Willie Quinn did it again.
Southern’s jack-of-all-trades returned a first-quarter kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the Jaguars’ 47-42 loss to Prairie View on Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium.
It was the sixth touchdown Quinn has had a hand in this season. He has three kickoff returns for touchdowns, a punt return for a touchdown, a receiving touchdown and he has thrown a touchdown pass.
The 89-yard touchdown pass that Quinn threw to Randall Menard in a 50-13 victory at Mississippi Valley State on Sept. 10 was the longest pass from scrimmage by a SWAC player this season entering this week’s games.
But other than that play, Quinn, who retuned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown in a 34-24 victory at Prairie View last season, was shut down by the Panthers. Quinn totaled 20 yards on four other kickoff returns and lost a yard on his only punt return.
After catching a career-high 12 passes in a 45-34 victory at Alabama State last week, Quinn caught one pass for 13 yards.
First SWAC deficit
Quinn’s touchdown quickly erased the first deficit that the Jaguars faced in Southwestern Athletic Conference play this season.
Southern fell behind for the first time in four league games when Prairie View took a 7-3 lead on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Trey Green to Glen Oaks graduate Johnta’ Hebert with 5:38 left in the first quarter.
The deficit lasted just 16 seconds before Quinn went all the way with the return of the ensuing kickoff.
Quinn gave Prairie View a scoring opportunity late in the second quarter when he fumbled a punt and the Panthers recovered at the Jaguars 37 with 23 seconds left.
But on the next play, Danny Johnson made a diving interception at the 1-yard line to stop the threat.
It was the third time this season that Johnson stopped a scoring threat with an interception. He made two interceptions in the end zone in the second quarter of Southern’s 62-15 loss at Louisiana tech in the season opener.
Morgan doesn’t dress
Southern CB/WR Justin Morgan didn’t dress after aggravating an ankle injury in practice this week.
Morgan has played primarily on defense because of injuries in the secondary. Jamar Mitchell, who played last week for the first time this season because of a hamstring injury suffered in preseason camp, took Morgan’s reps at cornerback.
Morgan is day to day.
More Gales tributes
In its first home game since WR Devon Gales suffered a severe spinal injury against Georgia, Southern paid tribute to him by painting his No. 33 on both 33-yard lines at A.W. Mumford Stadium.
The gesture was the latest in a series of tributes to Gales, who is rehabbing at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
The players continued to wear the “33” logo on their helmets that they debuted last week against Alabama State. Signs showing support for Gales could also be seen on campus and throughout the neighborhood.