SWAC Recap Week 4
Alcorn State 21, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 16
PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Alcorn State University put together three quick scoring drives to claim a 21-16 Southwestern Athletic Conference victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday night at Golden Lion Stadium.
Tollette George hauled in a touchdown pass from John Gibbs, Jr. on ALCN’s (3-1, 2-0) first drive which lasted 3:12. Joe Price and Arnold Walker rushed for touchdowns from 53 and five yards, respectively, after halftime as the Braves held off UAPB (0-4, 0-2). The other scoring drives lasted 1:44 and 2:56.
Gibbs completed 12-of-21 for 158 yards with a touchdown and Walker tallied 82 yards on 14 carries (5.9 avg) to lead the Braves’ offense.Tavoris Doss added four receptions for 58 yards.
Quinton Cantue and Jestin Williams led the defense with 11 total tackles apiece. Cantue also finished with a sack.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff closed to within five points on a 14-yard touchdown strike from Benjamin Anderson to Isaiah Ferguson with 9:07 remaining. The Golden Lions got the ball back and a chance to take the lead with about seven minutes left, but turned the ball over on downs after driving to ALCN’s 15.
Penalties hurt Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which was called 13 times for 98 yards.
Anderson finished throwing 18-of-30 for 233 yards. Jeremiah Young had a career night with 139 yards from 21 carries. He ran 46 yards for a touchdown to pull UAPB in, 14-9, in the third quarter. UAPB also mustered a 33-yard field goal from Tyler Strickland for its first points of the night.
The Golden Lions came up empty on three of their last four possessions despite collecting 452 total yards to Alcorn State’s 385.
Antonio Jenkins and Jer-ryan Harris each had 11 tackles to lead UAPB’s defense. Xavier Lofton added 10 tackles including a half-sack, and Joel Green finished with 1.5 sacks for the Golden Lions. Dezmond Beverly collected seven receptions for 77 yards to lead all receivers.
Southern 17, Mississippi Valley State 7
ITTA BENA, Miss. – Southern University added scores in the fourth quarter to pick up a 17-7 Southwestern Athletic Conference win over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday at Rice-Totten Stadium.
SU (2-2, 2-0) finished with 288 total yards padding its 3-0 halftime lead with 14 points in the fourth quarter. MVSU registered 246 total yards scoring a touchdown with 30 seconds left in the game.
A 22-yard field goal by Greg Pittman in the first half was the only score until the final frame.
Dray Joseph passed for 288 yards and a touchdown completing 19-of-29 passes. Lee Doss had a game high 10 catches for 164 yards and a touchdown.
Joseph’s 60-yard touchdown strike to Doss with 8:04 left to play gave the Jaguars a comfortable 17-0 lead.
Lenard Tillery added a five-yard touchdown run that gave the Jaguars a 10-0 lead with 12:51 to play.
Dionte McDuffy led the Jaguars’ defense with seven tackles and Omar Cook recorded an interception.
Patrick Ivy found the end zone on a four-yard run with less than a minute remaining for MVSU (0-4, 0-2).
Ivy completed 21-of-38 for 188 yards and an interception. Julian Stafford and Patrick Durr finished with seven receptions apiece. Stafford had 72 yards averaging 10.3 yards per catch.
Durr also led the Delta Devils with 32 yards on the ground on eight carries. Brandon Powe finished with 13 tackles including six tackles for a loss.
The Delta Devils made two trips inside the end zone in the first half but botched two field goal attempts including a wide left by kicker Cherechen Galon’s 26-yard field goal attempt.
Prairie View 28, Alabama A&M 26
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – Prairie View A&M University used a 67-yard fourth quarter touchdown drive to secure a 28-26 win over Alabama A&M on Saturday at Blackshear Stadium.
The score is the closest margin of victory in a Southwestern Athletic Conference game on the season.
PVAMU (2-2, 2-1) trailed 12-0 at the half before railing off 21 unanswered-third quarter points to hold the lead for the game.
Courtney Brown rushed for 116 yards on 23 carries and caught a team-high four passes for 52 yards as the Panthers accrued 358 total yards. Jerry Lovelocke, completed 21-of-36 passes, throwing for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He connected with Brown to cap the scoring in the third with a 25-yard touchdown pass. In the final frame, Lovelocke found Gabe Dunlap to score on a five-yard pass to complete the Panthers scoring on the night.
De’Auntre Smiley rushed for a pair of touchdowns to open PVAMU’s scoring. He put the Panthers on the score board with a one-yard run followed by a 37 yarder to take a 14-12 lead. Smiley rushed for 32 yards on five carries.
Liki Porotesano led PVAMU’s defensive unit with nine tackles. Desmond Gardiner and David Metcalf posted the fourth quarter interceptions with Michael Daniels adding a sack for the game.
AAMU (1-3, 1-1) scored a pair of touchdowns but failed to convert either PAT. That failure proved to be the difference in the game. The Bulldogs staged a fourth-quarter comeback with two touchdowns, but could not recover after throwing back-to-back interceptions in their final drives.
Lee Jaymason had 224 yards passing from 15-of-28 with two interceptions. He found Jonathan Dorsey and DeMario Ross for both touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Brandon Eldemire and Barrington Scott combined for 279 of the Bulldogs’ 501 total yards. Eldemire finished with 154 yards on nine carries for a 17.1 average. Scott tacked on 125 yards on the ground from 23 attempts. Both scored the rushing touchdowns in the first half.
Montaurius Smith recorded a game high seven receptions for 100 yards. Chris Ervin led the team with eight tackles and David Dagrin added a sack.
Alabama State 52, Grambling State 21
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama State University survived a scare and rolled to a 52-21 win in Southwestern Athletic Conference play over Grambling State on Saturday at the New ASU Stadium.
Malcolm Cyrus and Isaiah Crowell each ran for two touchdowns as ASU (2-2, 2-1) gained 667 total yards.
Cyrus began the string of 28 straight first-half points with a five-yard score. Daniel DUhart connected with Everett Miles on a 28-yard touchdown pass followed by a short run for score by Crowell. Daer Washington then returned a 19-yard interception to give the Hornets a 28-7 halftime lead.
Crowell recorded his fourth consecutive game with 100-plus rushing yards with 129 on 14 attempts (9.2 avg). Cyrus added 84 yards on 19 carries.
Duhart completed 17-of-26 for 260 yards and a score with Earl Lucas leading ASU with six receptions for 48 yards.
Najee Brown and Washington finished with eight tackles with Leland Baker registering two sacks of the Hornets five sacks for the game.
GSU (0-4, 0-2) chipped at the lead to close the gap, 28-21, in the third with two touchdown passes from D.J. Williams to Anthony McGhee. However, ASU manufactured 28 unanswered points to seal the win.
Williams completed 15-of-37 for 186 yards and three touchdowns while throwing one interception. Chester Rogers had six receptions for 131 yards and a 66-yard touchdown from Williams to put the Tigers on the board first.
GSU’s defense recorded 15 tackles for a loss with Nicholas Peoples gather 14 tackles (10 solo). Phillip McClain added 11 tackles followed by Aaron Breed’s 10. Donovan McCray tallied two tackles for a loss, two tackles for a loss and a sack.