ITTA BENA, Miss. – Jordan Johnson rushed for a season high 160 yards on 21 carries en route to helping the Jackson State Tigers secure their first win of the season. He also finished with a career high three rushing touchdowns. Terrell Kennedy rushed for 78 yards on only 12 carries as well.
JSU signal caller Jordan Williams completed 9 of 16 pass attempts for 80 yards and did a good job of managing the game for the Tigers, who were in dire need of a win before taking on Alabama State for the 2017 homecoming football game on Nov. 4 at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Romello Shumake hauled in a team high four passes for 36 yards. JSU was efficient in the red zone going 4 for 5 with three TDs and a Christian Jacquemin field goal (38 yards).
JSU’s defense held the Delta Devils to only 105 yards while the Tigers offense finished the game with 331 total yards. Malik Hamner led the Tigers defense with nine tackles (six assisted), a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Andre Lloyd followed with seven tackles.
HOW IT HAPPENED
A Christian Jacquemin interception on a 4th and 7 at the Valley 26 led to a Delta Devil 42 yard field goal by Nicholas Jacquemin giving MVSU a 3-0 lead.
The Tigers took their first lead of the game when Jordan Johnson capped a six play, 44 yard drive with a three yard run witbh 5:37 left in the half. On the previous play Johnson rattled off a 25-yard run to set up the go-ahead score.
With 54 seconds left in the half, Christian Jacquemin 38 yard field goal gave the Tigers a 10-3 advantage. The drive was highlighted by a 25 yard Terrell Kennedy run to the Valley 8 yard line.
Jordan Johnson posted his second rushing TD of the game on a 12 yard run, which capped off a 7 play, 48 yard drive.
JSU’s only miscue of the quarter was safety – off of a botched punt snap.
Jordan Johnson scored his career high third rushing TD of the game on a 10 yard run, making the final score 24-5 en route to JSU’s first win of the season.
NEXT UP: The Tigers will host Alabama State at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium for the 2017 homecoming football game.
Courtesy: JSU Athletics