Braves get in win column

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 2, 2006

LOS ANGELES &8212; Reserve quarterback Chris Walker came off the bench to spark Alcorn State&8217;s offense and lead the Braves to a 23-6 victory over Morehouse Saturday at the Coliseum.

After entering the game late in the fist quarter, Walker guided Alcorn State to three touchdowns, earning the Braves (1-3, 0-2 SWAC) their first victory of the season. The Maroon Tigers dropped to 2-4.

Walker replaced Tony Hobson and led Alcorn State on a 14-play, 95-yard scoring drive late in the second quarter. Michael Shepherd capped the drive with a five yard touchdown run with 48 seconds left in the first half.

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The key play of the scoring march was a pass interference penalty against Morehouse defensive back Brandon Morgan in the end zone. Two plays later Shepherd&8217;s TD run gave the Braves a 7-0 lead.

The Braves increased their lead to 9-0 in the third quarter when Roderick Williams tackled Ruben Dupree in the end zone for a safety.

&8220;On the defensive side of the ball we played pretty good,&8221; said Alcorn head coach Johnny Thomas. &8220;We made some plays and knocked Morehouse out of their rhythm on offense.&8221;

Midway through the third quarter Vernadus Cooper scored on a four-yard run, upping Alcorn State&8217;s lead to 16-0. Cooper finished with a 121 yards rushing, including a 60 yard run in the fourth quarter.

Morehouse got on the scoreboard with 11:49 remaining on Kelvin Williams&8217; one yard touchdown run.

Walker sealed the victory with a 15 yard touchdown pass to Nate Hughes with 4:47 remaining in the game.

With the first win under their belts, Thomas said plenty of work was still needed to contend in the SWAC&8217;s East Division.

&8220;I think we&8217;re going to have to get better overall on offense, defense and special teams,&8221; he said. &8220;We made some big plays on offense, we made some big plays on defense; but we still had some turnovers and defensive breakdowns that hurt us. Consistency and execution and being crisp on all phases (is what we have to work on).&8221;