Alcorn State 48, Southern 7: Les East’s three and out _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alcorn State quarterback Lenorris Footman slips away from Southern defenders en route to one of his three touchdowns Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.


Alcorn State isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Any SWAC opponents who might have thought QB John Gibbs’ impending graduation was going to make the Braves vulnerable, might need to rethink that. When Gibbs was sidelined by a lower-leg injury after just two snaps, Lenorris Footman came in ran for 274 yards and four touchdowns and threw for two more touchdowns. Footman, at 6-foot, is five inches shorter than Gibbs but appeared every bit as dynamic Saturday. Footman has two more seasons to run the Alcorn offense.


Ball security — or lack thereof. Southern fumbled the ball nine times and lost five. Sure, the sloppy condition and wet footballs contributed a lot to that, but holding on to the football has been an issue for the Jaguars each of the last three games. They lost three of five fumbles against Texas Southern last week, when rain was a factor also. Two weeks ago, though, weather wasn’t a factor and they lost four of six. In the last three games, Southern has fumbled 20 times and lost 12.


As lopsided as the game was, Southern had its chances. The Jaguars ran 30 more plays (82 to 52) than Alcorn did, but gained fewer than half the yards (260-555) as the Braves executed much better on both sides of the ball. Southern was 1 yard from tying the score at seven in the first quarter and went backward before fumbling the ball away. It was 10 yards from making it a one-score game early in the third quarter, but turned the ball over on downs.