Monday morning rewind: Southern


Southern welcomes Alcorn State to A.W. Mumford Stadium on Saturday as part of its homecoming weekend. The Braves (6-2, 4-1) are riding a five-game winning streak after defeating Texas Southern 20-13 on Saturday.


The Jaguars were able to put together one of their more compete games as a team against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Southern rode the legs of Lenard Tillery to the tune of 136 yards and the arm of Dray Joseph — who accounted for three touchdowns — and the Jaguar defense created two timely turnovers to defeat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 29-21.


Southern has not had a rusher eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in a season since 2003. Freshman running back Lenard Tillery may not eclipse that mark this season after missing the Jaguars’ first two games of the season, but against UAPB, Tillery carried 32 times for 136 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown run on which he outraced defenders to the corner. He also hauled in three passes for 29 yards. Tillery’s performance is the first time a Southern tailback has eclipsed the century mark this season.


With Saturday’s victory, Southern maintains a one game advantage in the Western Division over Prairie View. ...Saturday’s games will be critical in determining the outcome of the SWAC’s Western Division race as along with Southern’s game against Alcorn State, Prairie View clashes with Eastern Division foe Jackson State — the last remaining unbeaten team in conference play.


“Our performance was timely. I still think we can play a lot better, but all three phases showed up for us today. We held a good offense to 21 points. Everyone knows the troubles we’ve had with the spread and stopping the run and the trouble we’ve had trying to run the ball. But this is an overall great win for our football team in a hostile environment against a winless football team that was looking for a win, and we’re just happy it didn’t happen against us.”

— Dawson Odums, Southern coach


The safety tandem of Omar Cook and Dionte McDuffy have proven to be a formidable combination in recent weeks. The two players have helped rectify a defense that was struggling in the early part of the season but has since played increasingly well. McDuffy is a hard-hitting safety, and Cook is a heady, ball-hawking safety who seems to always be around the football. The two players combined on a forced fumble and recovery on a crucial drive late in Saturday’s contest to help the Jaguars secure the victory.

Reed DeSalvo