Robertson employed at FVSU
Doug Robertson has been hired as the new women’s basketball coach at Fort Valley State. Robertson replaces Andrea Williams, who was hired July 1 as Chicago State’s head coach for women’s basketball. Williams spent three years at FVSU and had a 28-34 overall record and a 17-22 SIAC record. Robertson inherits a team that posted a 9-15 record a year ago, along with a 4-10 conference mark.
Robertson comes to FVSU after serving as an assistant coach on the Shaw University women’s basketball staff last season. Prior to last year, he spent the 2020-21 season as an assistant on the Claflin University men’s basketball team.
A Baltimore native, he spent ten years as the South Carolina State women’s head basketball coach (2008-19), where he had a 112-175 record.
Robertson’s coaching career began at Bowie State, where he was an assistant from 1994-1999. He later served as the head coach at Bowie State from 2005-2008, where his teams scored 53-33. Other coaching positions on his resume include assistant coaches at St. John’s (1999-2000) and Delaware State (2000-05).
SSU Sports Summary
Savannah State volleyball players Destinee Langston and Allena Norton were honored last week by the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for their outstanding play on the volleyball court. Langston was named SIAC Offensive Player of the Week while Norton was named SIAC Newcomer of the Week.
Langston led the SSU offense with 43 total kills with just 10 misses, 39 digs, and 40 points – and recorded a double double in two of the week’s matches, while Norton ended the week with 36 total kills, 10 misses, 44 points in the Offensive and completed 16 digs and six blocks of defense.
The duo helped guide SSU to a new school record of 11 conference wins. The Lady Tigers played at Allen on November 1st and end the regular season at home to Edward Waters on November 2nd.
The SSU men’s golf team completed its fall schedule with a trip to Bluefield, West Virginia to attend the Big Blue Invitational hosted by Bluefield State on October 23-24 at Fincastle Golf Course.
The Tigers won the event with a team score of 595 (299, 296). SSU’s Korbin Allen was the tournament’s lowest medalist with a two-round score of 146 (72, 74).
The SSU cross country teams ended their regular season by hosting Fort Valley State in a doubles meet on October 28. Both SSU teams defeated their competition in the 5K event.
In the women’s, Kayla Chance of SSU was the best with a time of 18:48, while Erik Roberts was the winner in the men’s with a time of 16:20.
Both SSU teams will travel to Macon on November 4th to compete in the SIAC Championships.
Tigers Rally past FVSU
Trailing ten points in the final quarter of the game, Savannah State hit three touchdowns to come away in a 28-24 win over Fort Valley State in the inaugural Macon Central City HBCU Classic. The competition, which drew 5,342 fans, was played at Henderson Stadium on October 29.
Savannah State put together its best offensive foray of the season, gaining 372 yards.
The Tigers were winless in nine previous contests at Henderson Stadium. All of those losses took place in the Music City Classic, with eight of the setbacks coming from Albany State.
The win put SSU up to 4-5 overall and 3-4 in the SIAC.
A 60-yard touchdown run by Jadon Adams gave Savannah State a 7-0 lead with 6:15 in the second quarter. The Wildcats responded with a touchdown in the second quarter to level the game. A touchdown and a field goal in the third quarter gave FVSU a 17-7 lead in the final 15 minutes of the game.
The Tigers took the lead early in the fourth quarter thanks to two players with Georgia roots. Sandersville native Shamarcus Poole scored on a two-yard run with 11:48 left and Fitzgerald’s Marlon Jackson picked up a wildcat fumble and rumbled 34 yards for a hit with 10:09 left.
FVSU retook the lead 24-21 with just over five minutes left, but a one-yard touchdown run by Adams finally put the Tigers 28-24 ahead with 1:03 on the clock.
The Wildcats drove downfield on their next possession, but only got as far as SSU 17.
While both teams had over 300 yards of offense, the game was also riddled with errors. SSU drew 11 penalties for 117 yards while the Wildcats were flagged nine times for 77 yards.
Fort Valley State (7-2, 4-2 SIAC) was led by Kelvin Durham, who passed for 146 yards, and Emmanuel Wilson, the SIAC’s lead rusher, who had 119 yards and two touchdowns.
Adams led the winning effort
rushing for 109, two touchdowns and passing for 71 yards. JT Hartage completed 7 of 8 passes for 92 yards. Poole added 81 yards on the ground and Brent Carr, another SSU player with ties at Georgia center, caught five passes for 67 yards. Freshman linebacker Tavare Brewton had ten tackles on defense, which were career-high.
Savannah State will look to finish the season at .500 as they host Lane on Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. at TA Wright Stadium.