The Pine Bluff Zebras wrapped up their regular season schedule Thursday with a 28-8 win over the Jacksonville Titans on a cold senior night.
Both offenses struggled in the first half to get anything going until under a minute to play in quarter two when Pine Bluff got on the board first.
Prior to that, Pine Bluff had recovered a fumble deep in Jacksonville territory to give them a short field. However, just as Pine Bluff moved inside the Titans' red zone on the first play of the second quarter, a bad snap exchange led to Pine Bluff's first turnover of the game.
The Pine Bluff defense was dominant, only giving up three total first downs in the first half. After back-to-back three and outs forced by the Zebras' defense, their offense would finally put together a scoring drive right before halftime.
Pine Bluff junior quarterback Shauwn Howell capped the drive off with a 32-yard touchdown pass to senior wide-out Daedrian White with 44.2 seconds to play in the first half.
Coming out of halftime, the Zebras went on an extended 11-play drive that they came away scoreless from. Jacksonville got the ball for the first time in the second half after the Zebras turned it over on downs with 6:22 to play in quarter three.
Pine Bluff's defense continued their lights-out performance by forcing another punt. Another bad snap allowed the Zebras to get on top of the Jacksonville punter as he couldn't get the kick off. That gave Pine Bluff the ball on the Titans' 11 yard line.
A few plays later, Zebra senior running back Braylon Moody punched it in from two yards out, making it a two-score ball game.
Pine Bluff would force another turnover as senior linebacker Dau'zhu Thomas picked off Jacksonville's quarterback to set up the Zebras' offense for their next score.
Although the temperatures were low, Howell still managed to display his arm talent.
With 11:12 to play in the game, Howell found his senior wide-out Berkarion Black for a 31-yard touchdown pass to put the Zebras up 21-0.
Jacksonville's third turnover of the game pretty much sealed the deal as they coughed it up on their own 25 yard line. Howell hit Black to put the Zebras in scoring position, and Moody took it in from eight yards out to make it a four-possession ball game with 5:43 to play.
Jacksonville would then finally get on the board to prevent a shutout. Titan running back Devin Fordson recorded a 26-yard rushing touchdown that was followed by a converted two-point attempt.
With this one well in hand, the Zebras milked the clock to claim a victory.
Pine Bluff will now wait and see where they'll be headed for in the first round of the 6A state playoffs.