Alcorn State energized for SWAC championship run

Alcorn State coach Fred McNair
Alcorn State coach Fred McNair Associated Press

Alcorn State used the open date to recover from injuries and focus on reaching the SWAC championship game.

The Braves (3-3, 3-2 SWAC) host Southern University at 2 p.m. Saturday at Spinks-Casem Stadium in Lorman. Alcorn has beaten Southern five straight times, including a 48-7 victory last season, but the Jaguars are one of the league’s top teams.

Braves quarterback Lenorris Footman injured his shoulder against Texas Southern two weeks ago, but the junior is expected to play against the Jaguars.

Alcorn and Southern could play again in the SWAC title game on Dec. 3 at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Alcorn is in the East Division and Southern is battling Grambling to win the West.

“We don’t think about the other teams,” Braves cornerback Jayron Harness said two weeks ago. “We only think about Alcorn versus the Braves. If we show up to play no one can beat us.”

Prairie View at Jackson State, 2 p.m.: Jarin Morikawa started at quarterback for the Tigers (3-4, 3-2 SWAC), who still have a shot at winning the East Division.

The junior didn’t throw any touchdown passes, but made enough big plays for the Tigers.

A berth in the SWAC championship game could eventually come down to the Capital City Classic on Nov. 19 against Alcorn in Lorman.

North Alabama at Delta State, 2 p.m.: The Statesmen (4-4, 3-3 Gulf South Conference) will honor their seniors at Parker Field in Cleveland before facing the 10th-ranked Bisons.

Former Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College running back Chris Robinson has set a Delta State record with 23 touchdowns in a single season and he leads the GSC with 823 yards rushing.

Hardin-Simmons at Belhaven, 11 a.m.: Quarterback Hunter McEachern is moving up the school record book for the Blazers (1-6).

The freshman ranks second in team history in completions (243) and touchdown passes (21) in a single season.

Wide receiver LaMiquell Roberts ranks third with career receptions (146) and fifth in receiving yards (1,987).

Millsaps at Berry College, noon: Defensive end Alex Foust recently received the Juan Joseph Award for the Majors (2-5, 1-3 SAA).

The award is named after the former Millsaps quarterback and 2008 Conerly Trophy winner who was fatally shot on Nov. 16, 2014.