Friday, September 24, 2010
Davis progressing for DSU; MVSU has tough road ahead
GREENVILLE — The tone of the rivalry between Delta State and Henderson State transformed from “disparaging comments” to punches three years ago after a brawl between the two teams, that resulted in a one-game suspension and two years probation for DSU’s Ron Roberts and HSU’s Scott Maxfield.
After three years, has the temperature died between the two teams?
“Yeah, as far as I’m concerned, yes,” said Roberts. “I’m sure it’s going to come up there somewhere, obviously. I don’t know if he’s going to use it as a way to motivate his players. But most of our players weren’t even around then.”
One of those players is redshirt junior quarterback Micah Davis, who has led the Statesmen to a 2-1, 1-0 GSC record and catapulted to one of the rising players in the conference.
Last week against Valdosta State, Davis went 27-of-32 for 275 yards and three touchdowns. And he’s currently tied for third place in the GSC in passing touchdowns.
“He continues to get better every week.....He has a great grasp of the offense,” said offensive coordinator Greg Stevens. “...He’s (also) becoming more and more of a leader on the vocal side.”
Saturday’s game against HSU is scheduled for 6 p.m.
NOTES: DSU’s Maurice Moore, a transfer from Wisconsin, currently ranks first in the GSC in all-purpose yards per game. DSU senior running back Trevar Deed is now the school’s all-purpose yards leader. Pig Pckin’ 2010 begins today at DSU. A series of events are scheduled including a barbecue competition, men’s basketball open house and more. Go to www.Gostatesmen.com for more info.
The Mississippi Valley State football team surpassed one obstacle last week after scoring their first touchdown of the year. Unfortunately, the Delta Devils lost the game 27-9 to in-state rival Alcorn State.
This week against Jackson State (2-1, 0-1 SWAC), MVSU (0-3, 0-2 SWAC) hopes to overcome another roadblock: beat Jackson State, which hasn’t happened since 1994.
Quarterback Oliver Hughes did, however, have his best game of the season last week against Alcorn. The Holmes Community College transfer threw for 152 yards and ran for 24. He went 18-of-37 through the air.
That maybe one reason MVSU coach Karl Morgan sees a little progress.
“It’s a progress....and I think we’re making progress. We’re looking for the positives,” he said.
Meanwhile, JSU is coming off their first loss of the season after succumbing to Grambling 28-21 after a potential game-tying reception went incomplete.
One player MVSU can only hope to contain is JSU quarterback Casey Therriault, who has thrown for at least 280 yards in every game — including a 404 yard, three touchdown season-opneing peformance against Delta State.
So far this season, the JUCO transfer has thrown for 1,034 yards and eight touchdowns to go along with only two interceptions.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 6 p.m. at Veteran Memorial’s Stadium.