Football Recaps: September 9
Grambling State 23, Northwestern State 10
GRAMBLING, La. – Martez Carter rushed for 138 yards and Devante Kincade passed for 231 yards as the Grambling State University football team picked up a 23-10 win in its 2017 home opener against Northwestern State at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.
“Getting out of the gate really helped us tonight,” Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs said. “Overall I thought we improved from last week and we still need to tackle a bit better. It has good to get the win at home and in front of our home fans.”
Grambling State (1-1) wasted little time in its home opener as the Tigers marched 65 yards in just three plays on its opening drive to grab a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers got a huge 60-yard pass play from Devante Kincade on the first play from scrimmage to Martez Carter and Grambling State punched in its first score with 14:01 remaining in the opening quarter. Carter’s two-yard dive gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
The Demons (0-2) were driving for the tying score, but De’Andre Houghes forced a fumble on a sack and the ball was recovered by Johnkil Skipper at the Grambling State 25.
Grambling State set up shop on its own 25 and used a 10-play drive as Marc Orozco booted the first of his three field goals – an 18-yarder – to extend the lead to 10-0 with 5:44 left in the first quarter.
Northwestern State answered the Tigers score with an 11-play drive, capped by a J.D. Allmond 14-yard touchdown pass to Marquisian Chapman as the Demons cut the Grambling State lead to 10-7 with 14:52 left in the first half.
The Tigers quickly responded as Grambling State marched down the field with a nine-play, 75-yard drive as Kincade found a diving Darrell Clark on the left side of the end zone for the 24-yard score with 11:03 remaining in the second quarter.
Grambling State took a 17-10 lead into the half and added to the margin midway through the third quarter as Orozco booted a 35-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 20-7 advantage with 6:50 remaining.
Northwestern State got a 34-yard field goal by Austyin Fendrick, who just missed a 54-yarder in the first half, to cut the deficit to 20-10 with 14:05 left.
However, Orozco’s 26-yard field goal with 1:38 sealed the victory and gave Grambling State its first win of the season.
--Grambling State Sports Information
Tennessee State 17, Jackson State 15
MEMPHIS, TENN. – Jackson State had two opportunities late in the fourth quarter to either tie the game or take the lead, but lost a nail biter on Saturday night in the Southern Heritage Classic against Tennessee State.
Terrell Kennedy’s 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown cut the lead to 17-15 with 4:48 remaining, but a two-point conversion attempt on a pass failed to potentially knot the score.
On Jackson State’s last possession, a potential game-winning field goal attempt missed from 47 yards out.
Kennedy finished with 162 all-purpose yards while quarterback Brent Lyles completed 24of-45 passes for 196 yards and also rushed 13 times for 55 yards to lead JSU (0-2).
Treon Harris had 11 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown to lead Tennessee State (2-0) in front of 47,407 fans at the Liberty Bowl.
Troy 34, Alabama State 7
TROY, Ala. – The Alabama State University football team fell to FBS and Sun Belt Conference member, Troy University, 34-7 in non-conference action Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium in front of 29,278 in attendance.
Alabama State (0-2) battled Troy (1-1) to a first quarter tie as the Trojans jumped on top early on a Jordan Chunn four-yard touchdown run, ending an eight-play drive that covered 76 yards.
Alabama State was able to answer later in the quarter, but on the defensive side of the football, when senior Ronnie Scott recorded his fourth career interception and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown. The extra point by Hunter Hansen was good and the Hornets knotted the score at 7-all through the first 15 minutes. The Trojans were able to push their lead to 13-7 on a Jordan Chunn 15-yard run with 11 minutes remaining in the quarter, before they ended the half with a Jamarius Henderson 12-yard run with 1:37 remaining in the half for a 20-7 halftime lead.
In the second half, Alabama State was able to control the clock and move the football against the Trojans; however, Troy was able to add to their lead as Chunn punched in his third touchdown of the night with 5:51 to play in the third. The final score of the game came on a Henderson 36-yard run with 9:03 to play in the contest for the final margin.
--Alabama State Sports Information
Akron 52, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3
AKRON, Ohio – The Golden Lions (1-1) fell behind 31-3 by halftime and were outgained 464-168 in total yards of offense.
Warren Ball ran 20 times for 146 yards and had three touchdowns while Thomas Woodson completed 15-of-21 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown to lead the Zips (1-1) at InfoCision Stadium.
UAPB quarterback Brandon Duncan completed 12-of-23 passes for 105 yards with no touchdowns, two interceptions and was sacked three times.
The Golden Lions rushing attack was held to just 41 yards on 34 carries (1.2 yards per carry).
Southern Miss 45, Southern 0
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Playing without usual starting quarterback and Preseason All-SWAC Second Team selection Austin Howard, the Jaguars (1-1) were held to just 140 total yards of offense at M.M. Roberts Stadium.
Southern punted 10 times, threw two interceptions and lost a fumble on the night.
Xavier Thigpen recovered a fumble for a touchdown to put the Golden Eagles (1-1) on top with 10:58 remaining in the first quarter for a lead that they would not relinquish.
Kwadra Griggs completed 15-of-23 passes for 209 yards with two touchdowns.
Southern Illinois 55, Mississippi Valley State 3
CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Delta Devils (0-2) had their rushing attack stymied as the host Salukis ran to a 41-3 halftime lead in their home opener at Saluki Stadium on Saturday night.
Strong in defeat, Quinn McElfresh had a career night for Mississippi Valley State with seven receptions for 154 yards.
Daquan Isom had 97 yards on the ground with a touchdown, D.J. Davis added 58 rushing yards and two scores while Connor Iwema, Hans Carmien and Raphael Leonard all recorded receiving touchdowns for the Salukis (1-0).
Vanderbilt 42, Alabama A&M 0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Alabama A&M went into halftime of Saturday's game with Vanderbilt trailing 35-0.
The Bulldogs could have hung their heads and gone through the motions of the second half, looking for the bus ride back to Huntsville. But they didn't.
A&M buckled down and held the Commodores to 110 yards in total offense in the final two quarters, including 58 yards rushing and one touchdown in the 42-0 loss. The Bulldogs won the time of possession battle in the second half, also.
But it was the first half against the Commodores (2-0) that hurt A&M. The offense produced just 38 total yards though quarterback Damion May had 29 rushing to lead the Bulldogs.
Without All-SWAC running back Jordan Bentley, the A&M rushing attack was held to 59 yards in the game by Vanderbilt. May was 3-of-8 passing for 29 yards and an interception. Aqeel Glass was 5-of-13 for 15 yards and an interception, also.
Defensively, Bryan Brower and Harvey Harris each had five solo tackles and five assists for 10 tackles. Dylan Hamilton recorded seven tackles (five solo) and a tackle for loss.
--Alabama A&M Sports Information