The No. 4 Jacksonville State Gamecocks defeated the Eastern Kentucky Colonels 20-6 in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup.
The Gamecocks have now extended their win streak to eight and have and overall record of 8-1. The Colonels are now 8-2 overall.
It was a hard fought win for the Gamecocks as their defense held strong and their offense ran long.
The Gamecocks’ offense rushed for 357 yards which was led by DaMarcus James with 170. The 170 rushing yards gave James 3,233 yards in his career and moves him from fourth place to second on the school’s career rushing list. James also had a rushing touchdown and so did Troymaine Pope. Connor Rouleau added six points with two field goals.
DeBarriaus Miller led the Gamecocks’ defense with two interceptions while Folo Johnson set a new career high with 14 tackles.
The scoring started with Rouleau kicking a 22-yard field goal. The score would remain 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. Eastern Kentucky responded half-way through the second quarter with a field goal of their own. Then, on the Gamecocks next possession, James found the end zone on a 13-yard run. The drive consisted of seven plays for 75 yards. The score was 10-3 in JSU favor at halftime.
EKU managed to score one last time in the third quarter. The Colonels kicked another field goal to make the score 10-6 at the end of the third quarter. However, the Gamecocks would put up 10 points in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Rouleau kicked a 48-yard field goal which was the longest of his career. Pope followed up with a 14-yard touchdown run. Eastern Kentucky tried to come back, but it was a little too late.
“Our defense just played their butts off,” Coach Grass said in the post-game interview.
“Two times they were able to get the ball into the red zone and we were able to hold them to field goals. That was big.”
The Gamecocks are first in the OVC with a 6-0 conference record. The 8-1 overall record gives head coach John Grass the most wins of any other head coach in Jacksonville State history through the first nine games.
Next, the Gamecocks will be at home to face Eastern Illinois. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m.