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Rams Win Against the Golden Bulls

Under the leadership of new Offensive Coordinator Kameron Smith, the Winston-Salem State offense exploded for a season high 26 points, defeating Johnson C. Smith 26-12 in Charlotte.  The Rams picked up their first win of the season and 20th consecutive victory over the winless Golden Bulls.

Junior quarterback Cameron Lewis teamed with freshman wide receiver Antjuan Collins for a relentless passing attack.  Collins caught seven passes for 126 yards and one touchdown.

Lewis connected with junior running back Cameron Davis for a 47-yard completion. Senior tight end El-Joshua Allen added another reception that went 19 yards for a touchdown. 

The 47- and 49-yard completions were the longest plays of the season for the Rams.  Additionally, sophomore kicker Jobanni Esparza kicked his longest field goal of the year, a 47-yarder.

A 37-yard kickoff return on the Rams first possession foretold the long plays that were ahead.  Facing a second-and-twenty-two, Lewis scampered for 25 yards for a first-down at the Golden Bulls 30.  Two plays later, Smith hit Collins for the 30-yard touchdown.  Esparza's PAT was good, and WSSU owned a 7-0 lead with 10:35 to play in the first quarter.

Smith responded with a drive to the Rams seven-yard line, but senior Deiontae Jones caught the first of his two interceptions to end the threat.

WSSU used a creative combination of passing and rushing to march 91 yards after the interception for another touchdown. Lewis hit three straight completions, a 24-yarder to Collins, an 18-yarder to sophomore Nehemiah Williams and a 19-yarder to freshman Anthony Davis-Ingram.

Two plays later senior El-Joshua Allen's 19-yard catch from Lewis gave the Rams another touchdown and 13-0 lead with 1:26 to go in the first quarter.  Esparza missed his first PAT kick of the season.

Esparza would make up the missed point on the Rams next drive, kicking a season-long 47-yarder to give WSSU a 16-0 lead at the half.

The Golden Bulls took the second half opening kickoff, but the Rams defense forced a punt after three plays. A short 32-yard punt gave WSSU possession at the midfield.

A fumble and a 13-yard sack hindered WSSU's drive.  After stalling at the Golden Bulls eight-yard line, Esparza added another three points on an 18-yard field goal. The Rams had a comfortable 19-0 lead with 5:43 remaining in the third quarter.

WSSU began the last 15 minutes with a seven-play, 77-yard scoring drive to put the game out of reach.  Junior Jashan Rankin had intercepted a pass late in the third quarter to set up the scoring drive.

The Rams were forced to punt, but a 15-yard personal foul penalty against JCSU gave the WSSU offense new life.  After the penalty, Lewis connected with running back Cameron Davis for a 47-yard completion.

Two plays later, Lewis rushed for the Rams final touchdown, and Esparza kicked the point-after for a commanding 26-0 lead.

JCSU rushed for a touchdown with 8:56 to play.  The Golden Bulls scored its second touchdown on the game's final play.

Lewis was 13-24 for238 passing yards ran the ball 11 times for a net gain of 40 yards.  He passed for two touchdowns and one interception.