There are moments, when a game is whipsawing back and forth, when all you can do is look heavenward. Ask Rick Comegy, whose Jackson State squad pulled out a tightly contested game last week at fellow Southwestern Athletic Conference foe Southern.
“It was probably one of the most exciting games I have been involved with in a long time,” Comegy says. “They were sky high, and there was a packed house down there for them. It was just a game of give and take. I think about what the power of prayer can do. I sure enough prayed on the sidelines.”
Trailing 24-21 with just 4:36 minutes to play, Casey Therriault tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Rico Richardson that finally gave Jackson State (3-0, 1-0 SWAC) its 28-24 margin of victory. The score capped a seven play, 65-yard drive that left Southern at 1-2 and 1-1 in league play.
The home-standing Jaguars actually had one more possession to try for the win, but just 1:32 left on the clock. Jackson State defenders notched one sack, and forced three incompletions to end things. That stifling unit held Jaguars’ rushers to just 19 total rushing yards. Southern quarterback Dray Joseph, who had already tossed three scoring passes, could only complete one pass in the final quarter of play.
It was another thrilling game in this series, which has become one of the league’s marquee matchups — even during seasons like this, when both programs are have been ruled ineligible for the SWAC Championship Game because of listing APR scores.
“I am grateful that we came out with the win — it could have gone either way,” Comegy said. “You couldn’t get any distance between them in the score. They kept coming back. I’m just glad we had the tenacity and the ability to put it in the endzone to win.”