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James Ritter smoking the Yards

James Ritter smoking the Yards

WV Tech senior James Ritter has been racking up the yards. Currently leads the SAC in rushing yards and is third overall in DII.

Will the senior TB earn the SAC Player of the Year Award? Stay Tuned.

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Tusculum Blown Out in Final Four

Tusculum Blown Out in Final Four

Freshman QB Robert Abbott throws 4 picks as Tusculum tried to take advantage of West Georgia’s 4-4 defense.

Michael Schmidt was the lone highlight running back a kick 99 yards for a score in his final game as a Pioneer. The SAC put 4 teams into the playoffs and all the teams got a healthy boost in recruiting from the DII Playoff Payoff.

Recruiting is right around the corner.

SAC TITLE GAME

Tusculum Coach

Tusculum QB Robert Abbott ‘led’ Tusculum back to the title game – albeit while throwing 18 interceptions in his true freshman campaign.

Shepherd returns to the title game albeit on a one game losing streak.

Tusculum won their regular season match-up 19-6 in the first game of SAC Play but Shepherd is favored in this game by +1.5 points.

The SAC has an outside chance at getting 5 teams in to the playoffs – but 4 should definitely get an invite after the Conference Championship.

INSTANT CLASSIC

INSTANT CLASSIC

Tusculum bounces back after a humiliating home loss to stun Mars Hill at home 27 to 26 in a battle between two top ten teams.

Freshman signal caller Robert Abbot bounced back from a horrendous start to throw a pair of touchdowns while senior tailback Michael Schmidt ripped off a 74 yard run while amassing 211 yards on the ground after being shut down in the first half.

“At halftime Coach put us in the trips and with our skill players spreading the field it opened up the run game for all of us,” Schmidt stated after being presented with the game ball. “With our defense shutting down the high powered Mars Hill chuck and duck we getting ready to run the table to the SAC Championship.”

Junior Scott Ramos threw for 321 yards and a pair of scores in the losing effort and still leads DII in passing touchdowns.

The South Atlantic Conference could put 5 teams into the playoffs this year and if Carson-Newman is able to run the table – 6 is not out of reach.

Reigning SAC Champion Tusculum Shocked by Departure

Reigning SAC Champion Tusculm

Tusculum lost to Winston Salem State in the final game of the 97 season. Senior QB Thomas Reid decided to walk away from the program leaving a single redshirt freshman signal caller, “I know I still have a year of eligibility left, but since I`m not getting a lot of playing time I`ve decided to move on. It doesn`t look like it will payoff for me to stick around. See ya later.”

Coach Clememp caught up with the media in Greeneville, “Jason Clark is ready to start. We look forward to getting him some competition for playing time. It’s a great time to be a standout prep QB if you are looking to join the right program.”

Tusculum matriculated Thomas Anderson who led all of DII with 58 passing touchdowns last season before joining the Canadian Football League trying to make the Rough Ryders roster.