CLARK ATLANTA 29, MOREHOUSE 2: All-around victory

Panthers take care of business in all phases

For the Journal-Constitution

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Clark Atlanta dominated its next-door neighbor Morehouse 29-2 on Saturday.

Clark ran for 150 yards, passed for 181 and overwhelmed its Atlanta University Center rival before a crowd of 7,567 at Clark’s Panther Stadium. Clark’s defense was just as impressive, limiting Morehouse to 202 yards, just 10 of them on the ground, and causing three turnovers.

“We were hitting on all cylinders, offense, defense and special teams,” Clark coach Ted Bahhur said. “We made a few mistakes, but we were able to overcome them.”

Clark improved to 5-3 and 4-2 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, leaving the Panthers in contention for the postseason. Morehouse lost its third in a row and dropped to 3-4, 3-3.

The victory helped Clark erase the bad feelings left from last year’s 22-13 loss at Morehouse

“It means a lot to us,” said Clark receiver Mortimer Lightburn, who caught five passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

Clark was led by quarterback Cedric Johnson, who threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 50 yards. Winston Thompson rushed 19 times for 80 yards and one touchdown and needs only 81 yards to reach 1,000.

“We came in with a good game plan, executed it and had a good game,” Johnson said.

After blowing its first possession in the red zone when Thompson fumbled, Clark punched it in for a touchdown on its second try. The Panthers drove 70 yards, with Thompson making up for his earlier transgression on a 9-yard scoring run. Holder Mark Wright ran for a two-point conversion, salvaging a bad snap that wrecked the attempt to kick the PAT.

Clark scored again on its next possession, this time driving 80 yards in five plays. Johnson found Lightburn over the middle for a 49-yard touchdown pass. Henry Boyton’s extra point gave Clark a 15-0 lead with 5:07 left.

Clark padded its lead on the second-half kick when David Weeks fielded the kickoff and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown. Boynton’s extra point kick gave Clark a 22-0 lead.

Morehouse drove to the 1 before losing possession on downs but scored a safety on the next play when Ty Weeks pulled Thompson down in the end zone.

Clark put it away early in the fourth quarter after Paul Jackson’s interception at the 34. Seven plays later, Johnson connected with Lightburn for the second time, this one a 12-yard score.

“A slow start and a slow finish,” Morehouse coach Rich Freeman said. “Clark came out and outplayed us and outcoached us and out-programmed us. They were the better team today.”

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