Jackson State loses in SWAC/MEAC Challenge Game
New offensive coaches, New quarterbacks, and renewed energy for the JSU Tigers were not enough for the Tigers to open the 2019 football season with a win. Jackson State amassed 506 yards of offense to Bethune Cookman’s 277. Three quarterbacks, Quincy Casey, Derrick Ponder, and Jalon Jones combined to throw for 273 yards. Ponder, who played the most, threw for 130. True freshman, Quincy Casey started the game for Jackson State. He wasted little time getting tiger nation excited. One the first play, he completed a 47 yard bomb to senior receiver Terrell Kennedy III. Casey was injured on the play. He would make another brief return into the game, but wasn’t quite the same. Derrick Ponder, the lone quarterback on the roster from last season, showed flashes, but was inconsistent. Some of it wasn’t his fault, receivers dropped several passes. Although Ponder did not throw an interception, he did fumble on a crucial drive for JSU. The fumble was picked up by BCU, who returned it for a touchdown, essentially putting the game away. Jalon Jones, the Florida transfer that has tiger fans’ hopes up, tossed a 33 yard touchdown pass to Warren Newman, and also displayed running ability. Two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown and the other one, went right through a receiver’s hands, made tiger fans groan. Jones was injured in the first half and there was talk after the game that he has a hip pointer injury despite playing in the second half.
The defense played stellar in the first half, but fatigued got to them in the second half. The offense’s turnovers lead to a short field on numerous occasions. Couple that with the inability to sustain drives, the defense started to cramp up and wear down. The score does not indicate how well the defense played however.
Next up for Jackson State is South Alabama, a FBS school. It will be the first time the schools have played each other.