JSU Impressive in Coach Sanders’ first collegiate game
53 to 0! Jackson State kicked off the season February 21st with a blowout win over Edward Waters in their season opener. It was also the home opener for the Tigers. Amassing 435 yards of total offense while allowing only 104 yards, JSU handled the NAIA team with no problem. The defense engineered the first shutout since 2014. Looking fast, dominate, and methodical, the “Darkside Defense” did not hold back. Tymetrius Patte led the defense with 8 tackles. Edward Waters, Roshard Branch was 9 for 21 with 83 yards. He ran the ball 11 times for -9 yards. While Branch struggled, JSU quarterbacks, Jalon Jones and Quincy Casey thrived, combing for 252 yards, completing 25 of 33 passes. Jones was 17 of 19 for 163 yards with 2 touchdowns, Casey was 8 for 14 for 89 yards with 1 touchdown. Kymani Clarke was the workhorse on the ground for Jackson State, rushing 18 times for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns. Greg Williams gained 57 yards on 11 carries.
Coach Sanders was all smiles as he was doused in gatorade at the conclusion of the game. Sanders also received the trophy for winning the WC Gorden classic. Tiger fans in attendance left the game feeling positive about the upcoming season. A season that excludes Alcorn State University, who opted out of the season due to COVID concerns and lack of practice. All of Alcorn’s scheduled opponents will receive an automatic win. Next up for Jackson State is Mississippi Valley State. Game time is set for 2:00 pm.