|2010 Savannah State Tigers football|
|Conference||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|
|2010 record||1–10 (0–0 MEAC)|
|Offensive coordinator||Alan Hall (1st season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Julius Dixon (3rd season)|
|Base defense||Base 4–3|
|Home stadium||Ted Wright Stadium|
|2010 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings|
|North Carolina Central||–||3||–||8|
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.
|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|
|2010 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings|
|No. 15 Bethune–Cookman +^||7||–||1||10||–||2|
|No. 16 South Carolina State +^||7||–||1||9||–||3|
|Florida A&M +||7||–||1||8||–||3|
|North Carolina A&T||1||–||7||1||–||10|
|North Carolina Central *||0||–||0||3||–||8|
|Savannah State *||0||–||0||1||–||10|
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
|Name ||Type ||College||Graduating year|
|John W. Montgomery, II||Asst. Head Coach
Offensive Line Coach
|Alan Hall||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach|
|Julius Dixon||Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Backs Coach
|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|
|2010 Savannah State Tigers by position |
Radio flagship: WHCJ
Broadcasters: Steve Richards (play-by-play), Curtis Foster (analyst)
|September 4||6:00 p.m.||at Georgia Southern*||L 3–48||20,430|
|September 11||4:00 p.m.||at Fort Valley State*||L 10–41||4,182|
|September 18||4:00 p.m.||at Bethune-Cookman*||L 7–42||2,510|
|September 25||2:00 p.m.||at Albany State*||L 14–28||9,273|
|October 2||7:00 p.m.||at No. 25 Liberty*||L 14–52||19,314|
|October 9||1:00 p.m.||at Georgia State*||L 21–55||14,908|
|October 16||3:00 p.m.||at Florida A&M*||L 0–31||8,834|
|October 23||1:00 p.m.||at Alabama State*||L 0–24||5,237|
|November 6||2:00 p.m.||at Old Dominion*||L 9–57||19,782|
|November 13||2:00 p.m.||North Carolina Central*||W 28–21||3,518|
|November 20||2:00 p.m.||Norfolk State*||L 6–42||4,967|
The Tigers were held to 172 total yards of offense by the Eagles defenses en route to a 48–3 loss. 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. 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. Redshirt freshman quarterback Antonio Bostick finished 1-of-4 passing for nine yards. The Tigers' defense was led by J. Vince Cochran with 13 tackles and Darren Hunter who added 12 tackles. 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. He punted eight times for 267 yards (a 33.4-yard average), with 52 yards as his longest punt in the game. He averaged 64.5-yards with his two kickoffs (129 yards).
The Eagles scored on their first five possessions of the game and ended with 540 yards on offense.
Music City Classic
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. 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. 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.
Bethune-Cookman quarterback Matt Johnson threw two touchdowns and ran for three touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Savannah State 42–7. The win was the 11th straight victory over the Tigers for Bethune Cookman and dropped the Tigers to 0–3 on the season. 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. Babb finished the game with 125 yards on 16 carries.
The Tigers offense could only generate four first downs and 100 total yards in the second half of the game. 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.
Rumble in the Swamp
at Waycross Memorial Stadium, Waycross, Georgia
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Current as of November 27, 2010– All Games