It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another Southern mailbag.
We ask you to tweet your questions to me and then I answer them in the mailbag, which we post on Mondays. We ask for the questions via Twitter on Sundays and Monday, but you can tweet them to @EastAdvocate any time.
We didn’t receive any questions this week, but here are some answers to some relevant questions as the Jaguars, who beat Alabama State 45-34 last Saturday in Montgomery, Ala., prepare to play Prairie View in their homecoming game Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium.
Q: Will this week’s game be the Jaguars biggest test in a SWAC game so far?
A: Yes. Alabama State was the biggest test previously because Southern’s first two games were against winless Mississippi Valley State and Jackson State, which has been playing so badly that it fired head coach Harold Jackson last week. The Hornets had won their last two games before playing Southern, but that was misleading because they had played Valley and Texas Southern after being beaten soundly by Grambling and Alcorn State.
Q: Alabama State scored five touchdowns in the second half. Was that good offense, bad defense or a result of the game basically being out of reach.
A: All of the above. The Hornets played better offensively in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter after senior Daniel Duhart came in at quarterback. Southern played a lot of young players and relaxed after getting a big lead.
Q: How did the Jaguars come out of the game health wise?
A: Pretty good. No one missed significant time because of injury.
Q: Prairie View is 3-1. Are the Panthers a contender in the West?
A: We’ll find out Saturday. The Panthers certainly appear to be one of the four best teams in the SWAC. They were competitive against Grambling before losing 70-54. They have to show they can beat one of the elite teams in the league – Grambling, Southern or Alcorn State – to establish themselves as a serious contender.