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Jackson State ready to end Southern Heritage losing streak

Jackson State quarterback La Montiez Ivy is driven back by UNLV’s Ryan McAleenan last week. The Rebels beat the Tigers 63-13 in a season opener at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Jackson State will play Tennessee State on Saturday in Memphis.
Jackson State quarterback La Montiez Ivy is driven back by UNLV’s Ryan McAleenan last week. The Rebels beat the Tigers 63-13 in a season opener at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Jackson State will play Tennessee State on Saturday in Memphis. Associated Press

Jackson State tries to end its four-game losing streak in the Southern Heritage Classic.

The Tigers (0-1) face Tennessee State in their annual showdown at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis at 6 p.m. Saturday. Jackson State hasn’t won the Southern Heritage Classic since a 35-29 victory in 2011.

Tennessee State’s longest win streak in the series is seven straight from 2003 to 2009. Tennessee State leads the all-time series 15-9. The Southern Heritage Classic began in 1990.

Alabama State at Alcorn State, 6 p.m.: Alcorn State opens its season at Jack Spinks Stadium. The Braves’ contest against Bethune Cookman in the SWAC-MEAC Challenge was canceled because of severe weather Sunday. The Braves led 14-7 until play was stopped in the second quarter. The game doesn’t count because it wasn’t completed.

The Hornets are considered Alcorn’s biggest threat to win the Eastern Division title and reach the SWAC championship game.

Alabama A&M at Mississippi Valley State, 4 p.m.: Valley State quarterback Austin Bray got the start and was one of the few bright spots in a lopsided loss at Eastern Michigan, scoring two touchdowns. The Delta Devils, however, must find offensive weapons to complement the junior.

Texas A&M Commerce at Delta State, 6 p.m.: Quarterback Tyler Sullivan’s final season at Delta State (1-0) got off to a strong start when he threw three touchdown passes and Delta State gained 593 yards of total offense in its season opener. Delta State will need a similar offensive effort against No. 9 Texas A&M Commerce, which fell 51-44 last season.

Belhaven at Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1 p.m.: Hunter McEachern got the surprise start at quarterback last week for the Blazers (1-0). The freshman didn’t disappoint, throwing for 334 yards and three touchdowns in the Riverside Rumble last week. Wide receiver Nate Williams caught one of the scoring tosses. Things won’t be easy against UWW, considered of NAIA’s top teams.

Mississippi College at Florida Tech, 6 p.m.: The Choctaws (1-0) will go as far as their top two seniors — running back Josh Dixon and quarterback Sharone Wright — take them. Dixon had 131 yards and three touchdowns against Point and Wright threw for 196 yards.

Trinity at Millsaps, 1 p.m.: The Majors (0-1) face a tough challenge to win their first game. For Millsaps to emerge victorious, the Majors need a strong performance from running back Andrew Warren of Ocean Springs. Warren scored a touchdown against Belhaven, but only had 22 yards rushing.

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