Jared Green may have gotten off to a slow start at Southern.
Saturday night, during the Jaguars’ stunning 22-21 loss at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, he certainly made up for it.
In his six previous games at Southern, the senior wide receiver, who transferred after four seasons at Virginia, had 66 receiving yards. Saturday night at UAPB, he eclipsed his season total with 95 yards on five catches in the first half alone.
Green finished with 141 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions.
It was a special night for Green, who has known Lions coach Monte Coleman for most of his life. Coleman, a linebacker for the Washington Redskins from 1979-94, was teammates with Green’s father, cornerback Darrell Green. Coleman is godfather to Jared Green’s sister, Jerrell.
On offense, Southern used freshmen Isaiah Webster at left guard and Donald Glover at right guard. It was Glover’s third straight start, although sophomore Aaron Hall occasionally spelled him.
On defense, the Jaguars opened with Jaylen Jordan at left defensive end. Jordan took over for fellow freshman Jeffrey Watkins, who suffered a severely sprained ankle during last week’s 23-20 home loss to Prairie View.
Also, freshman middle linebacker Daniel Brown saw his most significant playing time since the season opener at Tennessee State - in part because seniors Jamie Payton and Jared Detrick had to leave with minor injuries (they later returned).
Big day for UAPB runners
Southern’s defense almost held on despite giving up 298 rushing yards on 67 attempts, the second-highest total this season.
Tennessee State ran for 342 yards on 48 carries in a 33-7 win over SU in the season opener Sept. 3.
Oddly, senior tailback Adrian Moore, who entered the game as the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s leading rusher, had only 12 yards on 10 attempts. He was featured early, but gave way to teammates Dennis Jenkins (111 yards), Justin Billings (101 yards) and Stephen Jones (62 yards).
Kedy Enabulele came up with Southern’s second blocked field-goal attempt of the season when he rushed through the middle of the line and leaped in front of Chris Ewald’s 28-yard attempt in the first quarter.
It was the second blocked field goal this season. Brown had one against Tennessee State.
- LaQuinton Evans lined up as a kickoff returner for the first time this season, but he did not have a return. Evans practiced as a return man during preseason camp.
- Green scored his first touchdown with Southern late in the second quarter, catching a 44-yard bomb from J.P. Douglas.
- Matt Hill made his first field goal of the season when he connected from 25 yards away in the first quarter. Hill, who took over for Manuel Canto as the starting place-kicker, was 9-for-11 on extra-point attempts heading into the game. He later missed a 32-yard attempt in the second quarter, and his first extra-point attempt failed, hitting the left upright.
- Jordan made his first college sack in the first quarter, Jordan, a Houston native, came into Saturday’s game with eight tackles, a fumble recovery and four hurries.
To UAPB safety Jarvis Webb, who blocked Canto’s extra-point attempt with no time remaining, preserving the 22-21 win.
Fullback Brian McCain, wide receiver Lee Doss and strong safety Demetric Rogers were team captains for Southern. The Jaguars, who have the worst third-down conversion rate in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, finished 3-for-10 on third downs, though they were 1-for-1 on fourth downs.