2010 Savannah State Tigers football
ConferenceMid-Eastern Athletic Conference
2010 record1–10 (0–0 MEAC)
Head coach
  • Julius Dixon (interim) (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorAlan Hall (1st season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorJulius Dixon (3rd season)
Base defenseBase 4–3
Home stadiumTed Wright Stadium
Seasons
← 2009
2011 →
2010 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Old Dominion       8 3  
Georgia State       6 5  
Lamar       5 6  
North Carolina Central       3 8  
Savannah State       1 10  

The 2010 Savannah State Tigers football team represented Savannah State University in American football. The Tigers were members of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision as a first year member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

The Tigers entered the 2010 season seeking its first winning season since joining Division I-AA in 2000. The Tigers ended the season with a 1–10 record. The Tigers last winning season was in 1998 as a member of the NCAA Division II.

Season notes

Preseason notes

Sophomore quarterback A.J. Defillips warms up during the Savannah State vs. Old Dominion game. (Taken on November 6, 2010).
Sophomore quarterback A.J. Defillips warms up during the Savannah State vs. Old Dominion game. (Taken on November 6, 2010).
Name Position School City, State
Sheldon Barnes Running back Bradwell Institute Hinesville, Georgia
Bryce Bell Offensive lineman Martin Luther King High School Lithonia, Georgia
Josh Coleman Wide receiver Brunswick High School Brunswick, Georgia
Dylan Cook Wide receiver Hiram High School Hiram, Georgia
Trent Demeritte Wide receiver/Defensive back Winder-Barrow High School Winder, Georgia
Darvean Herron Linebacker Bradwell Institute Hinesville, Georgia
Dimitri Holmes Wide receiver Clarke Central High School Athens, Georgia
Brian Lackey Wide receiver East Paulding High School Dallas, Georgia
Patrick McCrary Tight end Madison County High School Danielsville, Georgia
Malcolm Poindexter Defensive back /Running back Northgate High School Newnan, Georgia
Anthony Prophet Quarterback Johnson High School Gainesville, Georgia
Broderick Sellers Linebacker South Paulding High School Douglasville, Georgia
Quan Trammell Defensive back/Wide receiver Stephens County High School Toccoa, Georgia

Regular season notes and standings

2010 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 15 Bethune–Cookman +^   7 1     10 2  
No. 16 South Carolina State +^   7 1     9 3  
Florida A&M +   7 1     8 3  
Hampton   5 3     6 5  
Norfolk State   4 4     6 5  
Morgan State   3 5     4 7  
Delaware State   2 6     3 8  
North Carolina A&T   1 7     1 10  
Howard   0 8     1 10  
North Carolina Central *   0 0     3 8  
Savannah State *   0 0     1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • * Not eligible for conference championship
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
Kicker Derek Williams of Savannah State attempts a field goal against the Monarchs of Old Dominion University. (Taken on November 6, 2010).
Kicker Derek Williams of Savannah State attempts a field goal against the Monarchs of Old Dominion University. (Taken on November 6, 2010).

Coaches and support staff

Name [16][17] Type [16][17] College Graduating year
Head Coach
John W. Montgomery, II Asst. Head Coach
Offensive Line Coach
Oklahoma State 1976
Alan Hall Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Julius Dixon Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Backs Coach
Furman 1990
Running Backs Coach
Carl Funderburk Offensive line coach Elon 1989
Barry Casterlin Defensive Line Coach South Carolina 2001
Corey G. McCloud Assistant defensive line coach Nicholls State 1997
Wide Receivers Coach
Eddie Johnson Linebackers Coach / Recruiting Coordinator Georgetown College 1993
Dwayne Curry Assistant linebackers coach Mississippi State 1997
Ken Tessier Head Athletic Trainer Endicott College 2002
Renee Mickey Graduate Assistant / Athletic Trainer UNC-Pembroke 2009

Roster

Freshman quarterback Antonio Bostic during warm up drills. (Taken November 6, 2010)
Freshman quarterback Antonio Bostic during warm up drills. (Taken November 6, 2010)
2010 Savannah State Tigers by position [18]
Quarterbacks
  • 13 Antonio Bostic – Freshman
  • 14 Alfred Defilippis – Junior
  • 16 Avery Cheeks – Freshman
  • 17 Jake Durham – Freshman
  • 19 Anthony Prophet – Freshman
Running Backs
  • 20 Justin Babb – Senior
  • 21 Sheldon Barnes – Freshman
  • 34 Daniel Heslop – Sophomore
  • 36 John Williams – Freshman
  • 40 Thomas Beaurem – Sophomore
  • 47 Brandon Best – Junior
  • 48 Malachi Youngblood – Junior
Wide Receivers
  • 8 Simon Heyward – Freshman
  • 9 JaQuan Trammel – Freshman
  • 24 Antonio Proctor – Freshman
  • 26 Josh Coleman – Freshman
  • 43 Carnell Weston – Freshman
  • 80 Eric Washington Freshman
  • 81 Dylan Cook – Freshman
  • 82 Stefon Taylor – Senior
  • 83 Nathan Robinson – Junior
  • 84 Alakan Thomas – Junior
  • 85 Bryan Lackey – Freshman
  • 88 Trent Demeritte – Freshman
Tight Ends
  • 5 Patrick McCrary – Freshman
  • 42 Lucas "Chris" Grile – Junior
  • 89 Chryston Floyd – Freshman
  • 91 Terrence Williams – Sophomore
 
Kickers / Punters
  • 99 Derek Williams – Sophomore
Offensive Line
  • 52 Terrence Williams – Sophomore
  • 59 Bryce Bell – Freshman
  • 62 Jared Brunson – Junior
  • 68 Thelmore Jackson – Sophomore
  • 70 Demetrius Edwards – Junior
  • 71 Lenworth McKenzie – Sophomore
  • 72 Darryl Harris – Freshman
  • 73 Cedric Brown – Freshman
  • 74 Jonathan Clowers – Freshman
  • 75 Warren Mason – Sophomore
  • 76 Dan Johnson – Senior
  • 77 Joseph Caldwell-Jones – Freshman
  • 78 Terrick Ransom – Sophomore
  • 79 David Larmond – Freshman
Defensive Line
  • 46 Reginald Givens – Junior
  • 50 LaDarien Redfield – Junior
  • 55 Xavier Lewis – Sophomore
  • 57 Denzell Carter – Freshman
  • 67 Stephan Myers – Sophomore
  • 86 James Briscoe – Sophomore
  • 90 Chris McMullen – Sophomore
  • 93 Alex Wierzibicki – Freshman
  • 94 Channing Welch – Senior
  • 95 Eric Baker – Sophomore
  • 96 Timothy Wright – Sophomore
  • 97 Tametric Hunt – Junior
 
Linebackers
  • 12 Leland Russell – Sophomore
  • 31 Rashaud Ferrell – Linebacker
  • 32 Taylor Thompson – Freshman
  • 35 Sadrak JeanBaptiste – Sophomore
  • 41 Broderic Sellers – Freshman
  • 44 Darvean Herron – Freshman
  • 45 J. Vince Cochran – Senior
  • 49 Michael Kuku – Junior
  • 52 Edwin Stevenson – Sophomore
  • 53 Nate Clay – Junior
  • 54 Dustin Russell – Sophomore
Defensive Backs
  • 3 Cedric Chambers – Freshman
  • 7 Darren Hunter – Senior
  • 8 Patrick Thomas – Sophomore
  • 10 Justin Cooper – Sophomore
  • 11 Antonio Martin – Sophomore
  • 15 Deshawn Printup – Freshman
  • 18 Calvert Smith – Sophomore
  • 22 Richie Rucker – Junior
  • 23 Anthony Welch – Freshman
  • 25 Oscar Sims – Freshman
  • 27 Mathew Smith – Junior
  • 28 Jevonte Miller- Freshman
  • 29 Malcome Poindexter – Freshman
  • 30 Chris Asbury – Junior
  • 33 Khevin Sullivan – Sophomore
  • 37 Kyle Ashford – Freshman
  • 38 Lee Green – Sophomore

Media

Radio flagship: WHCJ
Broadcasters: Steve Richards (play-by-play), Curtis Foster (analyst)

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 46:00 p.m.at Georgia Southern*L 3–4820,430
September 114:00 p.m.at Fort Valley State*L 10–414,182
September 184:00 p.m.at Bethune-Cookman*L 7–422,510
September 252:00 p.m.at Albany State*
L 14–289,273
October 27:00 p.m.at No. 25 Liberty*L 14–5219,314
October 91:00 p.m.at Georgia State*L 21–5514,908
October 163:00 p.m.at Florida A&M*L 0–318,834
October 231:00 p.m.at Alabama State*L 0–245,237
November 62:00 p.m.at Old Dominion*L 9–5719,782
November 132:00 p.m.North Carolina Central*W 28–213,518
November 202:00 p.m.Norfolk State*dagger
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Savannah, GA
L 6–424,967

Game summaries

Georgia Southern

1 2 34Total
Savannah State 0 0 303
Georgia Southern 10 17 71448

at Paulson Stadium (Statesboro, Georgia)

  • Game time: 6 p.m.
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 20,430
  • Referee: Steve Marlowe
  • TV: None

The Tigers were held to 172 total yards of offense by the Eagles defenses en route to a 48–3 loss.[19] Justin Babb led the Tigers offense with 70 yards rushing and three catches for 34 yards. Brian Lackey caught three passes for 37 total yards.[19] Quarterback A.J. DeFilippis finished the game with 7 completions on 19 passes for 71 yards, but was rushed for −18 yards on the ground and was sacked three times by the Eagles.[19][20] Redshirt freshman quarterback Antonio Bostick finished 1-of-4 passing for nine yards.[20] The Tigers' defense was led by J. Vince Cochran with 13 tackles and Darren Hunter who added 12 tackles.[19] On special teams, junior kicker Derek Williams hit a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter, but his 43-yard attempt with 3:19 to play in the game struck the right upright.[20] He punted eight times for 267 yards (a 33.4-yard average), with 52 yards as his longest punt in the game.[20] He averaged 64.5-yards with his two kickoffs (129 yards).[20]

The Eagles scored on their first five possessions of the game and ended with 540 yards on offense.[19]

Fort Valley State

Music City Classic

1 2 34Total
Fort Valley State 0 13 141441
Savannah State 10 0 0010

at Henderson Stadium, Macon, Georgia

  • Game time: 4 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 4,182

The Tigers took a 10–0 lead in the first quarter, but Fort Valley State scored 41 unanswered to beat Savannah State 41–10 in the Music City Classic.[21] A crowd of 4,182 at Macon's Henderson Stadium watched as a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown by Cedric Chambers (4:18 into the game) and a 43-yard Derek Williams field goal gave the Tigers an early lead.[21] However, the Tiger's offense continued to struggle only gaining 131 yards (60 yards rushing and 71 yards passing) with 3 interceptions and 2 lost fumbles on the day. The Tigers defense gave up 345 yards (143 yards rushing and 202 yards passing)

Domin Patterson returned two interceptions for touchdowns of 48 and 44 yards for the Wildcats.[21]

Bethune-Cookman

1 2 34Total
Savannah State 7 0 007
Bethune-Cookman 7 14 71442

at Municipal Stadium, Daytona Beach, Florida

  • Game time: 4:05 p.m.
  • Game weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 2,510
  • Referee: Darrell Davis

Bethune-Cookman quarterback Matt Johnson threw two touchdowns and ran for three touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Savannah State 42–7.[22] The win was the 11th straight victory over the Tigers for Bethune Cookman and dropped the Tigers to 0–3 on the season.[22] The Tigers only score came after a 17 play, 75-yard drive in 17 plays when running back Justin Babb scored on a 1-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.[22] Babb finished the game with 125 yards on 16 carries.[22]

The Tigers offense could only generate four first downs and 100 total yards in the second half of the game.[23] SSU quarterback AJ DeFilippis threw for 59 yards, but had two interceptions for SSU. Quarterback Antonio Bostic threw for 16 yards completing 4 of 4 passes and ran for 19 yards.[24]

Albany State

Rumble in the Swamp

1 2 34Total
Savannah State 0 0 7714
Albany State 7 14 7028

at Waycross Memorial Stadium, Waycross, Georgia

  • Game time: 2 p.m.
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 9,273

The Rams of Albany State University defeated the Tigers, 28–14, in the inaugural Rumble in the Swamp Classic at Memorial Stadium in Waycross, Georgia. A crowd of 9,273 fans watched as the 16th ranked Rams. Freshman receiver Simon Heyward caught 10 passes in the game for 104 yards. Chris Asbury and J. Vince Cochran each had 11 tackles to lead the defense.

Liberty

1 2 34Total
Savannah State 7 0 7014
Liberty 21 14 31452

at Williams Stadium, Lynchburg, Virginia

  • Game time: 7 p.m.
  • Game weather: Mostly clear
  • Game attendance: 19,314
  • Referee: Tom McCreesh

The 25th ranked Flames of Liberty University defeated the Tigers 52–14 before a crowd of 19,314 at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Virginia. Antonio Bostic passed for 187 yards and 1 touchdown (a 32-yard pass to Brian Lackey). The Tigers only other score was a 22 yards return of a blocked punt by Rashaud Ferrell. Sheldon Barnes ran for 76 and Lackey caught 5 passes for 104 yards to lead the Tigers offense. Darren Hunter led the SSU defense with 11 tackles in the game.

Georgia State

1 2 34Total
Savannah State 0 7 7721
Georgia State 14 20 71455

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Game time: 1 p.m.
  • Game weather: None (Domed Stadium)
  • Game attendance: 14,908
  • Referee: Bill Broadhurst

A Georgia Dome crowd of 14,908 fans watched as the Georgia State Panthers defeated the Tigers 55–21. SSU's Sheldon Barnes ran for 78 yards and quarterback Antonio Bostic passed for 95 yards. Simon Heyward was the leading receiver for the Tigers with six catches for 31 yards. Vince Coleman led the Tigers defense with eight tackles.

Florida A&M

1 2 34Total
Savannah State 0 0 000
Florida A&M 0 10 14731

at Bragg Memorial Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida

  • Game time: 3 p.m.
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 8,834
  • Referee: Clement Hall

Sheldon Barnes ran for 109 yards, but the Tigers were unable to score in a 31–0 loss to the Rattlers of FAMU. The Tigers defense held FAMU scoreless in the first quarter and the Rattlers held a 10–0 at lead at halftime, but the Tiger defense gave up three touchdowns in the second half. Starting quarterback Antonio Bostick threw for only 36 yards with Brian Lackey and Simon Heyward each catching three passes for 18 yards each. The loss kept the Tigers winless (0–7) and was the first shutout of the season.

Alabama State

1 2 34Total
Savannah State 0 0 000
Alabama State 0 7 71024

at Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama

  • Game time: 1 p.m.
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 5,237
  • Referee: Anthony Johnson

The Tigers suffered their eighth loss of the season and second straight shutout in a 24–0 loss to Alabama State. The Tigers trailed at halftime, 7–0, but gave up a touchdown in the third quarter and 10 points in the fourth quarter including a 59-yard interception touchdown return. Redshirt freshman quarterback Antonio Bostick passed for 92 yards and freshman wide receiver Simon Heyward caught 8 passes for 63 yards. Sheldon Barnes rushed for 80 yards. On defense, CJ Smith made a career-high 11 tackles in the game.

Old Dominion

1 2 34Total
Savannah State 0 9 009
Old Dominion 21 29 7057

at Foreman Field, Norfolk, Virginia

  • Game time: 2 p.m.
  • Game weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 19,782
  • Referee: Flemon Williams
The Tigers on defense against the Monarchs during the first quarter. (November 6, 2010)
The Tigers on defense against the Monarchs during the first quarter. (November 6, 2010)

The Monarchs of Old Dominion University scored early and often en route to a 57–9 win over the Tigers in Norfolk, Virginia. The Monarchs scored 21 points in the first quarter and lead 50–9 at halftime. Quarterback Antonio Bostick scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds left in the first half for the Tigers only touchdown of the game. Bostick threw for 127 total yards in the game, but was sacked four times by the Monarch's defense and threw one interception that was returned for a touchdown. Darren Hunter led the Tiger's defense with nine tackles.

North Carolina Central

1 2 34Total
NC Central 7 7 7021
Savannah State 7 21 0028

at Memorial Stadium, Savannah, Georgia

  • Game time: 2 p.m.
  • Game weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 3,518
  • Referee: Clement Hall

The Tigers ended their losing streak at 11 games by defeating the Eagles of North Carolina Central at Memorial Stadium. A crowd of 3,518 for the team's first victory this season. Running back Sheldon Barnes rushed for a career-high 120 yards. Redshirt freshman quarterback Antonio Bostick passed for 78 yards and one touchdown while sophomore quarterback AJ DeFilippis threw for 43 yards and one touchdown. On defense for the Tigers, Michael Kuku had 10 tackles and recovered a fumble.

Norfolk State

1 2 34Total
Norfolk State 14 7 71442
Savannah State 0 0 336

at Memorial Stadium, Savannah, Georgia

  • Game time: 2 p.m.
  • Game weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 4,967
  • Referee: Preston Harding

The Tigers ended the 2010 season at home with a loss to the Spartans of Norfolk State University. The 4,967 fans at Memorial Stadium saw the Spartans rolled up 579 yards of offense, including 233 yards and three touchdowns by De Angelo Branche, during the game. SSU's only point in the game were scored on two field goals of 47 and 35 yards by kicker Derek Williams. Quarterback Antonio Bostick threw for 54 yards and Antonio Proctor rushed for 68 yards to lead the Tigers offense. Broderick Sellars led the Tigers defense with 16 tackles.


Statistics

Current as of November 27, 2010 (2010-11-27) – All Games [25]

Team

Team Opp
Scoring  112  441
  Points per Game  10.2  40.1
First Downs  141  242
  Rushing  75  135
  Passing  52  96
  Penalty  14  11
Total Offense  2,484  4,991
  Avg per Play  3.8  6.8
  Avg per Game  225.8  453.7
Fumbles-Lost  21–9  17–10
Penalties-Yards  74–563  107.908
  Avg per Game  51.2  82.5
Team Opp
Punts-Yards  78–2,774  35–1,317
  Avg per Punt  35.6  37.6
Time of Possession/Game  29.24  30:36
3rd Down Conversions  45 of 158 (28%)  58 of 129 (45%)
4th Down Conversions  4 of 13 (31%)  8 of 18 (44%)
Touchdowns Scored  14  59
Field Goals-Attempts  5–10  9–16
PAT-Attempts  13–14 (93%)  58–58 (100%)
Attendance  8,485  94,376
  Games / Avg per Game  2 / 4,242  7 / 13,482

Scores by quarter

1 2 3 4 Total
Savannah State 31 37 27 17 112
Opponents 101 152 87 101 441

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