Home Sweet Homecoming: Football Hosts Lane In Crucial SIAC Test

TUSKEGEE, Ala. – Amid one of the most unusual homecoming weeks in school history, the Tuskegee University football program will welcome Lane to “The Shed” on Saturday with a chance to keep pace at the top of the division.

What You Need to Know

  • Time and Date: Saturday, October 23 (1 pm)
  • Video: https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=f7d7970e-127b-487f-8391-559b420f7c4b
  • Audio: https://www.mybcsn.net/tuskegee
  • Records: Tuskegee (3-4, 2-1 SIAC) | Lane (4-3, 1-2 SIAC)
  • Location: Tuskegee, Alabama – Cleve L. Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium

Tuskegee Overview

Offense

  • Controlling the clock and big plays are the name of the game for Willie Slater‘s offense, eating up an average of 31 minutes and 36 seconds of possession time each game while connecting for 14.09 yards per completion through the air.
  • Coming off being named SIAC Newcomer of the Week, Louis Williams has taken control of the reins as he went for 143 total yards in the blowout win at Central State, accounting for a season-best 70 yards rushing (7.0 yards per carry) as well as 73 passing yards (12.17 yards per completion) with a scoring strike to Latrevien O’Neal sprinkled in.
  • Ivonte Patterson has come out of nowhere to become the team’s top playmaker in 2021, amassing 612 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the season when he had only had 342 and one, respectively, entering the campaign. Patterson, who is averaging 87 yards per contest, needs just 46 more to break the 1,000 rushing yard milestone for his Tuskegee career.
  • Steven Hodges remains the number one target for the Williams quarterbacks, hauling in 19 receptions for 319 yards and two touchdowns.

Defense

  • Coach Kelvin Powell‘s defense has been bend but not break this season and has thrived. TU ranks top-25 for total defense (298.3), top-40 for QBR allowed (113.55), top-45 for rushing defense (112.1) and scoring defense (20.7) plus top-50 for sacks per contest (2.57) and passing yards allowed per game (186.1).
  • Leading the pressure up front are Freddrick Austin and Darren Peterson who have combined for eight sacks and 11 tackles for loss between the two.
  • The linebacker trio of Woodly Appolon, Wesly Appolon and Carl Matthews has been relentless in pursuit of the ballcarrier in 2021, registering 160 tackles together to make up 30% of the team’s stat production.

Special Teams

  • Whether it’s Devarens Valcin or Jamaal Pritchett back deep on kickoffs/punts, the return game has been excellent as Skegee is averaging 12 yards per punt and just under 19 yards per kickoff return.
  • Arnes Huskic had a career day versus the Marauders, drilling a personal-best three-for-three on field goals plus three PATs despite winds of 15 MPH.
  • Ryan Duff continues to stake his claim as the best punter in the SIAC, if not all of Division II, as he downed four more punts inside the red zone last Saturday to give him 11 on the season with only one touchback.

Miscellaneous

  • Avoiding costly penalties can make-or-break a game and the Golden Tiger have done just that, slotting among the nation’s top-50 for fewest penalties (36), penalties per game (5.14), fewest penalty yards (375) and penalty yards per game (53.57).

Scouting The Opponent: Lane Dragons

The Dragons have hit a rough stretch following four straight wins in the middle of the season, dropping its last two contests to Kentucky State (49-14) and Miles (34-31).

Lane employs a high-flying offense headlined by quarterback Michael Huntley, running back Ike Brown and receiver Anthony Evelyn.

Huntley has tossed 12 touchdowns to just three picks while rushing for two more scores and racking up 1,202 air yards.

Six of those touchdowns have come courtesy of Evelyn, coming into the matchup with 585 yards on 40 catches while averaging slightly less than 85 yards a game.

Lane’s ground game has been the perfect complement to Huntley aerial prowess as Brown has found the end zone eight times despite only accumulating 381 yards on 120 attempts.

LC has a game wrecker in the form of Andrew Farmer on the defensive line whereas the 6-foot-4 senior has 12.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and 44 tackles to go along with three quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and a safety.

Walter Tatum will be lurking in the secondary for the blue and red, snagging two interceptions on the campaign while defending five more passes to lead the Dragons in both categories.

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