Jaguars survive PVAMU’S scare…G-MEN tough it out in Pine Pluff….Hornets roll on…..Alcorn gets back on track…..TSU eats well in the Delta…….

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–BR Advocate—

Week 10 of college football basically separated to contenders from the pretenders. Alabama and Georgia looked like contenders while LSU and South Carolina looked like bridesmaids. In SWAC Football, Southern University and Alcorn State produced contender like games as both the Jaguars and Braves won at home to stay in contention for the SWAC title. Southern fought off a tough and proven PVAMU Panther team to win 37-31 in Baton Rouge. QB Austin Howard saved his best for last as the Jaguars celebrated Senior Day on the Bluff. Howard passed for 404 yards and 4 scores to pace the Jaguars. WR K. Catalon caught 6 balls for 175 yards. TE Dillon Beard caught 5 ball for 90 yards and 2 scores. RB Herb Edwards added a score as well. Not to be out done, PVAMU’S QB Niko Hollins passed for 242 yards and 3 scores. RB S. MccRAY rushed for 138 yards and 1 score. The Jaguars held on for dear life at the end to stave off a Panther rally. The win keeps Southern behind Grambling for a possible key showdown in New Orleans. 

Alcorn Runs All Over AAMU in 47-22 Victory; McCullough Breaks School Field Goal Record

—Alcorn State Sports–

Alcorn State, fresh off a bye week needed little time to dispose of the AAMU Bulldogs 47-22 on the reservation. RB P.J. Simmons and DeLance Turner and a long with QB Noah Johnson combined for 416 yards rushing and 5 scores to pace the Braves. AAMU suffered it’s second lost and looks like Coach James Spady’s seat just over heated again. The Bulldogs were paced by QB Aquill Glass 142 yards passing and 1 score. RB Johnathan Bentley rushed for 134 yards and 1 score as well. 

Tigers hold off Golden Lions

—GSU Sports—–

The Grambling Tigers fought off a tough and challenging bunch of Lions in Pine Bluff 31-26. UAPB gave the Tigers a run for their money as they matched tit for tat until the Tigers defense rose to the occasion and stop the Lions in the red zone. GSU was paced by QB DeVante Kincade 254 yards passing and 3 scores. UAPB played hard and fought but the G-MEN were a bit too much for the Lions in the end. 

JSU

—Bama State Sports—-

Alabama State and interim coach Donald Hill-Eley continue their magical win streak as the Hornets ruined Jackson State’s homecoming 13-3. Alabama State defense played lights out against the slumping Tigers limiting them to only 3 points the entire ball game. The Hornets clawed and scratched as QB D. Pearson rushed for 53 yards and 1 score. After building a lead the Hornets kept the Tigers at bey. 

 

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–MVSU athletics

Texas Southern traveled to the Delta and got their first win of the season against a slumping MVSU team 38-21. Coach Haywood struggling with youth on his team finally got the monkey off his back as QB Elijah Odom ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Tigers. RB Brad Woodard added 84 yards rushing and another score as well. MVSU was paced by QB Chris Fowler 313 yards passing and 3 scores. WR Q McElfresh caught 5 balls for 135 yards and 3 scores as well. 

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SWAC FOOTBALL WEEK 10: PVAMU/SU MATCH UP IS HUGE….G-MEN NOT TAKING UAPB LIGHTLY….BAMA STATE LOOKS TO CONTINUE STREAK AT JSU…..ALCORN LOOKS TO SHARPEN IRON AGAINST AAMU…..TSU/MVSU PLAYING FOR RESPECT IN THE DELTA…

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PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (3-4, 2-2 SWAC)                                      SOUTHERN (5-3, 3-1 SWAC)

Week 10 of college football has some great match ups that will decide the faith of postseason for some and the end for others. LSU travels to Alabama in what could be a key cog in that SEC and national race. In SWAC play, the game of the week features Coach Willie Simmons and his PVAMU Panthers traveling into hostile territory to take on the surging Southern Jaguars in Baton Rouge. This game is a make or break game for the Jaguars as they try to keep pace with the west leader Grambling State Tigers. However, for PVAMU, it could be a win that adds to a somewhat mediocre season. The Panthers will be paced by QB  Lavell McCullers (71-143-901-5 TDs-1 INT) , however back up QB Neiko Hollins played well against Bacone College could be asked to do the same against the tough Jaguar defense. RB  Sta’fon McCray (50 carries, 330 yds, 4 TDs) and WR  Khadarel Hodge (24 rec., 410 yds, 6 TDs) could also pose a threat as well.  Anthony Stubbs (46) tackles leads a proven Panther defense. Southern’s QB Austin seems to be finding his groove after having an injured plague early season. Howard’s   (102-173-1,219 yds-11 TDs-3 INTs) , RB  Herb Edwards 118 carries, 645 yds, 3 TDs) and WR Jamar Washington (29 rec., 333 yds, 3 TDs) will be ready to test the Panther defense. TE Dillon Beard and RB Devin Benn will add to the Jaguar mix.

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……..Southern 49-35

 

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GRAMBLING STATE (7-1, 4-0 SWAC                    ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF (2-6, 1-3 SWAC)

The Grambling Tigers ranked #12 will put their paws on the road and travel to Pine Bluff, Arkansas to battle the struggling but scary UAPB Lions. The G-Men’s Broderick Fobbs doesn’t see this game as a trap game, however he has stated that the Tigers will not take anyone lightly. GSU will be paced by QB : Devante Kincade (125-209-1,779-13 TDs, 2 INTs) , RB : Martez Carter (106 carries, 590 yds, 6 TDs) and WR  Darrell Clark (23 rec., 278 yds, 4 TDs). Coach Everett Todd’s defense has played lights out.  De’Arius Christmas (60) leads a stout Tiger defense. UAPB enters this game with some scoring tenacity scoring 40 points however losing to a tough Southern team 47-40 in Little Rock last weekend. UAPB will be paced by  LeEarl Patterson (55-105-852 yards-4 TDs-2 INTs). QB Brandon Duncan may again be pulling the trigger as a possible replacement if Patterson struggles. RB : Keshawn Williams (107 carries, 611 yds, 7 TDs) is the SWAC ‘s best. WR  Tyrin Ralph (35 rec., 303 yds, 1 TD) can be dangerous also.

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction…..Grambling 56- 24

 

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ALABAMA STATE (2-5, 2-2 SWAC)                                    JACKSON STATE (1-7, 1-3 SWAC)

Alabama State seem to have found a game plan that’s working as interim Head Coach Donald Hill-Eley has gotten off to a 2-0 start leading the Hornets to wins over Texas Southern and AAMU. The Hornets are starting to believe as the travel to Jackson to take on the Jackson State Tigers for their Homecoming. ASU will counter with QB  Kobie Jones (66-118-476 yds-2 TDs-4 INTs) , RB : George Golden (46 carries, 245 yds, 0 TD) and WR : Willis White (16 rec.,178 yds, 1 TD. The JSU Tigers come into the contest fresh off their first win of the season at MVSU 24-5. Coach Tony Hughes made some whole sale changes and it seems to be working. JSU will be paced by QB Jordan Williams (24-40-234 yds-3 TDs-2 INTs), RB  Jordan Johnson (104 carries, 578 yds, 5 TDs) and WR  Carle Ollie (23 rec., 194 yds, 0 TD. 

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction….JSU 17-14

 

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ALABAMA A&M (3-5, 3-2 SWAC)                                 ALCORN STATE (5-3, 3-1 SWAC )  

Coach James Spady’s bubble may have burst with last weeks lost to ASU in the Magic City Classic. However, the AAMU Bulldogs still have a chance for post season as they travel into Mississippi to take on the Alcorn State Braves. AAMU will counter with QB Aqeel Glass (74-146-861 yds, 3 TDs, 6 INTs , RB  Trevon Walters (91 carries, 380 yds, 3 TDs) and WR  Octavious Miles (22 rec., 290 yds, 1 TD). Coach Fred McNair still has a sour taste in his mouth from his team’s last outing losing to Grambling 41-14. Having a week off to get things straight may not bode well for the Bulldogs. The Braves will counter with QB  Lenorris Footman (120-198-1,556 yds-9 TDs, 4 INTs) , hopefully back from injury. If not, Noah Johnson may get the call to lead the Braves attack. RB  De’Lance Turner (118 carries, 894 yds, 5 TDs) and WR  Norlando Veals (31 rec., 524 yds, 3 TDs) will add to the mix.

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……Alcorn State  42-14

 

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TEXAS SOUTHERN (0-7, 0-3 SWAC)               MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE (2-6, 1-3 SWAC

Texas Southern enters this week as the only team in conference win less. Coach Mike Haywood has stated that there is a youth movement happening with his team. Inexperience has cost the Tigers most of the season if not all. TSU will look to do what Jackson State did a week ago in the Delta and that’s to win. TSU will counter with QB  Dominic DeLira (66-122-664 yds, 2 TDs, 5 INTs) , however it was back up Elijah Odom that provided the spark for the Tigers in a loss to Grambling last week. RB  Brad Woodward (53 carries, 199 yds, TD) and WR Darvin Kidsy (31 rec., 406 yds, 2 TDs) have been mainstays for the Tigers. MVSU on the other hand was thought to be going in the right direction before running into a 0-6 JSU team losing at home. The Delta Devils look to get it right this time as another win less team visits Rice- Totten Stadium. MVSU will look to QB  Christopher Fowler (107-155-1,152 yards-3 TDs-6 INTs) and WR  Quinn McElfresh (39 rec., 589 yds, 1 TD) to get the Devils a victory.

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……TSU 24-21

 

 

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Realsportsrealtalk Midweek Commentary: Southern’s Austin Howard continues to lead by example on and off the field…..

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———-  Baton Rouge Advocate

In society today, there’s no such thing as a perfect person. However, in college athletics , many coaches would like to say that they enjoy coaching certain individuals. In SWAC Football, there are two coaches I know for sure would vouch for their QB’s. Grambling’s Coach Broderick Fobbs has said on many occasions that Senior QB DeVante Kincade leads by example on the field and off the field. However, there’s a QB down south in Baton Rouge that is not only making name for himself in the  Southern University record book, but also in the classroom as well as in life in general. Jaguars Senior QB Austin Howard leads by example on and off the field as well. Howard has put up huge numbers in his four years on the Bluff thus far and he is leading the Jaguars for much more in the coming weeks starting this Saturday in a pivotal game against foe PVAMU. But’s it just not on the field that has gotten Coach Dawson Odums eye for leadership. Howard has done incredible things in the classroom to lead to graduation as well as a bright future in the job market. Odums knows that Howard’s leadership and his passion for winning and education goes hand in hand as the teams starting QB. The younger Jaguars pay close attention to how Howard carries himself on the field as well as off the field. 

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———-  Baton Rouge Advocate

Earlier this season Howard suffered a strained knee injury against South Carolina State in the first game of the season. Coach Odums didn’t want to chance his star QB further injury so he sidelined him for 2 to three weeks to recover. That gave Odums and his staff time to experiment with a young QB to follow in Howard’s path for next season. Young QB’s like John Lampley was given an opportunity to showcase their skills against FBS schools like Southern Miss and UTSA while Howard was rehabbing his injury. Southern did take the losses in stride but at the same time it gave Coach Odums time to evaluate his future QB as well as give Howard needed to time return back for SWAC conference play at Alcorn State. While out, Howard served as a mentor to Lampley and a key resource to the coaching staff during those 2 to three weeks out. Howard’s return put him about at 80% against the Braves. Southern jumped out to a 24-10 lead with Howard knocking some rust off passing for 274 yards and 2 scores. The Braves did come back and win the game but more importantly, Howard’s leadership was valuable to the Jaguars offense. Howard later lead the Jaguars to wins over Fort Valley State, AAMU, Jackson State and most recently UAPB to place the Jaguars a game behind west leader Grambling State. This weekend match up against PVAMU is huge for Southern if they want to make a run at the G-MEN. Howard’s about 90% according to Odums and he is looking for a break out game at home against the always tough Panthers. It’s Howard’s leadership that keeps the Jaguars all together. His leadership is an invaluable asset to Southern University’s football program. 

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Home stretch to Atlanta…..Who will make it?

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

 

CONFERENCE OVERALL
CONF PF PA OVER PF PA STRK
North Carolina A&T 5-0 169 67 8-0 305 101 W8
North Carolina Central 4-1 130 91 6-2 202 168 W1
Hampton 4-1 113 90 5-3 195 179 L1
Howard 4-1 152 94 5-3 247 240 W3
Bethune-Cookman 3-2 104 92 4-4 145 201 W1
Norfolk State 3-2 103 99 3-5 133 208 L1
Florida A&M 2-4 143 163 3-6 192 243 W1
Morgan State 1-4 124 185 1-7 124 286 L2
Savannah State 1-4 91 118 1-7 128 280 W1
Delaware State 1-5 79 197 1-7 98 278 L1
South Carolina State 1-5 113 125 2-6 162 139 L3

Southwestern Athletic – East

CONFERENCE OVERALL
CONF PF PA OVER PF PA STRK
Alcorn State 4-1 144 120 5-3 231 192 L1
Alabama A&M 3-1 120 76 3-5 143 222 L1
Alabama State 1-2 33 74 2-5 81 158 W2
Mississippi Valley State 1-3 63 142 2-6 133 332 L1
Jackson State 1-4 98 148 1-7 120 261 W1

Southwestern Athletic – West

CONFERENCE OVERALL
CONF PF PA OVER PF PA STRK
Grambling 5-0 199 86 7-1 267 159 W7
Southern 3-1 148 119 5-3 210 237 W4
Prairie View 2-2 114 77 3-4 192 182 W1
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1-3 119 139 2-6 183 289 L4
Texas Southern 0-4 70 127 0-7 97 228 L7
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G-Men keeps rolling along…Jags hold off Lions….PV calls off the dogs early….ASU steals another one…..JSU breaks through…..

 

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—-GSU sports

Week 9 of the college football season is building up to a great finish in most conference races. In the SWAC, the race to Atlanta is still ongoing, however, Grambling State looks to add more victories to its homecoming history. The G-MEN wasted no time is crushing win less Texas Southern 50-24 in front of a nice homecoming crowd. QB DeVante Kincade passed for 347 yard and 3 scores to pace the Tigers. The Tigers jumped on TSU early and often. TSU did cut the score to 27-10 but that was the closest the would get to the G-Men. TSU was paced by QB Eric Odoms who came in and gave TSU a spark as he passed for 119 yards and one score. Odoms also scored on a rushing TD as well. 

SU beats UAPB 47-40 in college football

–Advocate Sports

Southern knew it was in a dog fight late in the game as the Jags held on to defeat UAPB in Little Rock 47-40. Southern fell behind early 14-7 however, QB Austin Howard got things into gear and the Jags raced out to a 34-14 lead at the half. UAPB fought back and cut the lead to 34-24 and 40-31. However, it was the Jags who stopped the Lions on several occasions to hang on for the much needed win. QB Austin Howard passed for 245 yards and 5 scores. RB Herb Edwards rushed for 131 yards and WR Jacory Washington caught 5 balls for 113 yards and 2 scores. TE Dillon Beard caught 4 balls for 53 yards and 2 scores as well. UAPB was paced by RB  KeShawn Williams 139 yards rushing and 2 scores. With the win, Southern stays on pace with the G-Men and heads into a pivotal game next Saturday win PVAMU visit Mumford Stadium.

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—ASU sports–

Alabama A&M seemed to be looking ahead to next weeks match up, however, Alabama State had other plans. Alabama State jumped on top early 7-2 lead and never looked back to defeat the  Bulldogs 21-16 in the Magic City Classic in Birmingham , Alabama. ASU’s  Darryl Pearson passed to Chett LeVay for one score to put the Hornets up 21-9 and RB  Alex Anderson run for another score was sort of the nail in the coffin for the Bulldogs. Coach Donald Hill-Eley added more new wrinkles in for the Hornets who are 2-0 since Hill-Eley took over as interim Head Coach. Coach Spady may have seen his last Magic City Classic as the Bulldog Nation began barking for his job following the lost. The Bulldogs must try to win on the road against a tough Alcorn State team if they have any intentions of post season. With the loss, AAMU season may be for not. 

Action v. Jackson

—MVSU sports—

MVSU was what the doctor ordered for the win less Jackson State Tigers as JSU was victorious 24-5 for their first win of the season. Many folks thought that MVSU could pull a rabbit of the their hat at home however, this heated rivalry goes beyond football. JSU was paced by RB Jordan Johnson ran for 162 yards and three touchdowns. Coach Tony Hughes is relieved at getting the first one just in time for homecoming which is next week. New OC Derrick McCall dialed up the right plays as the Tigers kept the Devils at bay. 

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PVAMU welcome back alumni,  friends and family back to the hill to celebrate a 34-17 homecoming victory over tiny Bacone College of Oklahoma. PVAMU was paced by QB Neiko Hollins threw for two touchdowns. The Panthers scored fast and often to take a 31-0 lead at half. However, Coach Willie Simmons agreed to take the foot of the gas by cutting time off the clock so that Bacone College would not suffer any injuries against the stronger and bigger Panther squad. With PVAMU’s back ups in , BC was able to muster up 17 points , however, it was not enough as PVAMU sealed the deal. PVAMU now must focus on the task of traveling to Baton Rouge to take on the streaking Southern Jaguars which is always a tough task. 

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SWAC FOOTBALL WEEK 9: AAMU/BAMA STATE …..JAGS TRY TO STAY IN RACE …..GSU and PV WELCOME BACK ALUMNI…..JSU TRIES TO END TAILSPIN IN THE DELTA….

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TEXAS SOUTHERN (0-6, 0-2 SWAC)                         GRAMBLING STATE (6-1, 3-0 SWAC)

 

Week nine of the college football offers some unique impressions. There are a few teams who are lining up there holiday post season plans. There are a few teams who may be packing it up as well. In the SWAC, there is Grambling and then everybody else. Speaking of the G-MEN, the Grambling community is morning the loss of one student who was gunned down on campus this past Tuesday night by a bystander in what was called a disagreement. With the Tigers set to welcome back many alumni and fans to campus, this was a tough deal on the student body as well as the G-men themselves. The school and community will use this homecoming as a sort of community gathering to heal those wounds from the death of the student. The Tigers welcome in win less Texas Southern to campus and that may be what the doctor ordered for the G-Men and the GramFam to move past this horrible episode. GSU will counter with QB  Devante Kincade (104-175-1,432-10 TDs, 2 INTs) and RB  Martez Carter (92 carries, 556 yds, 5 TDs) to lead the Tigers. WR : Darrell Clark (21 rec., 262 yds, 4 TDs) is starting to come into his own as well. The G-Men defense is peaking at the right time. Fresh off its dominating performanbce against contender Alcorn State,  De’Arius Christmas (54) leads the Tigers. Texas Southern is still trying to find themselves. TSU has yet to win a game and it could be tough for those Texas Tigers in Grambling. TSU will counter with QB  Dominic DeLira (60-109-592 yds, 2 TDs, 5 INTs and WR  Darvin Kirsy (30 rec., 402 yds, 2 TDs)

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……………Grambling State 56-14

 

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ALABAMA A&M (3-4, 3-1 SWAC)                                     ALABAMA STATE (1-5, 1-2 SWAC)

 

The game of the week however might be in Birmingham this weekend as the Alabama A&M and Alabama State meet in the Magic City Classic. AAMU has been on a tear as of late posting a 3-1 record , only taking a 35-14 thrashing at the hands of the Southern University Jaguars. Coach James Spady knows that this game is very important if the Bulldogs have any shot of unseating Alcorn State in the east. AAMU will counter with QB  Aqeel Glass (74-146-861 yds, 3 TDs, 6 INTs) and WR  Octavious Miles (20 rec., 263 yds, 1 TD). RB  Trevon Walters (74 carries, 255 yds, 3 TDs) will add to the Bulldog mix. Alabama State on the other hand may have righted the ship after firing former coach Brian Jenkins and promoting Donald Hill-Eley as interim head coach. So far the results have been good as the Hornets defeated Texas Southern in Houston 23-16 for their first win of the season. Also, with the Hornets coming off a bye week, this game could be interesting for sure. ASU will counter with QB  Kobie Jones (66-118-476 yds-2 TDs-4 INTs) and WR  Willis White (14 rec.,172 yds, 1 TD). With an extra week to prepare for this game, I do expect Hill-Eley and the add more new wrinkles into the ASU’s game plan. 

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction…..AAMU 35-31

 

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SOUTHERN (4-3, 2-1 SWAC)                                ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF (2-5, 1-2 SWAC)

 

Southern University seems to be getting healthy at the right time. The Jaguars are coming off a 35-14 victory at Jackson State and now are looking to stay on Grambling State’s tail in the west. Southern will need a great effort as they travel to Little Rock, Arkansas to take on the UAPB Lions at War Memorial Stadium. Southern will counter with QB : Austin Howard (80-141-881 yds-6 TDs-3 INTs) and RB : Herb Edwards 102 carries, 523 yds, 3 TDs). WR  Jamar Washington (23 rec., 225 yds, 1 TD) has begun to become the Jaguars receiving threat. UAPB on the other hand seems to be going in the other direction. The Lions have fallen on hard times with losses to MVSU and Central State at home. With a bye week, they look to make it a game against the Jaguars. UAPB will counter with QB  LeEarl Patterson (42-86-698 yards-3 TDs-1 INT and RB  Keshawn Williams (87 carries, 493 yds, 5TDs).

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……Southern 31-17

 

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JACKSON STATE (0-7, 0-3 SWAC)                               MISSISSIPPI VALLEY  (2-5, 1-2 SWAC)

 

The Jackson State Tigers are suffering through one of its worst seasons in the history of the program. The Tigers 0-7 will take a visit to the Delta to take on the Mississippi Valley Delta Devils , who are fresh off a 53-6 victory over Virginia Lynch burg. Coach Tony Hughes has made several staff changes as well as several changes in the Tigers playing rotation. JSU will counter with RB  Jordan Johnson (83 carries, 388 yds, 2 TDs) who seems to be the only bright spot on the Tigers team thus far. MVSU will look for Booker Chambers to reach the end zone more against the Tigers. The Delta Devils will counter with QB  Christopher Fowler (107-155-1,152 yards-3 TDs-6 INTs) and WR : Quinn McElfresh (39 rec., 589 yds, 1 TD). Even though JSU record might say other wise, this game will be a heated match up. MVSU Coach Rick Comegy would like no other than to put another loss on the Tigers. 

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction…….MVSU 35-31

 

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BACONE COLLEGE (2-6, 2-4 CSFL)                          PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (2-4, 2-2 SWAC

 

PVAMU will be welcoming back alumni and friends to campus as the Panthers host tiny Bacone College at Panther Stadium.  Coach Willie Simmons would like to use this game as a momentum builder for the Panthers as they head into Baton Rouge next weekend to take on the Southern Jaguars in a key western division match up. PVAMU will counter with QB  Lavell McCullers (68-140-848-5 TDs-1 INT , RB : Dawonya Tucker (61 carries, 289 yds, 4 TDs) and WR : Khadarel Hodge (19 rec., 334 yds, 4 TDs). Bacone College out of Oklahoma will be paced by QB  : Samuel Sewards (145-307-1,581 yds-13 TDs-7 INTs) , RB  Johnny Thomas (80 carries, 357 yds, 3 TDs) and WR  Grayland Dunnams (40 rec., 511 yds, 4 TDs. 

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……PVU 56-14

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Realsportsrealtalk Midweek Commentary: Alabama A&M sitting at 3-1, Has James Spady’s seat cooled?…..

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— Naples News–

Former Head Coach Anthony Jones sort of set the standards of being the Head Coach at Alabama A&M University. Jones won 5 SWAC east division championships and the 2006 SWAC Championship during his 12 year tenure in Huntsville. However , becoming the second winiest coach in Bulldog history was not enough to save his job. Jones was fired in December of 2013. Former Grambling and Nevada assistant coach James Spady was hired in 2014 to get the Bulldogs back on track, however after 3 years, the Bulldog nation began barking as Spady’s seat heated up. Spady in his fourth season at the helm is 13-26 ( this season’s record included). Spady has had losing seasons throughout his career in Huntsville. Many Bulldog supporters began wondering if they made a mistake on the firing of Anthony Jones. Heading into this 2017 season, the Bulldogs were picked to finish 4th in the east division of the conference. However, after suffering a disastrous 0-3 start versus division I schools the Bulldogs rebounded once SWAC play started and jumped out to a surprising 3-1 start heading into the much anticipated rivalry against Alabama State in the Magic City Classic. Sitting at 3-1 , the Bulldogs are also tied with Alcorn State atop of the east division. Many AAMU fans now believe they have a chance on unseating Alcorn State as top contenders in the division. Time will tell in a next week when the Bulldogs travel to Lorman, Miss to take those Braves. But Spady has his mind aimed at the new and improved Alabama State Hornets. ASU fired Coach Brian Jenkins after a 0-5 start this season and turned to assistant Donald Hill-Eley.  Hill-Eley rallied the troops and went down to Houston and get the Hornets their first win against and 0-7 Texas Southern team. Spady knows this game is huge. If the Bulldogs want to have any type of chance in the east, taking care of business against the improved Hornets is job one this weekend in Birmingham. Spady seems to be all smiles thus far, however a tough stretch of games still remains. Sitting at 3-1 is making the AAMU faithful cool his seat for the moment. A win against ASU will keep it cool for another week or so. A win at the reservation may add a little glue to his seat for stability. Only time will tell. I know for sure that Coach James Spady would only like to take one game at a time………………………………….realsportsrealtalk………………………….

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