|(From Alcorn State athletics site)|
Alcorn (1-0, 1-0 SWAC) is the defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champions who opened their season with a 21-18 win last week. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-2) lost big to Tennessee State and late to Oklahoma Panhandle State a two-year old Division I FCS team that was won their first Division I FCS game.
Alcorn State has won 20 games and two SWAC titles over the past two seasons while Arkansas-Pine Bluff has won lost 18 games since 2014. ASU has also won three in a row over UAPB.
But the Braves, who have ridden a high-flying offense the past few seasons, are hoping tonight that quarterback Lenorris Footman, who didn't play any of the second half after an ankle injury, will be ready to go.
"Lenorris is going to be fine," head coach Fred McNair told the Natchez Democrat. "He has a little soreness in his ankle. We're just going to play it by ear and give those guys the proper treatment they need."
Arkansas-Pine Bluff had some bright spots last week. The Golden Lions got a solid rushing effort from Dante McDonald who rushed for 122 yards and touchdown against Oklahoma Panhandle. Without a late OPSU 55-yard touchdown pass and a bad day from UAPB kicker Jamie Gilan, the Golden Lions likely would have had their first win of the season.
"We'll come back," said UAPB head coach Monte Coleman during the team's weekly press conference. "We are taking one game at a time. Alcorn is still a good football.... They are not quite as good as they've been the past two years, but they are still a good team. We're going to give it everything we've got."