Southern University welcomed back one of its greatest football teams for Saturday’s home opener against Prairie View.
Members of the 1993 squad, which won the Southwestern Athletic Conference and black college national titles, were on hand at A.W. Mumford Stadium.
Richardson did not attend.
Prairie View coach Heishma Northern — a Glen Oaks High graduate and a member of the 1993 Southern team, returned home to square off against his alma mater.
Southern played without senior linebacker Anthony Balancier, who was suspended for Saturday’s game because of remarks he made toward Northwestern State before last week’s 55-14 loss.
Southern got a welcome addition to its lineup Saturday with the debut of freshman tailback Lenard Tillery.
Tillery figures to boost a rushing attack that yielded only 165 yards in the first two games. Tillery had been sidelined with a lower leg injury.
In addition to Tillery, the Jaguars had a bevy of new starters.
Jaguars switch defense
On Saturday, however, Southern employed a 3-3-5 look to compensate for the absence of Balancier.
While returning a punt in the first quarter, senior defensive back and team co-captain Virgil Williams injured his ribs and left the game.
Williams did not return to action. His injury was announced as a “rib contusion.”
Freshman receiver Mike Jones recorded his first touchdown after reeling in in a 38-yard pass down the sideline from quarterback Dray Joseph.
A maddening trend continued for Southern, as the Jaguars were outscored in the first half for the third consecutive game.
Opponents outscored SU 58-13 in the first half of its first two games. In Saturday’s game, Prairie View tool a 29-13 lead into halftime.
Southern was outscored 182-98 in the first half of games last season.
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