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UAPB football takes on rival Alabama State in the 2022 Turkey Day Classic on Thursday. The Hornets are the clear favorite against a struggling UAPB squad, but rivalry games such as this one are always somewhat unpredictable.

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In one of the best traditions in college football, the Alabama State Hornets are hosting the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions for the 98th annual Turkey Day Classic on Thanksgiving Day, November 24. It is one of the oldest rivalry games in HBCU football, though most years, the game is between Alabama State and Tuskegee University.

There have been a handful of times over the years that there was an opponent other than Tuskegee, and then in 2013, the rivalry started including other schools nearly every year, though Tuskegee and Alabama State did face off in 2021.

The opponent in 2022 is Arkansas-Pine Bluff and interim head coach Don Treadwell said in a pre-game press conference with HBCU Sports that it was a huge bonus to get a few extra days for their game against Alabama State.

“For coaches, we typically never feel that we have enough time in a funny way, that’s just how we are, so yes, for us, having a couple of extra days is a bonus, if for nothing else than our own minds’ sake that we really get an opportunity to delve into the next opponent Alabama State, take a really good look at ’em,” said Treadwell, adding, “When you have a couple extra days to do that, you don’t have to put a game plan together on Monday. It gives us a little more time, as I said, to sit back and reflect on ‘OK, where are we at?’ and then the next opponent, how do we match up with what we’re trying to do against them.”

Arkansas-Pine Bluff fired its head coach Doc Gamble in October after UAPB lost five straight games. Offensive coordinator Treadwill took over the as the interim head coach and he said that has been a challenge.

“I think as an interim program, you’re always working against the clock, if you will … the ability to focus, which is where it has to start, has to come from myself and the staff and I think we’ve done a good job at that in the point being we haven’t been received, if you will, as the substitute teacher. … We set the tone early when the change did occur and I think bcause of the mutual respect that we have for our players and they have for us as a staff, we’ve been able to navigate through this challenging time,” said Treadwell.

The Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs Alabama State game kicks off on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 at 3 p.m. Eastern on ESPN Plus.

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High School Sports | State champs! Pinole Valley beats Mendota to capture 7-AA title

MENDOTA –– There wasn’t much breathing room for the Pinole Valley Spartans in their CIF 7-AA state championship game on the road against Mendota on a chilly Saturday night.

But with 40 seconds left, a 36-yard touchdown run by senior running back Larry McDonald extended Pinole Valley’s lead to 34-21. The Spartans finally could relax and let the celebration start a little early.

The score held up as time expired, and the Spartans (9-4) raced to celebrate with coach Troy McConico, who had just led his alma mater to their first state championship in program history.

“I’m kind of speechless,” said McConico, a 2005 graduate of the school. “This is a proud moment, it’s something that we’ve worked for all season. We expected this with this senior class. I’ve seen them come in as freshmen and it’s the perfect time to let them go out at this level.”

“He’s a great coach and has great leadership,” Pinole Valley quarterback Maddux Wu said. “He put us in the right place and has done the right things for us.”

Final:

Pinole Valley 34 – Mendota 21

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Wu also put his team in a position to win.

He completed eight of 11 pass attempts for 186 yards and threw two touchdowns. This was a drastic improvement from last week’s performance in the Division VI North Coast Section championship where he only completed one of his nine passes, although that one pass ended up being the game-winning play.

“We weren’t going to ask him to throw the ball a lot, but when we needed him to throw he was able to make those important passes,” McConico said.

In the first drive of the game, he connected with Ellis Shasmid-Deen for a 38-yard touchdown pass to put the Spartans up 7-0.

It was the beginning of a back-and-forth first quarter.

Mendota (9-6) responded back in its first possession as Chris Mejia tied the game on a 16-yard run.

James Gordon III gave Pinole Valley a 14-7 lead on a 1-yard run, but the Aztecs had an answer when they got the ball back. Mejia ran in for a 33-yard touchdown to make it 14-14.

With 20 seconds left in the first half, Wu threw his second touchdown to Shamsid-Deen. The 25-yard touchdown pass gave Pinole Valley a 20-14 lead and momentum heading into halftime.

“I just had to complete more of my passes (compared to last week),” Wu said. “Ellis is that guy. I just gotta give him the ball and he does all the magic.”

That’s what happened in the fourth quarter. With 8:18 left, Wu handed the ball off to Shamsid-Deen, who ran through a pile of Mendota linemen and into the endzone for a 72-yard touchdown run to put Pinole Valley up 27-14. Shamsid-Deen ended the night with 189 offensive yards and three touchdowns.

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“We knew that our team had tons of potential,” Shamsid-Deen said. “If we locked in, stayed disciplined and did the little things no one can stop us.”

Mendota was still fighting as a 3-yard keeper from quarterback Juan Ceja cut the Aztecs’ deficit to 27-21, but ultimately they weren’t able to catch up to Pinole Valley.

Just two years into his tenure as head coach, McConico was able to lead his team to its first section championship since 1979 and walk off the field as a state champion.

“It’s Spartan pride. That’s all it comes down to,” McConico said.

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