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North Alabama hammers West Alabama in Wallace’s return

From staff, AP reports

FLORENCE — North Alabama rolled to a 21-point first quarter lead before closing out its regular season with a 49-20 rout of West Alabama at Braly Stadium.

UNA (9-1, 7-1 Gulf South Conference) will find out at 10:30 a.m. Sunday if it will advance to the NCAA Division II playoffs. West Alabama ended its season at 1-9 and 0-8 in the GSC.

Lions quarterback A.J. Milwee threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns in the win and tied the UNA career record for TD passes with 42. Five different UNA players scored in the game, including linebacker Jonathan Douglas, who returned an interception for a score, giving UNA six defensive touchdowns this season.

For West Alabama head coach Bobby Wallace, it was his first time coaching in Braly Stadium since he resigned as head coach of North Alabama in 1997.

North Alabama got on the board on its first possession when Milwee hit Rocky Coleman with a 34-yard touchdown pass on a fourth down call. Kenny Spencer’s extra point gave UNA a 7-0 lead at 11:40 of the first quarter. Brandenn Pickett scored on an 8-yard run at the 7:22 mark and Spencer’s kick made it 14-0. An 8-yard David McCants TD run at the 3:56 mark extended the lead to 21-0.

Alabama A&M 24, Alcorn State 20: Ulysses Banks scored two touchdowns to lead Alabama A&M to a win at Alcorn State on Saturday.

Alabama A&M (8-2, 6-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) took an early led in the first quarter when Banks scored from 3 yards out.

Banks rushed 22 times for 96 yards.

Eastern Illinois 37, Jacksonville State 23: Michael Torres of Eastern Illinois intercepted a pass and returned it 40-yards for a touchdown with 3:23 to play to stop Jacksonville State’s attempt to tie the game and give the Panthers a win Saturday.

The victory keeps Eastern Illinois (7-3, 6-1) in the race for the Ohio Valley Conference championship.

Jacksonville State (6-4, 5-2) trailed only 23-20 after Cedric Johnson scored on a 13-yard run at 6:21 in the second quarter. The Panthers stretched their lead back to 10, when Quinten Ponius returned the second half kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.

Troy 21, Western Kentucky 17: Troy jumped out to a 14-0 lead with a first-quarter defensive touchdown and held on to beat Western Kentucky on Saturday. Troy (7-3), the leader of the Sun Belt Conference, never trailed in defeating the Hilltoppers (6-4).

The Trojans scored twice in the first quarter, taking a 7-0 lead on Omar Haughabook’s 5-yard pass to Gary Banks with 9:25 remaining. On the next possession, Troy’s Chris Bradwell picked up a David Wolke fumble and returned it 16 yards for a 14-0 lead.

Alabama State 20, Mississippi Valley State 16: Jay Peck rushed for 173 yards and a touchdown to lead Alabama State to a win over Mississippi Valley State.

The Delta Devils (2-8) set the tone of the game early with a fumble on the opening kickoff. The Hornets (5-5) took possession on their own 30-yard line and Rahmod Traylor scored after a four-play drive.

Central Florida 45, UAB 31: Kevin Smith carried 41 times for 320 yards and four touchdowns to lead Central Florida to a victory over UAB.

Smith, a junior from Miami, shattered his previous career high of 223 yards.

Backup quarterback Joseph Webb completed 15 of 25 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns to lead UAB (2-8, 1-5).

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