The Alcorn State University (ASU) Braves (5-4, 4-2) entered Daytona Stadium on Saturday, November 6th at 11:00 am to avenge last week’s loss to the Southern University Jaguars (4-5, 3-3) by taking their frustration out on the Bethune Cookman University (BCU) Wildcats (1-8, 1-5). The obvious ending to this story didn’t quite turn out as expected.
The first quarter saw Alcorn score first at the 7:57 mark when kicker Noah Kiani kicked a 17-yard field goal to make the score 3-0, Braves. The Wildcats, not to be outdone, scored at the 5:29 mark when wide receiver Kemari Averett caught a 31-yard pass from quarterback Devin Black and with kicker Dylan Moghaddam’s extra point the score was now 3-7, Wildcats.
Alcorn dominated the second quarter with two scores as running back Stadford Anderson scored on a 1-yard run at the 9:38 mark and a 4-yard run at the 3:22 mark and with both Point After Attempts (PATs) being successful, the score before halftime was 7-17, Alcorn.
The third quarter saw both teams swap scores throughout with Bethune Cookman scoring first at the 14:04 mark when wide receiver Dylaan Lee caught a 61-yard pass from quarterback Shannon Patrick and with Moghaddam’s extra point the score was 14-17, Alcorn. The Braves responded with their own burst of offense at the 10:37 mark when wide receiver Juan Anthony Jr. caught a 34-yard pass from quarterback Felix Harper and with Kiani’s PAT the score was 14-24, Braves. The Wildcats scored on the ensuing kickoff at the 10:25 mark when running back Que’shaun Byrd scored on a 94-yard kickoff return and with Moghaddam’s successful extra point the score was 21-24, Alcorn. ASU scored again at the 6:34 mark making the score 21-31, Alcorn, while BCU responded with their own score at the 1:46 mark to end the third quarter with the score being 28-31, Alcorn.
The fourth quarter saw a defensive battle between the two teams with the Wildcats coming out on top at the 12:27 mark when running back LaDerrien Wilson scored on a 3-yard run and with a successful extra point by Moghaddam the final score of the game was 31-35, Wildcats.
Statistically, Harper was 24 of 33 with 300 yards passing with 1 touchdown and 1 interception, Anderson had 26 carries for 115 yards and 3 touchdowns while Bolar had 8 receptions for 76 yards.
ASU’s next game is pivotal in the chase for the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) title as they take on Western Division leading Prairie View A&M University (7-1, 6-0) on Saturday, November 13th at Spinks-Casem Stadium at 2:00 pm.