Shaquille Hill's HBCU Game of the Week, Prairie View and Southern

By Say~It~Loud!

October 21, 2021

For my pick for HBCU Game of the Week, I selected Prairie View and Southern. It’s a trap game for the Panthers, as they seem to be headed towards a collision course against Alcorn State for SWAC West supremacy. While Southern sits at .500, they could easily be 5-1 themselves.

 

Where: A.W Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

When and How To Watch: 7 PM ET on ESPN +

written by: Shaquille Hill

image credit: Houston Chronicle

For my pick for HBCU Game of the Week, I selected Prairie View and Southern. It’s a trap game for the Panthers, as they seem to be headed towards a collision course against Alcorn State for SWAC West supremacy. While Southern sits at .500, they could easily be 5-1 themselves.

The Panthers come in at 5-1, averaging 26 points per game. They are 4-0 in conference play. They boast the most powerful offense in the SWAC, averaging nearly 437 yards a game.

Their offense is led by quarterback Jawon Pass. Pass has thrown for 1,534 yards and 11 touchdowns.

 

A & M also has a two-headed monster in the backfield, as Lyndemian Brooks and Jaden Stewart have combined for 535 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The Panthers are averaging 175.2 yards a game.

 

Pass threw three touchdowns and 290 yards as Prairie View knocked off winless Bethune-Cookman, 35-29 last week.

Southern coach Jason Rollins knows how potent the Panthers have been.

PVU is playing good football,” Rollins told Jim Kleinpeter of The Advocate. “They have our full attention and we’re going to be prepared for it.

“You always have to stop the run or it’s going to be a long night. They’re averaging (175) yards so you can’t let the glitz and glamor of the downfield throws deceive you. They are a run-first team. The only way to stop the passing game is to affect the quarterback.”

Southern allowed just 207 yards against Arkansas Pine-Bluff, and forced nine three-and-outs in twelve drives. The Jaguars also had four interceptions, three by Chase Foster.

Unfortunately, three key players may miss this crucial game. Defensive end Jordan Lewis, defensive tackle Davin Cotton and safety Tamaurice Smith have all been bit by the injury bug. Lewis has an injured leg and is questionable, while both Cotton and Smith missed last week nursing knee injuries.

Southern’s powerful running game is driven by Kobe Dillon. Dillon sprinted his way into the record books with a school record 267 rushing and three touchdowns. Senior running back Devon Benn is hopeful to return against a Panthers defense that allowed 498 rushing yards last week.

Southern running back Kobe Dillon ran for a school record 267 yards against Arkansas Pine-Bluff last week. Credit: Eugene Johnson/HBCU Sports

Quarterback Ladarius Skelton returned from a knee injury last week, and should be a focal point for the Jaguar offense. Skelton threw a TD pass to Jamar Washington against the Lions last week.

 

Southern should a host raucous home field at A.W Mumford Stadium as it is homecoming. Coach Rollins isn’t letting his team get caught up in the celebration.

“We tell them (players), ‘Homecoming is not for you, you’re already at home,’” Rollins said. “It’s for the people coming in. Stay focused on the game, and the main thing is preparing for Saturday night.”

Southern faces a rough stretch as the next four SWAC opponents have a combined 12-1 record.

Prediction: Prarie View 35, Southern 7

Prarie View is too powerful for Southern, even in a Baton Rouge celebration. PV A& M can’t afford lose, as it would blow the SWAC West wide open. I don’t see a slip up happening here.

 

Shaquille Hill Sports Writer for HBCUGO.TV

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