As we move into mid season, the college football season has seen it’s twist and turns. However, as the Southwestern Athletic Conference goes, the ” wild, wild ” west will be won either in Texas or possibly on Louisiana soil. This weekend, the Grambling State Tigers take on the Prairie View A&M Panthers in what is billed as the Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic. This game means a lot in the western division as both the Tigers and Panthers are fighting to stay on top along with the idle Southern University Jaguars. A loss could be damaging as the season goes on for the ticket to Houston. Last year the G-Men survived the massacre 70-56 as they were able to hang on for the rest of the season as the representative of the Western Division on the SWAC Championship Game.
This year, the G-Men bring a new leader in town as he returns home to Dallas to play in front of his family. QB DeVante Kincade , an Ole Miss transfer has be nothing short of phenomenal as he has taken the Tigers to new heights. Kincade’s numbers reflect his value to the team. His 820 yards passing and 8td’s are tops in the conference. WR Chad Williams has been playing lights out all season. Williams has been Kincade’s top threat as he 33 catches for 471 yards and 2 tds are only second behind Southern’s Willie Quinn. Williams has been a monster as he hopes to continue his terrific play in hope of impressing NFL gurus. RB Martez Carter has been great also. Carter dynamic play has produced nearly 150 yards rushing and 2td’s . The Tigers defense has been great as the have held PAC 12’S Arizona Wildcats to 3 points in the first of their ball game 2 weeks ago. Guy Stallworth’s 27 tackles is tops for the Tigers.
Prairie View A&M has been a history maker all season long. The Panthers opened up their brand smack-in new stadium in front of a national audience with a victory of rival Texas Southern 28-25. After being blasted by SEC Texas A&M 67-0, the Panthers reeled off 2 road victories over Alabama A&M 40-21 and MVSU 56-21. Willie Simmons knows this game will go a long way in determining who will win the west. QB Trey Green’s 819 yards passing and 6TD’s is great. However, his 6 INT’s hurt. WR KhaDarel Hodge (17 Rec/255 yds/3 TD) leads the passing game. RB Sta’fon McCray (23 Rush/204 Yds/2 TD) leads the ground game. The Panthers defense will have a tough task slowing down the G-Men potent offense. Terrence Singleton’S 27 stops leads the Purple Rush.
With all the pageantry that comes along with this game, it could be another show stopper. However, the loser will have a tough time trying to recover. Southern University will have a lot to say as well. Stay tuned…………
Week 5 of the college football season was great as well. There were a few upsets and also a firing as a result of a loss. In the Southwestern Athletic Conference , the Grambling State Tigers wanted revenge and it was revenge the got. The G-men welcome the 2015 SWAC Champs , Alcorn State Braves to the Rob as it is affectionately called. Devante Kincade threw five TD passes and ran for another score and Grambling State beat Alcorn State 43-18. Kincade accounted for 400 yards passing. WR Chad Williams 188 yards receiving and 1 TD paced the Tigers passing game. GSU’S Mr. Excitement..Martez Carter caught 2 tds as well. The Braves were paced by RB Aaron Baker 131 yards rushing.
Southern University traveled to Huntsville to take on the Alabama A&M Bulldogs. Southern went and took care of business as the Jags demolished the Bulldogs 59-31. QB Austin Howard threw for 260 yards and 5tds. RB Lenard Tillary rushed for 179 yards and 2 Tds. WR Willie Quinn caught 7 balls for 112 yards and 1 td. The Bulldogs were paced by QB D’angelo Ballard 252 yards passing and 1TD.
Coach Willie Simmons and his Panthers visted the Delta to take on the MVSU Delta Devils. Well, as usual the Panthers sprinted out to a 56-21 victory over the win less Delta Devils. QB Trey Green passes for 259 yards and 2tds to pace the Panthers. Anthony Wiltz accounted for 151 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns to help the Panther cause. MVSU was paced by QB Austin Brey 174 passing.
Coach Mike Haywood and his Texas Southern Tigers continued their winning streak as the won 31-27 at Alabama State. QB Avion Hurts passed for 222 yards and 2tds to pace the Tigers. WR Austin Watts caught 4 balls for 103 yards and 1 td to pace the Tigers air game. ASU was lead by QB Quinterris Toppings with 323 passing yards with one touchdown.
Coach Tony Hughes finally broke through with his first win as Tigers coach with a 32-20 victory over the UAPB Lions in Pine Bluff. JSU was paced by QB Brent Lyles 245 yards and 2 Tds. UAPB was paced by QB Brandon Duncan’s 267 yards passing and 2tds.
Many fans attend HBCU athletic events because of the pageantry along with the traditions. Fans also attend the football games because of the halftime shows that all HBCU bands perform as well as the excitement. Speaking of excitement, there’s a little dude down in Baton Rouge putting on a show himself. He is worth the price of admission many would believe. Willie Quinn, a senior wide receiver , punt returner and kickoff returner on the Southern University football team has been more exciting then ever. Just this past weekend, Quinn was named SWAC conference specialist of the week. Quinn put up huge numbers against foe Alabama State as he he hauled in four receptions for 178 yards and three receiving TDs. He also threw a 30-yard passing TD and returned his 10th punt for a TD on a 78-yard return. Quinn also leads the SWAC in all purpose yardage at 225 per game and is second receiving yardage per game. He is also first in scoring as well. Quinn has brought back excitement to the Jaguar Nation as well as for the SWAC.
Willie Quinn , a Miami native prepped at Miami Jackson High school. At Jackson, Quinn dazzled as he lead the team in receiving, punt returns , kickoff return as well as played some defenses also. Small in statue , Quinn didn’t really sat the recruiting world on fire. Two schools showed interest heading into his senior year, Marshall and Western Kentucky, however, it was a journey getting him to Southern University. Once he arrived on the Bluff, everything feel into place. An opportunity to showcase what he could do was all the mattered to him. Former Southern football coach, Stump Mitchell and his staff rolled the dice and it paid off. With Southern having a bad year and Dawson Odums coming aboard, experimenting to find a formula that works paid off. Quinn bust on to the scene in 2013 as he made a name for himself as a specialist. That same year , Quinn had 753 yards receiving as well as 7 TD’S. His numbers continued to improve as well as he play as Odums begin implementing more plays designed for his type of play. Quinn helped the Jaguars win the 2013 SWAC Championship and again return back to the 2014 game before falling to Alcorn State. Quinn did however put on a show in that game also.
As we head into week 5 of the college football season, Quinn has already shocked the world and continues to soar with his play. Heading into Huntsville to take on the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, Southern fans know there will be excitement at the ball game and I am not talking about the Human Jukebox. Quinn will look to excite fans of both schools as he hopes not only to pad his stats , but to get the Jags another win to stay in the west race for the crown. And yes…Mr Excitement will be in the building.
To all my Baton Rouge folk and all other SWAC folk, the Jackson State Tigers coming off a tough loss to Grambling 35-14 , invade Pine Bluff to take on the 1-0 Lions , coming off a huge road victory over Alcorn State. The Tigers offense is lead by former Southern University Co-OC and current Offensive Coordinator Chad Germany. Germany has brought youthfulness and excitement back to Jackson. Germany hit the recruiting trails hard as he reeled in nearly 30 recruits from Louisiana and Mississippi alone. He also marketed the JSU brand through various social media as well as through face to face interactions at JSU alumni gatherings. Chad know has the tough task of turning a once proud offensive team into a team looking point on the board.
Ted White comes to Pine Bluff with a long resume. White is the former QB at Howard that set many records in the MEAC as well as at Howard University. White was OC at Howard , QB coach at Southern before coming on as the replacement for Anthony Jones as OC of the Lions. Things started out slow but after scoring a huge over time win over Alcorn State 45-42 , White’s offense came to life. QB Brandon Duncan throw for 505 yards and 4 TD’s in the victory. White, like Germany has been hitting the recruiting hard in the areas of Houston and Louisiana also looking for talent to help his offensive philosophy. White knows that his offense is still a work in progress, however the time now is to win.
Who will win……Germany’s offense or White’s offense……stay tuned…..
Week 4 of college football continues to be a roller coaster ride. You never know what kind of excitement to expect. Week 4 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference provided an indication of what to expect when it comes to excitement. Grambling State travel to Jackson to take on Tony Hughes’ Tiger. Things didn’t go well for the home standing Tigers as they were buried 35-14. The G-Men dominated from the start to take a 21-0 halftime lead. JSU finally got on the board on a DeShawn Tillman fumble recovery to cut it to 28-7. Both teams would score once more to finalize the score. The G-Men were lead by QB Devante Kincade 227 yards passing and 1 TD. WR Chad Williams continue has NFL type of play with 131 yards receiving and 1 TD. JSU was paced by QB Brent Lyles 150 yards passing. WR Dan Williams 102 yards receiving paced the Tigers air game.
Coach Brian Jenkins assumed he was making programs after losing a nail biter to Alcorn State last week. However, it may seem that the Hornets will have to start over again. Southern University blasted the Hornets 64-6 in Baton Rouge, La. WR Willie Quinn solidified himself as one of the SWAC’S best as it comes to excitement. Quinn Willie Quinn accounted for 320 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns as the Jags took an early 34-0 lead at the half. QB Austin Howard passed for 304 yards and 3 TD’S. RB Lenard Tillery rushed for 144 yards. The Hornets were paced by Quinterris Toppings 248 yards passing.
Texas Southern finally broke through in the victory column with a 31-0 over the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils in Houston. QB Averion Hurts had 273 yards passing with a career-high three touchdowns to pace the Tigers. RB Tyler Cooks 2 tds paced the Tigers as well. MVSU was paced by QB Austin Bray 170 yards passing.
Prairie View got back on the winning note as they traveled to Alabama A&M and defeated the Bulldogs 41-20. QB Trey Green passed for 197 yards and 2 TD’S. RB Sta’fon McCray rushed for 192 yards and 2tds’ to paced the Panther ground game. Prairie View A&M piled up 543 yards of total offense against the Bulldogs. Alabama A&M was paced by RB Jordan Bentley 126 yards rushing and 1TD. QB De’Angelo Ballard also rushed for 111 yards and 1td.
Last night , the Alcorn State Braves dreams of a three peat became a night mare. Coach Monte Coleman and his lowly UAPB Lions did something no one on earth would have thought. The Lions came from a 2 touchdown deficit to defeat the Braves on the Reservation 45-43 in triple overtime. With starting QB Lenoris Footman out with an injury, back up QB Noah Johnson was called in to lead Coach Fred McNair’s offense. Jonson threw for 362 yards and 3 scores. He also ran for another 3 scores but it wasn’t enough. UAPB’S QB Brandon Duncan threw for a league best 505 yards and 4TD Passes to pace the Lions. Well, it looks like the SWAC EAST division just got interesting.
Coach Willie Simmons looks to have his Panthers rebound after getting throttle at Texas A&M 67-0, as the travel to Huntsville to take on Alabama A&M at Louis Crews Stadium. PVAMU will be lead by QB Trey Green Trey Green (29-71/363 Yds/2 TD/3 INT) and WR KhaDarel Hodge (9 Rec/97 yds/2 TD). The Bulldogs are coming off a victory at Mississippi Valley and are lead by QB De’Angelo Ballard(15-41/168 Yds/1 TD) and RB Jordan Bentley (26 Rush/110 Yds/1 TD). REALSPORTSREALTALK PREDICTION…….PVAMU 31-17
The SWAC game of the week is Coach Broderick Fobbs and his Grambling State Tigers visiting Jackson State in Jackson, Miss. The G-Men are coming off a tough loss to the PAC12’S Arizona Wildcats in which lead 21-3 at half but fell short 31-21. QB DeVante Kincaide looked great before suffering a tight hamstring injury in the first half against the Wildcats. He should be back in time for this key matchup against the JSU Tigers. QB Trevon Cherry (16-25/209 Yds/ 3 INT) and WR Chad Williams (12 Rec/153 Yds) paces the G-MEN. Jackson State is coming a tough loss also as the fell to the Tennessee State Tiger in Memphis in the Southern Heritage Classic. JSU is paced by QB LaMontiez Ivy (33-74/301 Yds/2 TD/2 INT) and WR Dan Williams (12 rec/101 Yds/1 TD). REALSPORTSREALTALK PREDICTION…….GSU 49-24
Coach Brian Jenkins knows that this trip to Baton Rouge means a lot. With Alcorn State losing to UAPB, the Hornets now have a chance to over take the Braves in the east. However, Southern University may have something to say about that. The Hornets are lead by QB Quinterris Toppings (11-26/109 Yds/3 TD) and RB Khalid Thomas (19 Rush/115 Yds/1 TD). Southern is coming off a pasting from Tulane 66-21. The Jaguars are lead by QB : Austin Howard (33-58/404 Yds/3 TD/3 INT) and RB : Lenard Tillery (39 Rush/200 Yds/1 TD). WR Willie Quinn keeps making more highlight film as well. REALSPORTSREALTALK PREDICTION ……Southern 34-24
Coach Rick Comegy is coming off a tough loss at home to Alabama A&M. Comegy knows the Delta Devils need a win now. MVSU is lead by QB Austin Bray (39-72/369 Yds/2 TD and WR Joshua Banks (9 Rec/112 Yds/1 TD). Texas Southern is also looking to break in the win column at home. With WR Derrick Griffin not available anymore , the Tigers will look to QB Averion Hurts (22-48/218 Yds/1 TD) and WR/RB Tylor Cook (25 Rush/84 Yds/2 TD) to lead the Tiger charge. REALSPORTSREALTALK PREDICTION……..TSU 17-6
Ok, Week 2 of college football has past and now we are approaching conference play. Many teams are starting to define themselves while others are still in search of an identity. One team that comes to mind as we head into week 3 is the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Grambling State Tigers. Fresh off a nearly upset of the PAC 12 University of Arizona , losing 31-21 , the Tigers look to be primed to run the table in the conference.
Coach Broderick Fobbs has done an excellent job in implementing those FBS transfers into the Tigers schemes. QB DeVante Kincade has done a great job so far. After leading the Tigers to a 21-3 half time lead over the Wildcats, Kincade looked as if he was going to make history for the G-Men. However, Kincade suffered what many would say a pulled hamstring which is now a day to day deal. The G-Men looked to be cracking on all cylinders against the Wildcats.
Both QB’S Kincade and Cherry did a good job despite Cherry’s 3 INT in the 2nd half. RB Martez Carter play with vengeance. Carter took a swing pass and bounced to the outside down the sideline for a Tiger TD. WR Chad Williams improved his NFL stock as he burned the Wildcat secondary for 13 grabs and 152 yards. WR Dominique Leak and Verlen Hunter also did damage combining for 10 grabs and 132 yards and 1 TD. The Tigers offense looked potent during the first half against the FBS Wildcats. The second half was another story.
However, with a trip to Jackson State looming this Saturday , can the G-Men up their game like they did against Arizona. JSU is coming off a loss themselves to Tennessee State which they held a brief lead until the TSU Tigers rallied for the win. JSU is looking to break into the win column with an upset victory. However, The G-Men looked so polished against Arizona in the first , can they run the table with or without Kincade? ……..Realsportsrealtalk……