Southern Monday morning rewind

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNONSouthern's Daniel Brown, left, and Lee Mitchell reach for a loose ball against Mississippi Valley's Kevin Haymore. Afterfailing to force a turnover in its first two games, the Southern defense has forced four takeaways in the past two weeks.
Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNONSouthern's Daniel Brown, left, and Lee Mitchell reach for a loose ball against Mississippi Valley's Kevin Haymore. Afterfailing to force a turnover in its first two games, the Southern defense has forced four takeaways in the past two weeks.

By Reed DeSalvo

Special to The Advocate

COMING UP

Jackson State is entering the game with a 2-2 overall record and 2-0 mark in conference play after defeating Texas Southern 35-7 last Thursday on ESPNU.

The Tigers were led by quarterback Clayton Moore, who accumulated 81 yards passing along with 86 yards on the ground with a score.

Southern moved to 2-2 on the season after defeating Mississippi Valley State on the road 17-7 Saturday.

LOOKING BACK

It wasn’t a pretty win by any stretch of the imagination for Southern on Saturday, but the Jaguars will seek to remain undefeated against one of the better teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Southern was held to zero yards rushing on 35 carries against the Delta Devils.

SATURDAY’S STAR

In case you didn’t believe in Lee Doss’ performance against Prairie View, a game in which he hauled in nine passes for 214 yards, Doss gave another indication to believe in his abilities with his play Saturday.

The first team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference senior receiver snagged 10 passes for 164 yards, including a 65-yard reception and a 60-yard touchdown reception to help Southern close out Mississippi Valley State 17-7.

WORTH REPEATING

“We don’t focus on negativities around here. Zero tolerance for negativity. This football team, you won’t see guys get down on each other. That’s what we preach and that’s what we talk about and I’m just happy we got out of (Mississippi Valley State) with a win, and nobody was injured.”

Dawson Odums, SU coach

KEEP AN EYE ON

Southern’s rush defense had been much maligned coming into Saturday’s contest.

The Jaguars ranked 108 out of 114 Football Championship Subdivsion schools in yards allowed per game on the ground.

However, Southern was able to defend the run effectively Saturday, yielding 58 yards.

If the Jaguars plan on returning to Reliant Stadium in December, they will have to have continue to improve in this area.

LAGNIAPPE

Southern has begun its 2013 campaign the same way it did its 2012 season — two embarrassing losses followed by two close, hard-fought victories to send a jolt of optimism into the hearts of fans, supporters, players, coaches and alumni of Southern.

Yet last season’s team lost five of its next six games to end the year 4-7.

Time will only tell if this year’s squad has the mental fortitude to withstand prosperity.

That question will begin to be answered next week against Jackson State.

Reed DeSalvo