Southern finishes its nonconference schedule when it hosts Northwestern State at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Demons, 0-2 after a 70-6 loss at No. 10 Baylor on Saturday, beat the Jaguars 55-14 last season in Natchitoches.
The Jaguars went through a de facto scrimmage in beating NAIA opponent Central Methodist 56-14 on Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium. Southern’s offense was nearly unstoppable as it amassed 651 total yards, including 395 rushing. The Jaguars’ eight touchdowns were scored by seven different players, with Jamarcus Jarvis scoring twice. A defensive breakdown allowed a 49-yard touchdown pass on CMU’s first possession, but Southern’s defense pitched a shutout after that and allowed 163 total yards. The Eagles’ other touchdown came on an 88-yard kickoff return. Place-kicker Kyle Yonke was 6-of-8 on PATs.
Malcolm Crockett made his debut memorable as he ran for 108 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Tyre Bracken’s 63-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped him surpass Crockett with 125 yards on eight carries, but it was Crockett, a transfer from Pittsburgh, who set the tone early and was the workhorse.
“This is the first time we’ve started 1-1 since I’ve been here. That’s a plus and a blessing. It’s the first time we haven’t been 0-2, so we’re taking small steps forward. Scheduling helps.”
— Southern coach Dawson Odums
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Defensive end Arthur Miley tied for the team lead with half a sack and led the team with 1½ tackles for loss. He was already one of the leaders of the defense, and with senior linebacker Daniel Brown academically ineligible, Miley’s contributions become even more important.
Six of Southern’s eight touchdowns were scored by someone who didn’t play for the Jaguars lst season. The exceptions were running back Lenard Tillery and wide receiver Justin Morgan. The others were Jarvis, Crockett, Bracken, Reggie Travis and fullback Brian McCain, who was on the team last season but didn’t play because of a broken foot.