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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

Gamecocks win first home game

~ JSU Sportswire
~ JSU Sportswire

With the help from three different quarterbacks, the Gamecocks (2-1) defeated West Alabama (2-1) 45-34.

It was announced that 18,912 were in attendance to see Jacksonville State play West Alabama. This was the first time they played since 1992 where JSU won.

Jacksonville State played three different quarterbacks and they all threw at least one touchdown. This was the first time in JSU history where three quarterbacks threw for a touchdown pass.

Eli Jenkins had a touchdown pass to Markis Merrill for 88 yards. Max Shortell had two touchdown passes to Josh Barge who had three total touchdown catches. His third touchdown catch was from Christian Lemay, the third quarterback that played.

“I’m comfortable with all three of those guys,” head coach John Grass said about the three quarterbacks.

The Gamecocks running game was effective as DaMarcus James scored a rushing touchdown to make 37 in his career. Troymaine Pope and Miles Jones both rushed for over 100 yards.

Jax State’s defense would get their first take-away of the season as Jermaine Hough intercepted a pass and scored on a 34-yard return.

The scoring started with West Alabama striking first. It only took the Tigers 3 plays and 67 yards to put the first points on the board. Kyle Caldwell had connected with Tyshaan Alston on a 5-yard pass. The Gamecocks would respond with an 88-yard pass from Jenkins to Merrill. The score would end 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Shortell would arrive at quarterback in the second quarter and throw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Barge. This would make the score 14-7 until Connor Rouleau added three more points with a field goal to make it 17-7. James would help put the Gamecocks up 24-7 as he ran in a 3-yard touchdown. West Alabama would score right before the half on a pass from Caldwell to Chad Toocheck. The halftime score was 24-14.

Both teams scored three-straight touchdowns in the second half. JSU would score their three touchdowns first as it started with Shortell passing to Barge again for a 13-yard touchdown. That drive consisted of 10 plays and 99 yards. The Gamecocks went up 31-14 to only to score again with another touchdown catch from Barge. This time, Lemay was the quarterback who threw the 14-yard touchdown pass to Barge. The touchdown pass was Lemay’s first of his career and it gave Barge a new career high of three touchdown passes. This made the score 38-14. The Gamecocks last touchdown would come on defense as Hough scored on a 34-yard interception return to make it 45-14.

West Alabama would score three last-minute touchdowns in the fourth quarter. However, it wasn’t enough as the final score ended in JSU favor 45-34.

Jacksonville State ended with 336 rushing yards and 294 passing yards. The Gamecocks total offensive yards were 630. Jaylen Hill led the team with six tackles.

“It’s good to get that first home win,” Grass said as he became the eighth Gamecock head coach to win his home-opener.

The Gamecocks are now 2-1 and eighth in the FCS. Jacksonville State will now head back on the road as they play at Murray State this Saturday in an OVC Conference game. 

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

Gamecock Football has arrived

The Gamecocks are back for a new season of football with a new coach.

Now that the summer is over, Coach John Grass looks to lead the gamecocks to a successful season in his first year as head coach.

Last season, Coach Bill Clark led JSU to an overall 11-4 record. Jacksonville State lost in the FCS Quarterfinals to Eastern Washington with a final score 24-35. The Gamecocks finished 3rd in the Ohio Valley Conference. After an impressive first year as head coach with JSU, Coach Clark decided to move on to coach UAB while Coach Grass moved up to Head Coach.

This season, the Gamecocks return with a total of 18 starters from last season. Nine starters return from offense. Eli Jenkins returns to lead the offense at quarterback. DaMarcus James, who was named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, is back for his senior year at running back. Josh Barge, Telvin Brown and Anthony Johnson all return at wide receiver. Max Holcombe returns as the center and is joined on the offensive line with Adam Wright, Blake Burks and Nick Johnson. Six starters return from defense. Sean Watson and Caleb Lawrence return to the defensive line with Chris Landrum at defensive end. The two starting linebackers returning are Dustin Gayton and Jermaine Hough. Rashod Byers is back in the secondary as one of the starting cornerbacks. There are three specialty starters returning. Hamish MacInnes returns as punter, Andrew Dean returns as long snapper, and Telvin Brown is back at kick returner. Alongside the 18 starters, the Gamecocks also have a total of 18 seniors this year.

The Gamecocks are ranked No. 6 in the 2014 Sports Network FCS Top 25 and No. 8 in the FCS Coaches Poll.  They are predicted to finish first in the OVC with a total of 10 first-place votes. 

The first game will take place in East Lansing, Mich. where the Gamecocks travel to play Michigan State for the first ever meeting between the two. Michigan State only lost one game last season. They are ranked No. 8 in the FBS standings. Kick-off is set for 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 29.

Marvel Robinson 

Sports Editor