Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, Southern quarterbacks Jarrad Hayes, Austin Howard and Deonte Shorts warm ups before the Jaguars' game against Central Methodist on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.


Southern’s quarterback battle continues. Austin Howard got the better of Deonte Shorts in the opener as Howard was productive in the passing game and Shorts was shaky. Shorts started again Saturday and was much more in command, leading the Jaguars to touchdowns on five of seven possessions. Howard threw an interception on his first possession and nearly threw another on his next pass. Those throws won’t sit well with coach Dawson Odums, who says the starting job will go to the better decision-maker. Stay tuned.


Jaguars running backs. This was supposed to be one of the deeepst positions on the team, and the performance Saturday night showed why. Malcolm Crockett had 108 yards and a touchdown in his debut; Tyre Bracken passed him with a late 63-yard touchdown that gave him 125 yards; Lenard Tillery had 37 yards on eight carries; and Jamarcus Jarvis had 24 yards on seven carries. Jarvis had two touchdowns and the others had one each — as did fullback Brian McCain. Herb Edwards and John West mopped up.


Southern was outammed in its 45-6 loss to FBS member Louisiana-Lafayette in its opener last week, and its NAIA opponent was outmanned Saturday. Are the Jaguars as bad as the opener suggests — or as good as Saturday suggests? Probably neither. Next week’s home game against Northwestern State, Southern’s first fellow FBS opponent, is a better gauge.