Alabama A&M takes 79th Magic City Classic 38-14

From the Southwestern Athletic Conference:

MONTGOMERY, Ala.- In the first ever spring Magic City Classic, Alabama A&M defeated Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) opponent and in-state rival Alabama State 38-14 at Legion Field Saturday night to clinch the Eastern Division and a trip to the SWAC Championship game. 

Alabama State got on the board early as running back Jacory Merritt punched in a one-yard touchdown to cap an 11 play, 95-yard drive with just over eight minutes to play in the first quarter, before a response by the Bulldogs to tie the ball game.

After a defensive stop early in the second quarter, the Hornets scored again after another long drive, this time 85 yards, capped by a nine-yard pass from Chris Scott to Michael Jefferson.

Alabama A&M matched the score on their next possession, and blocked a punt late in the half leading to a field goal to take a 17-14 lead going into the locker room.

The second half was all Bulldogs, as they reeled off 21 unanswered points in the half to close out the game, while the Hornets struggled to get back in the end zone.

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