Tigers Crushed the Golden Lions of UAPB
Courtesy: Grambling State Athletics
In front of an audience of 10,000, the Grambling State University Tigers (5-3, 5-0) crushed the University of Arkansas Pine-Bluff (UAPB) Golden Lions (1-5, 0-4) 63-39 Saturday afternoon, taking down another opponent in the Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC) for the fifth game in the row.
It was the first win over UAPB for the Tigers since 2011. With another conference win underneath his belt, head coach Broderick Fobbs still sees areas of improvement for the Tigers.
“We have to play with juice, we have to play with energy,” said Fobbs after the game. “Maybe my standards are higher.”
In the first quarter it was evident that the Golden Lions quarterback Benjamin Anderson posed as the Tigers’ biggest threat. Anderson, who threw for 467 yards and two touchdowns, made sure there was a plan B if there were no open receivers. When this happened, Anderson would scramble away and run the ball down the field. He finished the game as a rushing leader with 139 yards.
“We knew if we could contain him (Anderson), we knew that we could win the game,” said Tyree Hollins.
After UAPB’s Tyler Strickland kicked a 31yard field goal, Johnathan Williams answered back with a 73-yard pass to No. 2 Verlon Hunter for a Tiger touchdown.
Williams, who had an impressive game, threw for 377 yards and five touchdowns (three passing and two rushing).
In the second quarter, the Tigers put up 21 points on the scoreboard while the Golden Lions put up 15. Hunter scored another touchdown off of a 38-yard pass from Williams and Tigers defenderRandolph Giovanni recovered a fumble for a touchdown as well. The highlight of the quarter was following a touchdown from No. 80 Chester Rogers. Johnathan Wallace faked the extra point and ran the ball for a successful two-point conversion.
In the second half of the game, the Tigers continued the scoring streak and put up an additional 35 points, 28 in the third quarter and 7 in the fourth.
“We have a bunch of players that are hungry who do not want to go back to what we have been through from last year,” said Hollins after the game.
Hollins finished the game with six tackles and two interceptions for 19-yards gain. The Tigers’ top defensive leader was Aaron Breed, Jr. The Kirbyville native had 11 tackles, 1 sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Other leaders were No. 37 LeAndre Vallot and No. 33 Jameel Jackson. Both had six tackles.
UAPB defensive leaders were No. 48 Jared Turner and No. 57 LaFarrell Franklin. Turner had six tackles and broke up one pass while Franklin had five tackles. Both defenders had one tackle for loss of yards.
The Tigers’ next match up will be against Texas Southern University Tigers (5-1) in Houston Nov. 1. This will be a big rival game for the Grambling Tigers. Kickoff is set at 5:30 p.m. at the BBVA Compass Stadium.
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