Alabama State prepares for SWAC East showdown

Alabama State prepares for SWAC East showdown

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Even though the Alabama State football team dropped its season opener in San Antonio on Saturday, there was never an issue with a lack of heart or energy.

"It was good to see our guys play hard and accept the challenge," said head coach Brian Jenkins. "But that's not what it's all about. It's about playing well enough to win. The players and coaches learned a lot from that game and our focus is now totally on our next opponent."

Alabama State surrendered the lead in the second quarter and couldn't fight back, en route to a 26-13 loss to the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Next up for the Hornets is a match-up, that according to the preseason polls, could decide who the SWAC East champion will be.

The Braves and Hornets were picked first and second respectively.

"We're going against the champs and, hopefully, we'll be the team that dethrones them," said Jenkins. "It's all going to come down to between those lines with the Jimmy and Joe's and X's and O's and I wouldn't want it any other way."

The quarterback position was a three-man race leading into the opener, with Jenkins deciding on Jujuan Young-Battle as the team's quarterback.

Battle completed 11-of-18 passing attempts, but Quinterris Toppings replaced Battle late and threw for a fourth-quarter touchdown.

So with that being said, who will line up under center this weekend?

"Toppings is a seasoned vet and could have easily taken the first snaps," said Jenkins. "It's an open race again and Quinterris is right there, probably will be the guy, we'll see."

The Hornets faced Alcorn State in week two a season ago, with the Braves taking the victory 31-14.

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