swac.gifPrairie View A&M 27, Alabama State 6

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – The Panthers of Prairie View A&M downed the Alabama State Hornets 27-6 on the PVAMU homecoming Saturday at Blackshear Stadium.

The Panthers (5-1, 2-1) opened the scoring as QB Mark Spivey scored on a 26-yard run midway through the first quarter.  Prairie View increased the lead on field goals of 20 and 37, the last coming on the last play of the first half. The second half saw the Panthers push the lead to 20-0 as they capped a three-play drive with Spivey connecting with Gabe Ediae on an 83-yard pass play.

The Hornets (1-4, 1-1) responded to the scoring drive marching the ball down the field covering 79 yards in seven plays in just over three minutes.  The drive was capped by QB Reid Herchenbach finding WR Darius Mathis for a 19-yard scoring play.

The Panthers ended the scoring as Spivey connected with Joe Townsend for a 52-yard scoring play with just over six minutes remaining in regulation.

For the game, the Panthers out gained the Hornets on offense 368-176.  Alabama State was limited to 47 rushing yards on 22 carries while completing 25-of-31 pass attempts for 129 yards.  However, costly turnovers were a key factor in the contest: two lost fumbles and two interceptions ended four of the ten Alabama State possessions.

Individually, for Alabama State, RB Rahmod Traylor finished with nine carries for 34 yards while also catching four passes for 16 yards.  Herchenbach completed 24-of-30 pass attempts for 149 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions while he was sacked three times.  WR Nicholas Andrews tallied six receptions for 47 yards while Mathis finished with six catches for 15 yards.

Defensively, LB Rechard Johnson led the team with 13 tackles (four solo) along with a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.  Milton Hall, Leland Jones and Justin Wright each had seven stops in the game while Adrian Hardy finished with six tackles.  CB Brandon Averett had an interception along with two tackles.

For Prairie View, Spivey had seven carries for 46 yards and a score while completing 17-of-23 passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.  Townsend caught five passes for 119 yards while Ediae had three receptions for 109 yards and a score.

On defense, Val Ford finished with team-high nine tackles (seven solo) while Zach East had seven tackles, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a recovery.  Jason Fobbs and Riante Jones each had an interception in the game.

Grambling State 27, Alabama A&M 9

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (from Associated Press) — Greg Dillon threw for 151 yards and two touchdowns, including 58 yards on the ground to lead Grambling State to a 27-9 win over Alabama A&M on Saturday.

The Tigers (5-2, 2-0 Southwest Athletic Conference) slightly outgained the Bulldogs (2-5, 1-1) 298-200 on offense, but Alabama A&M had three turnovers in the game.

Marcell Owens’ safety put the Bulldogs ahead early in the opening quarter, but Dillon connected with Van Phillips on a 19-yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 7-2 lead at the end of the first.

The teams scored once each in the second as Frank Warren’s 1-yard run gave Grambling State a 14-2 lead midway through the frame, and Gerald Stockdale’s 1-yard run cut the Alabama A&M defecit to five points at the half.

But, after a scoreless third quarter, Dillon put Grambling State ahead 21-9 with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Nick Lewis. Brandon Jones’ fumble recovery in the endzone with 51 seconds to go sealed the win for the Tigers.

Jackson State 21, Univ. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 10

The Jackson State Tigers got two rushing touchdowns from QB Trae Rutland and a strong defensive effort as they downed the Golden Lions of Univ. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 21-10 Saturday at Golden Lion Stadium.

Rutland scored on a five-yard run in the first quarter and again on a two-yard run in the third quarter. He finished the game with 25 yard rushing and 11-of-19 passing for 106 yards.  Luther Edwards had 17 carries for 74 yards in the game while Carlos Simpson caught five passes for 54 yards in the contest.

The other score by Jackson State came when Dominique Johnson snared a UAPB pass attempt and ran 60 yards for the interception return for touchdown.  Marcellus Speaks led the JSU defense with 13 tackles (four solo) along with 3.5 tackles and for loss and a half-sack.  Ryan Rich, Marcus Benard, Marcus Smith and Marcus Jamison each had seven tackles in the contest.  Both Rich and Smith each recorded interceptions in the game.

The Tigers’ defense stood tough against the Golden Lion offensive attack – especially in the running game.  UAPB was held to 31 rushing yards on 25 combined attempts.  UAPB running backs Mickey Dean and Martell Mallett combined for 18 carries and 28 yards.  QB Jonathan Moore completed 17-of-31 pass attempts for 142 yards but was picked off three times and sacked three times.

for Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Tim Turner had 11 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.  John Keith finished with nine tackles.

Alcorn State 35, Mississippi Valley State 21

QB Tim Buckley accounted for over 400 yards of offense and four touchdowns as the Alcorn State Braves defeated the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 35-21 Saturday at Rice-Totten Stadium.

The Braves opened the scoring with a Davaris Pilcher 15-yard run capping a five-play, 68-yard drive.  Alcorn State would score again as QB Tim Buckley scored on a 10-yard run.

After no scoring in the second quarter, Mississippi Valley State got on the board as QB Paul Roberts found Brandon Stargell for a 29-yard scoring play.

The fourth quarter gave the fans the excitement that this rivalry has come to exemplify.  A back-and-forth scoring period saw both teams combine for 35 points in the quarter.  Buckley found TE Channin Pugh for a 32-yard scoring play to open the quarter. MVSU responded with a QB Paul Roberts to Clarence Cotton 15-yard pass play.  The Braves answered when Buckley scored on a one-yard rush before the Delta Devils struck back on a 50-yard pass play from Roberts to Paul Cox Jr.  Ahead by seven late in the contest, the Braves sealed the game when Buckley found Edward Johnson on a four-yard scoring play.

MVSU tallied 327 yards of offense in the contest, passing for 260 while being held to 67 rushing yards on 20 carries.  The Braves piled up 581 offensive yards (197 rushing, 384 passing).

For Alcorn State, Buckley finished the contest 24-of-32 passing for 378 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 16 times for 46 yards and two touchdowns.  Pilcher had eight carries for 78 yards and a score. Johnson caught eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown while Elliott Moore had six receptions for 77 yards. Clint Mosley led the defensive charge with eight tackles while Lee Robinson had six tackles, a sack and a pass breakup.

For Mississippi Valley, Roberts completed 16-of-29 pass attempts for 250 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while rushing 11 times for 70 yards. Stargell caught six passes for 89 yards while Cotton caught five passes for 44 yards.  Rory Malone paced the MVSU defense with 17 tackles (12 solo), two sacks, and three tackles for loss.  Steven Fulbright had eight stops while DeKcoven Burrell had seven tackles.

Southern 45, Texas Southern 14

BATON ROUGE, LA – Southern won its fourth consecutive game and third straight conference game with by defeating Texas Southern.

Southern scored on its second drive of the game, marching 91 yards in just six plays. A 50-yard pass from Bryant Lee to Corderious Gregory was the big play in the 1:33 drive. SU scored two plays later on a Lee four-yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead with 7:33 to play in the first quarter.

The Jaguars added 17 points in the final 6:45 of the second quarter to take a commanding lead. A blocked punt by Southern’s Austin Thomas and recovered by Justin Foster led to three-yard scoring drive and Lee’s second touchdown run of the game to take a 14-0 lead. A short TSU punt led to a five-play, 25-yard drive that ended with Juamorris Stewart’s leaping seven-yard touchdown catch in the left corner of the end zone for a 21-0 lead with 4:20 to play until halftime.

K Josh Duran’s 36-yard field goal with :16 to play until halftime gave SU a 24-0 halftime lead.

Texas Southern scored on its first two drives of the third quarter. QB Bobby Reid led a five-play, 73 yard drive that ended with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Eric Johnson to cut the deficit to 24-7 with 11:46 to play in the third quarter.

TSU scored again on its next drive, keyed by a 39-yard punt return by William Osbourne and a 19-yard completion from Reid to Osbourne on fourth down. The drive ended with a with a five-yard touchdown run by Marcus Wright as the Tigers got within 10 at 24-14 with 8:27 to play in the third quarter.

That’s as close as the Tigers would get as Southern scored late in the third quarter on a 24–yard pass from Lee to Stewart to push its lead to 31-14 with 1:36 to play in the period.

The Jaguars put it away in the fourth on Lee’s third touchdown run of the night from five yards out with 11:00 minutes to play. Southern added a final touchdown on C.J. Byrd’s three-yard touchdown run.

Lee had a five-touchdown night, completing 18 of 34 passes for 305 yards with two touchdowns and rushing 21 times for 116 yards and three touchdowns. Stewart had his second straight two-touchdown reception game with five catches for 128 yards to lead Southern.

TSU’s Reid completed 29 of 50 passes for 311 yards with one touchdown and one interception and rushed 14 times for 37 yards. Lucas Caparelli caught 10 passes for 63 yards and Brian Haith caught seven for 70 yards.



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