Other playmakers included tackle Adam Gotsis, who set up Milton’s interception with a tackle for loss on the previous play, linebacker P.J. Davis, whose third-down blitz forced a throwaway to end the second series, and first-year freshman defensive end Anree Saint-Amour, whose pressure forced Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs Jr. out of the pocket and into a third-down incompletion in the second quarter.
The defense’s play fed into the Jackets scoring touchdowns on their first seven possessions, which in turn enabled both offense and defense to sub in second stringers early in the game and provide valuable game experience.
“It was good to get my first game under my belt,” said Gray, a first-year freshman who had four tackles. “I’ve got a lot to work on.”