Pine Bluff's Jyrimee Thompson turned what would've been a kick-catching interference call on a Watson Chapel gunner into a game-breaking, 60-yard punt return for a Pine Bluff Zebras touchdown.
That was one of many electrifying plays for the Zebras in their 43-7 blowout victory over the Watson Chapel Wildcats Friday night at Watson Chapel.
The Wildcats landed the first punch with a nice scoring drive led by sophomore quarterback Devin Curry. To get within striking distance, Curry connected with Dedetron Parks for a 30-yard completion. Then, the drive was capped off by Curry hitting his wide-out Berkarian Black on a seven-yard fade rout for the first touchdown of the game. The Wildcat fans were in a rage, and the Zebras found themselves trailing 7-0.
That score lit a fire under the Zebras, and from that point going forward they were on a mission. Pine Bluff sophomore quarterback Tyler Foots took care of the football and made plays through the air and with his legs.
On Pine Bluff's first scoring drive, Foots connected with Thompson for a deep ball that put them in the red zone. Junior running back Braylon Moody churned out tough yards all night long, as he rushed for 106 yards. Moody had the luxury of punching it in from three yards out for a touchdown. Moody dove in to convert the only two point conversion attempted by the Zebras in the game.
After giving up that first touchdown, the Pine Bluff defense forced four punts and two turnovers in the remainder of the Wildcats' possessions to take complete control of the game. Pine Bluff linebacker Isiah Singleton made sure that the Wildcats knew he was on the other side of the ball by laying down a number of big hits.
While the Zebras' defense was solidifying itself, their offense was getting in a groove. Along with Moody, sophomore running back Kerry Hadley had a monster night on the ground, rushing for 149 yards. Hadley and Moody provided a one-two punch that the Wildcats couldn't find an answer for.
The duo of Foots and Thompson made their presence known as well, and they connected for a 35-yard touchdown completion mid-way through the second quarter to put Pine Bluff on top 22-7.
That's when the Zebras' defense would force the punt that Thompson took to the house to put Pine Bluff up 29-7.
Watson Chapel would then commit the first turnover of the game on a Curry fumble within their own 10 yard line, which a Zebra scooped up and took to the two. Foots would then score his second touchdown of the game on a two-yard quarterback keeper.
Coming out of halftime, the Zebra defense didn't waiver at all, forcing a punt on Watson Chapel's first possession in the third.
Senior quarterback Derrick Sloan Jr. entered into the game for Pine Bluff in the third, and Foots finished 4/7 for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
With the game well out of reach, Pine Bluff kept it on the ground with their two backs Moody and Hadley for the most part. Hadley accounted for the game's final touchdown as he scampered in from six yards out to put the mercy rule in effect.
Pine Bluff dominated for three-and-a-half quarters of the game, and the end result correlated directly.