The Grambling State University football team gave Alabama State University some big payback after the Hornets beat the Tigers last season and each of the last four years. The final score was 34-10.
The G-Men left the ASU Stadium with their first SWAC win of the season.
“I think our kids played well,” said head coach Broderick Fobbs, “and we ran the ball well, which is good because it keeps the defense off the field.”
While ASU gave up 34 points, the G-Men’s defense held ASU to only 3 points until less than 3 minutes left in the game when the Hornets scored their only touchdown.
GSU remembered the Hornets’ sting last year, and that was on their minds as they entered Saturday’s game.
“They started the losing streak, and that’s what I remember,” said offensive line coach Reginald Nelson at a Monday news conference.
Defenses on both teams took over the first quarter, leaving Alabama State leading by 3 after a 33-yard field goal.
An early second quarter touchdown by running back Verlan Hunter at 14:00 turned things around.
On the G-Men’s next possession, Ka’Jandre Domino forced another 6 points for GSU, and he finished the night with 50 yards and a touchdown.
At halftime, GSU led 14-3.
A couple of touchdowns late in the third quarter by Chad Williams and Chester Rogers gave Grambling a cushion for the win.
“The turnover early in the third quarter allowed us to put some more points on the board,” said Fobbs after the game. “I think it somewhat sealed the door.”
Quarterback Johnathan Williams threw for over 200 yards with four touchdowns.
Fobbs put his starting quarterback’s play in context. “I thought he played well in some spots. I still think from time to time he presses the ball too much and he’s always trying to make a play, and I think that’s what makes him good. But it also can get you in trouble a little bit.”
Freshmen quarterback Trevon Cherry had the opportunity to take the field in the second half. “I wanted to get him in there, you know, get some snaps because it’s always good to have a backup.”
Coming off their first win of the season, Grambling State will take on Prairie View A&M University at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, Saturday at 4 p.m.