Fort Valley State tops Tuskegee football in Red Tails Classic

Fort Valley State Football won the Red Tails Classic for the second straight season, beating rival Tuskegee, 21-6, on a rainy Sunday night at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

The Wildcats (1-0) held the Golden Tigers (0-1) to 209 yards of offense. FVSU running back Emanuel Wilson outscored Tuskegee by himself, rushing for a career-high 262 yards and two touchdowns to earn MVP honors.

Shawn Gibbs, hired by Fort Valley State in February, won his first game with the program against another first-year coach, Reginald Ruffin, who took over at Tuskegee in December after a decade-long stint at Miles College.

Here are three observations from Sunday night:

Emanuel Wilson’s Big Game

Wilson, who was named to the All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference preseason team, picked up where he left off after averaging 119.3 rushing yards and scoring seven touchdowns in seven games last season.

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