MONTGOMERY, Miss. (WSFA) - The Alabama State Hornets (3-3, 2-1) produced their second-highest scoring performance of the season in Saturday’s 31-16 win over Jackson State (1-5, 0-1).
ASU’s 31 points are the most points scored by the Hornets since their 38 points in the Labor Day Classic win over Tuskegee. The 16 points allowed is Alabama State’s lowest for an opponent by far this season.
Ezra Gray opened the scoring for the Hornets in the first quarter. He burst through the end zone on a 13-yard run to put the Hornets ahead.
JSU got a field goal just before the end of the first quarter and then ASU answered early in the second quarter. With 9:28 left in the first half, quarterback Jett Even jetted his way to a 10-yard touchdown run to put the Hornets ahead 14-3.
The Tigers used a 52-second drive to score their first touchdown of the game. It was a 20-yard pass-and-catch from quarterback Derrick Ponder to Terrell Kennedy III.
The second half would be all Alabama State. The Hornets outscored the Tigers 17-7 in the game’s final 30 minutes.
Even accounted for three touchdowns in Saturday’s game. He threw his only touchdown pass in the third quarter, a 17-yarder to Jahod Booker, and rushed for two scores. His second rushing score put the Hornets ahead 31-10 with 9:34 remaining in the game.
Hunter Hanson added a field goal in between the two ASU second-half touchdowns. Jackson State would score a touchdown as time expired.
The win breathes air back into ASU’s season after a tough loss at home last week against Alcorn State. The win kicks off a five-game road trip in the right way. It continues next Saturday in Birmingham as the Hornets will take on Alabama A&M in the Magic City Classic. That game will kick off at 2:30 p.m.