The Albany State Golden Rams extended their winning streak to six games after cruising to a 34-7 Homecoming victory over the Miles College Golden Bears Saturday afternoon. More than 9,300 fans enjoyed the game at the Albany State Coliseum.
Junior quarterback Stanley Jennings passed for 230 yards, completing 10 of 19 passes, and three touchdowns, including a 16-yard pass to senior receiver Ronnie Childs on opening possession of the game. Freshman kicker Brandon Hamilton’s PAT gave the Rams a 7-0 lead. Later in the first, defensive linemen sophomore Troy Morgan and senior Develle Miller forced a turnover on downs after sacking Bears quarterback Carlton Hill. One play later, Jennings hit senior running back LiRonnie Davis with a 68-yard touchdown pass, but Hamilton missed the PAT to give the Rams a 13-0 lead with 2:17 on the clock. Davis also rushed for 28 yards on seven carries.
ASU senior linebacker Jacob Hardwick forced and recovered a fumble by Hill to set up a scoring drive for the Golden Rams. Four plays and 26 yards later, junior running back Robert Welton dashed six yards into the end zone to score. Hamilton’s PAT gave the Rams a 20-0 halftime lead. Welton rushed for 63 yards on 12 carries on the day.
On Rams’ second possession of the third quarter, Jennings connected with junior receiver Octavius Stanton on a 41-yard touchdown pass and Hamilton’s PAT gave the Rams a 27-0 lead. The Rams went three-and-out on its first possession of the fourth quarter, and senior Herndon Burns punted to Miles’ Alex Horton, who fumbled the ball at their 18 yard line. Junior receiver Albert Spurlin recovered the ball and set up another opportunity for the Rams to score. Hamilton missed his attempt at the 29-yard field goal. With 11:05 on the clock, Stanton caught his second touchdown pass, a 27-yarder, but this time from senior quarterback Wayne Campbell. Senior kicker Tory Torstenson’s PAT was good and the Rams took a 34-0 lead.
The Golden Bears finally answered with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Hill to Vondragus Hudson and Patton Chambers’ PAT gave Miles seven points on the scoreboard. Hill finished with 196 passing yards and 17 or 39 completions. Each quarterback was sacked three times.
The Golden Rams racked up 308 offensive yards, including 257 passing yards. The “Dirty Blue” defense was led by senior linebacker Issac Warren with eight tackles, including four solos, and Hardwick with six tackles (four solos), with four for a loss of 23 yards, two forced fumbles, a sack, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry.
With Morehouse College’s 15-31 loss to Tuskegee University, the Golden Rams are now the only undefeated team in the SIAC.
The Golden Rams will travel to Columbia, SC to take on the Tigers of Benedict College. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at the Charlie Johnson Stadium in Columbia.