The Southern Jaguars traveled to Lorman, Mississippi and into Spinks-Casem Stadium Saturday with hopes to avenge their two losses to Alcorn State last season, including one in the 2018 SWAC Championship game. Both teams looked to move to 4-0 in SWAC play this season and looked to be in the driver seats in their divisions in the SWAC.
Both teams didn’t score in the first quarter of the game. In the second quarter, the Jaguars stalled an 11-play drive from the Braves, settling for a 37-yard field goal from Senior kicker Corey McCullough to give the Braves a 3-0 lead in the second. The Jaguars would have their longest drive of the season on the ensuing possession. A 20 play, 84-yard drive that almost 10 minutes and gave the Jaguars their first and only lead of the game as Glendon McDaniel ran in for a 2-yard touchdown run. The Jaguars went into the locker room with a 6-3 lead.
Alcorn State moved down the field quickly on their first possession of the 3rd when Quarterback Felix Harper ran in from a yard out to give the Braves a 10-3 lead. On the next Braves possession, Harper would find Running Back De’Shawn Waller for a four-yard touchdown pass that would put the Braves up 17-3. Another Jaguar drive would stall in the 3rd and the Braves would move down the field and settle for three points in the fourth to put the Braves up 20-3.
Felix Harper would add to his 3rd quarter touchdown pass he would find LeCharles Pringle for an 11-yard touchdown to give Alcorn State a 27-6 lead in the fourth. The Jags would score late with a Ladarius Skelton touchdown pass to Hunter Register, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Braves win 27-13.
After the game, Jaguars head coach Dawson Odums credited the Braves saying, “At the end of the day a good football team”. Alcorn State Quarterback Felix Harper would be efficient on the day. He went 19 for 26 for 227 yards and 3 total touchdowns. “We bought pressure, we blitzed,” Odums said about what they did to try to stop the Braves passing attack. The Jaguars were outscored 24-7 in the second half of the ball game. After the game, Junior Defensive Back Jakoby Pappillion said “we can’t hang our head on this one.” The Jaguars will try to regroup and get back to work as they prepare for a homecoming game and pivotal SWAC match up vs Alabama A&M next Saturday.