The Greenwood Bulldogs put together an impressive performance on their way to a 52-14 win over the Pine Bluff Zebras to win the 2017 6A state championship Friday night at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Greenwood quarterback Connor Noland showcased why he is a Division I-caliber athlete. The Razorback dual-sport commit Noland completed 20/27 for 304 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
The other two reliable offensive players for the Bulldogs, junior receiver Peyton Holt and senior running back Kenny Wood, produced and played as advertised. Holt finished with 14 catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns, while Wood finished with 10 carries for 99 yards and two touchdowns.
The Greenwood defense matched their offense's dominance, as they made it difficult for the Zebras to get anything going after the first touchdown of the game.
Pine Bluff dominated the game's first few minutes.
Greenwood won the toss, deferred, and the Zebras went down to score on the first drive of the game. Pine Bluff sophomore quarterback Tyler Foots hooked up with his receiver Diaundre Ellison two times to move into Greenwood territory.
Moments later, Foots hit senior receiver Jyrimee Thompson for a 43-yard touchdown completion.
But it didn't take the Bulldogs long at all to answer. Wood scored on a 73-yard rushing touchdown on their first offensive play from scrimmage. The Greenwood defense then forced the first punt of the game on a three and out by the Pine Bluff offense.
Greenwood didn't allow Pine Bluff to score again until right before halftime when Foots punched it in from one yard out to cut the deficit to 31-14.
Things got worse for Pine Bluff coming out of the intermission with Greenwood running back Jackson Webb going for a 57-yard rushing touchdown on the first offensive drive of the third quarter. Noland and Holt set up the run with a couple of completions, and they seemed to be an unstoppable tandem for the Zebras.
All game, the Greenwood front seven got penetration into the Pine Bluff backfield, and Foots didn't have much time to work with in the pocket.
Foots finished completing 4/12 passes for 80 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Pine Bluff gained 71 total yards rushing and one rushing touchdown. Jyrimee Thompson and D. Ellison finished with two catches apiece and one combined touchdown.
Zebras senior linebacker Isiah Singleton was named the player of the game for Pine Bluff, finishing with 11 tackles and an interception.
Pine Bluff Head Coach Bobby Bolding referenced this as the best Greenwood team that they've played since 2002, and from the outcome that proved to be the case.
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