Braves go for two wins in a row
Published 11:57 pm Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Alcorn — The Alcorn State Braves need to use the momentum from last week’s 17-14 win over Mississippi Valley State to compete against the Alabama A&M Bulldogs.
“Anytime you get a win you want to carry the momentum and enthusiasm over to the next game,” Alcorn head coach Johnny Thomas said.
Even though the Braves won, they had problems handling the ball but were fortunate enough to only loss four of their 10 fumbles.
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Thomas said they were spending extra time on drills this week to not let it happen again.
Tony Hobson Jr. will get the start at quarterback for the Braves. He went 11 of 26 with no interceptions for 124 yards last week.
Season starter Chris Walker who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury, will be ready in case Hobson is ineffective.
“Chris is back this week,” Thomas said. “I won’t hesitate to put him in the game if we need him.”
Thomas said he hoped that Hobson starting again this week would help his team’s offense find a groove.
“We’re going to attack A&M the best we can,” Thomas said. “Giving Tony the start might help us find some consistency on offense. That is the main thing we need right now.”
A&M is coming off of a 43-40 overtime loss to Jackson State University.
Quarterback Kelcy Luke completed 16 of 34 passes for 261 yards against JSU.
“A&M has a good quarterback,” Thomas said. “He can run and throw the ball well.”
Thomas said his team would have to use sound technique and good judgment in defending A&M.
“We need to tackle well and make sure we line up properly against their sets,” Thomas said. “They have some nice schemes that make it hard to defend against.”
Thomas said if he had a choice he prefered to keep A&M’s rushing game to a minimal.
“I would rather make them the pass the ball,” Thomas said. “But either way we must contain their quarterback and not allow him to scramble.”
Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.