Alabama State soccer coach Donald Hill-Eley talks about his crew’s 20-2 loss to Jackson State on Saturday.
Kamarri Darrington, Montgomery Advertiser
WHAT: 95th Turkey Day Basic
WHEN: 2 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: ASU Stadium
RECORDS: Alabama State (3-7, 2-4 SWAC), Mississippi Valley State (1-9, 1-5)
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1. Tough 12 months: Alabama State was picked to complete second within the SWAC East behind Alcorn State, however is making an attempt to keep away from final place within the division heading into the 95th Turkey Day Basic on Thursday. ASU is 1-Four in its final 5 video games and gave up a season-high of factors in a 66-13 loss at Prairie View A&M final Saturday. With seven gamers misplaced for the season resulting from harm, the Hornets have performed 17 freshmen. “This isn’t the place we have been picked to be in, however that is the place we’re,” Hornets head coach Donald Hill-Eley stated. “We now have to come back in on Thursday and provides our followers a superb ending. It has been a disappointing season and you’ll level to a number of causes, however the backside line is we’re not getting it completed.”
2. Thanksgiving custom: The Turkey Day Basic started in 1924 and is likely one of the longest-running video games in HBCU soccer. Alabama State is 37-49-Three throughout the Turkey Day Basic. The sport is being performed on Thursday for the third straight 12 months following a two-year run of the sport performed on the Saturday earlier than Thanksgiving. With the Tuskegee rivalry sport pushed to Labor Day weekend, the Turkey Day Basic has grow to be a possibility to ship the seniors off in fashion and in a few years have served as the varsity’s homecoming.
3. Not significantly better: Mississippi Valley State has grow to be one of many lowliest applications within the SWAC. The Delta Devils have misplaced 4 straight following a 48-47 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Oct. 20. MVSU is coming off a 42-14 loss to Alabama A&M on its senior day. “We won’t take them with no consideration,” Hill-Eley stated. “We now have to indicate them respect, as a result of they’ve made a few of the identical errors we now have. It is a massive sport for the followers.” Mississippi Valley State has misplaced eight straight to ASU following a 16-10 loss final season.
4. Final 12 months: Montgomery native Hunter Hanson hit three area objectives, and quarterback DJ Pearson rushed for a landing within the 16-10 win. ASU held MVSU to simply 179 whole yards of offense. The win gave the Hornets its fourth win in 5 video games below then-interim coach Hill-Eley. The Hornets would go on to complete 5-6.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DB, Jr., 5-10, 186
Hill offered one of many few vivid spots for ASU in its loss at Prairie View, ending with seven tackles. Hill is likely one of the crew leaders with 54 tackles and has three pressured fumbles on the season.
BY THE NUMBERS
3: Mississippi Valley State is one in all three groups to get a win throughout a Turkey Day Basic throughout its historical past, together with Alabama State and Tuskegee. The Delta Devils earned a 10-7 win over Alabama State in its solely different look in 1971.
6: The Hornets are searching for their sixth straight win in Turkey Day Classics, which might their longest streak since ASU gained 13 straight from 1983-1995.
11: Mississippi Valley State was held to simply 11 dashing yards within the loss to Alabama State final season.
34: Alabama State defeated Edward Waters 37-Three in final 12 months’s Turkey Day Basic. The 34-point margin was the most important for the Hornets since a 58-20 win over Tuskegee in 1995.
1924: The 12 months of the primary Turkey Day Basic, which resulted in a 28-7 win for Tuskegee over Alabama State.
Alabama State is dealing with an inferior opponent for its season finale, and so they’ll be able to ship the seniors off on a superb word. These two groups are struggling offensively, so the ultimate rating will in all probability be low. Alabama State 14, Mississippi Valley State 3.