Arkansas-Pine Bluff remains unbeaten after surviving Mississippi Valley State; moves closer to clinching SWAC West title

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ITTA BENA, Miss. – Tyrin Ralph’s 77-yard punt return landing with 1:54 remaining within the fourth quarter was the distinction as Arkansas-Pine Bluff survived Mississippi Valley State 24-17 at Rice-Totten Stadium.

UAPB (3-0 general, 3-0 SWAC) strikes one step nearer to the SWAC Western Division title for the primary time since 2012 and clinching a berth within the Cricket Wi-fi SWAC Soccer Championship Sport on Could 1.

The Golden Lions can win the SWAC West with a win in both of its closing two regular-season house video games on April 17 in opposition to Prairie View A&M or April 24 in opposition to Texas Southern, or a loss by Southern to Grambling on April 17.

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After Mississippi Valley (1-2, 1-2) took an early 3-0 first-quarter lead, UAPB scored 17 second-quarter factors. The primary of two Skyler Perry landing passes went for eight yards to DeJuan Miller for a 7-3 Golden Lions lead on the primary play of the second quarter.

UAPB efficiently executed an onside kick on the following kickoff, as Kylan Herrera’s restoration led to a 48-yard scoring drive. Josh Wilkes made a leaping four-yard landing reception within the close to nook of the tip zone to present the Golden Lions a 14-3 lead with lower than 13 minutes to play till halftime.

Late within the first half, Perry was on the receiving finish of a move from Miller right down to the Valley 1-yard line. The drive ended with an 18-yard discipline aim by Zack Piwniczka with two seconds remaining to present the Golden Lions a 17-3 halftime lead.

Mississippi Valley State would make a comeback, scoring a landing on its first drive of the third quarter, and, following an interception, a fourth-quarter landing run to tie the rating.

Following a UAPB defensive cease, Ralph fielded the soccer on the Golden Lion 23, and, operating to the correct in entrance of the UAPB sideline, eluded defenders and bought free round midfield, outracing the Delta Devils into the tip zone for the game-winning rating.

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