Alcorn State 56, Southern 16: Three-and-out _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Herbert Edwards holds onto the ball while being stopped by a host of Alcorn State defenders during Saturday's game at Spinks-Casem Stadium. The Braves won 56-16.


That Alcorn is the real deal. Alabama State has been a popular pick to win the SWAC East, and the Hornets have done nothing to suggest they’re not capable of doing just that. But Alcorn has been equally impressive, and its home game against Alabama State on Thursday could determine the East. But even though Southern wasn’t competitive Saturday night, it’s still 1-1 in league play, 1-0 in the West and hasn’t played a conference game at home yet.


The Braves running game — and the Jaguars run defense. Southern was beaten frequently at the line of scrimmage, and quarterback John Gibbs Jr. and running backs Anthony Williams III and Darryan Ragsdale found lots of open space. They made a habit of avoiding would-be tacklers. The Jaguars might not see a running game this good again this regular season, but they have to shore up their run defense in a hurry.


Move on. That’s all Southern can do. It ran into a really good team that was on top of its game (except for its fumbles). The Jaguars aren’t as bad as they looked for much of this game, and they still control their fate in the SWAC West. They need to learn from the boatload of bad plays but not dwell on how badly this one ended.