to allow the Golden Bears to get back into the contest.

Despite entering the fourth quarter with less than 100 yards, the offense exploded late to force overtime and briefly gave Miles the lead. Unfortunately, the Hornets scored last and pulled out a 14-13 win in the season opener for both teams.

The Golden Bears (0-1) allowed a touchdown on the opening drive, then proceeded to keep Bama State (1-0) out of the end zone for the remainder of regulation. Miles’ defense forced two turnovers and added two sacks but still trailed 7-0 late in the fourth quarter. But stuck on its own 6-yard line, the offense suddenly came to life.

Running back Donte Edwards (19 carries, 107 yards) broke free for a 45-yard run, the longest play of the game, to get Miles out of trouble. Then, facing a 4th down-and-6, junior quarterback Jalen Parker scrambled for a 25-yard run to get the Golden Bears in the red zone for the first time. Three plays later, Parker floated a 16-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Lodge. The pass was in a place where only Lodge could catch it, and it was so close that the officials went to instant replay to confirm that he was barely able to drag his left toe in the end zone for the score. The extra point by Jackson Spradlin tied the game at 7 with 3:44 left in the quarter.

Both teams traded punts on their next drives but it left one second on the clock for ASU to attempt a game-winning field goal. But when the 54-yard attempt went wide left, the game went to overtime.

Miles went on offense first and used three plays to get into the end zone, punctuated by a 5-yard run by Parker to give the Golden Bears their first lead. But the extra point was missed and that would come back to haunt them. ASU would get a 1-yard plunge by Jacory Merritt on its possession and the extra point conversion would end Miles’ upset bid.

Andrew Gaylor had a game-high 11 tackles for Miles, which also got great defensive efforts from several players, including Mitchell Smiley (eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss) and Cameron Snead (three tackles, one for loss, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries).

The Golden Bears are back in action next week when they travel to face Southern in the Pete Richardson Classic. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Golden Bears fall in overtime

Jalen Parker vs. Alabama State 2021

LaBaron Marks

13

Miles M C 0-1 , 0-0

14

Alabama St. ASU 1-0 , 0-0

Score By Quarters
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT F
M C Miles 0 0 0 7 6 13
ASU Alabama St. 7 0 0 0 7 14

Game Recap: Football |

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — For most of Saturday’s Labor Day Classic, Miles’ offense had very little success moving the football. But the defense kept Alabama State at bay long enough to allow the Golden Bears to get back into the contest.

Despite entering the fourth quarter with less than 100 yards, the offense exploded late to force overtime and briefly gave Miles the lead. Unfortunately, the Hornets scored last and pulled out a 14-13 win in the season opener for both teams.

The Golden Bears (0-1) allowed a touchdown on the opening drive, then proceeded to keep Bama State (1-0) out of the end zone for the remainder of regulation. Miles’ defense forced two turnovers and added two sacks but still trailed 7-0 late in the fourth quarter. But stuck on its own 6-yard line, the offense suddenly came to life.

Running back Donte Edwards (19 carries, 107 yards) broke free for a 45-yard run, the longest play of the game, to get Miles out of trouble. Then, facing a 4th down-and-6, junior quarterback Jalen Parker scrambled for a 25-yard run to get the Golden Bears in the red zone for the first time. Three plays later, Parker floated a 16-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Lodge. The pass was in a place where only Lodge could catch it, and it was so close that the officials went to instant replay to confirm that he was barely able to drag his left toe in the end zone for the score. The extra point by Jackson Spradlin tied the game at 7 with 3:44 left in the quarter.

Both teams traded punts on their next drives but it left one second on the clock for ASU to attempt a game-winning field goal. But when the 54-yard attempt went wide left, the game went to overtime.

Miles went on offense first and used three plays to get into the end zone, punctuated by a 5-yard run by Parker to give the Golden Bears their first lead. But the extra point was missed and that would come back to haunt them. ASU would get a 1-yard plunge by Jacory Merritt on its possession and the extra point conversion would end Miles’ upset bid.

Andrew Gaylor had a game-high 11 tackles for Miles, which also got great defensive efforts from several players, including Mitchell Smiley (eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss) and Cameron Snead (three tackles, one for loss, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries).

The Golden Bears are back in action next week when they travel to face Southern in the Pete Richardson Classic. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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