Another week of football is in the books and that means we are closing in the 2019 SWAC Football Championship. Let’s take a look at the winners this week as a team and individually.
It was the second annual State Fair Showdown in Dallas between the Jaguars of Southern University and the Tigers of Texas Southern. TSU came into this one looking to get their first win of the year but came up just short in a 28-21 loss.
Southern QB Glendon McDaniel, the SWAC Offensive Player of the Week, was 17-26 for 252 yards and three touchdowns in the win. His seven-yard strike to Jadarion Davis with 11:57 to go in the game put Southern up 28-14. It was a lead TSU would be unable to overcome.
Jackson St went down to Mississippi Valley St and the two teams played an overtime thriller on Saturday. At the 10:46 mark of the second quarter MVSU QB, Dejerric Ponder hit Malik Myers on a 19-yard touchdown pass. That score would make it 21-0 Delta Devils and the rout appeared to be on. From there, JSU would outscore MVSU 31-7 and win the game 31-28 on an Adrian Salazar 34-yard field goal in overtime.
JSU LB, Keonte Jackson was the star for the Tigers. He posted 14 tackles, 2.5 for loss and a forced fumble in the win. The performance earned him Defensive Player of the Week honors.
For his game-winning overtime field goal, Salazar earned the award for Specialist of the Week in the SWAC.
If two award winners for the week were not enough for JSU, Fr. RB Kymani Clarke added some hardware as well. In the Tigers win, he would go for 171 yards on the ground on 20 carries. His seven-yard touchdown run with 1:21 to go in the game would give the Tigers their first lead of the game. His work paid off with the Newcomer of the Week award.
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