October 13, 2007
Atlanta - The Albany State Rams used their powerful running game and a dominating run defense to defeat Clark Atlanta 17-14 Saturday night.
The non-conference win over the Panthers sets up a showdown for first place in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference next week against unbeaten Tuskegee.
The Rams got on the scoreboard on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Kisan Flakes to Demetrice Johnson in the first quarter.
It turned out to be the only points in the first half.
The second half started with the Albany State defense scoring a safety.
But then the Rams kicking game faltered with Clark's Rahim Bradshaw returning a blocked punt 24-yards for a touchdown.
Albany State's defense then recorded its second safety of the quarter and Demetrice Johnson scored on a 11-yard run early in the fourth quarter to give the Rams a ten point lead.
Clark made it interesting with a 31 yard touchdown pass from Corey Jones to Carlos Suggs midawy through the final period.
Clark Atlanta though was unable to score in their final two possessions as the Rams defense held the Panthers to just ten yards rushing in the game.
Clark Atlanta's Winston Thompson was the SIAC's leading rusher coming into Saturday's game.
Thompson had just 27 yards rushing.
Albany State had 252 yards on the ground with quarterback Kisan Flakes rushing for 105 yards and throwing for 103 yards in completing 12 of 19 pass attempts.
Albany State (6-1, 4-0) is back at home next week to play unbeaten Tuskegee.
The game will start at 7:00 p.m. at Albany Municipal Coliseum.