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Gamecocks jump over TSU 48-13 in front of 23,413 fans

~ Photo by Sydney Sorrells
~ Photo by Sydney Sorrells

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville State Gamecocks lived up to their No. 1 FCS rank as they defeated the Tennessee State Tigers 48-13.

In the home opener for the Gamecocks, and Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams, a record breaking 23,413 was in attendance at Burgess-Snow Field.

The Gamecocks (2-1) put on a show in front of their home crowd and won their first OVC game of the season in pursuit to a second straight OVC Championship.

Eli Jenkins led the Gamecocks with 162 passing yards, two touchdowns, and 95 rushing yards. Troymaine Pope tacked on 93 rushing yards and Josh Clemons ran for 67 yards with one touchdown. Miles Jones ended with two rushing touchdowns and Jarren Johnson recorded one rushing touchdown.

Ruben Gonzalez led in receiving with eight catches for 109 yards. Josh Barge and Markis Merrill ended with one touchdown catch apiece.

On defense, Joel McCandless led the way with nine tackles, two for a loss, and one sack. Chris Landrum recorded six tackles. Folo Johnson had four tackles along with Dawson Wells, Brandon Bender and DeBarriaus Miller. Miller recorded an interception along with Ra’Shad Green. E.J. Moss was in on a fumble recovery, while both Landrum and Joseph Roberts forced a fumble.

After going scoreless in the first quarter, the Gamecocks put the first points on the board in the second with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Jenkins to Merrill.

A defensive stop gave JSU the ball back leading 7-0. They would go up 14-0 with 3:14 left in the first half when Jenkins found Barge in the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown pass.

Green’s interception set the Gamecocks up for another touchdown right before halftime. Jones ran in from two-yards-out to extend the lead 21-0.

JSU opened the second half with a 34-yard field goal by Connor Rouleau.

TSU would then get the ball and found the end zone for their first points on an 84-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers missed the extra point so the Gamecocks led 24-6 with 11:20 left in the third quarter.

The Gamecocks didn’t respond to the Tigers score and TSU scored again when they got the ball back. Tennessee State brought the lead down to 24-13 with another touchdown pass. This left 5:57 in the third quarter.

JSU responded quickly this time and went up 30-13 with a 2-yard run from Jones.

TSU got the ball, but turned it over as Miller caught an interception to set up Clemons 1-yard touchdown run. The Gamecocks converted on a two-point conversion and went up 38-13.

Later, in the fourth quarter, Cade Stinnett converted on a 22-yard field goal to put the Gamecocks up 41-13.

The Gamecocks last touchdown came with 53 seconds left when Johnson ran in for 17 yards.

The Gamecocks dominated every phase of the game with first downs (32-9), total yards (576-208), and time-of-possession (32:15–27:45).

Next, the Gamecocks travel to play UT Martin in another OVC match-up on Sept. 26. Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN3.

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

JSU Football gets eighth-straight win with 20-6 victory over EKU

JSU Sportswire
JSU Sportswire

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.

 Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

Gamecocks show out on Homecoming

JSU Sportswire
JSU Sportswire

The Gamecocks made sure Homecoming was a success as they dominated Austin Peay 56-0.

Although there was cold, windy weather, the fans still came out to see the Gamecocks as the attendance for the game reached 17,952.

“It was a little cool today, but I think everyone who came out had a good time,” said head coach John Grass during the post-game interview.

The JSU defense was very impressive in their performance as they forced two turnovers and was awarded with the shutout. Troymaine Pope forced a fumble that Lawon Debardelaben recovered. DeBarriaus Miller caught an interception and returned it for seven yards. The shutout was not only JSU first shutout of the season, but it was their first shutout since 2010. Coach Grass felt like the shutout was really impressive.

“In today’s world of offenses, it’s really hard to shut somebody out,” Grass said.

The Gamecocks’ offense was also impressive considering they scored eight touchdowns for 56 points.The 56-point margin of victory was Jacksonville State’s biggest since beating Cumberland University 72-10 in 2001.

Jones led Jacksonville State with three of those eight touchdowns. Jones had a 4-yard touchdown run, a 21-yard touchdown run and a 22-yard touchdown run.

Running backs DaMarcus James and Pope both had touchdowns of their own. Pope scored the first touchdown of the game with a 9-yard run, while James scored the last touchdown of the game with a 2-yard run. James touchdown run gave him 44 on his career and is still second for the school record of 48 by David Gulledge. James has also now rushed for 3,000 career yards which makes him the fourth JSU player to do so.

Jacksonville State quarterbacks Eli Jenkins and Christian Lemay also ran for a touchdown. Lemay’s touchdown run went for seven yards and Jenkins touchdown run came from one-yard-out. Markis Merril caught a pass from Jenkins, but fumbled it in the end zone. Bo Brummel recovered the fumble and was awarded with the touchdown.

The Gamecocks had 416 rushing yards and 239 passing yards. They set the school record for total offensive yards with 655.

“It was good to get a record, and it’s always good to get 600-and-something yards of offense,” said Grass.

The Gamecocks are now 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference. JSU is ranked No. 4 in this weeks Top 25 FCS Coaches Poll.

The next game for Jacksonville State is an away game against Eastern Kentucky. The game is set for 12 p.m. Live stats and game information can be found at jsugamecocksports.com. 

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

JSU moves to 5-1 after defeating Tennessee State

~JSU Sportswire
~JSU Sportswire

In the Ohio Valley Conference match-up last Saturday, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks (5-1, 3-0 OVC) defeated the Tennessee State Tigers (4-3, 1-2 OVC) 27-20.

With the win, the Gamecocks improve to 8-2 against Tennessee State and 4-0 in Nashville.

Both teams had over 400 yards of total offense. JSU had 213 rushing yards and 190 passing. TSU had 364 passing yards and 43 rushing.

The Gamecocks scored three of their four touchdowns on the ground where DaMarcus James led with two touchdowns and 93 yards. James has now moved to second place on Jacksonville State’s career rushing touchdown list with 42. He trails David Gulledge’s school record of 48.

The JSU defense forced six turnovers with four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. LaMichael Fanning forced a fumble while Terrence Pendleton and Folo Johnson had fumble recoveries. Jermaine Hough had two interceptions along with one interception from Debarriaus Miller and one from Devaunte Sigler. The interceptions gave Miller and Sigler their first career interception.

Tennessee State put the first points on the board as they scored a field goal on their first drive. Jacksonville State would respond with a touchdown where Eli Jenkins completed a 16-yard pass to Bo Brummel. The extra point was blocked so the score would be 6-3 at the end of the first quarter.

James scored the lone touchdown in the second quarter on a 2-yard run. The drive consisted of 3 plays and 61 yards to make the score 13-3 going into the half.

The third quarter had the most scoring and was probably the most effective quarter in the game. After a couple of runs from James and Jenkins, James would finish the drive off with a 7-yard touchdown run to make the score 20-3 with 12:23 left in the third quarter. On the next drive, Tennessee State would march right down the field only to be held to a field goal. It wouldn’t take long for Jacksonville State to score again. On their next drive, the Gamecocks extended their lead to 27-6 with a 19-yard touchdown run by Troymaine Pope.

The Tigers wouldn’t give up that easily as they would score back to back touchdowns. Michael German completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Wel Garlington to bring the score to 27-13. Then, German would run for one yard to bring the score to 27-20.

The JSU defense was strong in the fourth quarter. There were two important possessions in the fourth where TSU drove down the field in JSU territory. However, both possessions ended in a turnover with interceptions by Sigler and Hough. Hough’s interception closed the game out and sealed the victory for the Gamecocks.

Jacksonville State has now won five-straight games this season after losing the first game of the season to Michigan State.

The Gamecocks will now have an open week, but will return home to action against Tennessee Tech on Oct. 25.

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

Tough debut for Grass ends with a loss

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The Gamecocks lost 45-7 to the Spartans in the debut of new head coach John Grass. 

It was clear to see that the Jacksonville State Gamecocks were outmatched by the Spartans of Michigan State. Michigan State is the defending Big Ten champion and a serious contender to be in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

JSU came out strong with the first play of the game. It was a 32-yard pass from quarterback Eli Jenkins to wide receiver Josh Barge. That play turned out to be the Gamecocks longest play of the game. However, they did not score on that drive.

The Gamecocks scored their only touchdown in the third quarter when Max Shortell completed a 9-yard pass to Markis Merrill. Freshman placekicker Conner Rouleau scored his first point as a Gamecock with the extra point. The drive consisted of 9 plays and 54 yards.

Michigan State scored 38 of their 45 points in the first half. Connor Cook completed 2 passing touchdowns to Tony Lippett and a third one to AJ Troup. The three passing touchdowns consisted of 64, 71 and 17 yards. Nick Hill scored twice on a 17-yard run and an 8-yard run. Michael Geiger ended the half with a 35-yard field goal. Michigan State last touchdown came in the third quarter when Tyler O’Connor ran it in for three yards.

The Gamecocks had a low total of 22 rushing yards to Michigan State’s 211 rushing yards. DaMarcus James of the Gamecocks had no touchdowns, snapping a streak of 12-straight games with at least one rushing touchdown.

There were 11 Gamecocks that made their first career start on Friday’s game vs. Michigan State. The four on offense were Ruben Gonzalez, Justin Lea, Casey Dunn and Bo Brummel. The seven on defense were LaMichael Fanning, Devaunte Sigler, Tre Garland, Michael Carlisle, Folo Johnson, DeBarriaus Miller and Jaylen Hill.

Bo Brummel caught a 6-yard pass from Jenkins to give him his first career catch in a JSU uniform. Ruben Gonzalez also made his first career catch as a JSU player with a 23-yard pass from Shortell.

JSU senior linebacker Ben Endress recorded 10 tackles which led all defenders.  This marked his third-career double-digit tackle game.

John Grass became the first coach in Jacksonville State history to face an FBS opponent in his debut with the Gamecocks.

There were 75,127 in attendance at the game. This marks the second-largest crowd to ever watch the Gamecocks play behind 82,691 at Florida on Nov. 17, 2012.

Next up for Coach Grass and the Gamecocks is Chattanooga. The game will take place Saturday at 5 p.m. in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Marvel Robinson 
Sports Editor