Southern (1-2) begins defense of its Southwestern Athletic Conference championship when it visits Prairie View at 6 p.m. Saturday in Blackshear Stadium. The Panthers are 0-2 after a 48-16 loss at McNeese State on Saturday, and they’re 0-1 in the SWAC, having lost to Texas Southern 37-35 in the season opener Aug. 31. Last season, the Jaguars beat PVAM 62-59 in double overtime in Mumford Stadium.
Lots of things went wrong for the Jaguars from the get-go in a 51-27 loss to Northwestern State on Saturday night in Mumford Stadium. Three starting defensive backs — Kevin King, D’Andre Woodland and Dionte McDuffy — were withheld from play just moments before kickoff because of certification issues. The Demons jumped to a 17-0 lead in less than nine minutes, the second touchdown coming on a 9-yard return of a Deonte Shorts fumble, the first of five Southern turnovers. The defense could never get Demons QB Zach Adkins out of rhythm as he threw a school-record 30 completions, including a school-record 19 in a row, in 35 attempts and tied a school record with four touchdown passes in passing for 230 yards. The special teams had trouble too as Paul Randle Soden averaged 28.5 yards on two punts before being replaced by Murphy Nash III, who averaged 35 yards on two kicks, and Kyle Yonke missed an extra point for the third consecutive game.
Willie Quinn breathed some life into the Jaguars late in the first quarter when he got open on a quick slant route, snared a pass from Austin Howard and sped untouched into the end zone for a 79-yard touchdown. The score cut the deficit to 17-7 and seemed to shake the lethargy from Southern, which was more competitive from then on. Quinn finished with a team-high five catches for 107 yards.
“It is what it is, and I don’t know what it is.”
— Southern coach Dawson Odums on seeing three starters de-certified academically after they started the first two games.
Keep an eye on
RB Lenard Tillery has been caught in a logjam with the addition of three talented transfers at his position. But with Jamarcus Jarvis sidelined by a knee injury and Malcolm Crockett hurting his ankle Saturday, Tillery got more opportunities and showed the determination that made him the Jaguars’ leading rusher last season. He carried a team-high nine times for 71 yards and caught two passes for 9 yards.
The other transfer at running back Tyre Bracken, has proven to be explosive, but ball security has been an issue. He broke free for a 56-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to finish with a game-high 97 yards on seven carries, but lost a fumble. He fumbled a week earlier, though the Jaguars recovered, in a game in which he rushed for 125 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown.
— Les East