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.
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.