Southern 28, Alabama State 21: Three and out _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern’s Rhaheim Ledbetter, left, Dionte McDuffy, center, and Blake Monroe celebrate after an interception against Alabama State on Saturday A.W. Mumford Stadium. The Jaguars can win the Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division with victories in each of their final three regular-season games.

Southern remains in control of its fate in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division race, which might not be decided until the the Bayou Classic on Nov. 29, when the Jaguars face archrival Grambling in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

But the Eastern Division title could be decided as soon as Saturday if first-place Alcorn State wins at second-place Alabama A&M. Kickoff is 1 p.m.

The Braves are 5-1 in conference play, and the Bulldogs are 3-3. If A&M wins Saturday, it would still need help to win the East.

Alcorn hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 15 and hosts Jackson State on Nov. 22. The Bulldogs host Prairie View and visit Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Southern (5-1) is one game behind Grambling (6-0). If the Jaguars win their final three games, including home games against Texas Southern on Saturday and Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 15, they would do no worse than tie Grambling and would hold the head-to-head tie-breaker.

The Tigers visit Mississippi Valley at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

Practices moved

Southern has gotten used to various practice sites this season.

The first practice of preseason camp was moved into Cliford Seymour gym because of heavy rain. Since then, the Jaguars have have bounced back and forth between A.W. Mumford Stadium and their practice field.

Now they have moved off campus to Doug Williams Stadium at the Louisiana Leadership Institute, where they are working for the next two weeks.

They stopped practicing inside Mumford Stadium last month because of the toll taken by Southern home football and soccer games as well as Southern Lab football games. The practice field does not have lights, and the end of daylight savings time last weekend required the Jaguars finding a practice site with lights.

Southern will be able to move practice back to Mumford Stadium after the game against Mississippi Valley on Nov. 15 because the home schedule will be complete.

Injury update

Wide receiver Sam Altman (finger) has returned to practice and is expected to play Saturday after a two-game absence. Defensive tackle Justin Woods had tests done Tuesday on his right knee, which was injured in practice Monday night.

Hall of Fame to induct 14

Southern will induct 14 members into its Hall of Fame at a ceremony Friday night at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Atrium. The inductees will also be recognized at the football game Saturday.

This year’s class is comprised of Harvey A. Dority (men’s basketball), Zebedee Ducre (men’s basketball), Lee Dell Woods Jr. (men’s basketball) Verdis Theus (football), William “Bill” Blount III (football), David Geralds (football), Esau Lolis Sr. (track and field), Donald Anthony “Don” Haines (baseball), Jimmy McNeal (track and field), Sheldon Dennard (football) Major Lester Harris (football), Quincy Richard Jr. (football), Daryl C. Battles (football/basketball) and John Brother Cade Jr. (track and field official scorer).

Soccer tourney Thursday

The Southern soccer team will open play in the SWAC tournament against Prairie View at 6 p.m. Thursday in Huntsville, Ala.

The Jaguars (4-3-2) are the seventh seed and the Panthers are the number two seed. Prairie View defeated Southern 2-0 two weeks ago in Prairie View, Texas.

The top eight teams qualified for the tournament.

Top-seeded Howard University — competing in soccer in the SWAC for the first time this season — plays No. 8 Alabama A&M at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

No. 4 Jackson State and No. 5 Texas Southern meet at 1 p.m. and No. 3 Alabama State and No. 6 Mississippi Valley State meet at 3:30 p.m.

Volleyball coming to Southern

Southern will host the SWAC volleyball tournament Nov. 22-23.

The first-day matches will be split between the Cliford Seymour Gym and the Horace W. Moody Intramural Sports Complex. The championship match will be held in Seymour Gym.

The Jaguars (8-12) are in third place in the SWAC West with a 3-0 leage record. They have two more regular-season matches — at Prairie View (Nov. 13) and at Texas Southern (Nov. 14).

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