Here's Michael A. Lough's short on the Pioneer Bowl. Check macon.com for a full story later:
COLUMBUS — St. Augustine’s survived a conversion returned for a touchdown in the first half and the absence of standout Walter Sanders to score 14 second-half points and knock off Fort Valley State 20-9 on Saturday afternoon in the Pioneer Bowl.
The Falcons ended their season at 9-2 while the Wildcats concluded at 8-3, losing their second game in a month at A.J. McClung Stadium.
St. Augustine’s Jone’ Jones was named the offensive and game MVP for his three receptions for 54 yards, two going for touchdowns. FVSU’s Ricky Johnson was the defensive MVP.
Deonte Toliver rushed for 70 yards on 17 carries for the Falcons, who got 220 yards passing from Joaquin Green and Teddy Bacote.
St. Augustine’s held FVSU’s offense — which started freshman Chris Broomfield — scoreless and to 159 yards total offense.
Sanders was held out on a “coach’s decision,” but the Falcons were able to put 295 yards on the nation’s top-ranked defense in Division II.
FVSU led 9-6 at halftime, the Wildcats’ lone score coming on a 65-yard fumble return by Courtney Daniel on a bad field goal snap.
Jermaine Jones caught a 73-yard touchdown pass from Green early in the third quarter to take a 12-9 lead, then added Jone’ Jones’ 31-yard catch from Bacote with 9:26 left in the game.
Broomfield was pushed to the top of the depth chart after the suspension early in the week of starter Eugene Smith because of a variety of charges from a recent arrest, including misdemeanor marijuana possession. Backup Nicholas Stephens was out because of a shoulder injury.