NORMAL – Head coach Anthony Jones could only hang his head as he watch a second straight homecoming loss at the hands of another Mississippi team.
Alabama A&M loss Homecoming 2013 28-9 to Mississippi Valley State University for the second straight year in a row and a first against the Delta Devils since 2006.
The Bulldogs completed a season low four passes on 22 tries between two different quarterbacks. Brandon Wells, who started the contest, finished three of 16 for 56 yards while Chris Leachman went one of six for 21 yards. Wells threw four interceptions partially due to a broken finger while Leachman totaled one turnover after trying to score on a Hail Mary. Well's also ran the ball eight times for 20 yards.
Ball State transfer Barrington Scott rushed for a season high 159 yards on 22 carries with a long of 25 yards. This was his third game with 20 plus carries and his second with 100 plus yards. Brandon Eldemire went 57 yards on 10 touches and the only score for AAMU. Coming off an ACL tear in the spring, Brendon Johnson carried the ball three times for 26 yards.
"When I fumbled the ball I got rolled up on my legs which caused me to let the ball go," Scott mentioned. "No matter what I did it's another loss which does not feel good."
A&M was never in the game offensively posting only one double digit drive and four out of 16 drives that went eight plays or more. Of the 16 drives five ended in interceptions, six ended in punts, while one ended in a fumble, a missed field goal and downs. Eldemire's TD was the only drive that finished with a score.
After the Maroon & White won the toss and chose to defer, Valley scored after three plays to take a 6-0 lead. The Delta Devils then increased their lead after a pick allowed Valley to take a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.
A&M finally got things started when MVSU's punt returner Kenneth Dabney fumbled a punt and recovered it in the end zone giving A&M their second safety of the year.
Valley then scored again on a pick six by Avery Boykins for 52 yards. The Bulldogs finally got things going on Brandon Eldemire's 14 yard rush to put A&M within striking distance 18-9. Unfortunately Valley would add to their lead with a 37 yard field goal to give the Delta Devils a 21-9 advantage at halftime.
The third quarter was played with no one scoring but the fourth showed Valley was the dominate team after another touchdown to seal the deal and give them their first victory of the season.
"Offensively we had our opportunities but we didn't take advantage of them," Jones commented. "A lot of people blame the QB when you lose and congratulate him when you win, that's what comes with the position. We tried different things to help the passing game but we still couldn't make plays."
"When you don't take advantage of your opportunities and don't give yourself a chance then you will not win," said Jones. "We didn't do that today and that's why we didn't win."
A&M falls to 2-4 overall on the year and 2-2 in the Eastern division conference of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The Maroon & White will hit the road for the remainder of October. First up is a date with the Jaguars of Southern University on Saturday, October 12th, at 6:00 p.m.
Courtesy: AAMU Media Relations