LORMAN, Miss. – The Alcorn State University football program posted the most points in the history of Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium in a 78-0 victory over Louisiana College on a rainy Saturday evening.
The Braves (1-1) took full control early in the game, led LC (0-1) 21-0 at the 10:33 mark of the first quarter and never looked back. It started on a blocked punt by senior Johnathon Hauer which resulted in a touchdown return by senior Alvin Wilson.
Alcorn then scored on its very first offensive play on a 54-yard pass from senior Noah Johnson to junior Raidarious Anderson.
The Braves used nearly their entire roster for the second week in a row. All four quarterbacks on the roster played and scored a touchdown. Alcorn’s quarterbacks combined for five passing touchdowns and two rushing scores.
Johnson got the start and went 7-for-9 throwing for 95 yards and two touchdown passes. He also rushed for 39 yards and a score. Sophomore Felix Harper threw for 74 yards and two touchdowns.
Alcorn’s offense spread it around as 12 different student-athletes recorded a carry and 10 different wide receivers caught a pass. Touchdown runs were tallied by Johnson, freshman Jyron Russell, senior P.J. Simmons, freshman Trey Turner and sophomore Jamaskian Chapman. Touchdown passes were hauled in by Anderson, senior Dayall Harris, junior Tavares Johnson, junior Chris Blair and sophomore LeCharles Pringle.
The Braves spread out the tackles defensively. Junior Solomon Muhammad was at the top of the scoresheet with 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Senior Derrian Meminger also notched 1.5 sacks. Senior Isiah Thomas pulled in an interception.
LC quarterback Skyler Bonneau was limited to 8-for-26 passing with an interception. Julius Johnson stood out defensively for the Wildcats with a game-high 13 tackles.
As a team, the Braves outgained LC 629-36 in total offense. Alcorn rushed for 381 yards and passed for 248. The Braves were a perfect 8-for-8 in red-zone scoring.
LC had the ball first but was forced to punt after a three-and-out. It included a sack by Muhammad on third down. On the punt, Hauer came dashing in from the right and cleanly blocked it, as Wilson scooped it up and returned it for a touchdown.
After another three-and-out by the Alcorn defense, the Braves scored on their first offensive play. It came on a bomb pass as Noah Johnson aired it out and found Anderson behind the secondary for the score. Alcorn led 14-0 at the 11:16 mark of the first quarter.
To start LC’s third possession, the Wildcats kept it on the ground on the first play when senior Trae Ferrell stripped LC running back Melvin Young for a fumble and Muhammad recovered at the 9-yard line. Alcorn scored on the ensuing play on a 9-yard sprint by Simmons to the right to lead 21-0 at the 10:33 mark.
The Braves increased their advantage to 27-0 with 5:18 left in the first after Noah Johnson connected with Blair in the back of the end-zone for a 14-yard touchdown. The key moment of the series was a 20-yard rush by Johnson on a 2nd-and-25, followed by a 6-yard run by Simmons to keep the drive moving. The extra-point missed wide-right.
Alcorn upped its edge to 34-0 early in the second quarter on a 5-yard run by Noah Johnson. The Braves started the drive with good field position and moved into the red-zone after an 18-yard reception by Anderson and a 10-yard catch by Blair.
The Braves blocked their second punt of the game when junior Allen Bruce raced in and got a hand on the ball deep in LC territory. It resulted in a 20-yard field goal by junior Corey McCullough to go up 37-0 with 7:11 to play in the half.
With 1:10 left, Alcorn scored on a 6-yard pass from Harper to Harris to make it a 44-0 game. It capped a 10-play, 55-yard drive which included a 15-yard rush by Turner.
An interception by Thomas near the very end of the half gave the Braves another chance to add-on before the intermission. Alcorn cashed-in on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Harper to Tavares Johnson which changed the score to 51-0.
Alcorn scored on its first possession of the second half to lead 58-0. The scoring play was a 9-yard run up the middle by Turner. The drive started with runs of 20 and 13 yards, respectively, by freshman Marquise Forman.
Sophomore quarterback Thaddeus Peyton entered the game at quarterback midway through the third quarter and the Braves marched right down the field for the score. Peyton kept it himself for a 14-yard rush to start the drive and then handed it to Turner for a 20-yard carry to near midfield. The Braves scored on a 49-yard pass to Pringle as he outran the defense to increase the lead to 65-0.
The Braves continued to pour it on early in the fourth quarter, as Chapman broke loose for a 49-yard touchdown rush up the middle. Junior Kevon Marsh also had an 11-yard first down run on the series. The two-point conversion failed, but Alcorn led 71-0 at the 14:50 mark.
Alcorn’s final score came on a 4-yard quarterback-keeper by Russell with 4:19 remaining. Russell started the drive with a 21-yard pass to Hauer. The Braves then handed the ball to freshman Jonathon Bolton and sophomore Javon Franklin who rushed down the field and into the red-zone.
Source: Alcorn State Athletics