ORLANDO, Fla. — The 11th annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge between South Carolina State Bulldogs and Arkansas- Pine Bluff Golden Lions closed out a great weekend in college football. South Carolina State proved to be the better team with the final score 35-7.
South Carolina State only needed 12 plays to cap the 66 yard opening drive with a touchdown. Quarterback Adrain Kolluck was untouched as he sprinted left for the score. “Getting the Score on the 1st drive was big for the confidence of the team,” stated head coach Oliver “Buddy” Pough. Arkansas keep it close and was only down 7-0 at the half.
In the south the bands are a major part of Halftime. Both teams sound great in the stands and half a show is not what fans came to see. Please get this corrected next year so we can have a clear winner on the field.
The third quarter is where the game got out of hand for Arkansas – Pine Bluff. Antonio Hamilton used his speed to give his team great field position after returning the kickoff back 40 yards. The next play Adrain Kolluck connected with Quan Caldwell for 28 yards. Dondre Lewis-Freeman added 3 yard on the ground and an offside penalty on the defense put the offense once again in great field position. On third and one at the Golden Lions 18 . Kollock put some moves on the defense and was about to score but the defense would not give up on the play. They stripped the ball and was about to recover for the touch back but Dondre Brown saved the play to take the lead 14-0.
Arkansas- Pine Bluff tried to get things going but when you facing a defense anchored by Javon Hargrave that will be difficult. Hargrave stated, “We were pumped for the game and just wanted to set the tempo. It is not hard to get motivated when you playing on ESPN.” The defense added a score when Javon Hargrave pressured Nolan Sorensen and Tevin Richard came up with the intercepted. Two touchdowns in two minutes and everyone still looks fresh.
Arkansas- Pine Bluff did have a sign of togetherness starting with the sack on Caleb York that resulted in a fumble recovered by Joshua Smith. Then Nolan Sorensen connected with Jamal Gladden for 54 yards. Nicholas Woodfork added 6 yards on the ground before Draylon Willis capped the drive off with an amazing 20 yard run to give Pine Bluff their only score. The Bulldogs added two more touchdowns in the 4th quarter.