Reggie Barlow searches for positives as Alabama State’s skid continues

Alabama State limped out of Grambling carrying its third straight loss, and another page on the stacked-high injury report.

Coach Reggie Barlow said, once 3-0 after stopping Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Prairie View, fell 22-7 to Grambling in a game that saw the Hornets (3-3 overall; 3-3 in the SWAC) manage just 201 yards of total offense — and only 71 yards rushing.

Even the silver linings for ASU had a gray cloud hovering overhead.

A 1-yard scoring blast by Quenda McKibbon — capping an eight-play, 62-yard drive — brought Alabama State within 12-7 with 7:17 left in the third quarter. But Grambling penalties had actually accounted for 40 of those yards. Then the Tigers added a field goal and an Anthony Carrothers touchdown pass to put Alabama State away.

As their losing skid reached three games in Grambling, the Hornets slid into the bottom half of the conference for total offense and defense, and for scoring. Meanwhile, Barlow’s team has endured five torn ACLs over this season’s first six games.

Highlighting positives on the football field has been difficult. But the Alabama State coach found one nearby.

“The only positive thing that came out of the trip,” Barlow said on this week’s SWAC coaches teleconference, “was that I was able to see the Eddie Robinson Museum. Very impressive.”

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