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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 wraps up J-DAY

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JSU Sportswire

In the 2015 J-DAY Spring Game, White defeated Red 17-9.

In the scrimmage, Red ran a total of 69 plays and White ran 49. In this scenario, less was more as White had 219 total yards, while running 20 less plays than Red. Red ended with 167 total yards.

Eli Jenkins led the White with two touchdowns. Jenkins passed for 151 yards completing 10-of-16 throws. He also rushed for 29 yards and a rushing touchdown of 14 yards to go with his passing touchdown.

Troymaine Pope led in rushing for White with just 36 yards. Dalton Screws was the top receiver with four catches for 43 yards and a touchdown. Screws caught a seven yard touchdown pass from Jenkins. However, Markis Merrill had the most receiving yards with 68.

On defense, Jaylen Hill led the White with eight total tackles. Darius Jackson led the Red with seven total tackles with three being tackles for losses.

For the Gamecocks Red team, Christian LeMay passed for 83 yards completing 7-of-20 passes. Dalton Etheridge also contributed at quarterback completing 7-of-11 throws with 44 yards. Miles Jones led in rushing with 40 yards and Calen Campbell ran for 36. Josh Barge led in receiving with seven catches for 91 yards.

Connor Rouleau, Cade Stinnett and Kyle Trego all made field goals in the game. Rouleau made two. One was from 44 yards out and the other from 49. Stinnett sent a 32-yd field goal through the uprights and Trego made his from 31.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will continue to try to get better this offseason before the first game of the season arrives on Sept. 5 when they travel to play Chattanooga.

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

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

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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

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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 defeats Tennessee Tech 49-3

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Jacksonville State defeated Tennessee Tech 49-3 on last Saturday to make six wins in a row for the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks’ offense had 335 rushing yards and 261 passing yards to make a total of 596 offensive yards.

The defense only allowed three points in the whole game. They also only allowed eight first downs and only 67 passing yards the whole game.

After a first quarter of no scoring for the Gamecocks, Jacksonville State scored 35 points in the second quarter. The 35 points in a quarter is a school record.

Miles Jones ran for nine yards into the end zone to put the Gamecocks up 7-3. Then, on a 1-yard run, running back DaMarcus James scored a touchdown to make the score 14-3 with 10:24 left in the second quarter. The next drive for Jacksonville State would only take three plays and 26 yards. Christian Lemay found Anthony Johnson on a 17-yard touchdown pass. The pass extended the lead 21-3. Troymaine Pope would then add a score with his 22-yard touchdown run. The Gamecocks fifth touchdown of the quarter came with 40 seconds left. The drive lasted three plays and 42 yards. Eli Jenkins had connected with Ruben Gonzalez on a 10-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown gave Gonzalez his first touchdown catch of his Gamecock career. It also made the score 35-3 at halftime.

The game was pretty much over at halftime, but to add insult to injury, the Gamecocks scored two more touchdowns in the second half. Lemay would throw another touchdown pass to Johnson. This time the pass went for 28 yards. The score would be 42-3 at the end of the third quarter.

The second touchdown came in the fourth where Jones scored on a 2-yard run. The Gamecocks last touchdown drive consisted of 13 plays and 52 yards.

JSU is now No.5 in both the Top 25 FCS Coaches Poll and in The Sports Network Top 25 football poll. The Gamecocks record stands at 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the OVC.

Jacksonville State will now get ready for their Homecoming game as they will face Austin Peay on Saturday at 3 p.m.

“We will have good Homecoming week with a lot of folks coming back to campus. We have to do our job and be ready to play,” said head coach John Grass.

Tickets are available by calling the JSU Athletic Ticket Office at 256-782-8499 or online at JSUGamecockSports.com.

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor