SWAC Recap Week 5
Prairie View shocks Stephen F. Austin with 56-48 win
NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Jerry Lovelocke accounted for seven touchdowns as Prairie View A&M University defeated Stephen F. Austin on the road, 56-48, in non-conferene play at Homer Bryce Stadium on Saturday night.
Lovelocke, who finished with 380 yards passing, put the PVAMU (3-2) on the scoreboard just over two minutes later when he connected with Gabe Dunlap for a 13-yard touchdown. Lovelocke’s seven-yard scoring run with seven seconds left in the first quarter gave Panthers a 21-14 lead it would not relinquish.
Lovelocke threw four touchdown passes and ran for three finshing 32-of-47 with one interception. Dunlap had 10 catches for 100 yards.
“The way we started off, I never would have saw us finishing like that but we showed that we are a resilient ball club,” Prairie View head coach Heishma Northern said. “We didn’t play the smartest football game, but we damn sure played hard.”
PVAM gathered 582 yards on offense with Courtney Brown finishing with 89 yards on eight carries (11.1 avg) and a touchdown.
Four players collected 10 or more tackles to lead the Panthers. Desmond Gardiner and Jerome Howard registered 11 tackles apiece. Joshua Holley and Chuck Obi each posted 10 tackles. Raheem Cardwell recovered and forced a fumble while recording an interception and nine tackles.
SFA (2-3) scored twice, on 1-yard runs by Gus Johnson and Joshawa West, in the first four minutes of the game to take a 14-0 lead, but then Prairie View’s offense came to life.
The Lumberjacks racked up 827 yards of total offense but turned the ball over five times.The two teams combined for 1409 total yards.
Brady Attaway set single-game Southland Conference and school records for passing yards (662) and total offense (655) and threw four touchdown passes in the loss.
Aaron Thomas caught 10 passes for a conference-record 242 yards receiving and two touchdowns and was one of three Lumberjacks receivers to top the 100-yard plateau. D.J. Ward had 170 yards and Tyler Boyd added 100 more.
Attaway’s 26-yard scoring strike to Mike Brooks narrowed the gap to 56-48 with 1:43 remaining and the SFA defense forced a three-and-out. Brooks’ 22-yard punt return gave the Lumberjacks the ball at midfield with 1:12 to play.
Attaway moved the offense down to the Prairie View nine-yard line before turning the ball over on downs as time expired.
Johnson racked up 179 yards rushing on just 18 carries. Jordan Burton collected 20 tackles and Oratv Hypolitefollowed with 15.
Jackson State 19, Southern 14
BATON ROUGE, La. – Jackson State University stopped Southern on downs inside the 10-yard line with a minute left to claim a 19-14 win on Saturday night at A.W. Mumford Stadium.
The win gives JSU (3-2, 3-0) sole possession of the top spot in the SWAC Eastern Division as the only unbeaten team in conference play on the season.
JSU posted 355 yards on offense including 190 yards on the ground.
After Ryan Deising knocked in a 27-yard field goal in the first and 39-yarder in the third, the Tigers took a 19-7 lead in the third frame on a pair of two-yard touchdown runs by Clayton Moore and Rakeem Simms. The Tigers scored on its first three possessions of the quarter.
Moore completed 15-of-24 for 165 yards and Simms finished with 50 yards on 15 carries. Tommy Gooden used 21 carries to rush for 87 yards. Zach Pendleton tied a game high with five receptions to lead the Tigers with 92 yards.
Defensively, the Tigers recorded three sacks with Ryan Griffin and Ariane McCree posting seven tackles apiece. Griffin also finished with an interception.
SU (2-3, 2-1 SWAC) took over on their own 25 midway through the fourth quarter and marched quickly to the Southern 14. But the drive fizzled and Dray Joseph’s fourth-down pass from the seven fell incomplete.
The Jaguars mounted a comeback when Joseph engineered a 70-yard drive capping it with by a 19-yard strike to Lee Doss with a minute left in the third to narrow the gap.
Joseph finished with 246 yards passing as SU posted 348 yards of total offense. Doss and Willie Quinn each gathered five receptions. Doss registered 64 yards and Quinn collected 79.
Lenard Tillery had a 60-yard TD run to put the Jags up 7-3 at halftime. He finished with 71 yards on eight carries with an 8.9 average.
Detrane Lindsey and Anthony Balancier led all-defenders finishing in double figures in tackles for the Jaguars. Lindsey gathered 11 tackles and Balancier chipped in 10.
SU nursed a 7-6 third-quarter lead when the costly fumble ignited JSU’s 16 second-half points. The teams traded possessions until Southern made its final charge in the fourth quarter that fell short.
Alabama State 49, Alcorn State 30
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Isaiah Crowell rushed for more than 100 yards for a fifth consecutive game to lift Alabama State University over Alcorn State, 49-30, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference east division match-up on Saturday at The New ASU Stadium.
Crowell rushed for 133 yards on 19 carries, averaging seven yards per run, while scoring four touchdowns. He had three touchdowns and 99 yards as ASU (3-2, 2-2) opened a 28-7 lead at the half.
Out of the break, Leland Baker had a sack, forced fumble and recovery on the first play of the third quarter with Crowell scoring on a one-yard run plunge on the next play.
Daniel Duhart hit Brandon Barnes for an eight-yard score on the first play of the fourth to make it 42-7. Duhart completed 8-of-18 attempts for 74 yards and a touchdown. Earl Lucas led the Hornets with three receptions.
Malcolm Cyrus added 60 yards and score and Rodney Cross had 81 yards as the Hornets racked up 402 yards of offense, including 297 on the ground.
The Hornets built a comfortable 28-0 lead in the first half on a trio of scoring strikes from Crowell on runs of four, 25 and four yards as well as an 18-yard scamper from Cyrus with 12:08 to play in the second.
The Hornets also forced four turnovers. Kourtney Berry led the defense with 13 tackles, including seven solo, two for loss, a sack, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. Deandre Rashada tallied 10 tackles and Carlton Jones recorded a pair of sacks with eight tackles. Najee Bright added an interception.
ALCN (3-2, 2-1) jumped on the board with 14 seconds left in the first half. John Gibbs threw one of his three touchdown passes connecting with Jarvis Turner on a 56-yard strike.
Gibbs connected with Jordan Payne twice for a pair of scores in the fourth quarter and Tavoris Doss returned a punt 96 yards with 2:59 remaining. Alcorn State tacked on a field goal on the final play.
Gibbs finished with 288 passing yards and one interception to help the Braves gather 402 total yards. George Tollette led all receivers with eight receptions for 81 yards.
Arnold Walker led the ALCN on the ground with 60 yards from 14 carries. William Thomas tacked on 13 tackles including 2.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks.
Alabama A&M 12, Texas Southern 10
NORMAL, Ala. — A late score with under two minutes remaining led Alabama A&M University to a 12-10 win over Texas Southern in Southwestern Athletic Conference play on Saturday at Louis Crews Stadium.
With AAMU (2-3, 2-1) trailing 10-6 in the fourth quarter, Brandon Wells scored on a four-yard rushing touchdown to help the Bulldogs pull off the come from behind victory. AAMU drove 49 yards on eight plays and Wells rushed for the go-ahead score, with 1:48 remaining following a missed extra point.
Brandon Eldemire ran for 83 yards on six carries and Wells combined with Jaymason Lee for 123 yards passing. Montaurius Smith hauled in seven receptions for 53 yards.
On defense, A.J. Clark registered a team high, nine tackles, and Robert Nelson had eight to go with one of the Bulldogs’ two sacks.
AAMU jumped on the board first with a 64-yard touchdown run by Eldemire and led 6-3 at halftime. Homer Causey finished 12-of-25 for 184 yards. Jaquaa Peters contributed five receptions for 121 yards.
TSU (0-4, 0-3) took the lead late in the third as Edward Perkins-Loving scored from six yards out.
Texas Southern drove to the Bulldogs 25, but Eric Medina missed a 42-yard field goal attempt, keeping the Tigers winless. Michael Holmes led all defenders with 10 tackles.
Lamar 27, Grambling State 16
GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State University watched a double-digit lead disappear in a 27-16 loss to Lamar on Saturday in non-conference play at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium.
GSU (0-5) took advantage of a safety, two interceptions and a missed field goal to hold a 16-0 lead in the first quarter.
After the Tigers’ first drive stalled, the ensuing punt pinned Lamar (3-2) at its own one-yard line. The very next play, GSU made the tackle in the end zone for a saftey.
After Phillip McClain’s safety put the Tigers up 2-0, D.J. Williams threw two first quarter touchdowns for GSU, one to Chester Rogers and the other to Brandon Byrdsong.
Williams completed 20-of-42 passes with one interception for 189 yards. Rogers finished with six receptions for 67 yards and Jestin Kelly used 12 carries to rush for 102 yards (8.5 avg).
The Tigers held LU to only 45 yards in the first quarter. For the game, Nicholas Peoples and Steve Orisakwe each recorded 12 tackles. Peoples also had an interception and sack. Dwight Amphy and Naquan Smith each posted an interception.
“We couldn’t make any tackles or put pressure on their quarterback,” said Grambling interim head coach George Ragsdale. “Just looking at it, the No. 1 thing was we just couldn’t get any pressure on the quarterback. He had way to long to find people and throw the ball.”
The Cardinals scored 27 unanswered points and finished the game with 535 total yards.
Caleb Berry had a career-best 399 yards passing from 31-of-49 completed and three interceptions. Jordan Edwards led all receivers with seven receptions for 97 yards. Jesse Dickson led a LU defense that finished with four sacks. He collected two sacks and eight tackles.
The Cardinals got on the score board with a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown by Kevin Johnson. Lamar then tacked on a 33-yard field goal by Stout before halftime, cutting the lead to 16-10.
Early in the third quarter, LU went ahead 17-16 on Reggie Begelton’s 32-yard touchdown reception. Begelton had six catches for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Lamar recovered to pick up its first road win since 2011.