Saturday is finally gameday for Grambling football

Kickoff is Saturday at noon in Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.

Grambling Tigers football, and the World Famed Tiger Marching Band.

It’s been so long, really, nothing more needs said.

However, in the interest of filling in a few key details, Grambling plays Jackson State. The weather should be just perfect, in the mid-60s and sunny. ESPN3 will carry the game live with a replay later on ESPNU. It’s the first of six SWAC games this spring, and the first of only two in Grambling.

JSU, coached by Pro Football Hall of Fame member Deion “Prime Time” Sanders, is 2-0. Coach Broderick Fobbs’ Tigers didn’t get to open their season on schedule but that game in Dallas, against Prairie View, has been rescheduled for March 13.

GSU Athletics is reminding fans that due to continuing pandemic protocols, there are (hopefully unique to spring 2021) policies in place, including no tailgating or RVs; masks must be worn not only into the stadium, but at all times in the stadium; Grambling students are required to obtain student tickets in advance; and no LHSAA coaches’ cards will be honored.

BASKETBALL: Saturday’s sure-thing doubleheader at woeful UAPB was cancelled because the Golden Lions’ arena was understandably not functional after the fierce winter storm.

Unfortunately, the SWAC didn’t require UAPB to exhaust efforts to find a different venue, while nearby UALR and UCA each hosted basketball games Saturday.

Tonight, Grambling visits Mississippi Valley State in a doubleheader tipping at 5:30 that also is brimming with winning potential for GSU. The Lady Tigers (7-8 overall, 6-5 in the SWAC) face an Alcorn team (4-13, 2-11) that it beat 56-52 on Feb. 1 at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. The Tigers take on a Braves squad (1-20, 1-12) that fell 85-72 at Grambling.

The regular season wraps up later this week with two home doubleheaders, Thursday against Alabama State and Saturday when Alabama A&M visits.

SOCCER: The Lady Tigers opened Southwestern Athletic Conference competition at home this weekend, going 1-1. Grambling was surprised Friday in a 2-1 double overtime loss to Prairie View, who scored the winning goal with a half-minute left.

Sunday afternoon, the Lady Tigers (1-2) rolled 3-0 over Texas Southern as Kailey Pena scored a pair of goals. Grambling outshot TSU 22-4 as Britt Verhees made two saves to notch a shutout.

Upcoming: travel to Alabama, for a Friday match at Alabama A&M and a Sunday visit to Alabama State.

SOFTBALL: Grambling finally got the season started last week and over the weekend went 2-2 in the River City Classic at Vicksburg, sweeping Miles College but dropping a pair to Tennessee State. The Lady Tigers (2-4) currently have no games scheduled this week.

BASEBALL: The Tigers were swept in three games at Memphis, losing 11-9 on Friday, 11-3 Saturday and 17-3 Sunday to open the season. They play at ULM Tuesday at 6, then begin SWAC action at Southern next Friday-Sunday.

VOLLEYBALL: The Lady Tigers (4-3, 2-2) won their fourth straight Sunday night, blanking visiting Southern 3-0 Sunday. Tonight at 6, they welcome Alcorn State to the Hobdy Assembly Center.


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