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Game Recap: Football |
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Miles came into Saturday’s contest against Edward Waters looking to keep its momentum as it heads towards a possible third consecutive Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title. But with the game not having much significance in the standings, the Golden Bears had to grind their way through the trap game to pull out a 16-9 win over the Tigers at Glover Community Field & Stadium.
Donte Edwards ran for 113 yards and a touchdown, Claude Newell, III connected with Jaih Andrews for a 26-yard touchdown that turned into the game-winning score, the special teams got big plays from Jay Fitch and Jackson Spradlin, and N’Ktavious Floyd had a monster game to lead the defense as it threw a second-half shutout to help the Golden Bears (5-4) comeback after trailing at halftime.
The Tigers (3-6) grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first quarter but Miles finally got going thanks to the leg of Fitch. The junior punter drilled a 56-yard punt towards the coffin corner and had it go out of bounds at the Edward Waters 1-yard line. Backed in its own end zone, EWC took a deep shot down field but Rodney Coleman, Jr., who has locked down opposing receivers all season, grabbed his first interception of the year to put the Golden Bears back on offense.
Using a methodical approach, Miles used eight plays – the last seven on the ground – to churn through 40 yards on the ensuing drive. Kingston Davis had a big 16-yard run but it was Edwards who gobbled up the final three yards to get the Golden Bears into the end zone and grab a 7-3 lead with 11:04 left in the second quarter. Miles would get an on-side kick and recovery by Spradlin to retain possession. But the drive stalled and after Spradlin had a 45-yard field goal wiped out by penalty, his 50-yard effort went wide left, which kickstarted the EWU offense.
Using a big third-down conversion and penalty to get into the red zone, Tigers quarterback broke free from a sure sack to find a wide open Elisha Ammi for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 4:24 left before halftime. Roosevelt Thompson would block the extra point, but Edward Waters would go into the break with a 9-7 lead.
Getting the ball to start the second half, Miles went conservative again and the Tigers had no answers. Of the Golden Bears first 10 plays of the second half, nine of them were runs and the longest play from scrimmage covered 11 yards on a run by Edwards. After misfiring on the next two pass plays, Newell finally made a connection with Andrews, who laid out in the end zone to haul in his touchdown catch to end a 13-play, 79-yard drive. The extra point was missed but Miles had grabbed a 13-9 advantage with 8:31 left in the third quarter.
Edward Waters marched right back down the field and was on the cusp of another score. But on second-and-goal from the Miles 5, reserve linebacker Jalen McWhite blitzed from the blind side and blasted Johnson, who promptly coughed up the football. Kadarius Roberts corralled the loose football and the Golden Bears snuffed out the threat.
As the game moved into the fourth quarter, both teams had trouble with ball control. EWC had a big loss on a high snap on a punt. Miles nearly turned it into more points but fumbled the football inside the red zone for the fourth time in two weeks. But after forcing another punt and getting a nice punt return from MyDarius Trujillo, the Golden Bears put three more points on the board as Spradlin connected on a 48-yard field goal with 7:18 to go.
The Tigers had a chance to tie the ball game and moved the ball into Miles territory. But back-to-back sacks by Floyd, who had 10 tackles (eight solo), two tackles for loss and a sack, and MarQuel Shelton put Edward Waters in a fourth-and-29 situation, which it would not convert. Miles would run out the clock to win its third straight road contest.
The defense did a great job for Miles, which held Edward Waters to 278 yards total offense, had four sacks and forced two turnovers. The Golden Bears will host Tuskegee on Senior Day, looking to sew up a third straight SIAC Western Division title. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.