Strong Efforts Come Up Short

Tight end Ethan Howard is tackled close to mid feild during the fourth quarter as the Jaguars take a hard fall against Jackson State in a 21-17 loss. (Adriana Trosclair/ DIGEST)

Southern was looking to bounce back against Jackson State, who came into the weekend's match undefeated in the SWAC to play a packed Jaguar senior night and a sold-out stadium. This game was a grudge match considering the fact Southern has not lost to Jackson State since 2013. The game left some questionable calls that would have had significant impacts on the outcome.

In the first quarter, Southern defense came up strong with the tip drill leading to an interception by the junior Glenn Brown. Later in the first, Jerrod Sims would rip off a huge 21-yard rushing touchdown to give the Jags the lead 7-0. The defense would end the first quarter by stopping Jackson State with a sack by Jordan Lewis.

In the second quarter, Jackson State would score late to tie the game at 7. Southern would come back and drive the football down the field and connect big on a 32-yard bomb from quarterback Glendon McDaniel to freshman tight end Gregory Perkins to make the score 14-7. The defense would come up huge again by graduate student linebacker Ray Anderson forcing a fumble and redshirt junior defensive end Tyran Nash on the recovery. The half would end with a questionable call saying Southern did not score a touchdown to make it 21-7, but instead 14-7.

The Jags’ defense would step up with an interception by the junior rover Jakobi Jones to start the third quarter. Southern would capitalize by having freshman kicker Luke Jackson make a 36-yard field goal to extend the Jags lead 17-7. They would end the third quarter by making a fourth-down stop credited to Jakobi Jones.

In the fourth quarter, the game had an incredible amount of controversy. The Jag’s defense started strong with an early stop. Jackson State would score mid-fourth quarter on a passing touchdown to make the score 17-14. A lot of the fans were getting upset during the quarter due to missed calls for holding.

The most important and most controversial call that decided the game was the no-call offensive pass interference that Jackson State scored on to give them the lead late in the fourth to make it 21-17. The Jags tried to drive down, but McDaniel threw an interception to end the game. The game ended with controversy with a scuffle on the field between players.

We caught up with Coach Rollins after the game and asked him about the effort the guys played with. He responded, “They fought hard, and it is tough to lose like that, but it makes us stronger.” We followed up by asking about the lack of offense in the second half. His response was, “Just trying to figure that out.”

McDaniel would finish 16 of 24 for 176 yards and a touchdown, and Jerrod Sims would finish with 104 yards off 25 carries and a score. Catch us at the Bayou Classic against in-state rival Grambling State on November 27th at 4:00 P.M.

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