PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas | A pair of fourth quarter touchdowns from Prairie View A&M proved to be the difference in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) at Panther Field as Alabama State fell 24-20 on Saturday.
Alabama State (3-5, 2-4 SWAC) took a 10-point lead into halftime thanks to 17 unanswered points in the half. Following a one-yard rush from Juwan Pass that put the Panthers up 7-0 in the first, Alabama State tied the game on a 50-yard catch and run by Terrance Ellis (Stockbridge, Ga.) from Ryan Nettles (Evergreen, Ala.) tied the game with 4:58 to play in the first quarter.
The Hornets took the lead on a 42-yard field goal from Hunter Hanson (Montgomery, Ala.) with just 42 seconds to play in the quarter and extended the lead to 10 at 17-7 with a 19-yard touchdown reception by Keron Jones (Oxon Hill, Md.) with 7:48 to play in the half. Following a field goal from the Panthers trimmed the deficit to 17-10, Alabama State answered with a 37-yard field goal from Hanson with just 52 seconds to play for the halftime margin.
The two teams went scoreless in the third before the Panthers were able to trim the lead to 20-17 with 13:19 to play, before Pass gave them the lead on a six-yard rush with 6:38 to play. The Hornets had one more chance but a scramble from Myles Crawley (Lithonia, Ga.) came up short of the first down and Prairie View A&M was able to run out the clock.
Nettles finished the day 15-of-24 for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Jones led the offense with eight receptions for 60 yards. Wallace Corker (Stockbridge, Ga.), Ezra Gray (Lynn Haven, Fla.) and Abdou Diop (Harlem, N.Y.) each added a pair of receptions.
Irshaad Davis led the defense with 11 stops, while the Hornets held Pass to just 171 yards through the air for the Panthers.
Alabama State hits the road next week for their final road game of the season, facing Mississippi Valley State in Itta Bena (Miss.).
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