PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Southern placekicker Greg Pittman missed last week’s contest against Alabama A&M with a hip flexor injury and was replaced by Matt Hill, who connected on two 37-yard field goal attempts to both tie the game at the end of regulation and win it 20-17 in overtime for the Jaguars.
However, Pittman regained his place as the Jaguars’ kicker Saturday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, handling both kickoff and placekicking duties after Hill sustained an injury in pre-game warmups.
Southern coach Dawson Odums, said Hill injured his groin and was unavailable Saturday.
“Our kicker went down in pre-game warmups, so our other kicker (Pittman), who is still hurt, had to step in there and persevere,” Odums said. “We’ve got guys that just believe as a football team and know that the next guy has to step up regardless of the conditions.”
Jaleel Richardson also returned as the Jaguars’ primary kick returner. Richardson missed Southern’s previous five contests with a shoulder injury he sustained in the season opener against Houston.
Morgan and Menard
Southern utilized two new playmakers on the outside Saturday to help take pressure off receivers Willie Quinn and Lee Doss.
Sophomores Randall Menard and Justin Morgan were heavily involved in the Jaguars’ game plan in the first half, combining to haul in five passes for 57 yards.
Morgan was also involved a fake field goal attempt in the first half. As Pittman had lined up for a 40-yard attempt, Morgan shifted to quarterback and completed a 6-yard pass to tight end Bradley Coleman. Coleman was short of the first down, and the Golden Lions took over on downs.
Menard finished with four catches for 42 yards and a kick return of 21 yards — his first of the season.
Joseph bounces back
After throwing two interceptions in the first half last week against Alabama A&M, Joseph bounced back to have one his best first halves of the season Saturday.
Joseph completed 13 of his 18 pass attempts for 137 yards and two touchdowns through the first 30 minutes and finished with 23-of-30 for 231 yards and two scores.
“I’m the same guy that threw six touchdowns earlier in the season,” Joseph said in reference to his four interception game against Alabama A&M. “I just came out today and stayed focus and let God take care of the rest.”
Allen, Brown injured
Junior linebacker Javon Allen sustained a leg injury in the first quarter and missed the rest of the game. Allen was on the sideline on crutches.
Allen said after the game he sustained an ankle sprain and hopes to be able to play next week against Alcorn State.
Offensive lineman Zach Brown limped off the field in the third quarter with an apparent lower leg injury and did not return.