Jackson State Gives Deion Sanders Shutout in Coaching Debut – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Jalon Jones threw three touchdowns and ran for another when Jackson State rolled past NAIA Edward Waters 53-0 in Deion Sanders’ coaching debut on Sunday.
Kymani Clarke scored two quick touchdowns. Warren Newman showed overwhelming speed as a wideout and kick returner, catching a 6 yard pass from Jones for JSU’s first score.
Jones completed 18 of 20 passes for 187 yards and TD passes for Newman, Daylen Baldwin, and Christian Allen. The JSU inflicted a total of 435 meters of insult to Edward Waters 104.
After a week of rare freezing weather, with many Jackson residents waiting in long lines for bottled water, the atmosphere was festive among 12,000 fans at the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (capacity 44,215).
National Guard soldiers fired a cannon and did pushups after Jackson State hit, and Sanders, an NFL Hall of Famer, threw a bucket of ice over his head at the end of the game as people in the stands cheered the victory.
Jackson State dominated, scoring a goal on his first run and adding two more touchdowns in 67 seconds to end the first half 31-0.
Jackson State had decided to start the second half and set up the Tigers at Edward Waters 47 in just under three minutes after a 50-yard kickoff return.
It was Jackson State’s first shutout since September 6, 2014.
Before kick-off, former Dallas Cowboys Sanders quarterback Troy Aikman surprised everyone on the field with a hug and a chat. Aikman and Sanders played the Cowboys together from 1995 to 1999 and won the Super Bowl in 1995. Aikman received a COVID-19 test before going to the field.
COLD NIGHT / HOT FOOD
Jackson was hit hard last week by the frozen and icy streets of nearly all 161,000 residents with no running water, creating a dilemma for Sanders and his staff as they all went to dinner. Closed restaurant after restaurant, he told the Clarion Ledger. Until … the lights of a McDonald’s beckoned in the dark.
“We curled up there, everyone happy, ready to spit the order out, and there’s no one there. We just sat there by the drive-through, but it really wasn’t a drive-through, just a stop. So now I have a problem. I’m on Starve, man. “
Ward 5 of the Jackson Fire Department showed up with a healthy pile of groceries for Sanders and his staff.
Jackson State continues its homestand against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday and starts the season of the Southwest Athletic Conference.