Prairie View played Grambling to pretty much a draw in the first quarter and won the second half, but it was a second-quarter explosion that ultimately decided the 2017 State Fair Classic. Grambling scored three times in just over eight minutes in the second quarter as it came away with a 34-21 win.
“It was a really good performance, but we’ve got to do a better job of cleaning up the penalties,” Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs said. “I thought we played well as a team. I thought we kicked the ball well with the field goals and did a good job with the special teams. Also, I thought we played well offensively and defensively. At the end of the day if we play well in all three phases then you have a chance to be very, very successful. I thought we were pretty dominant in all three phases.”
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Grambling led 10-7 early in the second quarter when Martez Carter burned Prairie View for a 76 yard touchdown run to give his team some breathing room. A few minutes later quarterback DeVante Kincade hooked up with Darrell Clark for the first of two touchdowns for the duo and then found LyDamien Brooks for a 12 yard score with just over four minutes to go in the first half.
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GSU would only add a field goal in the second half, but that was more than enough to pick up its fifth-straight win. It held PVAMU to just 12 yards rushing, while Carter alone rushed for 128 yards.
Kincade also came up big for Grambling, completing 14 of 23 passes for 265 yards and three scores.
GSU will have a bye next week before it welcomes current SWAC East leader Alcorn State to Eddie Robinson Stadium.
Grambling St. wins State Fair Classic, defeats Prairie View 34-21 pic.twitter.com/bLnK8Ay595
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