BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Southern University’s football team is having an unusual season so far.

The season continued with a home game over the weekend on the The Bluff.

Jaguar fans were hoping for a win in the first and last home football game of the season.

Kirklend Brown said, “We got to win and beat up on them Lions!”

Some Jags fans participated in pre-game tailgating.

SU football tailgater Oneal Johnson said, “We are just out here celebrating really the first and only home game that we have this year.”

SU football tailgater Greg Hicks added, “It’s a tradition for us. I mean we’ve done it for 25 years.”

Others participated in the pre-game stadium blitz.

Outside of the stadium gate, there was music, food, friends, and even COVID testing.

These were all good signs of a successful Southern football game.

Aaron Odom with Operation Geaux Get Tested said, “Wooh! We repped out. Again, my biggest thing is just giving people the information. Go get tested. We are making it very easy for you. There is no nose swab. We are doing mouth samples.”

LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center Associate Professor Dr. Robert Newton Jr. explained, “African Americans get tested less for covid, so what we are trying to do is we are trying to determine which community locations are good places for African Americans to get tested.”

What did this game mean to the community? 

Southern Alum & Jags fan Kaylin Ricard said, “What it means is that COVID can’t stop Jaguar Nation, that’s what it means.”

Southern Alum & Jags fan Kenny Ricard said, “It’ll be 46 years in a row that I have not missed a Southern home game. I had to. For one game? I had to make this one game. I was gonna bring a megaphone, but they told me I couldn’t bring it.”

Although the festivities looked a little different this year, it did not deter the Jags.

“But you can still feel that Jaguar pride in the air,” said Kaylin Ricard.

The community was already prepared for Fall football season.

Next weekend they will have a bye week, but Southern is back in action on March 20 at Texas Southern.