Thursday, November 11, 2010
MVSU has one last shot at a win
GREENVILLE – Saturday’s 1 p.m. game against Alabama A&M at Greenville-Weston High School will be Senior Day for 21 Delta Devil players. And MVSU coach Karl Morgan said he hopes to give his departing players something “positive” to remember.
“It’d be nice to go out a winner,” said Morgan, whose team is 0-9 on the year. “One win and we would still be 1-9, but one win would be huge in the grand scheme of things.”
Last week at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Delta Devils lost by 29 points, but Morgan said he saw some things to build on going Saturday’s game and into next year: Oliver Hughes threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns, Paul Cox and Tristian Hudnall both had over 100 yards receiving and as they scored 20 points, tying a season-high.
And if it’s any consolation, Alabama A&M (2-7, 1-6 SWAC) hasn’t had a season to remember either.
So can this be considered a winnable game for MVSU?
“I don’t know about that, because you’re talking to the head coach of an 0-9 team, so they’ve had a little more success,” said Morgan.
Both of the Bulldogs’ wins came in September – a 45-0 victory over Central State and a 34-14 win over Southern. Last week, Alabama A&M fell victim 41-24 to an up-and-coming Alcorn State team.
Currently, both the Bulldogs and Delta Devils rank last in the SWAC in total offense. Alabama A&M does, however, rank second in total defense, allowing just over 306 yards per game.
Despite the Bulldogs’ offensive woes, MVSU can’t overlook the team who edged out a 17-12 victory over the Delta Devils in last year’s season-ending game, said Morgan.
“Offensively they’ve struggled some, but nobody in our situation, in our plight, is a guaranteed anything for us,” he said. “So we’ll have to be prepared to come in and play a real good football team in order to get a win.”
Area MVSU senior players to be honored include Milton Gaston, Jr. (Greenville), Chris Watkins (Greenwood), Donta Reed (Belzoni) and Johnvonta Brooks (Winona).