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Alabama A&M Milton's patience pays off
G’Alonzo Milton was Alabama A&M’s top returning receiver from last year.
The 6-0, 205-pound junior had 30 receptions for 517 yards and four touchdowns, but hadn’t been much of a factor through the Bulldogs’ first four games this season, managing just eight catches for 57 yards and a touchdown.
That all changed Saturday.
Milton almost equaled his season total with seven catches for 87 yards and four touchdowns.
“I just stayed patient,” Milton said. “Obviously, my time came and they can depend on me now. I’m going to enjoy this, but I’m going to stay humble. We’ve got a lot of mistakes to fix. We’ve got to keep working and prepare for next week.”
Alabama A&M, which has struggled early offensively, did so again Saturday night.
The Bulldogs failed to do anything with the football on their first three possessions.
Quarterback Deaunte Mason was intercepted on A&M’s first possession of the game and the Bulldogs were forced to punt on their next two possessions.
A&M got on the board on its fourth possession when Mason connected with G’Alonzo Milton on a 32-yard touchdown pass, but the Bulldogs were forced to punt on their last possession of the first half.
A&M finished with 123 yards in total offense in the first half.
Alabama A&M entered the game as the least penalized team in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. That will certainly change after Saturday’s game.
The Bulldogs 15 times for 117 yards, including 11 times for 91 yards in the first half.
Jackson makes debut
Offensive tackle Tony Jackson played for the first time this season.
Jackson, who moved from defensive tackle to offensive tackle during preseason practice, entered the game with 6:33 left in the second quarter after starter Alan Cruz went down with an injury.
Cruz re-entered the game in the third quarter.
A&M Hall of Fame inductions
Seven new members were inducted into Alabama A&M’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday.
The group included Alvin Grayson (baseball), Sharonne Jones Jamar (swimming), Gail Boyd Jones (swimming), Vindetta Krishawn Medlock (volleyball), Shannon R. Perkins (volleyball), Dr. Anthony Toney (football) and Freddie Wyckoff (swim coach).
Grayson was a pitcher on the A&M baseball team fromm 1958-61. He was the MVP in 1959 when he pitched the only no-hitter in school history against Allen University.
Jamar set eight pool records and earned a number of honors, including MVP and Most Outstanding Swimmer.
Jones was Swimmer of the Year in 1981 and placed third in the National Black College Swimming and Diving Championship in 1984.
Medlock was a two-time co-captain on the volleyball team, was the team’s MVP in 1998 and was named All-SWAC in 1999.
Perkins was a two-time All-SWAC selection and was twice named the team’s MVP.
Toney was a four-year letterman from 1975-1979 and was named the team’s Outstanding Defensive Playeer in 1976-1977.
Wyckoff served as swim coach for 12 years and led A&M to six Black National Swimming and Diving championships between 1982-1987.
Two of Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s best players have Alabama ties.
Inside linebacker Bill Ross, the Golden Lions’ leading tackler, is from Wetumpka, while wide receiver Jevon Dixon is from Prichard.
Ross, a transfer from New Mexico Military Institute, finished with eight tackles, while Dixon had three catches for 28 yards.
By Reggie Benson, The Huntsville Times