Sunday, November 6, 2016

JSU Tigers still trying to put it all together

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – As bad as Saturday’s 14-7 loss to Alabama State was, Jackson State coaches and players still believe they are close to being one of the best teams in the SWAC.

The Tigers (3-6, 3-4 SWAC) remained tied for first in the East despite the loss thanks to losses by Alcorn State and Alabama A&M.

The most frustrating part of Saturday’s loss was that the Tigers rolled up enough offensive yards (295) to go up-and-down the field three times but walked away with just one touchdown.

After watching a 7-0 lead turn into a 14-7 deficit, the JSU offense had one prime opportunity to tie the game. Jarin Morikawa’s 23-yard pass to Benjy Parrish set the Tigers up with a first-and-10 at the Alabama State 12-yard line.

Morikawa tried to hit Romello Shumake on first down but was hurried and threw it out of reach. He connected with Jairus Moll for 5 yards to the ASU 7 on second down but led Shaquil Ward by two steps too many on third down.

After an Alabama State timeout, Hornets defensive back Ronnie Scott broke up Morikawa’s fourth-down pass that was intended for DeSean McKenzie.


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