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Govs football squanders away half-time lead

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Jacksonville State Gamecocks pulled out a win over APSU on Saturday, Nov. 10, 38-23.

The Govs started out in control of the game against the Gamecocks when Govs quarterback Jake Ryan threw a pass to Mikhail Creech for a 24-yard touchdown  to make it 7-0. On the first play of the second quarter, Ryan completed a pass to his favorite target, Devin Stark, for a 20-yard touchdown, increasing the Govs’ lead to 14-0.

The Gamecocks came back and tied the game at 14-14 right before halftime. The Gamecocks tried to run the clock out and the Govs defense forced a fumble that was recovered by Jacksonville State in the endzone for a safety, sending the teams into halftime with the Govs ahead, 16-14.

The Govs defense couldn’t seem to prevent Jacksonville State from taking over the game. The Gamecock’s senior quarterback, Marques Ivory, ended the night with 10 completions out of 14 attempts for 107 yards passing a touchdown and a rushing touchdown, while junior quarterback Coty Blanchard had three completions on four attempts with 115 yards and a touchdown.

Runningback DaMarcus James had 13 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown with one reception for 17 yards.

Govs quarterback Jake Ryan had 40 completions on 61 attempts for 375 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Now the Govs prepare for their last game of the season against Tennessee Tech, another basement dwell in the Ohio Valley Conference at home on Saturday, Nov. 17. The team will look to avoid going winless in OVC play on the season.

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