Football Recaps: September 30
Alabama A&M 27, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 14
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It was a joyous Homecoming for Alabama A&M.
The Bulldogs put together a yardage and time-gobbling offense with a smothering defense in a 27-14 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
With the win, A&M improves to 2-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and 2-3 overall. UAPB falls to 1-1, 2-3.
The Bulldogs are now 2-0 in the SWAC for the first time since 2012. Winners of five of their last six SWAC games, A&M travels to Baton Rouge to face Southern next Saturday.
Quarterback Aqeel Glass was 26 of 43 passing for 291 yards and receiver Octayvious Miles had his second consecutive game with 100 yards receiving.
Running back Trevon Walters rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries with a pair of touchdowns.
Defensively, the Bulldogs were devastating. They held the Golden Lions to just 133 total yards, including six sacks and seven tackles for loss.
Vernon Moland had 6 tackles, including a half-sack and half tackle for loss. Yurik Bethune had five tackles, 2.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.
Defensive back Devonte King electrified the crowd of 15,685 with his 23-yard "pick 6" that put the Bulldogs up 7-0 with just 2:09 gone in the game.
Nick Carden had a 18-yard field goal to widen the Bulldogs' lead to 10-0 with 4:45 to play in the quarter.
When Walters scored on his 19-yard run with 2:55 left in the second quarter, he put the Bulldogs up 17-0.
The Golden Lions scored with 1:08 left in the half to cut the margin to 17-7 at intermission.
A 22-yard field goal by Carden lifted A&M to a 20-7 lead with 8:05 to play in the third quarter.
UAPB countered with a Christian Jordan touchdown with 7:45 left in the game.
Walters provided the final margin on a 12-yard touchdown run with 2:11 left in the game.
-Alabama A&M Sports Information
Prairie View A&M 38, Jackson State 9
Prairie View, TX– The Prairie View A&M University football win enjoyed its biggest win in new Panther Stadium Saturday with a 38-9 win over Jackson State.
PVAMU (2-2 overall, 2-0 SWAC) led 17-3 after the opening quarter in leading at halftime for the first time in six games in the new facility, posting its highest scoring output of the season heading into next week’s SWAC Western Division showdown against Grambling in the State Fair Classic.
“I thought the guys did a really good job of responding,” said Prairie View A&M head coach Willie Simmons, who’s Panthers improved to 17-3 in SWAC play. “This week, we challenged them to focus on the task at hand. Everyone knows how important the Grambling game is. They’ve been our Achilles heel for the last two years. It was a tall task to get our guys to focus on the game this week against Jackson State. I applaud their effort for coming out focused and locked in from the very get go.”
The Panther defense forced five takeaways (four fumbles, one interception) and recorded four sacks in keeping Jackson St. (0-5, 0-2) out of the end zone until just over a minute remaining in the game. LB Jalyn Williams led the Panthers with seven tackles, including a sack, two tackles for loss, and one fumble recovery. He has eight tackles for loss in the past three games.
“The defense continues to play at an extremely high level,” Simmons said. “Opportunistic football. What can you say with five takeaways. Again, they did a great job of stopping the run, and making the other team one dimensional.”
Offensively, PVAMU converted two of the turnovers into points and had a balanced attack (208 rushing yards, 231 passing yards) in gaining 439 yards total offense.
QB Lavell McCullers had 258 yards total offense (190 passing, 68 rushing) and two touchdown passes. Dawonya Tucker rushed 12 times for 64 yards and a touchdown.
-Prairie View A&M Sports Information
Grambling State 31, Clark Atlanta 20
CHICAGO, Ill. – Devante Kincade came off the bench to provide an offensive spark as the Grambling State University football team started slow in defeating Clark Atlanta, 31-20, on Saturday afternoon during the 20th Anniversary of the Chicago Football Classic at Solider Field.
Kincade, who replaced Tigers starter Geremy Hickbottom after an injury in the first quarter, tossed three touchdown passes and threw for 230 yards on 19-of-31 passing.
Clark Atlanta (3-2) struck first with a 13-play, 88-yard drive, capped by a Carlos Saldana 29-yard field goal to give the Panthers an early 3-0 lead.
After the two teams traded possessions, Grambling State (3-2) responded with a six-play drive. Kincade tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass to the back corner of the end zone to Darrell Clark with 3:20 remaining in the opening quarter and gave Grambling State a 7-3 lead.
The Tigers forced a turnover on the Panthers’ next offensive possession and Grambling State took advantage.
Kincade connected with Jordan Jones, who sprinted 59 yards to paydirt, to give the Tigers a 14-3 advantage with 1:10 remaining in the first quarter.
After the two teams traded punts, Grambling State got an interception by Chris Grant, to set up shop at the Panther 35-yard line. The Tigers got a 26-yard field goal by Marc Orozco to push the advantage to 17-3 with 12:17 left in the first half.
Clark Atlanta responded with an eight-play, 82-yard drive and used 3:26 off the clock as Deandre Jackson caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Johnathon McCrary to cut the Grambling State lead to 17-10 with 8:45 remaining in the second quarter.
The Panthers continued to trim the margin as Saldana kicked a 42-yard field goal with 1:19 left in the first half as Clark Atlanta closed the gap to 17-13.
Grambling State got the ball to begin the second half and the Tigers marched 45 yards in just three plays to extend the lead to 24-13. Kincade, with his third touchdown pass of the day, found a wide-open Jones down the left sideline for the 36-yard score with 13:55 remaining in the third quarter.
The Tigers started to pull away late in the third as Grambling State used a 65-yard drive and took 2:15 off the clock as Lyndemian Brooks scored on a two-yard run, with 2:43 left, to push the advantage to 31-13.
Clark Atlanta closed the margin to 31-20 with 3:53 remaining as McCrary connected with Jackson for a 25-yard touchdown, but that would be as close as the Panthers would get.
-Grambling State Sports Information
Southern 31, Fort Valley State 14
Baton Rouge, La. – The Jaguars struck quickly with two touchdowns in the opening 2:43 of the first quarter on a pair of huge plays from Cameron Mackey and Danny Johnson and rode out a 31-14 home victory.
Mackey scored on a 62-yard touchdown run and Johnson returned a punt 68 yards to the end zone for Southern (2-3, 0-1).
The Jaguars pounded out 283 total rushing yards on a 7.1 yards per carry clip as Herb Edwards returned to the starting backfield with 19 carries for 141 yards.
Myles Graham rushed 11 times for 116 yards to lead Fort Valley State (1-3).
Charleston Southern 58, Mississippi Valley State 7
Charleston, S.C. – Trailing 10-7 at halftime on the road, the Delta Devils surrendered 48 points in a lopsided second half at Buccaneer Field on Saturday in a non-conference game.
The Delta Devils (0-4, 0-1 SWAC) tied the game at 7-7 with 3:55 remaining in the first quarter on an O’Brian Anderson nine-yard touchdown reception from Dewayne Betts and PAT.
The Buccaneers (2-2) outgained Mississippi Valley State 359 rushing yards to negative 24 yards.