Football Recaps: November 11
Jackson State 10, Alabama A&M 7
Huntsville, Ala. – Jackson State place kicker Christian Jacquemin has not had many opportunities to attempt a game winning field goal this season, but on Saturday against the Alabama A&M Bulldogs his aim was true and lifted the Tigers to a 10-7 win heading into next Saturday’s matchup with SWAC Eastern Division Champions Alcorn State. The Braves beat Mississippi Valley State 59-0 in Lorman on Saturday.
With the win JSU improved to a 2-8 overall record and a 2-4 SWAC record and Alabama A&M fell to 3-7, 3-4.
The game winning kick is redemption for Jacquemin, who missed a 47-yard field goal attempt as time ran out in regulation against the Tennessee State Tigers in the second game of the season. His 26-yard game winner on Saturday capped one of JSU’s best drives of the game, an eight play, 66-yard drive that spanned the final 2:42 of the game.
JSU’s final drive of the game started with a CJ Holmes interception of AAMU signal caller Aqeel Glass with 2:42 left in the game. Terrell Kennedy ran the ball five times and picked up 55 yards to set up the game winning kick.
The Tiger offense only got into the red zone twice this game and capitalized on both trips. With 10:39 left in the fourth quarter Jordan Johnson’s two yard touchdown run capped a nine play, 46 yard drive to tie the game at 7-7. Jordan Williams made a couple of key plays during the drive. He scrambled for 15 yards to the Bulldog 28-yard line and then set up the game tying touchdown with a 15 yard pass to Jevon Floyd to the AAMU 2.
Terrell Kennedy led the team with 62 rushing yards on eight carries and Jordan Johnson, who also played quarterback in the third quarter, finished with 57 rushing yards and a touchdown. Jordan Williams completed 8 of 13 pass attempts for 90 yards and Benjy Parrish caught four passes for 40 yards.
The JSU defense also played its part by playing opportunistic football – getting interceptions to set up both of the offense’s scores. For the day the Tigers recorded three interceptions (Andre Lloyd 1 INT and CJ Holmes 2 INT). Andre Lloyd also finished with a game high 11 tackles and Shawn Bishop had 10.
Alabama A&M scored its only touchdown of the game in the third quarter when Glass connected with Kalias Robertson on a 19-yard pass to take a 7-0 lead with 7:14 remaining in the quarter.
--Jackson State Sports Information
Grambling State 24, Alabama State 7
Montgomery, Ala. – The Grambling State University football team was held to just four first downs in the first half, but the Tigers were able to grind out a 24-7 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) victory over Alabama State on Saturday afternoon at ASU Stadium.
“Alabama State is a good football team and they played extremely well,” Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs said. “We struggled to get the offense going, but that happens when playing one of the best defenses in the conference. Now we get some time to rest some players and focus on the Bayou Classic and a showdown with an excellent Southern team.”
The Grambling State offense couldn’t get much going early in the first half and the defense was able to hold Alabama State to just a pair of field goal attempts. However, the Hornets walked away with no points after a pair of blocks by Marchael Jackson and De’Aumante Johnson.
Despite not getting much going offensively, the Tigers were able to get into the red zone, courtesy of a 23-yard interception return to set up Grambling State at the Hornets 1-yard line. Just one play later, Martez Carter punched in the touchdown from one-yard out to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 3:43 remaining in the opening quarter.
Grambling State (9-1 overall, 6-0 SWAC) forced Alabama State to punt the football with 1:43 remaining in the first half and the Tigers went to work with the two-minute drill. Despite two straight incomplete passes, Devante Kincade connected with Jordan Jones for 35 yards to set up shop at the Hornets’ 19. After picked up a first down with his legs, Kincade hit Calif Samon for a 7-yard touchdown strike to give the Tigers a 14-0 advantage with 35 seconds left in the half.
After an Alabama State punt backed Grambling State to its own 18 and on the very next play, Carter broke free for a 59-yard run to set up shop at the Hornets’ 23. But the Tigers’ drive stalled out, but Grambling State got a 41-yard field goal by Marc Orozco to extend the advantage to 17-0 with 8:40 remaining in the third.
Grambling State put the game away midway through the fourth quarter as the Tigers marched 92 yards in 13 plays as Kincade tossed his second touchdown pass, a 44-yard strike to Devohn Lindsey to extend the advantage to 24-0 with 7:14 left.
The Hornets (3-6, 3-3) quickly answered as Alabama State went 77 yards in five plays as Darryl Pearson, Jr., connected with Ezra Gray for a 10-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 24-7 with 5:09 remaining.
--Grambling State Sports Information
Prairie View A&M 35, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 12
Prairie View, TX – WR Khadarel Hodge had a single-game school-record 232 receiving yards and three touchdowns, and QB Neiko Hollins passed for 410 yards and four touchdowns as the Prairie View A&M University football team rolled to a 35-6 home win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day.
Hodge’s receiving yards total broke one of the oldest PVAMU football records of all time, as the single-game receiving yards mark had stood since 1964. Prairie View A&M Sports Hall of Famer and AFL great Otis Taylor had 198 receiving yards in game more than 50 years ago. Hodge’s receptions and receiving yards totals tied career highs.
“I just want to thank God and my teammates, especially Neiko who gave me the ball when I asked for it,” said Hodge, one of 22 players honored today. “He did a good job of going through his progressions. I woke up this morning feeling like it was going to be a big day. I didn’t’ know I was having that kind of day, and I’m definitely blessed. It’s definitely a way to be remembered here in my last game at Panther Stadium.”
Hodge had touchdown receptions of 70, 17, and a career-long 88 yards, the latter being the play that set the record. In the last six games, Hodge has caught 30 passes for 644 yards and 10 touchdowns, and has at least one touchdown catch in every game during that stretch.
“Khadarel has been playing at elite level for the last month or so,” said PVAMU head coach Willie Simmons. “The ball just seems to find him. The way he practices shows up in games. I’m proud of him, and hopefully the other guys learn from the way he works and how it shows up on gameday.”
The Panthers racked up a season-high 610 yards, including the second straight 100-yard rushing game for Sta’Fon McCray (14-115-1).
“I thought our team performed extremely well in all three phases,” Simmons said. “We had some great individual efforts today. Neiko threw for more than 400 yards today. Khadarel broke the single-game record for receiving yards. Sta’Fon had another 100-yard rushing game, and would have had more without some untimely penalties. The defense kept them out of the end zone until the last drive. I tip my hat to those guys. They gave great effort, and had great attention to detail this week. It was about time to put one of these-type games together.”
--Prairie View A&M Sports Information
Southern 33, Texas Southern 7
Houston, TX – Herb Edwards rushed 18 times for 159 yards with a touchdown including the first score of the game on a 71-yard jaunt to the end zone with 56 seconds left in the first quarter as the visiting Jaguars picked up a conference win at Texas Southern.
Ceasar Barajas extended the lead to 13-0 on a pair of field goals by halftime. Dennis Craig caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Austin Howard and Demerio Houston returned a punt 74 yards for another score as Southern (7-3, 5-1 SWAC) went up 26-0 by the close of the third quarter.
The Tigers (1-8, 1-4 SWAC) got on the board when Elijah Odum ran it in from 11 yards away with 14:20 remaining in the fourth quarter. Christopher Chaney capped the scoring on a two-yard touchdown run later in the fourth.