Tigers Top Jackson State, 41 ? 18, at Southern Heritage Classic
Tigers Put Six-Pack on Jackson State in 41 18 Victory
Memphis, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers (3-0) posted their sixth straight win over the Jackson State University (JSU) Tigers (1-2) in the 19th Annual Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis, Tenn., 41 18. TSU remains undefeated at 3 0 and posts their best start since 2004.
In the first quarter, the Tigers once again spotted their opponent double-digit lead, (10 pts) but were able to roar back with twenty-eight second quarter points for a 28-10 halftime lead. Javarris Williams plunged in for a 1-yard touchdown run capping a ten play, 57-yard drive. Williams added to the onslaught with his thirty-first career touchdown (13:00). The other TSU points in the quarter came on an Antonio Heffner 1-yard dive (6:36), a Eugene Clifford 43 yard interception return (2:37) and a Brandon Belvin 18 yard pass reception from Heffner on a tipped pass (00:19).
In the third quarter, the TSU Tigers posted ten points, on an Eric Benson 27 yard FG (5:18) that banked off the right upright for a score and a Ty’Ron Johnson 39 yard interception return (4:06) for a 38-18 TSU lead after three quarters.
Jackson State capitalized off a TSU fumble for a score early in the fourth quarter (10:33), but TSU’s Eric Benson nailed his second FG of the night (5:11) to end the game’s scoring.
Heffner, playing in his hometown, completed 11 of 16 passes with one touchdown for 137 yards and rushed for 48 yards on 12 carries. For his efforts, Heffner garnered another classic game MVP, taking home the Southern Heritage Classic MVP Award for third straight season. Heffner made the night memorable, proposing marriage to his girlfriend, Angel Parker, on the 50-yard line following his MVP trophy presentation, she accepted.
On the night, the TSU Tiger defense took away three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. Sophomore safety Eugene Clifford led the Big Blue with seven tackles (5 solo).
The Tigers will move into Ohio Valley Conference play next week when they face Eastern Kentucky September 20, at L.P. Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.