Southern (2-2, 2-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference) has an open date before resuming Southwestern Athletic Conference play at Alabama State on Oct. 10. The Hornets are 1-3 and 1-2 after beating Mississippi Valley State 45-15 in Itta bena, Miss., on Saturday.
No. 7 Georgia outscored Southern 28-0 in the third quarter to pull away to a 48-6 nonconference victory on Saturday in Sanford Stadium. The Jaguars fell behind 17-0 in the first quarter, and got within 17-6 and had the ball at midfield midway through the second quarter but could never muster a consistent offense. Quarterback Austin Howard sat out the second half because of a bruised throwing shoulder suffered on the first series of the game. Deonte Shorts and Jarrad Hayes both played, but neither did much of anything in the second half.
Roshaud Turner had a game-high eight total tackles, three more than anybody else on either team. He also shared in a tackle for loss as he made his second start at nickelback after being moved from linebacker.
“Lenard is going to do what he does best. He makes my job easier every game. I just put my faith in him.”
— QB Austin Howard on RB Lenard Tillery, who gained 75 yards and scored the Jaguars’ only touchdown on a 16-yard run in the second quarter.
Keep an eye on
The Southwestern Athletic Conference race. One month into the season only three teams – Southern, Grambling and defending champion Alcorn State — are still undefeated in league play. Three others — Prairie View, which lost to Grambling on Saturday, Alabama A&M and Jackson State — have just one loss. As the head-to-head match-ups between the contenders pick up during the heart of the schedule the race will pick up.
Southern kept Georgia’s return game under wraps. The Bulldogs had just 24 yards on two kickoff returns. The Bulldogs returned four punts for a mere 13 yards and Greg Pittman placed three inside the 20. Pittman’s average was 39.9 yards on eight punts.