Football Recaps: October 14
Alabama A&M 49, Mississippi Valley State 14
Huntsville, Ala. – In a game where the Bulldogs dominated both sides of the line Saturday, Alabama A&M rolled to a 49-14 win over Mississippi Valley State.
With the win, the Bulldogs head into next Saturday's off day at 3-1 in the conference, 3-4 overall.
Damion May scored two touchdowns and passed for two more scores - both to Isaiah Bailey. He was 10 of 13 for 168 yards.
May hit Bailey on a 12-yard pass and connected on a 47-yard catch-and-run that put A&M up 35-0.
Meanwhile, the defense did its part in adding to the scoring column.
Dylan Hamilton scored on a 52-yard "pick 6" and Mike Mills picked up a touchdown with his 17-yard interception return.
The Bulldogs also recorded eight sacks, led by 2.5 from Vernon Moland. He also had 2.5 of A&M's 10 tackles for loss.
Harvey Harris and Devonte King each had interceptions.
After pulling out to a 35-0 lead early in the third quarter, the Bulldogs saw Valley (1-2, 1-5) cut the lead to 35-14 on scores by Charlie Crenshaw and a 10-yard TD pass from Christopher Fowler to Booker Chambers.
But Mills' "pick 6" early in the fourth quarter ran the score to 42-14.
Marceles Clash pulled down a 78-yard catch-and-run from Dylan Smith for the final 49-14 margin.
The Bulldogs had 179 yards on the ground and 246 through the air.
The defense held MVSU to minus-27 yards rushing while yielding 313 yards passing.
Nick Carden was 7-of-7 in point-after attempts and had punted six times for a 36.7-yard average.
--Alabama A&M Sports Information
Alabama State 23, Texas Southern 16
Houston, Texas – After 67 text messages, Alabama State University interim head coach Donald Hill-Eley was able to sit back and relax after watching the Hornets come-from-behind for a 23-16 victory over Texas Southern University at BBVA Compass Stadium Saturday afternoon.
“It’s been a long week,” Eley said. “It’s been a long week, we are drained. The players responded when we got down 14 points, and you get the feeling of here we go again. But the kids kept fighting and fighting, and they found a way to win. It was good to see them playing for them, and it was good to see them win going into the bye week.”
Alabama State (1-5, 1-2 SWAC) trailed for much of the first half, before Darryl Pearson, Jr. lofted a ball to Willis White over the middle for a 67-yard touchdown pass to give Alabama State a 20-16 lead with just six seconds left in the third quarter.
After a Hunter Hanson 40-yard field goal extended the lead to 23-16 with 4:14 remaining in the contest, it was the Hornet defense that came up big in the final seconds. Ronnie Scott knocked the ball out at the last second on third down, it was TJ Presley who intercepted the ball at the goal line to end the contest.
“It was a big kick,” Eley said. “The kid has a strong leg and a strong leg for this division, and we know he can kick it. He came to me before the game started and said he could make it from 51, and I told him I didn’t ask him how far you could drive. But he went out there and knocked it through.”
The momentum of the game swung when the Hornets called a fake punt in the third quarter, when Chett LeVay took the snap and ran around right end for 47 yards. That led to a Hanson 28-yard field goal that trimmed the lead to 16-13, and set the stage for the rest of the game.
Pearson came off the bench to throw for 126 yards on 9-of-11 passing, while running for 22 yards. The duo of Pearson and Kobie Jones connected with 11 different receivers, with six different players each catching a pair of passes.
Alabama State outgained Texas Southern 264-261 on the day, led by a defense that forced two turnovers and recorded five sacks on the day. Malik Bridgers led Alabama State with eight tackles, while Darron Johnson had seven. The defense recorded 11 tackles for loss on the day.
--Alabama State Strategic Communications
Alcorn State 34, Prairie View A&M 21
Lorman, Miss. – Winning its fourth consecutive game, the Alcorn State University football program erased a 14-point first quarter deficit to defeat Prairie View A&M 34-21 Saturday during homecoming at Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium.
The Braves (5-2, 3-0 SWAC) trailed 14-0 at the end of the first quarter when they came back and scored 34 unanswered points to take control. Alcorn led PVAMU (2-4, 2-2 SWAC) 24-14 at half and 34-14 early in the fourth quarter.
Alcorn used both of its quarterbacks as senior Lenorris Footman threw for 138 yards, and sophomore Noah Johnson registered 90 passing yards, one passing touchdown and two rushing touchdowns. Footman also ran for 38 yards and a score.
Senior Jalen Walker led the aerial attack with 100 receiving yards which more-than doubled his previous career-high. He caught eight passes with a long of 22 yards.
Defensively, seniors O.J. O'Neal and Quintin Smith each wrapped-up seven tackles. Junior Trae Ferrell tallied a sack, two tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The Panthers were guided by quarterback Neiko Hollins who tossed 291 yards and three touchdowns. Two of his touchdowns were caught by Khadarel Hodge who etched 132 receiving yards.
On the first series of the game, the Braves were faced with a pair of third downs when Walker caught passes of 12 and 14 yards, respectively, to move into PVAMU territory. However, on a 4th and 1 attempt, the Panthers got a stop on a rush to the left side at the 33-yard line to force a turnover on downs.
PVAMU came back with a quick four-yard drive to go up 7-0 which included a nine-yard touchdown pass to Darius Floyd on the left. The big play was a 45-yard pass to Floyd as he broke a tackle and scampered down the right side.
The Panthers went up 14-0 on their next series after a 46-yard touchdown pass was caught by Hodge on a seam route through the middle. The Braves forced and recovered a fumble on the drive, but were flagged for offsides on the play so PVAMU kept possession.
Early in the second quarter, Alcorn's defense backed the Panthers up to their own one-yard line, which resulted in a punt and good starting field position for the Braves at the PVAMU 44. Footman completed a pass to sophomore Tavares Johnson for 16 yards, and a targeting penalty resulted in an ejection against the Panthers and put Alcorn at the eight-yard line. Noah Johnson came in and scrambled eight yards to the left for the touchdown to cut the deficit to 14-7 with 9:31 left in the half.
After a three-and-out by the Braves defense, Alcorn again started a drive in PVAMU territory at the 43. The Braves were situated with a 3rd and 22 when Footman found senior Charles Hughes over the middle for a gain of 24 yards and a first down. Footman followed it up with an 11-yard rush to the PVAMU 6. Noah Johnson re-entered the game, and kept it himself on a quarterback-option play to the left for a two-yard touchdown run. It evened the score 14-14 with 4:16 remaining.
On the ensuing kickoff, a huge hit by freshman Nichel Herron popped the ball loose and junior Isiah Thomas recovered at the PVAMU 18. Alcorn took the lead 17-14 on a 39-yard field goal by sophomore Corey McCullough with 2:46 to go.
Another quick three-and-out by the defense got the ball back for the Alcorn offense with 1:29 left. The Braves extended the lead to 24-14 after a 12-yard pass from Noah Johnson was caught by Hughes in tight coverage on the left side. Hughes also made a 15-yard grab earlier in the series.
On the last play of the half, sophomore Javen Morrison recorded an interception and returned it to the PVAMU 16, but time ran out; Alcorn led 24-14 at the intermission.
To open the second half, the Panthers moved the ball to the Alcorn 34 when they were looking at a 4th and 5. PVAMU decided to go for it, but great coverage by Quintin Smith resulted in an incomplete pass and a turnover on downs.
On Alcorn's first drive of the third quarter, Noah Johnson completed passes to Turner, junior Corbin Johnson and Walker to get the Braves to the red zone. McCullough nailed a 34-yard field goal to extended Alcorn's advantage to 27-14 at the 8:42 mark.
The Braves added-on early in the fourth quarter after a 12-play, 86-yard drive resulted in a seven-yard touchdown rush by Footman. It increased the edge to 34-14. Junior P.J. Simmons started the drive with a pair of 10-yard rushes, and Turner followed by pounding it up the middle. Footman also competed passes on the series to Hughes junior Marquis Warford and Walker.
PVAMU had a quick response as a two-play, 58-yard drive ended with a 22-yard touchdown catch by Hodge. The first play was a 36-yard rush around the left by Jalen Morton. It made it a 34-21 game with 11:59 to go.
With 3:40 remaining, the Panthers had to go for it on a 4th and 13 when Ferrell came through with a strip-sack. Ferrell then returned it 49 yards, but fumbled at the one-yard line as the ball went through the back of the end zone for a touchback.
--Alcorn State Sports Information
Central State 40, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 35
Pine Bluff, Ark. – In a seesaw affair, the Golden Lions (2-5, 1-2 SWAC) battled back from an early 13-point deficit to take an eight-point lead heading into the fourth quarter before ultimately dropping a tough luck, high-scoring non-conference game at Golden Lion Stadium.
Pine Bluff quarterback LeEarl Patterson completed 13-of-27 passes for 333 yards, two touchdowns and ran for two more scores to lead UAPB.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff scored 28 points as part of a second quarter outburst highlighted by a 1-yard touchdown run by KeShawn Williams, two passing touchdowns from Patterson and another rushing touchdown from Patterson.
After leading 28-20, Central State (1-6, 0-3) rallied back behind a 1-yard touchdown run from Darius Meadors, and a pair of touchdown runs from Terraris Saffold of 12 and 14 yards to extend their lead to 40-28 with 1:36 remaining in the fourth quarter.
UAPB answered back just one minute and seven seconds later on Patterson’s 1-yard touchdown run to cut to 40-35 after a Jamie Gillan PAT.
Williams finished with 21 carries for 111 yards and a score.
Tuskegee 33, Jackson State 7
Mobile, Ala. – The Tigers (0-6, 0-2 SWAC) were outgained in total yards of offense 479-117 and held scoreless in the second half in a non-conference tilt against the Golden Tigers on a neutral site at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium.
Tuskegee (5-2, 3-1) took a 13-0 early lead after a 1-yard touchdown run by Justice Owens and a 35-yard touchdown pass from Jamarcus Ezell with 10:42 remaining in the second quarter.
Jackson State got on the board when Jordan Johnson caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Brent Lyles with 4:10 left in the second.
Ezell completed 10-of-18 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns and Cedric Cuff threw for another to lead Tuskegee.