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SWAC/MEAC Football Report
HOUSTON — The Prairie View Panthers (0-3, 1-3) are headed into a Hornets Nest when they travel to Montgomery, Alabama, to meet the third ranked 1-AA total offensive leading Alabama State Hornets (5-0, 5-1) in a 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday.
The Hornets sting like a bee and float like a butterfly are averaging 499.8 yards per game. Last week against a good Jackson State defense the Hornets rolled up 618 yards in a 44-23 victory. The Hornets are the defending SWAC champs and have won 12 straight SWAC games. Their only loss was a season opener to South Carolina State.
The Panthers have not won since their season opener to Division II Paul Quinn and are on a three game losing streak. All-American quarterback candidate Tarvaris Jackson who averages 293.2 yards passing a game and has thrown for 14 touchdowns leads the Hornets offensive attack.
Sometimes it isn’t a good idea to get off the bus and for the PVU Panthers this weekend maybe one of those times. In nine meetings Alabama State is 9-0 and won last year’s contest, 42.20, at Prairie View.
Grambling‘s 6-1, 260 pound senior quarterback Bruce Eugene became the all-time leading career passing leader in the Southwestern Athletic Conference when he threw for 618 yards and seven touchdowns to rout Prairie View,50-7, two weeks ago in the Cotton Bowl.
He also broke former Grambling quarterback Doug Williams’s record when he threw his 95th touchdown pass against Prairie View. He has thrown ninety-nine career touchdown passes.
At 6 p.m. Saturday, Eugene and his G-Men (3-0, 3-1) will be seeking revenge when they meet the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (1-2, 1-4 ) in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Last season the Golden Lions upset the Tigers at Eddie Robinson Stadium, 41-22.
The Golden Lions have beaten Grambling only 8 times in 31 tries, but when they do win they try to make it up. In 1998, The Golden Lions introduced then Grambling rookie coach Doug Williams to the SWAC coaching ranks with a, 54-33, lashing.
Florida A&M (1-1, 2-3) and South Carolina State (2-0, 4-1) have been after each other for 49 years. This Saturday at 1:30 p.m. the tradition resumes after not playing last season. The Rattlers of FAMU hold a 34-14-1 lead.
South Carolina State tied Hampton for the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title last year and a win over FAMU can set up a big showdown at Hampton on October 22, which could decide the MEAC title.
The Jackson State Tigers (2-1, 2-3 ) will travel to Baton Rouge this weekend where they will try to seek revenge from last year’s 45-7 loss at home to Coach Pete Richardson’s Southern University Jaguars (1-3, 1-3) at 7 :30 p.m.
The Tigers are having their best season in third year coach James Bell’s tenure. This is Bell’s last year on his contract and a win could help convince the Jackson State powers-to-be to let him stay a little longer.
The nomad Texas Southern University Tigers feel like evacuees. They don’t have a home. The Tigers had to escape to Longview, Texas to host Alabama State in its first home game on September 7. This weekend is TSU’s homecoming when the Tigers (1-2, 1-3) host the Alcorn Braves (1-2, 2-3) on campus for the first time in over 5 years. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.