The Jacksonville State Gamecocks (8-1, OVC 6-0) only allowed the Eastern Illinois Panthers (5-4, OVC 5-1) a field goal in their route to a 24-3 victory in Charleston, Ill.

Early in the second quarter, Panther’s kicker Nick Bruno was the first player to score in the contest with a 23-yard field goal.

The Gamecocks were able to make it on the scoreboard with only 15 seconds left in the first half. An 11-play, 64-yard play was capped off by a 23-yard field goal by Connor Rouleau.

The second half belonged solely to Jax State. In a short span of only four minutes and 12 seconds, the Gamecocks were able to score 21 points.

After a couple of rushes by Eli Jenkins, and a 11-yard pass to Josh Barge, Jacksonville State found themselves in a 2nd down and seven yards to a first down situation at Eastern Illinois’ 43 yard line. Dalton Screws caught a pass, and was able to go all the way for a touchdown.

After a short three-and-out by the Panthers, the Gamecocks were back in possession of the football. Troymaine Pope ran for a combined total 18 yards, and with help from Jenkins and Barge, Jacksonville State found themselves at the Panthers 10 yard line. Pope was then given the ball again, and was able to go the full distance for Jax States’ third touchdown of the game.

On the first play for their new drive, Dawson Wells intercepted Panther’s quarterback Jalen Whitlow at their own 35-yard line. This was Wells second interception in the last two games.

Jenkins had 12 completions for 149 yards, including a touchdown and 93 rushing yards.

Pope rushed for 114 yards with an average of 5.4 yards a carry and had a touchdown. He also recorded two receptions with eight yards. Jones averaged 3.9 yards a carry with 27 yards.

Dalton screws had four receptions with 89 yards and had a long of 43 yards. Barge had three receptions with 44 yards and long of 26 yards.

Wells, Folo Johnsons, Bender all made eight tackles. Wells also had an interception, a touchdown and one and a half tackles-for-loss. Bender had one tackle-for-loss.

Jacksonville State will return home for their last two games of the regular season. Saturday, the Gamecocks will take on the Southeast Missouri Redhawks at 1 p.m.

The Redhawks (4-5, OVC 3-2) are on a two game win streak, but they are one and three on the road this season. Jacksonville State controls their own destiny, and has a chance to win their second Ohio Valley Conference title with a win over Southeast Missouri.

On November 21, the Gamecocks will play their last game of the regular season against the Murray State Racers. The Racers are three and six and two and four in conference play on the season.

Timothy Cash
Staff Reporter

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