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Rams Win Big Over St. Augustine's University

Winston-Salem State played its most complete game in two years in a 41-0 thrashing of St. Augustine's on William "Bill" Hayes Field at Bowman Gray Stadium. The Rams evened their CIAA record at 2-2 and improved to 2-0 in the Southern Division, while the Falcons remained winless this season.

WSSU's first touchdown drive came early in the first quarter when sophomore Jaylen Ferbee-Gullatte forced a fumble on St. Aug.'s fourth play after taking the opening kickoff.  Senior Elijah Banks, who played high school football at Mt. Tabor in Winston-Salem, recovered the fumble at the Falcon's 45.

Junior quarterback Cameron Lewis, last week's CIAA Quarterback of the Week, directed an eight-play, 45-yard drive that resulted in the Rams first touchdown.  Lewis rushed for 35 yards on four carries, including a three-yard gain that crossed the goal line with 9:19 remaining in the opening quarter.  Sophomore Jobanni kicked the first of five extra points for a 7-0 lead.

St. Augustine's responded with a drive to WSSU 15.  Facing a fourth down and 14, the Falcons elected to attempt a field goal.  Banks blocked the 35-yard attempt.  Senior Deiontae Jones recovered the football and returned it 75 yards to the Falcons 15.

It took only three carries by sophomore Andrew Hayes to add another touchdown on the scoreboard.  His one-yard TD rush and Esparza's point-after kick pushed to the Rams lead to 14-0 with 3:38 remaining in the first quarter.

The Rams added a touchdown and field goal in the second quarter and entered the locker room with a 24-0 halftime lead.  Lewis hit freshman Garrett Whetstone for a 40-yard completion and then connected with freshman Antjuan Collins, last week's CIAA Rookie of the Week, on a 20-yard completion for the Rams third touchdown in the game.  Esparza's PAT kick was good, propelling the Rams lead to 21-0.

Banks intercepted a Falcons pass with 40 seconds to play, setting up Esparza's 47-yard field goal with 14 seconds to play before halftime.  Esparza's field goal tied his season-high longest which he kicked last week again Johnson C. Smith.

The Rams took the third quarter kickoff and marched 69 yards in 10 plays for another score.  Lewis again connected with Collins in the end zone for a six-yard completion.  Esparza, who has missed only one PAT this season, kicked his fourth extra point in the game, giving WSSU an insurmountable 31-0 lead.

The WSSU defense held St. Augustine's to five yards on its next possession, allowing 'SU to regain the football at its own 39 after a 31-yard Falcons punt.

Cameron orchestrated an 11-play, 61-yard drive, capped by a 13-yard completion to Whetstone for the Rams final touchdown in the game. Esparza's fifth PAT was good, and WSSU increased its lead to 38-0.  Hayes picked up 31 yards on four carries in the drive.  

The last Rams score would come in its first fourth-quarter possession. Banks intercepted his third pass of the game and returned it 23 yards to midfield. 

Senior quarterback Dominique Graves directed a 33-yard scoring drive, hitting senior El-Joshua Allen for a 25-yard completion to the St. Aug 8.  Graves scored on the next play, but the touchdown was nullified by an illegal motion penalty.  WSSU was forced to settle for a 34-yard field goal by junior Ivan Caro.

The WSSU defense played a superb game, allowing St. Augustine's to cross midfield only three times.  The versatile Lewis once again led the Rams offensive attack.  He rushed for 50 yards and passed for 137, accounting for 187 of WSSU's 367 yards of total offense.

Junior Cameron Davis rushed for 78 yards and Whetstone had 72 yards in receptions.  Hayes finished with 72 yards rushing.  Collins caught seven passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns.