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Second half defensive stand gives Golden Rams 15th SIAC title

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Written by Stan McCormick

ATLANTA - Senior safety Dexter Moody recorded a blocked punt and an interception and garnered Most Valuable Player honors to lead the Albany State Golden Rams to a 17-14 victory over the Miles College Golden Bears in the 2013 SIAC Championship. With the victory, ASU captured the school’s 15th conference title and finished the season with a 6-4 record after a 1-4 start.

Miles, the West Division champion, also finished the year at 6-4.

After both teams were unable to produce points on their first possessions, Albany State scored the game’s first touchdown when quarterback Frank Rivers found Lenard Walker in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown. Zachary Gayden-Holley added the PAT to give the Golden Rams a 7-0 lead with 4:30 left in the period. The scoring drive went for 12 plays and 70 yards.

Miles would get on the scoreboard in the second quarter at the 12:26 mark with a 19-yard touchdown to tie the score at seven apiece. At the 6:10 mark, the Golden Bears scored on a 5-yard run to take a 14-7 lead that they would take into halftime.

In the scoreless third period, Moody blocked a Miles’ punt that would ignite another scoring drive for the Golden Rams. The culmination of that possession came in the fourth quarter when Gayden-Holley’s 28-yard field goal ended an 8-play, 34-yard drive and brought Albany State within four, 14-10.

Moody would make another momentum-changing play on Miles’ next possession. With the Golden Bears threatening to score from the ASU 5-yard line, Moody intercepted a pass to give Albany State the possession. The Golden Rams were unable to score on the drive, but after a fumbled punt by Miles and the recovery by Untayous Benson, ASU had the ball at the Miles 4-yard line.

From that point, running back Adrian Alexander ran into the end zone with 8:30 left to give the Golden Rams the 17-14 lead they would never relinquish. Albany State’s “Dirty Blue” Defense was solid down the stretch and kept the Golden Bears from scoring another point the rest of the quarter.

Rivers was 13-26 for 106 yards and a touchdown. He also carried the ball seven times for 30 yards. Phillip Moore led the rushing category with 57 yards on 15 carries. Tevin Isom was the Golden Rams’ leading receiver with two catches for 47 yards.

In addition to Moody, Jeremy Reynolds led the ASU defense with 11 tackles (eight solo). Tavarius Washington and Marcavius Dudley recorded eight tackles apiece and Grover Stewart added six tackles and a sack.

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