Southern enjoys best first half of season at Valley

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern coach Dawson Odums shouts to his players moments before his team's 17-7 vicory over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday in Rice-Totten Stadium in Itta Bena, Miss. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern coach Dawson Odums shouts to his players moments before his team's 17-7 vicory over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday in Rice-Totten Stadium in Itta Bena, Miss.

ITTA BENA, Miss. — After being outscored 86-26 in the first halves of three games this season, Southern was able to reverse its early game struggles Saturday.

Southern took a 3-0 lead into halftime after kicker Greg Pittman connected on a 22-yard field goal with 1:44 to play in the half in what eventually became a 17-7 victory.

Pittman’s field goal was set up by a 45-yard pass from quarterback Dray Joseph to wide receiver Willie Quinn on third-and-12 from the Jaguars’ 28.

Holding strong

The Southern defense held strong in the first half of Saturday’s contest.

Twice, the Delta Devils drove inside the Jaguars’ 10 only to be denied points.

Valley attempted a fake field goal on its first opportunity and missed a 26-yard field goal on the second.

Southern held Valley to no points on 150 total yards in the first half.

No ‘Jukebox’

The “Human Jukebox,” Southern’s marching band, did not travel to Mississippi Valley State for Saturday’s game because of financial reasons, according to Southern sports information director Chris Jones.

The Jukebox did not attend the Alabama A&M game last year and also missed the Southern-Mississippi Valley State game in Itta Bena two seasons ago.

Doss shows up big again

Southern senior wide receiver Lee Doss showed last week why he is considered one of the better receivers in the SWAC.

Doss hauled in nine passes for a career high 214 yards in the epic come-from-behind victory against Prairie View, a 62-59 victory that took double overtime.

Saturday, Doss pulled in 10 passes for 164 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown catch to put the finishing touches the win.