Baton Rouge, LA, the Jaguars got off to a fast start on Saturday Night as they beat Edwards Waters Tigers, 61-0 in the Second Annual Pete Richardson Classic at A.W. Mumford Stadium. It’s the most lopsided win for the Jaguars since beating Alabama State in 2016 when they played their first game on the newly installed synthetic turf beating the Hornets, 64-6.
Southern scored often and quick, with most of the yards coming on the ground. Southern outrushed Edward Waters 407 yards to the Tigers 51. Devon Benn had his 2nd highest career night in rushing with 120 yards on 17 carries. His career high came against Alcorn St. in 2017 when he rushed for 134 yards.. He also led the team in touchdowns with three on the night, scoring the first rushing touchdown for a running back on the year. With 12:10 left in the 1st Quarter, Benn moved the defensive pile three yards for the score. His second TD on the night was from three yards out and the last one from the one yard line. Ladarius Skelton had his first touchdown run of the year at the 8:55 mark in the 1st Quarter from 13 yards out. Coach Odums was not happy with the passing offense for the game. At half-time he told Perry White, sideline reporter for the SU Sports Radio Network, that the receivers needed to get more open. The Jaguars finished with just 82 yards passing between Skelton and Glendon McDaniel.
The Jaguar Defense scored two times, marking back to back games where they have scored a touchdown. Forcing a safety at the 8:35 mark in the 1st quarter when Tiger’s Quarterback Roshard Branch was charged with “intentional grounding” from his own end-zone. The Jaguar’s second score of the night came when Defensive End Jordan Lewis raced for a 95 yard interception return for a touchdown. Marking the second week in a row he’s scored. Last week against Memphis, he sacked and stripped the QB then recovered the ball as he galloped for a 74 yard touchdown. Southern allowed only 51 yards rushing but gave up 185 yards passing. Caleb Carter led the Jaguars with 5 tackles in the game.
Jaguar Nation was celebrating the Pete Richardson Classic in front of 14,000 plus fans. The last time Southern shut an opponent out was the Prairie View A&M game last October, 38-0.
Southern will start a two-game road swing starting on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) foe Florida A&M. The Jaguars and Rattlers last met in the Atlanta Football Classic in 2012 with Southern claiming the 21-14 victory. This will be the 61st meeting between the two schools, with Florida A&M holding a 33-26-1 record.
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