There’s a silver lining to the situation the Albany State football team has found itself in.
While the Golden Rams are 0-2 with the most recent loss being a 20-0 shutout against Tuskegee, similar starts in the past haven’t necessarily resulted in poor seasons.
During the Dan Land and even back to the Mike White eras, 0-2 starts led to SIAC championship appearances more often than not.
While doable, the road back to the conference title game will not be easy. The Rams host a stiff non-conference opponent Saturday in the West Georgia Wolves. The kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at the ASU Coliseum.
The Wolves, ranked eighth in the AFCA Division II poll, are coming off a 42-14 win over Limestone College to improve to 2-0.
The Rams have a number of areas to address in Saturday’s game if they hope to make a run in the SIAC and get back to the conference championship game.
Here are a few areas to look at:
Offense has been the main issue so far this season, as the Rams are averaging just seven points a game. They amassed 192 yards against a solid Tuskegee defense last week.
In order to have a shot at a conference title game berth, ASU will have to get off to a faster start than in the previous two games. Against Valdosta State, the Rams went three-and-out their pretty much the entire first quarter and didn’t score until the fourth quarter.
ASU’s front line needs to hold its own in order for running backs McKinley Habersham and Kelan Fraise to get going and improve ASU’s 84.5 rushing yards per game average.
The Rams are still trying to find their playmaker under center. Two games in, graduate transfer Stephon Masha is still trying to get back into the swing of things while sophomore Kelias Williams is still trying to get the hang of things at the collegiate level.
Last week, Williams completed 7-of-14 passes for 46 yards but thew two interceptions and did not complete a pass for longer than 12 yards. Masha went 3-of-7 for 45 yards in the contest.
One of the two needs to emerge as the offensive anchor in this contest and get the offense back on track.
Cleaning up penalties
Penalties were a large part of the White Water Classic last week as the two teams amassed 334 yards on 22 penalties. Against Valdosta State, ASU was called for 12 penalties for 123 yards.
The offense is once again an area of concern, as five false starts were called against ASU last week.