Breds' SIAC title put on hold after loss to FVSU

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

The celebration has been put on hold.

Kentucky State's football team, which had a chance to wrap up the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship Saturday, will have to wait a week.

The Thorobreds lost to Fort Valley State 13-10 Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium, but they can still claim the SIAC crown with a win at Tuskegee this coming Saturday.

"I'm not down on the kids at all," KSU coach Donald Smith said after Saturday's loss. "They played their butts off. It was two broken plays (they scored on), and we get down inside the 20 and have the premier kicker in the conference, and he misses from 29 and 21.

"Those things happen," he added. "Now we have to see how we bounce back. I told the kids don't get down. We can still win it. What I like is we hold our own destiny."

The first half ended in a scoreless tie, but it was the Wildcats who dominated the statistics. They had 11 first downs to KSU's three, gained 176 yards while the Thorobreds had 43 yards, and in time of possession FVSU had the ball 21:35 while K-State had it 8:25.

At halftime Fort Valley coach John D. Morgan told his team two areas were going to prove decisive.

"I just said the game would come down to being a game of field position and a game of turnovers," he said. "The last couple of games we played teams that throw the ball. We were fortunate to play Stillman and Tuskegee, and that got us ready for Kentucky State. We're playing much better against the pass."

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