Jaguars bounce back strong to thump Mississippi Valley _lowres

Advocate photo by JUSTIN SELLERS -- Southern linebacker Demetrius Carter celebrates after linebacker Kentavious Preston (55) and defensive lineman Donald Phillips (56) tackled Mississippi Valley State running back Thomas Stokes Jr. on Thursday night at Rice-Totten Field in Itta Bena, Miss.

Coming up

Southern (1-1, 1-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference) plays its home opener when it meets Jackson State (0-1, 0-0 going into a nonconference game vs. Tennessee State on Saturday night in Memphis, Tenn.) at 5 p.m. next Saturday in Mumford Stadium.

The Tigers-Jaguars game will be shown on a tape delay by ESPNU within 24 hours after the game. JSU lost its opener to Middle Tennessee State (70-14) on Sept. 5. Southern beat the Tigers 42-28 last season in Jackson, Mississippi. JSU won the last meeting in Mumford Stadium (19-14) two years ago. Later that season, the Jaguars won a rematch 34-27 in double OT in the SWAC title game.

Looking back

Southern bolted to a 33-0 lead midway through the second quarter and coasted to a 50-13 victory against Mississippi Valley State in the SWAC opener for both teams Thursday night in Itta Bena, Mississippi. The Jaguars scored five touchdowns on offense and two on special teams, and the defense made three interceptions in a complete performance.

Thursday’s star

Junior WR Willie Quinn did just about everything. He returned a punt 39 yards for a touchdown, returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and threw an 89-yard touchdown pass to Randall Menard. Quinn finished with 187 all-purpose yards in addition to the touchdown pass. A week after he had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Louisiana Tech, Quinn had the fourth punt return for a TD and the third kickoff return for a TD in his career.

Worth Repeating

“We let the guys know — this isn’t another week, this is conference week.”

RB Lenard Tillery on the Jaguars forgetting about a 62-15 loss at Louisiana Tech in the opener and getting focused on the SWAC opener

Keep an eye on

Sophomore LB Kentavious Preston was one of the central figures in a strong defensive performance. He made his first start as the Jaguars were forced to shuffle the defensive lineup because of injury, and he might have found a home. He had a team-high 11 tackles and made two big hits, including a sack, as the Jaguars held Valley without a first down on its first three possessions, which helped set the tone for the blowout.

Lagniappe

Southern was more disciplined than it was five days earlier when it committed nine penalties against Louisiana Tech. The Jaguars were penalized five times against the Delta Devils (for 77 yards). That improvement was magnified when compared to Valley’s lack of discipline. The Devils were penalized 13 times for 116 yards.