The #3 Ranked Winston-Salem State Rams rode the hot combination of Kameron Smith to Juhuann Butler, and WSSU racked up 455 yards of offense as they dominated the St. Augustine's University Falcons, 56-37.
St. Augustine's would get on the board first, when on the Rams first possession, Kameron Smith was sacked and fumbled the football, and it was scooped up by the Falcons Michael Oliver who scored from 37 yards out. The PAT was missed giving SAU an early 6-0.
It also marked the one of the very few times all season that the WSSU Rams had trailed in a contest.
AS the Rams took over after the kickoff, four plays later Kameron Smith's pass would be tipped at the line of scrimmage and picked off.
On the SAU Falcons next possession, the Winston-Salem State defense would produce a quick series and forced a punt.
WSSU's Jameze Massey would return the punt 58 yards putting the Rams deep into St. Augustine territory. Two plays later, Maurice Lewis would cross the goal line for anther WSSU score, putting the Rams up 14-6.
But the Falcons dangerous weapon of Tyron Laughinghouse would make his first appearance, as he would haul in Landen Thayer's kickoff, and scamper 82 yards untouched for a touchdown, and with the missed extra point, trailed the Rams 14-12.
The Rams regrouped and on their next series, would settle down and marched up the field 69 yards in 12 plays, culminating with a Kameron Smith to Jahuann Butler 36 yard pass for a touchdown.
Not to go away so soon, the Falcons would start the second quarter with the ball and would mount their most sustained drive of the game, as they would go 60 yards in twelve plays, using four and half minutes as Laughinghouse would find the endzone for the second time on an eight yard pass from Teddy Bacote. The PAT reduced the Ram lead to just two, at 21-19.
It would never be close again. The #3 ranked Winston-Salem State Rams would score 21 straight unanswered points to close out the half.
First, with 11:08 left before the half, Maurice Lewis capped a 6 play 31 yard drive with his second touchdown to the afternoon. With 52 seconds remaining, Bryce Sherman would cross the goal line, finishing off a six play, 32 yard drive. And following a Matthew Browning interception of SAU's Bacote, Ricky Rozier hauled in a Kameron Smith pass to give the Rams a commanding 42-19 lead heading into the half.
As the second half began, the red hot Rams offense continued to roll, as they would take the kickoff and go on a nine play, 65 yard drive capped by a Ricky Rozier one yard run for a touchdown and a 49-19 lead.
Neither team would be able to sustain a scoring drive until late in the quarter, when SAU's Roderick Davenport would score on a one yard run to bring the WSSU advantage to 49-25.
But less than a minute later, Kameron Smith would go back up top, 71 yards down the field to a streaking Jahuann Butler, to a touchdown, pushing the WSSU lead to 56-25 heading into the fourth quarter.
The WSSU coaching staff would insert numerous subs in the fourth quarter on both sides of the ball, and SAU managed to score two late touchdowns for the final score of 56-37.
With the win, Winston-Salem State (7-0, 4-0) now puts themselves into prime national and regional rankings, and a solid two game lead in the CIAA Southern Division.
Offensively for Winston-Salem State, Maurice Lewis rushed 14 times for 42 yards and two scores, while Kameron Smith rushed for 32 yards on 12 carries. Brandon McDonald finished with 20 yards on seven carries and Ricky Rozier rushed for 13 yards and one touchdown on three carries. Bryce Sherman finished with nine yards rushing and one touchdown on two carries.
Kameron Smith finished the afternoon with another monster game, going 12 of 31 for 347 yards and three touchdowns, with two interceptions. He had a long pass of 71 yards and ended with a score. Anthony Carrothers was one of two for eight yards.
Jahuann Butler had a career high afternoon, hauling in eight passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns, with a long of 71 yards. Jamal Williams caught four passes for 45 yards, while Maurice Lewis (31 yards), Tehvyn Brantley (29 yards), Ricky Rozier (17 yards and 1 TD) and Jameze Massey (3 yards) each finished with two catches. Jerry chandler and Eric Wolff each had one reception.
Defensively, Carlos Fields set the tone for the Rams, with nine tackles, while Donnie Owens and Dominique Tate each had four tackles. Tate also had a 21 yard fumble return for a score. Duvontae Covington and Marcus Campbell each had three tackles. Casey Davenport picked up WSSU's only sack, while Larry Hearne and Matthew Browning each had interceptions.
Winston-Salem State University will host Livingstone College at 1:30pm next week, as the University celebrates its 120th year with Homecoming festivities.