Mother Nature worked her magic on Friday night as the Watson Chapel Wildcats and the Pine Bluff Zebras fought to a 14-14 tie. The game was called at halftime due to lightning that redeveloped during the break. The game was delayed about 20 minutes just 2:03 into the game before resuming.
Both teams held the other to a three and out on their first possession.
Pine Bluff (0-1-1) took their second drive and went 45 yards to open the scoring. Kemariea Wilkins scored on a nine-yard run around the left side to cap the drive. Eddie Tee tacked on the first of his two extra points of the night and the Zebras led 7-0 with 7:46 left in the first quarter.
Watson Chapel recovered a Braylon Moody fumble and got on the scoreboard themselves when junior quarterback Devin Curry found Tehki Urquhart for a 20-yard touchdown pass with three minutes left in the opening frame. The point-after was blocked by the Zebras.
Each team traded possessions in the second quarter before Zebra quarterback Tyler Foots found former Chapel receiver Berkarion Black for a 14-yard strike to give the Zebras the lead at 14-6 with 1:02 remaining in the half.
The Wildcats took over at their own 33-yard line after the ensuing kickoff with no timeouts remaining and Curry found Sidney Smith for a 17-yard gain, but he was forced out of bounds at the 32-yard line of Pine Bluff as time expired.
A defensive penalty for targeting was called on the Zebras, giving the ‘Cats the ball at the Pine Bluff 17-yard line for one untimed down. Curry found Javeon Jackson on a seam pass for the touchdown. The Wildcats elected to go for two, and Curry took the ball in almost untouched off left tackle.
Watson Chapel (1-1-1) finished the game with 180 yards of offense while Pine Bluff ended with 175. Curry was 7 of 25 for 112 yards passing with two TD’s and an interception while his counterpart for the Zebras, Foots, was 8 of 12 for 67 yards and one TD. The ‘Cats were held to 68 yards on the ground while the Z’s collected 108 yards, led by Elisha Taylor with 54 yards.
Pine Bluff will try to get one in the win column next week as they host Springdale Har-Ber in their final nonconference game of the year. Watson Chapel will have an open date next week before hosting Little Rock Christian on Sept. 21.