Head Coach Jay Hopson and the Braves football team were able to bounce back after a tough loss last week at Grambling.
Despite not scoring in the second half, the Braves were able to hold on for a 40-25 homecoming victory over Texas Southern.
After a huge run on the Braves first touch of the quarter, Anthony Williams III scored from two yards out to give the Braves a 7-0 lead.
Six minutes later quarterback John Gibbs, Jr. connected with Jordan Payne for a 19-yard touchdown to push the Braves lead to 14-0 at the 4:39 mark in the first quarter.
Gibbs scored a rushing touchdown of his own from two yards out just seconds after the beginning of the second quarter.
After Texas Southern scored for the first time to cut the lead to 20-7, Gibbs found Charles Hughes for a 63-yard touchdown to push the Braves lead right back to three touchdowns, 27-7.
About three minutes later after a holding penalty, Gibbs hit LaDarrien Davis for a 12-yard touchdown to increase the Braves lead to 33-7.
Freshman running back Arron Baker scored for the Braves one more time before the half scrambling for a 21-yard touchdown to give the Braves a 40-7 lead.
Texas Southern nailed a field goal with 1:01 left in the second quarter. The Braves took a 40-10 lead into the locker room.
The Braves didn’t score a single point in the second half but Texas Southern managed to score 15 points.
Despite the scoreless half, the Braves held on to the victory.
Gibbs completed 15-of-26 passes for season-high’s of 244 yards and three touchdowns. Haiden McCraney punted the ball four times for an average of 45.5 yards.
Anthony Williams recorded seven tackles, intercepted a pass, and averaged 24.0 yards on punt returns. Jamil Cooks racked up five tackles, three tackles for a loss, and one sack.