PINE BLUFF, Ark. — If Lenard Tillery had been on time for breakfast last Tuesday, he might already have his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season.
The Southern junior running back’s tardiness caused coach Dawson Odums to bench him for the first quarter of the Jaguars’ 57-24 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday at Golden Lion Stadium.
When Tillery got into the game early in the second quarter, he looked like a guy trying to make up for lost time, rushing for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. That left him 25 yards short of 1,000.
“I was thinking about it all week,” Tillery said. “Whenever I get in I’ve got to get it going. I’ve got to get it going.”
Last season Tillery became Southern’s first 1,000-yard rusher in 11 years. If he gets those final 25 yards, presumably against Alabama A&M next week, he’ll become the first Jaguar to have consecutive 1,000-yard seasons since Steve Wofford, who rushed for 1,359 yards in 1997 and 1,173 in 1998.
It was the second time in the past five games that Tillery didn’t start. Malcolm Crockett took his place.
Crockett started against Alabama State on Oct. 10, and Tillery entered the game after one series as punishment for being late for class.
On Saturday, Crockett finished with 107 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. He caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown.
Injured pair returns
Southern center Terrell Lee and linebacker Daniel Brown didn’t start, but both played.
They missed practice time during the week because of foot injuries they suffered in a 48-7 loss to Alcorn State.
Allen Spry started in Lee’s place, and Brad Porter started in Brown’s place, but Lee and Brown both entered the game in the first quarter.
November streak extended
Southern extended its November winning streak to 10 games.
The Jaguars went 4-for-4 in November each of the past two seasons. Their last November loss was a 31-30 setback against Alabama State on Nov. 10, 2012, in A.W. Mumford Stadium.
The November streak started later that month when the Jaguars beat Grambling 38-33 in the Bayou Classic.
Record point total
Southern’s point total was the most UAPB has allowed in Golden Lion Stadium since it opened in 2000.
The previous high came in a 51-23 loss to Prairie View last season.
Record point total II
Southern led UAPB 41-8 at halftime as it scored the most first-half points it has in coach Dawson Odums’ three-plus seasons.
The previous high was 36 in a 56-14 win over Central Methodist last season.
UAPB recognizes Gales
UAPB officials presented Odums with a framed No. 33 jersey in honor of injured Jaguars receiver Devon Gales, who continues to rehab in Atlanta after spinal surgery.
The presentation was made at misfield by Chancellor Laurence Alexander, coach Monte Coleman and athletic director Lonza Hardy.
Alexander is a New Orleans native who has degrees from UNO and Tulane. Hardy is a former Southern sports information director.