The UAPB Golden Lions dominate Langston 53-15 in the 2019 home opener to move to 2-1, 1-0 SWAC on the season. The Golden Lions matched their win total for 2018 with the victory, in addition to winning back-to-back games for the first time since 2014.
Head coach Cedric Thomas said that his team is trying to establish a new culture at UAPB.
“It is just a mindset and a culture we are trying to start establishing,” said Thomas. “We are creating a mindset that we have just got to go to work regardless of who is on the other sidelines. It is a new maturity level, but it starts with practice. We had a great week of practice from Monday all the way through Thursday, and you could just see their eyes light up, and they are starting to realize just who this team is just through preparation.”
UAPB put up 434 yards of offense, while only allowing Langston 222 yards for the game. 324 of those yards came through the air as the Golden Lions were able to get points off of explosive plays.
UAPB and Langston shared three-and-outs to begin the game, but the Golden Lions scored on a three play, 63-yard drive on their second possession of the game on a two-yard run by Keshawn Williams with 11:19 remaining in the opening quarter. A bad snap forced a missed PAT, giving UAPB a 6-0 advantage.
The second quarter was all about explosive plays and solid a solid defensive effort as the Golden Lions scored 21 points in eight and a half minutes before Langston put their first points on the board with 6:57 left in the quarter on a four-yard run. Taeyler Porter put two scores on the board on the ground during that time period, while Skyler Perry connected with Jeremy Brown on a 35-yard pass for a score.
Perry said preparation has helped them make explosive plays this year.
“That just shows the preparation of knowing your opponent, and going out and executing,” said Perry. “When you have big playmakers and big plays present themselves, you go take advantage of them. Big players are going to make those big plays."
UAPB was able to punch one more in before the half with 3:31 remaining in the quarter on a five-yard pass from Shannon Patrick to Kolby McNeal to allow the Golden Lions to enjoy a 34-6 lead at the half.
It took less than two minutes for the Golden Lions to score in the third quarter. Henri Murphy picked off Langston quarterback RaQu Washington 45 seconds into the second half, then Perry connected with Harry Ballard III from 10-yards out just three plays later. An unsuccessful PAT gave UAPB the 40-6 advantage with 13:09 remaining in the third quarter.
Langston scored on a 31-yard field goal by Conner Robles with 9:53 remaining in the third quarter, making it 40-9.
The Golden Lions answered on back-to-back possession, beginning with a 49-yard pass from Perry to Ballard with 7:56 remaining in the quarter, followed by a five-yard run by Omar Allen with 6:22 left in the quarter to go up 53-9.
Langston added a final touchdown with 9:10 remaining in the game to make it 53-15, before the Golden Lions were able to consume a considerable amount of clock to seal the victory.
The Golden Lions will go on the road next Saturday to face Tennessee State at 2 p.m. in Nashville.