Friday, November 11, 2016

Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State tangle Saturday

ITTA BENA, Mississippi -- Mississippi Valley State could spoil Alcorn State’s hopes of winning a third straight SWAC football championship.

The rivals meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rice-Totten Stadium in Itta Bena. It’s the 60th meeting.

Alcorn (3-5, 3-4 SWAC) holds a commanding 42-16-1 series lead and has won four straight from Valley. The Delta Devils’ last victory came in 2012, winning 33-9. Alcorn, tied with Jackson State atop the East Division this season, won 55-14 last year.

“We have to come out with the mindset of being ready to play,” Braves coach Fred McNair said in a SWAC teleconference. “Valley’s coming off a big win.”

Valley (1-8, 1-6) recorded its first win of the season, beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 41-7. The Golden Lions beat Alcorn State 45-43 in triple overtime on Sept. 15 for their only victory of 2016.


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