Southern Seniors Plan to End Football Season as Champions
Southern University football seniors, will leave SU with a winning season Senior night for the Southern University football team was truly a milestone.
The Southern University Jaguars demolished the Clark Atlanta Panthers 53-0 Saturday, November 16 at home in A.W. Mumford stadium.
The game marked the last time the football seniors will play in A.W. Mumford stadium, and after shutting out Clark Atlanta, it is safe to say the seniors are leaving with a bang.
“This was a great game all around for all of the players.” said senior, quarterback Dray Joseph. “All the seniors were able to go out on senior night with a victory.” continued Joseph.
The shutout was not the only highlight of the game, senior; quarterback Dray Joseph became Southern’s all-time leader for career passing yards. Early in the first half, Joseph completed to receiver Lee Doss for a 6-yard gain, totaling Joseph’s passing yards to 8,194 yards, advancing pass former Southern quarterback Bryant Lee.
“I’m really good friends with Bryant, I talk to him almost every day”, said Joseph. “He knew I was going to break his record tonight, he actually told me he knew I was going to break it before I came to Southern.”
Joseph may have set a new record, but it was the Jaguars rushing game that sparked the attention. The Jaguars finished with the 318 rushing yards, the most since 2009 when they racked up 349 yards against Central State.
“We were always capable to run the ball” said freshmen, running back Lenard Tillery. “A lot of people have asked me why we do not run the ball, it’s not that we can’t, it’s the point we might get stuck in tight situations and we must let our quarterback and wide receivers handle it.”
From the struggling seasons to the coaching staff changes, the seniors certainly endured their growing pains at Southern. But after clinching the Western Divisional Championship for the Southwestern Atlantic Conference, the products from the 2009 football team can say they will leave Southern with a winning record.
Before heading to Houston, Texas in December for the Southwestern Atlantic Conference Championship, the Jags will prepare for their battle on the bayou, as they take on longtime rival Grambling State University for the Bayou Classic. “Being able to play in the Mercedes Benz Superdome is going to be amazing” said Tillery, excited for his first Bayou Classic. “My family and I have gone every year; it’s a great game and a great tradition.”
The 40th annual Bayou Classic weekend will kick off Friday. That night, the Southern University Human Jukebox will battle against the Grambling State marching Tigers at the battle of the bands following the Greek show at 6 p.m. at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. The game will have kick off at 1:30 pm, Saturday, November 30 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Door will open at noon.