2014 State Fair Classic brings on the entertainment as Tigers defeat the Panthers

MICHAEL HUPP | 10/3/2014, 6:03 p.m. | Updated on 10/3/2014, 6:03 p.m.
Longtime HBCU rivals Prairie View A&M University and Grambling State University arrived at the Cotton Bowl ready to go head-to-head, ...
From left: 1) President Obama impersonator makes an apperance and lighthearted comments between quarters. 2) Panthers No. 37 LeAndre Vallot breaks up a pass to Tigers No. 2 Keith Hartaway during the State Fair Classic. 3) Fantasia performs on the State Fair mainstage to kick off the State Fair Classic on Saturday. Paul Malbrough

The Dallas Examiner

Longtime HBCU rivals Prairie View A&M University and Grambling State University arrived at the Cotton Bowl ready to go head-to-head, as fans filled the arena to watch the clash of the big cats during the annual State Fair Classic on Saturday. For the past three years, Prairie View Panthers has been victorious over the Grambling Tigers during the annual classic. Prairie View had plans of going for a fourth win, but Grambling stepped on the field determined to take home a victory.

Prairie View quarterback No. 8 Jerry Lovelocke scored the first touchdown. But just as the teams were warming up, Grambling quarterback No. 4 D.J. Williams injured his knee and was taken out of the game.

The score was tied at 7-7 by the end of the first quarter.

All in all there were 11 flags and 11 timeouts but at least three of the flags were declined.

In the second quarter, the Prairie View No. 4 wide receiver Gabe Dunlap caught the ball at the punt. Right after the play a foul was called, but was soon declined. After a short timeout, Tigers runningback No. 3 Johnta Hebert ran for two plays, one for a short gain and another one for a loss tackled by Grambling’s No. 17 Johnathan Williams.

The Panthers gave the Tigers a hard time with the next few plays having tackles that created losses. Grambling caught an interception and scored a touchdown as they went on the offense. Later, a flag on the play was called on Grambling. Then a pass interference was called on Williams after coming back from a short timeout. The teams took one more breather before Prairie View scored the last punt in the second quarter, gaining the lead 20-17.

During halftime, the teams’ bands had their own showdown – and of course it was amazing to see the accuracy and precision of the moves and formation as they played musical instruments. Afterwards, the Army College Scholarship Giveaway was presented to Kelly Thomas.

In the third quarter, after Williams broke at least five tackles in one play, there was another injury on the field. Shortly after returning from a timeout called by Grambling, there was a flag on the play on the Panthers for a pass interference. After the next timeout – called Prairie View – and a turnover, Grambling took control, pushing the ball to the 30-yard line. Panthers went for the punt and it was good, tying the game again, this time at 20-20.

No. 75 received a flag for holding. Grambling’s No. 24 Juwan Martin scored a touchdown making it 26-20 with Grambling in the lead. Prairie View had a hard time trying to recover.

After a flag on Prairie View’s No. 95 DeVohn Reed, as he went out of bounds, Grambling quarterback Williams ran an almost unstoppable run for a touchdown but was tackled short of the 25-yard line. After a few unsuccessful plays and a field goal attempt, the score remained at 26-20 by the end of the third quarter.