The Alcorn State University (ASU) Braves (5-5, 4-3), fresh off of their overtime victory against the Prairie View A&M Panthers (6-4, 5-2), were looking to string together a 2-game winning streak on November 12th at 2:00 pm at Spinks-Casem Stadium against the Bethune Cookman University (BCU) Wildcats (2-8, 2-5) and they did just that.
The first quarter remained scoreless as both teams were trying to get a feel for each other with physically intimidating play.
The Braves scored first in the second quarter when Running back Jarveon Howard scampered into the endzone for the score on a 12-yard run and with Kicker Noah Kiani’s successful extra point the score was 7-0, Braves. Kiani helped improve the Braves’ score at the 1:51 mark when he booted a 27-yard field goal straight between the uprights making the score 10-0, Braves right before halftime.
BCU got going offensively in the third quarter when Quarterback Jalon Jones scored on a 9-yard run and with Kicker Dylan Moghaddam’s PAT (point after touchdown) the score was now 10-7, Braves.
The fourth quarter proved to be exciting as the Wildcats took the lead when Tight end Kemari Averett scored on a 10-yard pass from Jones and with Moghaddam’s extra point the score was now 10-14, Wildcats. The Braves aren’t called “The Cardiac Kids” for nothing and the defense stepped up big time when Defensive back Andrew Smith capitalized on a 50-yard interception and with Kiani’s successful extra point the Braves took the lead and the game 17-14.
Offensively, Quarterback Tre Lawrence completed 5 passes for 35-yards, Howard had 129-yards rushing and 1 touchdown while Wide Receiver Monterio Hunt had 2 catches for 21-yards. Defensively, Linebacker Terreance Ellis led all tackles with 10.
Next week is the Braves’ season finale as they take on the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s (SWACs) 2022 Eastern Division Champions the Jackson State University (JSU) Tigers (10-0, 7-0) at Spinks-Casem Stadium on November 19th at 2:00 pm. You can catch the game on ESPN+ and WPRL 91.7 FM.
(Photo Credit: Cedric Tillman)