As we head into week 9 of the college football season, things are beginning to shape up as it relates to post season. However, in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, many people are staying true to their hearts with traditions, however one might lose sight of a forgotten gem. Well that gem is Prairie View A&M University Panthers. With all the hoopla surrounding the possibility of a SWAC championship being played at the Bayou Classic between Grambling State and Southern, PVAMU currently sits at 5-1, only a half game behind the leaders in the west. Both G-Men and the Jags still have a lot of football to play. GSU visits Alabama A&M while Southern host Texas Southern this weekend. PVAMU on the other hand has a tough test of hosting upstart and former SWAC champs Alcorn State this Saturday as well. The Panthers know that any slip up could mean the season is done.
Coach Willie Simmons have lived up to his billing as he again has the Panthers on the verge of post season. Last year , PVAMU’s only loss was to Grambling State, which eventually won the west before falling to champ Alcorn State here in Houston. PVAMU petitioned the NCAA for a possibility of participating in the FCS playoffs but fell short of that goal. This year, the Panthers 3 losses are too FBS Texas A&M and Rice along with SWAC foe Grambling as of to date. Coach Simmons knows that the next two weeks means a lot to his program as Alcorn State and Southern University visits Panther Stadium in back to back weeks. The Panthers seem to be on track after a road win at Jackson State.
QB Trey Green has been down due to injury but first year signal caller Jalen Morton has responded well. Morton numbers are 640 yards passing and 5 touch downs. He also has dropped the INT’S down compared to Green’s 10. PVAMU seems to have found a replacement for All SWAC Johnta Hebert as Dewonya Tucker and Staphon Mc Cray have stepped up to rush for nearly 600 yards and 6 TD’S. Caleb Roach also has added another 261 yards and 3 td’s to that number. WR Demarquo Lastra leads a bevy of pass catchers with 24 balls for 416 yards and 2 TD’s.
Defensively, the Panthers have done well keep SWAC foes at bay. Terrance Singleton tops the defense with 58 tackles. As we head into the home stretch of the season, PVAMU looks to have a say so in who represents the SWAC in post season. They aim to slip in the back door with no one expecting the purple gang form Panther land.