Jackson State responded from Friday night’s upset loss against Alabama A&M by run-ruling the Bulldogs in seven innings for their first win in SWAC play Saturday afternoon to set up a series-deciding game three.
After completing the series sweep of Alcorn State in Lorman, Mississippi this past weekend - beating the Braves’ in run-rule fashion all three games - the Tigers overcame a six-run deficit to defeat Butler at Braddy Field Wednesday night to increase their winning streak to 10 games.
Jesse Caver pitched nine combined shutout innings last week, eight of witch came in a 3-0 victory against New Orleans last Friday. He allowed only four hits and two walks, along with fanning five New Orleans Privateer batters.
Former cornerback De’Jahn Warren, long snapper Aarion Hartman, and offensive lineman Tony Gray are set to strap on their pads and wear their storied JSU helmet one last time in the post-season all-HBCU bowl game in front of NFL scouts.
After a disappointing 29-27 overall record in 2022, Johnson and JSU will look to bounce back to the high standards the head coach has established at Braddy Field during his near two decade reign as the programs leader, and singled out a key player who he thinks will benefit from the tough season.
The Tigers will open the 2023 season next Friday, Feb. 17, in the Houston Astros Cactus Jack HBCU Classic, facing BoomBox Classic rival Southern at 7 p.m. at Minute Maid Park, where the current World Series winners play.
Coach Taylor, the twenty-second head coach of the storied capital city football program, will lead his alma mater with two key motivating factors, winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference for the third consecutive time and winning the Celebration Bowl.
Despite the coaching changes from top to bottom in the football program, the Tigers will expect to challenge for their third straight SWAC Championship and third straight Celebration Bowl appearance with Coach Taylor at the helm for the upcoming 2023 season.
Jackson State has won 5 of its 7 conference matchups - winning four conference games at home while staying undefeated inside of Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center - which is tied for second in the SWAC and fourth overall.
According to On3 Sports, the double-digit pool of former Tigers have entered their names in the portal alongside roughly 1,400 players since the portal opened on December 5, including 8 former starters.