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Southern Monday Morning Rewind

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISPrairie View quarterback Jerry Lovelocke tries to run around Southern linebackers Roshaud Turner and Demetrius Carter in the first half of Saturday's game.

Coming up Southern (2-2, 1-0) goes on the road again to face Southwestern Athletic Conference East division opponent Alcorn State at 4 p.m. Saturday in Spinks-Casem Stadium in Lorman, Miss. The Braves are 3-1 and 1-0 after winning their SWAC opener at Mississippi Valley State (52-9) on Saturday. Last season, Alcorn beat the Jaguars 44-38 in… Continue reading →

Southern defense slows down Prairie View, stands tall after rough week

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern defensive back Bryan Anderson returns an interception during the first half of Saturday's game against Prairie View at Blackshear Stadium. The Jaguars won 34-24.

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Facing a fourth down in the final seconds Saturday, Prairie View quarterback Jerry Lovelocke scrambled all over the field looking for a receiver. Instead, the senior was greeted by four Southern pass rushers, who took down the preseason all-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection to seal a 34-24 win for the Jaguars at Blackshear Stadium. The… Continue reading →

Southern running back Lenard Tillery shines against Prairie View again

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern running back Lennard Tillery (21) breaks free from Prairie View corner back Foster Brown (24) to score Southern's first touchdown in the first half in Prairie View Saturday.

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Lenard Tillery did it to Prairie View again. The Southern running back ran for 135 yards and a 36-yard touchdown run that jump-started the Jaguars’ wire-to-wire 34-24 victory against Prairie View on Saturday night at Blackshear Stadium. Almost exactly a year ago, Tillery rushed for three touchdowns as the Jaguars beat the Panthers 62-59 in… Continue reading →

Southern 34, Prairie View 24: Three-and-out

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern defensive tackle Gabe Echols (90) admonishes  Prairie View running back Johnta Hebert (3)  not to try to run against the Southern defense in the first half in Prairie View Saturday.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED Champions have a lot of muscle memory. Southern entered the game without 10 starters and six key reserves because of injuries and academic issues and still played like the team that won the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship last season. At times in nonconference play, the Jaguars looked shell-shocked and lacking confidence —… Continue reading →

Southern, Prairie View in early SWAC showdown

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern running back Lenard Tillery is pursued by Prairie View  linebacker Jamespaul Bryant last season at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern finished first and Prairie View was second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division last season. The Jaguars’ 62-59 victory against the Panthers in A.W. Mumford Stadium a year and a week ago made the difference. These teams were again picked to finish first and second in the West, and their meeting at 6… Continue reading →

Four Downs: Southern at Prairie View

1 Little House This game will be played at what could be called “The Little House on the Prairie.” Blackshear Field is Prairie View’s seldom-used on-campus facility, which has a capacity of about 5,000. In recent years the Panthers have played most of their home games in nearby Houston and some games against Southern have also been played in… Continue reading →

Turnovers play role in Southern’s struggles

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Northwestern State's Fred Thomas intercepts a ball thrown by Southern's Deonte Shorts during last week's game at A.W. Mumford Stadium. Though a pass interference call wiped out this play, Southern committed five turnovers against the Demons.

Southern lost the football five times in its loss to Northwestern State last week. Quarterbacks committed four of the five turnovers: Austin Howard threw three interceptions and Deonte Shorts fumbled. “It’s just hard to win the ballgame when you turn the football over,” coach Dawson Odums said. “One of the No. 1 things you have to… Continue reading →

Southern lineman eligible for season

Southern announced Wednesday that offensive lineman Reginald Redding is academically eligible for the rest of the season and was in good standing when he played against Northwestern State last Saturday. Redding, who sat out the first two games of the season while awaiting recertification after his initial certification was revoked, said Tuesday that he was told a… Continue reading →

Another Southern player in limbo

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Junior offensive lineman Reginald Redding watches a drill during practice at Southern's Practice Fields, Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

As Southern sought to clarify its ongoing eligibility saga Tuesday, another player’s uncertain status came to light. The university put out a statement regarding the 11th-hour withholding of three starting defensive backs before the Jaguars’ 51-27 loss to Northwestern State on Saturday. Athletic Director William Broussard took the podium before coach Dawson Odums’ weekly news conference to… Continue reading →

Southern Monday morning rewind

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts runs the ball in for a touchdown against Northwestern State on Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Coming up Southern (1-2) begins defense of its Southwestern Athletic Conference championship when it visits Prairie View at 6 p.m. Saturday in Blackshear Stadium. The Panthers are 0-2 after a 48-16 loss at McNeese State on Saturday, and they’re 0-1 in the SWAC, having lost to Texas Southern 37-35 in the season opener Aug. 31. Last… Continue reading →

Eligibility struggles return for Southern before Northwestern State cruises to 51-27 win

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Northwestern State's Garrett Atzenweiler prepares to collide wtih Southern's Bryan Anderson in Saturday's game at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern’s chronic eligibility issues dealt the Jaguars secondary a 1-2-3 punch just before kickoff Saturday night in A.W. Mumford Stadium. Northwestern State quarterback Zach Adkins was even harder on the defensive backfield, setting school records with 30 completions for the game and 19 consecutive, as well as tying a school record with four touchdown passes. Adkins, a senior who… Continue reading →

Northwestern State quarterback Zach Adkins feasts on Southern secondary

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Northwestern State quarterback Zach Adkins (8) throws a completion against Southern, Saturday, Sept. 13, at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

A perfect storm of sorts, created when a depleted secondary faced a razor-sharp quarterback, proved to be too much for Southern to overcome Saturday night against Northwestern State. Before the game, Jaguars coach Dawson Odums said he didn’t think the outcome would mirror last year’s lopsided loss in Natchitoches. Demons quarterback Zach Adkins had other ideas. He… Continue reading →

Northwestern State 57, Southern 21: Three-and-out

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Demetrius Carter tackles Northwestern State's Garrett Atzenweiler during Saturday's game at A.W. Mumford Stadium. The Demons won 57-21.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED Southern is having and probably will continue to have growing pains at quarterback. Redshirt freshman Deonte Shorts and true freshman Austin Howard have both been inconsistent through three games, and both were very erratic Saturday night. Shorts looked jittery in the early going and his fumble was returned 9 yards… Continue reading →

Southern defense leans on youngsters

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums and secondary coach Marty Biagi chat on the sideline.

The future is now for the back end of the Southern defense. Nearly half of the players on the two-deep at defensive back and linebacker are either true freshmen or redshirt freshmen. It’s partly by design — talented players ready to contribute — and partly out of necessity — ineligible players. It has led to… Continue reading →

Northwestern State at Southern: Four downs

Associated Press photo by TONY GUTIERREZ -- Northwestern State coach Jay Thomas, left, and Baylor coach Art Briles greet each other at midfield following their game on Sept. 6 in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 70-6.

Southern and Northwestern State have a lot of connections. The Demons have 27 players and five coaches, including coach Jay Thomas, a native of Baker who was a graduate assistant at LSU, who have ties to the Baton Rouge area. Additionally, Jaguars Athletic Director William Broussard was a standout center on the Demons football team… Continue reading →

Northwestern State’s Deon Simon is back in Baton Rouge and ready for more

Photo courtesy Northwestern State athletics -- Northwestern State's Deon Simon

There’s a great deal of symbolism attached to the return to Baton Rouge of Northwestern State senior defensive tackle Deon Simon, who’s playing in his hometown one final time. While Simon’s focus has been on Southern this week, his homecoming for Saturday’s 6 p.m. kickoff at A.W. Mumford Stadium is also cause for personal reflection. “I’m… Continue reading →

Southern wide receivers thriving despite obstacles

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Mike Jones carries the ball on a punt return against UL-Lafayette on Aug. 30 at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

Southern’s wide receivers have been able to succeed despite the obstacles of injury and academic uncertainty. Southern lost two key wide receivers on the day of its season opener. One went out after injury and the other because of academic uncertainty. With team mottos like “Adapt and Overcome,” “Next Guy Up,” “Pray Hard,” “Stay on Faith”… Continue reading →