Kameron Smith becomes WSSU's All-Time passer in win
The #8 ranked Winston-Salem State University Rams played a stifling defensive game holding Concord University to -13 yards rushing, and the Rams quarterback, Kameron Smith passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns in route to a 30-22 road win at Callaghan Stadium in Athens, WV on Saturday afternoon.
The day started off slow for the Rams, as a quick three and out series got worse quickly when Landen Thayer's punt was blocked and run in for a score for the Mountain Lions.
WSSU struggled early to get any offensive continuity going, but the Rams defense was stout from the opening kickoff, keeping the Mountain Lions at bay.
It was the Rams fourth series of the afternoon where they began to look like the #8 ranked team in the country, as Kameron Smith would hook up with Jameze Massey for a 44 yard pass, and Maurice Lewis and Brandon McDonald combined on the rushing attack for 24 yards, before McDonald would find Jamal Williams in the back of the endzone on a halfback pass for WSSU's first score.
Concord would get the back back, but it was short lived, as WSSU safety Dominque Tate would intercept a Zach Grossi pass and return it 34 yards to the Mountain Lion 21 yard line.
Five plays later, Maurice Lewis would find the endzone from six yards out to give WSSU a 14-7 advantage.
As the second quarter started, so did the threatening skies, as the clouds opened up and the rest of the half was played in a torrential downpour.
Neither team would be able to move the ball successfully in the rain, and the half ended with Winston-Salem State leading 14-7.
Coming out of the half, the Rams defense picked right back up where they left off in the first half, and continued to dominate the Concord offense, who managed just 69 first half yards.
WSSU's offense on the other hand, came out of the gate sluggish in the second half, before seeming to get back on track midway through the quarter, as the Kameron Smith to Jameze Massey combination conitued to burn the CU defense. But a Smith interception would stall the drive.
On the Rams next possession, Kameron Smith would find Jameze Massey for 24 yards, and on the play, Kameron Smith would become Winston-Salem State University's All-Time passer, eclipsing Tory Woodbury. But the drive would go no further, and WSSU would punt.
Special teams would play a part for the Rams as on fourth down, Concord's snap would sail over the punters head, and as the Ram defense collapsed on the punter, he tossed it out of the endzone for a safety, pushing WSU's lead to 16-7 early in the fourth quarter.
After exchanging punts, WSSU would get the ball back with 12:08 remaining, and in one play extended their lead, when Smith would hook up once again with Massey, this time for a 73 yard scoring strike down the left sideline, giving WSSU a seemingly comfortable 23-7 advantage.
But the Mountain Lions, a DII playoff team from a year ago, would not go away easily, as they would march quickly down the field and score on a Grossi to Ryan Stewart pass from nine yard for a score, and with the two point conversion, pulled to with eight, at 23-15.
Two possessions later for WSSU Maurice Lewis' rushing and Kameron Smith to Jameze Massey moved WSSU back down the field before Smith would find Ricky Rozier on back to back passes, with the second a touchdown from nine yards out, once again giving the Rams a comfy lead at 30-15 with just 3:35 remaining.
Concord would strike quick again, this time in one play when Zach Grossi found Ansel Ponder behind the Rams secondary for a 65 yard score and pujll back to within eight points at 30-22.
But WSSU would take the kickoff and run out the clock to secure the win.
Offensively for Winston-Salem State, Maurice Lewis rushed 25 times for 94 and yards and one score to lead the rushing attack that accounted for 130 yards on the day. Brandon McDonald rushed for 18 yards and threw one TD pass, while Kameron Smith rushed 15 times for 15 yards.
Kameron Smith passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 12 of 23 passing with one interception, while Brandon McDonald connected on a scoring pass on his only throw on a trick play.
Jameze Massey was a beast receiving for WSSU on the day, catching six passes for a whopping 173 yards and one touchdown. Eric Wolfe pulled in two passes for 27 yards, while Ricky Rozier (22 yards and a TD) and Jamal Williams (15 yards and a TD) each pulled in two catches.
Defensively, Malcolm Rowe finished with six tackles, while Larry Hearne, Matthew Browning, Daniel Mungin and Carlos Fields each hauled in four Mountain Lions on the day. Dominique Tate had a sack and an interception, and Marcus Campbell also had one sack.
Landen Thayer had a great day punting for WSSU, as he finished with yard per punt average, punting seven times for 298 yards.
Winston-Salem State University will travel to Cleveland, Ohio next week, to take on the Morehouse Tigers in the Cleveland Football Classic from Cleveland Browns Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:00 pm (EST).