Joyner hauls in TD grab for third straight game, reaches 1,000-yard benchmark

September 25, 2021

Brandon Joyner

Brandon Joyner of Fairbanks extended his personal touchdown streak to three games after hauling in a third-quarter score that iced Elizabeth City State University’s 19-14 victory over Winston-Salem State.

After making touchdown catches of 80 and 71 yards in each of the last two weeks, Joyner scored on a 4th-and-21 play to seal his team’s first conference win of the year.

That’s three straight weeks of big plays for the Alaskan, who reached the 1,000-yard benchmark for his career in the process.

The 6-foot-3 former all-region long jumper has always been used as a go-up-and-get-it option near the goal line, but this year he has showcased his speed, soft hands and precise route running.

He might be the first Alaskan to score on an 80-yard touchdown catch one week and scoring on a 70-yarder the next week. This week’s touchdown was courtesy of a good throw and an even better catch in the corner of the end zone.

Joyner, of West Valley High fame, now has career totals of 76 receptions, 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns.

He looks to become the first Alaskan wide receiver to have at least 10 career touchdowns since 2013, when Anchorage’s Caleb Holley wrapped up his career at East Central with 11 TDs.

Joyner also serves as the Elizabeth City punter and finished with a 25.3-yard average on four attempts, pinning one inside the 20-yard line.