Fort Valley State Not Overlooking Limestone
The Fort Valley State Wildcats look to stay on a roll Saturday when they host Limestone College in non-conference play.
The Wildcats have won four of their past five games, while Limestone is 2-4 in its first year of play, but Fort Valley State head coach Donald Pittman insists that his team will not be overlooking the Saints.“Every game is a big game at this time of the season, and Limestone will be coming in here trying to win a football game, just like us,” Pittman said.
“I don’t really like playing non-conference games at this time of year, but we both had a schedule opening, and it was a good fit for both of us. Limestone has some very talented athletes, and we will not overlook them. We really cannot afford another loss, no matter if it’s a conference or non-conference game.”
Limestone gives up about 40 points per game but is coming off a 47-30 win over winless Paine College. The Knights are led by running back DeAnthony Neal, who has rushed for 448 yards and five touchdowns. Quarterback Jonathan Clark got the start against Paine and responded with three touchdown passes, one to wideout D’Anta Fleming, who had five catches for 96 yards in the last win.
Fort Valley State seems to be getting healthy on offense at the right time.
“I think all of our running backs are healthy and ready to play, and we haven’t been able to say that going into a game all year,” Pittman said. “I am sure we will have a lot of guys getting carries throughout the game. As far as our quarterback situation, we like Malcolm Eady starting the game, and Otis Brown has done a great job of being able to come off the bench and give us a spark when we need it. We also like Malcolm and Otis in the game at the same time, with Malcolm getting some carries at running back.”
Defensively, the Wildcats are also coming together, giving up only 14 points to Kentucky State in their last game. They are led by linebackers LeRon Furr, who has 59 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, Stefon Harper, who has 52 tackles this season, and Brian Walker, who leads the team with three interceptions. Defensive lineman Bernard Little had his best game of the year against Kentucky State with 10 tackles and three sacks to help limit the Thorobreds to 78 yards rushing.
Several players were quick to point out that the Wildcats are not looking ahead to two huge games against Morehouse and Albany State coming up.“We are preparing for them just like anyone else,” said Walker, who is a transfer from Delta State. “We want to keep the momentum going form the last game and finish strong.”
Starting defensive back Andrew Campbell echoed Walkers sentiments.
“We know that Limestone is a beginning program, but we will not take them lightly,” Campbell said. “They have a pretty nice running back that will make it tough, but we feel like we are ready for anything they try and give us.”
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