SWAC FOOTBALL WEEK SIX – REVIEWS

By Off the BASN Sports Wire
Updated: October 12, 2004

Arkansas-Pine Bluff – 42, Texas Southern – 0 at Chicago, ILL

The Golden Lions capitalized on Texas Southern turnovers (2 interceptions, 1 fumble) and two blocked punts to fashion a 42-0 shutout of Texas Southern.

Ark.-Pine Bluff scored late in the first quarter (1:49) after recovering a Texas Southern fumble on the Tigers’ 7 yd line for a 7-0 lead. Early, in the second quarter (10:33), UAPB put together an 86 yds drive (6 plays) for a 14-0 lead and followed with another TD less than 2:00 later (8:50) after a 5 yd blocked punt return for a 21-0 lead at halftime.

On their first possession of the second half, UAPB’s Billy Moody bolted for a 75 yd TD run (14:03) for a 35-0 lead. At the 12:33 mark of the quarter, the Golden Lions’ Dewayne Whitmore scored another special teams TD with a 20 yd blocked punt return for a 38-0 advantage. The final scoring of the game came late in the third quarter (3:23) when UAPB completed a 68 yd drive (8 plays) for the final margin of 42-0.

Offensively, UAPB gained 266 yds of Total Offense (250 rush, 16 pass) and TXSO gained just 161 yds of Total Offense (72 rush, 89 pass). Golden Lions’ RB Billy Moody finished the game with 96 yds (6 carries) and 1 TD and James Johnson had 81 yds (17 carries). Top performers for the Tigers was RB Ramond Glimore with 34 yds rushing and WR Dawayne Bloodshaw with 46 yds in receptions.

Defensively, UAPB’s Terrell Smith finished the game with 11 tackles (7 solo), 1 TFL (2) and 1 forced fumble. Clarence Fuller is credited with 8 tackles (6 solo), and 3 TFLs (10) TXSO’s Stacey Thomas finished the game with 8 tackles (5 solo) and 1 fumble recovery. Robert Thomas had 7 tackles (6 solo) and 1 TFL (10).

Alabama State - 28, Jackson State – 6 at Mobile, AL (11,027)

Playing in a light rain, Alabama State gave up and early TD, but dominated Jackson State for a 28-6 win.

Jackson State got on the scoreboard midway through the first quarter (8:40) on a 10 yd interception return for a 6-0 lead. Alabama State struck back late in the quarter (2:26) after a 58 yd (5 plays) drive for a 7-6 lead. The Hornets scored twice more in the second quarter (7:39 & 0:39) to take a 21-6 lead into halftime. After a scoreless third quarter, Alabama State scored the game’s final TD (10:57) for the final margin of 28-6.

Offensively, Alabama State rolled up 444 yds of Total Offense (221 rush, 223 pass) and Jackson State gained 166 yds of Total Offense (23 rush, 93 pass). Alabama State QB Tavaris Jackson passed for 211 yds (14-23-1) and 2 TDs, while RB Keldrick Williams rushed for 102 yds (21 carries) and 2 TDs. WR Reginald Glover had 90 yds receiving on 5 receptions. Two Jackson State QBs, Brian Green and Steve Haren passed for 93 yds, 51 & 42 respectively, and WR Chris Jones had 53 yds on 3 receptions.

Top defensive performer was Jackson State’s Joseph Scott who finished with 14 tackles (7 solo) and 1 fumble recovery. Teammate Anthony Dillon is credited with 11 tackles (8 solo) and 1 fumble recovery. Alabama State’s John Hogan finished with 7 tackles (6 solo), 2 TFLs (4) and 1 sack (2).

Grambling State – 34, Miss. Valley State – 26 at Itta Bena, MS (3,418)

Mississippi Valley put up a valiant fight in the first quarter, but Grambling State capitalized on key Delta Devils miscues to take a 34-26 win.

Grambling State took their opening possession 70 yds (3 plays) for a TD (13:47) for a 7-0 lead, but Miss. Valley answered with an 80 yd drive (8 plays) on their first possession for a 7-6 game (9:56). Late in the first quarter (2:48), MVSU scored after recovering a GSU fumble a the G-men’s 15 yds line for a 13-7 lead. Grambling fought back on their next possession with a late TD (0:54) after a 56 yd drive (6 plays).

The second quarter saw Grambling State score a FG (10:20) for a 17-13 lead after a Miss. Valley fumble and a TD (2:40) after a 90 yd fumble recovery return for a 24-13 lead. The Delta Devils struck back quickly for a TD (1:59) on an 82 yd TD pass to close the halftime scoring at 24-19.

Grambling State managed the only third quarter scoring on a 34 yd FG (12:04) for a 27-19 lead. The games’ final scoring came in the fourth quarter when Grambling State drove 43 yds (4 plays) at the 12:02 mark for a 34-19 lead and MVSU scored a TD late (4:37) after a 71 yd drive (13 plays) to make a 34-26 game. GSU controlled the ball, driving to the MVSU 10 yd line as the game ended.

Offensively, Mississippi Valley gained 430 yds in Total Offense (206 rush, 224 pass) and Grambling State gained 267 yds of Total Offense (87 rush, 180 pass). Miss. Valley QB Aries Nelson passed for 185 yds (8-26-1) and 1 TD, and RB Marcus April rushed for 122 yds on 34 carries (more than the entire GSU team) and 1 TD and WR Kendrick Wade caught 3 passes for 104 yds and 1 TD. Grambling State QB Brandon Landers passed for 180 yds (10-22) and 2 TDs and RB Rueben Mays rushed for 83 yds.

Defensively, GSU’s key performer was Lewis Carter who finished the game with 7 tackles (6 solo), 1 TFL (1) 3 pass break-up but his 90 yd TD fumble return and 1 interception were crucial to the Tigers’ win. John Petty is credited with 11 tackles (6 solo), 1 TFL (8) and 1 sack (8). Teammate Joshua Kador finished with 10 tackles (4 solo) with 3 TFLs (7), 1 sack (8) and 1 forced fumble. For MVSU, Tyler Knight had 8 tackles (4 solo).

Alcorn State - 26, Prairie View A&M – 15 at Prairie View, TX (2,862)

Alcorn State rushed out to 23 point lead and had to survive a late Prairie View charge to gain a 26-15 victory.

Alcorn State scored early in the first quarter (12:28) for a 7-0 lead capitalizing on a Prairie View fumble on their own 20 yd line. PVAM narrowed the score to 7-3 after a 37 yd FG at the 8:10 mark, but the Braves closed the quarter scoring (4:40) with an 80 yd drive (8 play) for a 14-3 lead. The only second quarter scoring came from Alcorn State (5:15) after another PVAM fumble at their 36 yd line.

In the third quarter, Alcorn State tacked on a pair of FGs (32 & 35 yds) for a 26-3 lead. The Panthers scored early and late in the fourth quarter, driving 53 yds (12 plays) at the 10:38 mark for a 26-9 game and 77 yds (12 plays) at the 2:45 mark for the final 26-15 margin.

Offensively, Alcorn State gained 309 yds of Total Offense (37 rush, 272 pass) and Prairie View gained 295 yds of Total Offense (162 rush, 133 pass). Alcorn State QB Donald Carrie passed for 240 yds (19-33) and 1 TD and WR Charlie Spiller caught 4 passes for 82 yds and 1 TD. Prairie View RB Arnell Fontenot rushed for 109 yds on 24 carries and 1 TD.

Defensively, Alcorn State’s Leo Nobles finished the game with 7 tackles (5 solo) and Prairie View A&M’s Jon Johnson had 7 tackles (5 solo) and 1 TFL (5).

Southern – 33, Alabama A&M- 24 at Normal, AL (19,890)

It was déjà vu in the state of Alabama for Southern as they needed another come-from-behind effort to carve out a 33-24 win at Alabama A&M’s homecoming.

Southern scored the opening TD of the game on a 77 yd kickoff return (14:50) by Kevin Moffett and added another TD late in the quarter (4:12) after a 68 yd drive 8 plays) for a 13-0 lead after one quarter. Late in the second quarter (4:22) the Jaguars tacked on another TD following an 80 yd drive (3 plays), the Bulldogs, however, blocked the PAT kick and returned it for a score of 19-2. Alabama A&M put their own marker on the board, driving 70 yds (6 plays) for a TD (2:10) to close the score to 19-9 at halftime.

In the second half Alabama A&M boarded the only score in the third quarter with a 40 yd FG (7:22), closing the score to 19-12. AAMU drew even at 19-19 with an early fourth quarter TD (11:11) and then ahead 22-19 with a 40 yd FG at 8:14. Southern battled back for the lead, 26-22, with a 72 yd drive (6 plays) and then added the killing blow with a 28 yd interception return for a TD (2:14) and a 33-22 lead. The final score of the game was a safety by Alabama A&M at the 1:39 mark for the 33-24 final.

Offensively, Alabama A&M gained 382 yds of Total Offense (140 rush, 242 pass) and Southern gained 325 yds of Total Offense (88 rush, 237 pass). Alabama A&M QB Johnny Keith passed for 242 yds (17-40-4) and 2 TDs and Southern QB Thomas Ricks passed for 237 yds (13-26-2) and 1 TD. Ricks also scored 1 rushing TD.

Defensively, Southern’s Tarus Morgan is credited with 13 tackles (7 solo), 2 TFLs (2), 1 pass breakup and 1 QB hurry. Teammate Edgar Algere finished with 10 tackles (5 solo), 1 TFL (3), 1 sack (3) and 2 QB hurries. Alabama A&M’s Johnny Baldwin finished with 12 tackles (5 solo) and 1 QB hurry.

2004 Southwestern Athletic Conference-2004

Conference Standings

Through games of Oct 10, 2004

East

Conference Points Overall Points

Team W L T For Opp Pct W L T For Opp Pct

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Alabama State……. 3 1 0 165 71 .750 4 1 0 192 83 .800

Alabama A&M……… 3 1 0 97 65 .750 3 3 0 114 131 .500

Alcorn State…….. 2 1 0 68 79 .667 3 2 0 94 109 .600

Jackson State……. 1 1 0 37 44 .500 1 4 0 96 131 .200

Miss. Valley State.. 0 4 0 76 112 .000 0 6 0 107 194 .000

West

Conference Points Overall Points

Team W L T For Opp Pct W L T For Opp Pct

—- - - - — — - - - — —

Ark.-Pine Bluff….. 3 0 0 115 24 1.000 4 1 0 177 85 .800

Southern………… 3 0 0 117 77 1.000 4 2 0 175 157 .667

Grambling State….. 1 2 0 85 87 .333 3 2 0 143 136 .600

Prairie View A&M…. 1 3 0 84 128 .250 2 3 0 115 140 .400

Texas Southern…… 0 4 0 25 144 .000 0 6 0 37 217 .000

Last week’s results:

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Ark.-Pine Bluff 42, Texas Southern 0 (Oct 09, 2004 at Chicago, IL)

Alabama State 28, Jackson State 6 (Oct 09, 2004 at Mobile, AL)

Grambling State 34, Miss. Valley State 26 (Oct 09, 2004 at Itta Bena, MS)

Alcorn State 26, Prairie View A&M 15 (Oct 09, 2004 at Prairie View, TX)

Southern 33, Alabama A&M 24 (Oct 09, 2004 at Normal, AL)

Next Week’s Games:

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Oct 16, 2004

Alabama A&M vs. Savannah State at Columbus, GA – 1:00p

Jackson State vs. Southern at New Orleans, LA – 1:00p

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Grambling State – 1:30p

Paul Quinn at Miss. Valley State – 5:00p

Alabama State at Prairie View A&M – 6:00p

Texas Southern at Alcorn State – 6:00p <HC>

FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSIVE

Thomas Ricks (QB, 6-3, 220, Sr., LaPlace, LA)- Southern

Ricks earns Offensive POW honors for the second week in a row, leading the Jaguars in their second consecutive come-from –behind win, resulting in a 33-24 victory over the Bulldogs of Alabama A&M. Ricks completed 13 of 23 passes for 237 yards,1 touchdown, and scored the game-winning touchdown when he dove and extended the ball into the end zone.

DEFENSIVE

Lewis Carter (DB,6-1, 170, So., Monroe, LA- Grambling State

Carter had a total of 7 tackles (6 solo), one tackle for a loss of one yard, returned 90-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter to stop a Delta Devil drive, and broke up three passes with a 34-26 victory over Mississippi Valley State.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Shane Phillips- (P, 6-3, 208, Jr., Melbourne, Australia)- Alcorn State

Phillips booted six punts totaling 265 yards (44.2 ypp), including a new career-high 71-yard punt (spotted inside the 20-yard line), in a 26-15 victory over the Panthers of Prairie View A&M.

NEWCOMER

Edgar Algere- LB, 5-11, 240, Sr., Laurel, MS)- Southern

Algere had a solid defensive game, recording 10 tackles (5 solo) one sack (3 yards), one tackle for a loss (3 yards), and two quarterback hurries in the Jaguars 33-24 win over Alabama A&M.

Other notable performances in week six:

Offensive

  • Johnny Keith (QB)- Alabama A&M- 17-of-40 for 242 yds., 2 interceptions, 2 TDs (long 36 yds.)
  • Donald Carrie (QB)- Alcorn State- 19-of-33 for 240 yds., 1TD (long 37 yds.).
  • Tarvaris Jackson (QB)- Alabama State-14-of 23 for 211 yds, 2TDs, rushed for 8 yds., 219 total offensive yds.
  • Brandon Landers (QB)- Grambling State- 10-of-20 for 180 yds., 2TDs.
  • Marcus April (RB)- MS Valley State- 34 carries and 122 yds.-rushing, scored on a 6-yd run.

Defensive

  • James Scott (DB)- Jackson State- 14 tackles (7 solo), one fumble recovery.
  • Anthony Dillon (DB)- Jackson State- 11 tackles (8 solo), one forced fumble.
  • Terrell Smith (DE)- Arkansas-Pine Bluff- 11 tackles (4 solo), 1 TFL (2 yds.), one forced fumble.
  • Johnny Baldwin (LB)- Alabama A&M- 12 tackles (5 solo), 1 QB hurry.
  • Ahmad Trueado (DB)- Southern- 3 interceptions for 28 yds., 2 solo tackles.

Special Teams

  • Kevin Moffett (DB/KR)- Southern- returned opening kickoff 77 yards for a TD.
  • Brian Morgan (PK)- Grambling State- 2-2 FGs (40,34 yds.), 4-4 PATs, 10 points scored.