LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Pine Bluff’s defense did not give up a score in the second half and the Zebras held on for a 28-21 win over Greenwood in the Class 6A championship game.
It is the Zebras’ second consecutive state title and 10th in the modern playoff era.
Ladarius Skelton was named the game’s most valuable player for the second time after accounting for 296 all-purpose yards for Pine Bluff (13-0). He had 164 yards and one touchdown on the ground and 132 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
Facing a fourth-and-14 at the Pine Bluff 37 with two and a half minutes left, Greenwood (12-1) decided to punt and never got the ball back.
Skelton ran for a pair of first downs to enable the Zebras to run the clock out.
Greenwood gained only 125 yards after halftime, but the Bulldogs’ defense kept them in the game. Pine Bluff was held to 114 yards in the second half.
The teams combined for 521 yards in the first half.
Luke Hales finished with 166 passing yards and 76 rushing yards for Greenwood.