Southern passing game gets back in the groove in dry weather at Arkansas-Pine Bluff _lowres

Advocate photo by WILLIAM HARVEY -- Southern quarterback, Austin Howard fires a touchdown pass to Malcolm Crockett during the first half of the Jaguars' 57-24 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Golden Lion Stadium.

1 WHAT WE LEARNED

Southern is still one of the better teams in the SWAC. It’s not going to be the best overall or in the West, but after the top three teams — Grambling, Prairie View and Alcorn State — no one in the SWAC can compete with the Jaguars, whose five conference wins have come by an average score of 48-24. No one starts a season looking to be fourth-best in their league, but there are two distinct levels in the SWAC — the top four, which includes Southern, and everybody else.

2 TRENDING NOW Lenard Tillery. The junior running back from McKinley High has been leaving his mark on the Jaguars single-season record book for a while. Now he’s moving into other sections. In addition to being 25 yards from becoming the first Jaguar in 17 years to have consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, he’s now 97 yards from surpassing Steve Wofford’s career record of 3,015 rushing yards with two games left this season.

3 FINAL THOUGHTS Southern’s young backups are gaining valuable experience for the future. They have gotten a lot of experience in the five lopsided wins. In fact some of the margins, including Saturday’s, are misleading because the opponents scored on backups late to reduce the big margins after the outcome was decided. Also in the 48-7 loss to Alcorn last week, coach Dawson Odums used a lot of backups after the game got out of hand in the third quarter.

Les East