Southern (3-3, 2-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) begins the second half of the season when it visits Alabama A&M at 1 p.m. Saturday in Louis Crews Stadium in Huntsville, Alabama. The Bulldogs are 2-4 and 1-2 after a 38-28 homecoming loss to Grambling on Saturday. Last season, Southern beat A&M 20-17 in double overtime. The Bulldogs scored a touchdown to take a 17-14 lead with 49 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but Matt Hill’s 37-yard field goal as time expired sent the game into overtime. Hill made another 37-yarder in the second overtime to end the game.
Austin Howard threw three touchdown passes and Reggie Travis caught three — two from Howard and one from fellow WR Willie Quinn — as Southern won its homecoming game by beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 51-36 on Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium. Danny Johnson returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and made an interception that set up another touchdown. The Jaguars defense had eight sacks, led by end Arthur Miley’s three.
WR Reggie Travis scored on touchdown passes of 79, 11 and 41 yards. The first two came from Howard and the third came from Quinn. Travis, a former Plaquemine High standout who transferred from Memphis, finished with five receptions for 156 yards.
“It was good to see the running game working and not having to run (Lenard) Tillery 30 times.”
— Southern coach Dawson Odums on the return of RBs Jamarcus Jarvis and Malcolm Crockett, who each had seven carries in relief of Tillery, who had 14.
Keep an eye on
Freshman CB/KR Danny Johnson of East Feliciana first opened eyes with his play during preseason camp. He has since become a starting cornerback and valuable complement to Quinn on kickoff returns.
Southern did better on third downs on both sides of the ball than it did in the 56-16 loss at Alcorn State a week earlier. The offense converted 58 percent (7 of 12) after converting just 42 percent against Alcorn. The defense limited UAPB to 37.5 percent (6 of 16) after allowing 73 percent against Alcorn.