The Southern Jaguars football team is set to open up the 2nd annual Pete Richardson Classic when they host NAIA opponent the Edward Waters Tigers on Saturday. Kickoff from AW Mumford Stadium will be at 6:00PM and you can also listen to the game on KQXL Q-106.5FM.
Southern comes into the game 0-2 but feels very good where they are right now. The only concern as far as injuries goes to the Defensive backfield. Robert Rhem is still out with a shoulder injury and that leaves R-Soph. OJ Tucker at the Cornerback position. Tucker has three tackles and a pass breakup on the season. On the other side, R=Jr Jordan Eastling, a transfer from Texas State has shown flashes of his athleticism with good open field tackles and a couple of pass breakups. Linebacker Caleb Carter still leads the team in tackles with 15 and Defensive End Jordan Lewis is continuing his sack parade with 1 ½ this year to go along with his 12 tackles, 4 of those come from behind the line of scrimmage. Southern is allowing only 3.5 yards per rush but look to improve starting this week in their home opener.
Legendary Coach Pete Richardson is very proud of the way the Jaguars played against the University of Memphis last week. Despite the loss, Coach was excited to see the Jaguar’s five play seventy-five-yard opening drive to take an early 7-0 lead. Southern was down by only 10 points with 4:51 left to play in the 3rd Quarter when Defensive End Jordan Lewis stripped the Memphis QB and raced 74 yards for a touchdown.
On offense, the Jaguars look to get their passing game going against the Tigers. Quarterback LaDarius Skelton passed for 86 yards last week and rushed for 75 yards on the ground. He has connected with wide receivers Hunter Register for 43-yard touchdown pass and TJ Bedford for a 33-yard touchdown against McNeese St. two weeks ago. Running back Devon Benn is looking to start fast as he had a nice 29-yard gain vs Memphis. The Jaguars have only 2 rushing touchdowns on the year and none of those have come from the running backs. Southern averages 26 points per contest and 300 total yards on offense.
Director of Athletics Roman Banks looks for a big crowd to honor the Legendary Coach Pete Richardson. Coach Richardson coached the Jaguars for 17 years winning 134 games, with 101 of those wins coming in the SWAC. He also won 4 national Championships and 5 SWAC titles. This week starts the 37th season that the Jaguars are playing in the stadium named after AW Mumford.