Courtesy: Savannah State Athletics
SAVANNAH, Georgia – Savannah State Football announced the 2022 campaign ahead of the program’s 120th year of competition.
This year’s schedule, the first for the new head coach Aaron Kelton, features four away games and five home games – with one home game being played in Macon, Georgia. The season tickets for the 2022 season go on sale at the beginning of June.
Savannah State was scheduled to open the season on September 3 against Livingstone, but the opponent pulled out of the game. The date remains open with the possibility of a game being announced at a later date.
“The unexpected cancellation of the opening game delayed the release of our game schedule,” said athletics director Opio Mashariki called. “We were hoping to fill this open date before the schedule was released. At this point, we want our fans, student athletes, and alumni to be able to make plans for the current schedule while we work diligently to find a game for September 3.”
The Tigers are scheduled to open the season Sept. 10 in Jacksonville, Fla. against Edward Waters in a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) East Division bout.
Savannah State travels to Columbia, SC on September 17 for another SIAC East Division game against Benedict College. On September 24, the Tigers meet Morehouse College in Atlanta.
On October 1st, Savannah State will host its first home game of the season against Kentucky State. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m
Next week, Oct. 8, the Tigers will host Virginia University of Lynchburg in the only non-conference game of the season for homecoming. Kick-off is scheduled for 3 p.m
Savannah State returns to Atlanta for a SIAC game against Clark Atlanta on Oct. 15 before three home games end the season.
The Tigers host Albany State on Oct. 22 at Theodore A. Wright Stadium in a SIAC showdown. On October 29, SSU will play Fort Valley State as the home team at the Macon Central City HBCU Football Classic in Macon, Georgia.
The regular season concludes on November 5 at Theodore A. Wright Stadium against SIAC West Division opponents Lane College.
SSU is entering its third year of competition in SIAC — not including the 2020 season, which was canceled due to the pandemic.
The Tigers were extremely successful after returning to the conference. They posted a 10-1 SIAC record and a 15-5 overall score in the 2019 and 2021 seasons.
Savannah State Football began on Thanksgiving Day 1902 when Georgia Industrial College won its only game of the year.
Over the next 120 years, Savannah State Football won titles at the Division II and III levels. The most successful years of the program were from 1981 to 2000 as a member of Division II of the SIAC. After 17 years as an NCAA Division I program, Savannah State Football returned to NCAA Division II and rejoined the SIAC ahead of the 2019 season.