Monday means mailbag time, so here we are.
Southern hung with No. 7 Georgia for a little more than half last Saturday before losing 48-6 in Athens, Ga.
Sophomore wide receiver Devon Gales from Central High School suffered several fractures in his neck while blocking on a third-quarter kickoff return. He underwent successful surgery Sunday and remains in Athens Regional while recuperating until he’s well enough to return to Baton Rouge.
No prognosis has been made public. The team, meanwhile, has an open date this week. It was off Monday and will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before taking off Friday and Saturday.
It will resume a normal game-week routine Sunday in preparation for its Southwestern Athletic Conference game at Alabama State on Oct. 10.
So here’s what we came up with in the mailbag:
First off, the schedule. I think the toughest game will be the Halloween game against Alcorn State in A.W. Mumford Stadium. Not only are the Braves the defending SWAC champions, they’re off to a 2-0 start in league play and most importantly they have had the Jaguars’ number in recent seasons, winning the last four meetings. That includes two games last season – a 56-16 blowout in Lorman, Miss., and a 38-24 loss in the SWAC championship game in Houston.
If Alcorn is the toughest game, then right behind it is the Bayou Classic game against Grambling on Nov. 28 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Last year’s meeting, in which the West Division title was at stake, wasn’t decided until the final play. The Tigers were a slight choice over the Jaguars to win the West this year and both teams are off to 2-0 league starts. So it seems quite possible that the West will again be decided in the Bayou Classic.
Finally, don’t overlook the Jaguars’ next home game, which is homecoming, against Prairie View on Oct. 17. The Panthers lost to Grambling last Saturday, but they’re a dangerous team and a contender in the West.
As for the injury question, No. 33 is Gales. Unfortunately his injury is serious, though we don’t know just how serious. The Gales family has understandably asked for privacy and so few details about his condition have been made public. Fortunately for Southern there weren’t any other injuries sustained in the game at Georgia.
That’s it for today’s mailbag. We’ll do it again next Monday. I’ll start soliciting questions via Twitter on Sunday, but you can tweet questions any time to @EastAdvocate.