The 2016 football season got under way this past weekend and there were a bit of surprises. Last Thursday, Jackson State traveled to Las Vegas looking to jump start the Tony Hughes era with a boom, however it ended with a thud. UNLV used it’s strength, size and muscle to blast the Tigers 63-13 in Bowers Stadium. Rebels QB Johnny Stanton threw for 217 yards and 3 TD’s to lead the charge. RB Lexington Thomas scored twice as well for the Rebels. JSU was paced by QB La Montiez Ivy threw for 134 yards and 1 TD. Hughes admitted that his team was over matched but the Tigers effort was there.
On Friday, Rick Comegy took his Delta Devils on a mid west trip only to find out that the trip would later be a night mare. MVSU was trampled by Eastern Michigan 61-14. EMU QB Todd Porter threw for 171 yards and 3 TD’s. RB Shaq Vann 156 yards on the ground plus 2 TD’s were tops in the rushing category. Down 61-0, MVSU avoided a shut out by scoring a pair of TD’s in the 4th. Looks like the Devils did pick up a nice paycheck though.
Things got hot as Saturday rolled around. Alabama A&M visited Middle Tennessee State only to be pummeled 55-0. The Blue Raiders were lead by QB Brent Stockstill 329 yards passing along with 5 TD’s. The Blue Raiders sat records in almost every categary. The SWAC’S Bulldogs were limited to 146 yards of total offense.
UAPB traveled to Nashville, Tenn to take on the Tennessee State Tigers in the John Merritt Classic. The Lions under new OC Ted White wanted to change the culture at Pine Bluff. However, the Tigers had a different agenda. Coach Reed’s Tigers dominated from the start as QB O’Shay Ackerman-Carter passed for 259 yards and 2 TD’s as TSU won easily 44-0. Coach Coleman’s Lions just didn’t look like they were ready to play. UAPB was flagged for nearly 110’s in penalties which didn’t help there cause.
Coach Broderick Fobbs and his G-Men got a chance to play the entire bench as the Tigers rolled to a 72-12 victory over small school Virginia Lynchburg. DeVante Kincade , a transfer from SEC foe Ole Miss threw for 2 TD’s as well as ran for another 2 Td’s to pace the Tigers. Back QB Trevon Cherry threw for 2 TD’s also. RB Martez Carter returned a punt for 87 yards for a TD as well as a 57 yard punt return for another TD. The Dragons were lead by QB Garrett Schrep’S 209 yards and 1 TD. The Tigers have bigger fish to fry as they prepare for this upcoming weekend trip to Tuscon , Arizona to take on the PAC 12’S Arizona Wildcats.
Southern University opened up it’s season visiting the Sun Belt’s University of Louisiana Monroe War Hawks. The Jaguars played tough for 3 quarters, however falling 38-21. The Jags lead 3-0 early and trailed 14-12 at the break. The Jaguar defense held the War Hawks in check and had several chances of going ahead reaching the red zone 2 twice but only settling for 3. RB Lenard Tillery continued his quest to become the SWAC’s leading rusher with 178 yards and 1 TD to pace the Jaguars.
Coach Brian Jenkins took his Hornets to San Antonio, Texas to take on newly coach Frank Wilson and his UTSA Roadrunners. The Hornets played tough only to fall 26-13. Leading by 1 going into the second quarter, the Hornets allowed UTSA’S QB Dalton Sturm to pass for 274 yards and 2 tds to rally the Roadrunners to victory. UTSA set a single-game school record with six sacks during the contest also.
Coach Willie Simmons survived an upset bid in the opening of PVAMU’S brand new stadium as the Panthers eased by Texas Southern 28-25. PVAMU’S QB Trey Green threw 2 td’s passes to WR Khadarel Hodge to stave off the Tigers. TSU’S QB Jay Christophe seem to have it together as the Tigers raced to a 17-6 before being injured. Back up QB Avion Hurts tried to keep the Tigers afloat but PVAMU’S defense rose up during the last series of play. TSU’S WR Derrick Griffin paced the Tigers with 6 catches for 90 yards and 1 td. The game lived up the all the hype as PVAMU stadium was celebrated with the school’s first win in the structure. It is a gem I do say so myself.