CHARLOTTE, NC - Kameron Smith threw five first half touchdowns as the #4 ranked Winston-Salem State University Rams routed the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls, 63-7 in Charlotte's Memorial Stadium.
The WSSU Rams move to 6-0 overall, 3-0 in the CIAA, and Johnson C. Smith falls to 2-4 overall, 1-2 in the CIAA.
Played in front of 6,147 fans, many of which were clad in the WSSU Rams colors of Red and White, Connel Maynor's team were looking for erase the penalty plagued game and slow start of last week's contest at Bowie State.
It didn't take long.
The WSSU offense was clicking on all cylinders from the start, something that had plagued the Rams in recent weeks.
After holding JCSU to a three and out on their first drive, the Rams took over on their own 46, and wasted no time moving the ball. A Kameron Smith 13 yard rush, followed by a 15 yard rush by Maurice Lewis, had the Rams threatening the Golden Bull redzone early. Kameron Smith would find Jamal Williams for a 20 yard gain, and on the next play, Maurice Lewis would score from four yards out. Alejandro Suarez's PAT put the Rams up 7-0with 11:47 to go in the first quarter.
Winston-Salem State's defense would force another JCSU Golden Bull three and out, and WSSU would take over at their own 47 yard line.
Jameze Massey would take the reverse and rush for a 20 yard gain, followed by a four yard gain by Maurice Lewis. And on the third play of the drive, Kameron Smith would find Massey for a 23 yard pass and catch for a touchdown to put the Rams up 14, with less and seven minutes coming off the clock.
In what would become the one of the stories of the day, for the third consecutive series, the WSSU defensive unit would force a three and out, and after the punt, the Rams would get that ball back deep own its own side of the field.
But it wouldn't take long to reverse the field position, as the Rams used a solid mix of run and pass to methodically move the ball.
Maurice Lewis would pick up 26 yards on a run, while Kameron Smith would find Jamal Williams and Jameze Massey on passes of nine and five yards, before Smith would find Eric Wolff for a 10 yard gain to put the Rams into the Golden Bulls redzone. After a false start penalty, Smith would find Williams from 21 yards out for another touchdown. Suarez's PAT put the Rams up 21-0 with 3:39 left it in the first period.
Winston-Salem State would get the ball back quickly, as the Rams Shayquan Manning would pick off Keahn Wallace's pass attempt with 2:27 left on the clock in the first stanza.
Kameron Smith would find Jameze Massey for a beautiful catch over two defenders for a 23 yard gain, and two plays later, Smith would find Jahuann Butler, who would make the catch and shake two defenders on his way to a 22 yard touchdown.
WSSU would lead 28-0 as the first quarter ended, and the route was officially on.
As the second quarter got underway, Johnson C. Smith would finally pick up a first down, and would go on a nine play drive, before WSSU's Donnie Owens would sack Keahn Wallace, forcing a fumble that was scooped up by Daniel Mungin.
The red hot Ram offense would pick right up where it left off, as Kameron Smith would find Jameze Massey for a 32 yard gain, followed by back to back 2 yard rushes by Maurice Lewis. Smith would go back to the air and find Tehvyn Brantley for 14 yards, before finding Jamal Williams for the second time of the half for a touchdown.
The first half continued to spiral downhill for the home standing Golden Bulls, as six plays into the next series, WSSU's Casey Davenport would sack Wallace, ending their drive and were forced to punt the ball back to WSSU.
Anthony Carrothers would make his first appearance for the Rams on the afternoon, as the Grambling State transfer, who played his high school football in Charlotte, would guide WSSU down the field on a nine play 75 yard drive, highlighted by a 25 yard pass and catch to Jameze Massey, and a 23 yard rush from Ricky Rozier, before Maurice Lewis would find the endzone for the second time, pushing the lead to 42-0 with 48 seconds left in the first half.
But eh Golden Bulls bad luck was not over, as the Rams special teams unit forced a fumble and Michael Bloomfield pounced on the ball giving the Rams one more opportunity to score before the first half ended.
It took just one play, as Kameron Smith would find Jamal Williams for their third touchdown strike of the day to give the WSSU Rams an astounding 49-0 halftime advantage.
At the half, Winston-Salem State had accumulated 399 yards of total offense, while holding Johnson C. Smith to a mere 73 yards. The Rams scored on all seven first half possessions.
On WSSU's first possession of the second half, Anthony Carrothers could not the offense going, and Landen Thayer had to come in and punt for the first time.
The Golden Bulls scored early in the quarter when Keahn Wallace found Fred Scott for a 62 yards screen pass, that Scott would take to the endzone, putting JCSU on the board, at 49-7.
But their momentum was very short lived. Tehvyn Brantley would take the kickoff back 33 yards to just outside of midfield, and one play later Maurice Lewis would scamper 51 yard down the sideline for anther WSSU score, giving the Rams a 56-7 lead.
The WSSU defense would keep up its smothering effort, and on WSSU's next possession, Anthony Carrothers would find Tehvyn Brantley in the endzone for a 35 yard catch and score, pushing WSSU's lead to 63-7.
Although no more scoring would take place in the game, WSSU's coaching staff used the remainder of the game to get valuable playing time and experience for many of its back up players.
Offensively, Maurice Lewis led the Rams with 86 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries, while Brandon McDonald had 32 yards on 10 carries. Ricky Rozier rushed three times for 23 yards; Bryce Sherman three times for 22 yards; Jameze Massey, once for 20 yards; and Kameron Smith twice for 16 yards.
Kameron Smith complete 13 of 15 passes for 259 yards and five touchdowns, while playing in just the first half, and getting the second half to enjoy the rest of the day off. Anthony Carrothers finished four of six for 86 yards and one touchdown.
On the receiving end, Jameze Massey had six catches for 121 yards and one touchdown, while Jamal Williams also cracked the 100+ yard mark, with five catches for 104 yards and three touchdowns. Tehvyn Brantley had two catches for 49 yards and a score, while Eric Wolff also had two catches for 23 yards. Maurice Lewis had one catch for 26 yards and Jahuann Butler had one catch fro 22 yards and a score.
Defensively, Shayquan Manning finished with five tackles, one tackle for loss and one interception, while Carlos Fields, Michael Ford and Donnie Owens each picked up five tackles as well. Ford also had one forced fumble, while Owens picked up a forced fumble, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. Seven different players had three tackles each, and Casey Davenport, Justin Wilkerson and Jermaine Kesler each had sacks. Michael Bloomfield, Khendra Reid and Daniel Mungin fumble recoveries.
Winston-Salem State will host the Falcons of St. Augustine's University in a key CIAA contest on Saturday at 1:30pm at Bowman Gray Stadium.