Saturday, November 13, 2010
Those unlucky Devils: MVSU ends season winless
GREENVILLE — There was a chance here and a shot there. But by the end of Saturday's season-ending game against Alabama A&M at Greenville-Weston High, MVSU was left with an all-too familiar taste in its mouth — a loss.
The Bulldogs (3-7, 2-6 SWAC) used two first quarter touchdowns and a 1-yard Justin Jones score to escape with a 21-7 victory over the winless Delta Devils (0-10, 0-9). It was their 11th straight loss.
MVSU's last win came on November 14, 2009 when the Delta Devils defeated Lincoln University, who was winless at the time, 16-6.
MVSU coach Karl Morgan said he thought they had a chance, but weren't "over confident."
"We had hope, but I don't know if we were over confident, because they've lost seven games and we've lost nine. They've won two and we haven't won any," said Morgan. They're the defending (SWAC Eastern Division champions) so we knew they weren't a team that would come in here and lay down. So we felt good about our chances, but we weren't over confident."
It looked as if the game might get out of hand early after the Bulldogs scored two early touchdowns — one on a 14-yard run by Tony Green midway through the first quarter and another on a 33-yard scamper by Kaderius Lacey near the end of the first.
But MVSU held A&M scoreless through the second quarter.
MVSU's lone touchdown came with 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter on a 12-yard run by Tristian Hudnall (32 yards, 12 carries).
MVSU had several chances at a comeback, recovering two Bulldog fumbles, but each drive ended with a punt or a red zone interception.
"Not enough. Same thing the whole year, basically," said Morgan.
Besides a 92-yard pass to G'Alonzo Milton, MVSU stalled A&M passing attack. But they had no answer for Green and Lacy, who combined for 255 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
MVSU's Oliver Hughes was 10-21 for 123 yards and an interception. Hudnall, Chris Williams and Paul Cox each had three catches.
Christopher Watkins led MVSU's rushing attack with 54 yards on 12 carries.
MVSU ends its season without a game with an 100-yard rusher.
Morgan said he now wants his team to focus on academics and thanked his senior players for their effort.
"(Returning players), enjoy your off time, but be disciplined...don't go crazy the last couple weeks of school. And for the seniors, I wish you the best," he said.