Sunday, October 30, 2016
Luke Johnsoin: Southern accomplished its 1-0 goal, but this win against Alcorn State meant something more
LORMAN, Mississippi — Neither Southern’s football players nor their head coach, Dawson Odums, said Saturday’s win against Alcorn State held any extra significance.
That’s fine. It’s diplomatic. But, judging by the roar coming from the locker room after the hard-fought 41-33 win, it probably wasn’t entirely truthful, either.
Alcorn State has been the Jaguars’ bogeyman for a while now. They’ve struggled in Lorman in particular; Saturday’s game was their first win there in nearly a decade.
That this particular hole in Odums’ résumé has been filled should’ve meant something to Southern and players like Lenard Tillery and Willie Quinn, who took part in their first win against the Braves in their distinguished careers.
But if you’ve followed along with our Southern coverage this season, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the team’s mantra. The goal is to treat every little thing like a game, and to win all of those little things. The Jaguars want to win practice reps, film study and days of practice.