Tuskegee Takes Season Opener

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: August 23, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Senior running back Tony Forney rushed for 107 yards on only 15 carries, and red-shirt freshman quarterback Jeremy Williams was 13-for-21 passing for 183 yards and rushed for a touchdown, as Tuskegee defeated host Benedict College, 27-7, in the 2009 college football season opener Saturday night at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium.

Tuskegee wasted little time getting on the board as they took the opening kickoff and marched 49 yards on 10 plays, taking the 7-0 lead on a seven yard plunge by junior John Pascley.

Benedict answered on the ensuing drive, marching 65 yards on 10 plays, as Bruce Toval found the endzone from the four yard line, tying the score at 7-7.

The Golden Tigers would start to pull away in the second quarter as Williams scampered into the end zone from 17 yards out and Pascley added his second TD of the game, a two yard run giving TU a 20-7 lead going into the locker rooms.

After an hour and a half delay because of lightning, Tuskegee capitalized on a Jeremy Obie interception, which he returned 21 yards to the BC 18 yard line. Five plays later, Nykeem Barton found pay dirt from two yards out, closing out the scoring and giving the Golden Tigers a 27-7 lead.

Forney led Tuskegee with 107 yards on 15 carries, quarterback Pat Riley carried the ball 15 times for 46 yards for the Tigers.

Williams powered the Golden Tiger passing attack with a 13-for-21 effort for 183 yards, while Riley led the Benedict passing contingent, going 7-for-16 with 67 yards and one interception.

Antoine Mitchell caught six passes for 62 yards while teammate Wayne Williams caught four balls for a game-high 81 yards for Tuskegee. Jonathan Cunningham pulled in three passes for 38 yards for BC.

On the defensive side of the ball, Cedric Ivory led the Golden Tigers with six tackles, while Danny Anderson posted five tackles and two sacks. Jacquez Pride also had five tackles. Michael Thompson and James Graham each had nine tackles to lead Benedict. Marquez Gibson and Deandre Jones each chipped in with eight tackles.

Benedict travels to Atlanta, Georgia, next week to take on the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College at 7 p.m., while Tuskegee will enjoy an open week before heading to Birmingham, Alabama, on Sept. 6th, to take on Miles College in the Labor Day Golden Classic.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.