Southern linebacker Demetrius Carter lost for the rest of the season with torn Achilles tendon _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Fans pack the stands as Southern takes on Jackson State in the Jaguars' home opener Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Demetrius Carter, listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against Jackson State, will be out longer than Southern originally let on.

The linebacker is out for the rest of the season after he underwent surgery Friday for a torn Achilles tendon.

He suffered the injury in last week’s game against Mississippi Valley State, Southern coach Dawson Odums confirmed after the game.

Odums said he is unsure if Carter, a senior, will be able to get a medical redshirt.

Sophomore Kentavious Preston started at the buck linebacker spot in place of Carter on Saturday. He had seven tackles.

Keeping Quinn contained

Jackson State had no interest in testing its special-teams unit against Southern return specialist Willie Quinn.

Quinn, who returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns last week against Valley, was only able to return two kickoffs against the Tigers for 10 total yards.

All of the kicks were squibbed — but on the two returns where the ball made it to Quinn, he tried to create a spark.

Jackson State punter Darcy Williamson did his part in shutting Quinn down, with several well-placed punts to the sidelines, including a 46-yard boot that sailed out of bounds. Quinn finally got a chance to field a punt with about eight minutes to play in the game, but he only gained 4 yards after a drawn-out scramble.

Even without his returns, the Tigers couldn’t keep Quinn out the end zone entirely. He scored his first receiving touchdown of the season on a 43-yard pass from quarterback Austin Howard.

Sellout crowd

Saturday’s matchup with Jackson State saw the most fans in A.W. Mumford Stadium for a game since the last time the Tigers came to Baton Rouge in 2013.

Southern sold 30,198 tickets for the game, filing the 28,500-seat stadium well beyond capacity.

The win is the third in the past four years for Southern in the series.

Battle of the bands

The Human Jukebox was warned to stop playing while Jackson State was set at the line of scrimmage twice within the first seven minutes of Saturday’s game, and then several more times throughout the day.

At one point, the band was warned for playing while Southern was on offense.

Jackson State also earned a warning while an announcement was made over the stadium public-address system between the first and second quarters. It drew a second warning early in the second half when the drum line played as the Jaguars were over the ball.

No penalties were leveled.