Southern, Grambling battle at Classic

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
The Southern Jaguars football team coming out of the tunnel before the game against Grambling State at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans last Saturday.

There aren’t too many rivalries that are as good as the Southern Jaguars and the Grambling State Tigers during their annual Bayou Classic in New Orleans. The two Historically Black Universities played in their 39th Classic that brings thousands to New Orleans each year. This year, Southern beat the Tigers 38-33 in a very unpredictable game.

Southern (4-7, 3-6) conference came out the game and submitted to the Tigers 14 early and quick points in the first quarter. Grambling’s quarterback, D.J. Williams, passed the ball for both touchdowns to put his team up two scores. Grambling (1-10, 0-9) looked to be in control of the game at this point, until the Jaguars scored on a pass from quarterback Dray, Joseph to Jerry Joseph for a 13-yard hook-up and six points, with the extra point the Tigers were up a touchdown going into the second quarter.

Southern’s Jaguars scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter and went up 21-17 at the half. While the Tigers could only score field goals, the Jaguars looked to seal the deal and win the game, until two late touchdowns by Grambling in the fourth quarter to bring the game to a five-point difference.

Grambling’s Williams finished the game with three passing touchdowns and 284 yards in the air.

Jaguar’s quarterback carried his team with five passing touchdowns and 284 yards. Southern’s running back led game in rushing with 25 carries for 100 yards.