Football Recaps: October 21
Grambling State 41, Alcorn State 14
GRAMBLING, La. – Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. That was the difference in Saturday’s Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game as the Grambling State University football capitalized off seven mistakes and cashed them into 21 points in a 41-14 win over Alcorn State at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.
“It was good to get out and play a game after taking last week off,” Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs said. “We’ve got some bumps and bruises from tonight, but we’re pleased to come out on top with a victory. We were able to make some big plays. We were able to run the ball and throw the ball effectively, but also too defensively we’ve been able to turn people over like we do, which has been truly amazing. All of that credit defensively goes to our defensive staff and our players so my hats off to them at this time. Also my hats off to our offense as well.”
Grambling State (6-1 overall, 3-0 SWAC) led from start to finish in a matchup of SWAC Divisional leaders.
The Tigers wasted little time in scoring as Grambling State took the opening kickoff and marched 69 yards in just two plays as Devante Kincade connected with Martez Carter for a 57-yard completion. Two plays later, the senior quarterback went 17 yards into the end zone untouched to give Grambling State a 7-0 lead with 14:06 remaining in the first quarter.
Alcorn State (5-3, 3-1) answered early in the second quarter when De’Lance Turner scored on a 5-yard run to tie the game at 7 with 13:01 left in the first half.
The Tigers would close out the first half strong as Calif Samon caught a 53-yard pass from Kincade to give Grambling State a 14-7 lead with 11:15 remaining in the second quarter.
The Tigers took advantage of a fumble midway through the second when Ja’Quez Splond picked up the loose ball at the Alcorn State 25. Seven plays after the miscue, Grambling State cashed the turnover into points as Kincade connected with Marquise Kaigler for an 18-yard touchdown strike to extend the Tigers advantage to 21-7 with six minutes remaining in the first half.
Grambling State capped the 17-point second quarter with nine seconds left as Marc Orozco booted the first of his two fields, a 40-yarder, to give the Tigers a 24-7 halftime lead.
Orozco’s 33-yard field goal with 5:12 remaining in the third quarter pushed the advantage to 27-7 and it appeared the score would remain that way until the fourth quarter, but Dedrick Shy had other ideas.
Noah Johnson’s pass was intercepted by Shy at the Grambling State 48 and he returned it for the pick-six touchdown to extend the lead to 34-7 with 43 seconds left in the third.
Alcorn State answered the Grambling State score on its next possession as Turner bolted through the Tiger defense 47 yards for the score to cut the deficit to 34-14.
The Tigers added the final score of the day when Miguel Mendez booted a 48-yard punt and the ball bounced off the hands of Marquis Warford and into the end zone where Quintin Guice pounded on it for the touchdown as Grambling State cruised to a 41-14 victory.
--Grambling State Sports Information
Mississippi Valley State 53, Virginia Lynchburg 5
Itta Bena, MS – The Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley bypassed Virginia University of Lynchburg 53-5 on Homecoming 2017.
The name Booker T. Chambers continued to ring throughout the afternoon, as he scored four touchdowns for the contest. In the first quarter, Chambers scored on a 60-yard pass from Jett Even.
Early is the second, Lynchburg scored a 26-yard field goal. Eric Collins, Jr., scored on a 30-yard pass from Even. Chambers dashed into the end zone at 8:57 to increase the Delta Devil lead.
Jessie Bryant skirted defenders to enter the end zone on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Even. The third quarter saw Chambers pull down a 11-yard touchdown pass. Jamenta Shaw returned a blocked punt 10-yards for a MVSU touchdown.
Charlie Crenshaw scored on a 31-yard pass from Christopher Fowler. Chambers started the scoring for MVSU and closed it with a six-yard touchdown pass from Fowler.
Lynchburg scored a safety with 4:53.
The passing game for Mississippi Valley tallied 439 yards on 29 attempts and six touchdowns. Jett Even went 13-17-291 and four touchdowns. Christopher Fowler went 10-12-0 for 148-yards and two touchdowns.
Chambers pulled down 116-yards on six receptions and three touchdowns; in addition to his rushing touchdown.
Defensively, Adam Hamilton finished the contest with two solo tackles, three assists, for a total of five. Everett Nicholas tallied two solo and one assist for a total of three tackle one interception.
--Mississippi Valley State Sports Information
Southern 35, Jackson State 17
Jackson, MS – Herb Edwards rushed 26 times for 163 yards with a touchdown and quarterback Austin Howard completed 15-of-26 passes for 176 yards with a touchdown and added a rushing touchdown as well as the visiting Jaguars picked up a conference victory against Jackson State on Saturday night after a weather delay of over an hour and a half.
Southern (4-3, 2-1 SWAC) took the lead for good when Kendall Catalon scored on a four-yard run with 6:35 left in the second quarter to help give the Jags a 14-10 advantage.
Edwards helped increase the lead with 21-10 with 10:35 left in the third quarter on a one-yard score.
The Tigers (0-7, 0-3 SWAC) cut into the lead when Miguel James scored on a 29-yard receiving score from Jordan Williams late in the third.
But that’s as close as Jackson State would get as Southern answered with a 6-yard touchdown reception by Jamar Washington from Howard for the game’s final score.