The final month of the SWAC football season is about to get underway this weekend. The teams are preparing for the SWAC Championship Game. So let’s see where we are to this point of the year.
Alabama A&M (5-3, 2-1) traveled to Alabama St (3-4, 2-2) and played a triple-overtime thriller. Each team traded scores throughout the game and Bulldogs came out on top 43-41. In the game, A&M had 236 yards passing and continue to lead the league in passing offense at 292.9 yards per game. On the other side of the ball, the Hornets remain the top passing defense team in the league. They give up just 159 through the air. A&M’s Jordan Bentley was the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week. He accounted for 206 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. He got 197 of those yards rushing on 39 carries. Colton Adams was the Newcomer of the Week as the Hornets freshman LB had a game-high 13 tackles, five solo, and 2.5 for loss.
In another overtime game, Jackson St. (3-5, 2-1) outlasted Prairie View A&M (3-5, 2-3) 38-35 in double overtime. The Panthers are the highest-scoring offense in the league at 36.6 points per game, but their 35 in this one just was not enough for the win. RB Dawonya Tucker finished with 18 carries for 159 yards and leads the league in rushing with 916 yards, an average of 114.5 per game. He is also the league leader in All-Purpose yards at 168.1 per game. The Tigers LB, Keonte Hampton, was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week. He recorded 11 tackles, nine solo and three sacks in the win.
Alcorn St is the only unbeaten team in the SWAC (6-2, 4-0). They stayed that way with a 27-13 win over Southern (4-4, 3-1), the leaders in the West. The Braves are the top-ranked defense in the conference giving up 322.9 yards per game. The Jags came into this game with the top rushing defense at 121.3 yards per game and stayed atop that stat. Alcorn St DL, Malik Holbert was the other Co-Defensive Player of the Week as he became the first Brave to get three sacks in a game and added five tackles. P/K Corey McCullough was the Specialist of the Week as he hit on a pair of field goals and finished with nine points in the win. He also averaged 41 yards per punt to seal the award.
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