Rams Defense Dominates In 41-8 Win Over Fayetteville State Broncos

The #2 Winston-Salem State University Rams (10-0, 7-0) capped off a perfect regular season for the second consecutive season, with a 41-8 win over Fayetteville State on Saturday.

WSSU used another stifling defensive effort in limiting the Broncos to just 154 yards on the afternoon. Fayetteville State was held to just six first downs and was just one of 13 on third downs.

The Rams were able to effectively shut down the Broncos on their opening drive, and the high octane WSSU offense looked to be in full gear as they wasted no time marching 80 yards in seven plays, capped off by a Brandon McDonald seven yard touchdown rush. But what could have been a sign of what was to come; Alejandro Suarez's PAT attempt hit off the right upright, giving the Rams a 6-0 early advantage.

The WSSU defense kept the pressure on Fayetteville State who could not manage any movement early. But the lackluster play of the WSSU Rams, kept the Broncos in the game.

Winston-Salem State was sloppy in the first half, as they committed three turnovers (2 interceptions and one fumble), and that was able to keep the FSU Broncos around.

Fayetteville State was able to connect on two of three field goals, and had the Rams and their boisterous fans on their heels in the first 30 minutes of play.

The Rams came out blazing in the second half and marched 76 yards in 10 plays, their longest drive of the afternoon, that was capped off by a DeQuann Leak eight yard run, and PAT by Alejandro Suarez to give WSSU a 13-6 lead.

Three and out would be the theme for the Broncos in the third quarter, and the WSSU Rams would take full advantage of the opportunity.

With 2:36 left in the third stanza, WSSU would embark on another long drive, this time nine plays covering 52 and capped off with a Kameron Smith to Jahuann Butler from seven yards out increasing WSSU's lead to 20-6 heading into the fourth.

The Rams defense would remain opportunistic, and with the offense now seemingly on the right path, the Ram faithful in attendance had something to cheer about.

Kameron Smith would find Jahuann Butler once again from 37 yards out with 9:37 left to play to give WSSU a 27-6 lead.

And after FSU would fail to recover the kickoff, three plays later Kameron Smith would find a streaking Jameze Massey down the left sideline for a 35 yard touchdown pass, increasing the lead to 34-6.

Anthony Carrothers would be inserted into the line to finish the game off for WSSU, and he worked the offense to perfection marching the Rams down the field and connecting with fullback Robert Moore for a 14 yard touchdown pass, increasing the Winston-Salem State Rams lead to 41-6 with just under five minutes to play.

The final score of the game would come on a WSSU punt return miscue, when Tehvyn Brantley field a punt inside the five yard line and retreated into the endzone trying to elude Bronco defenders before being tackled for a safety.

Offensively, Bryce Sherman led the WSSU rushing attack with 51 yards rushing on nine carries, and DeQuann Leak finished with 48 yards and a score also on nine carries. Brandon McDonald had 2 yards and a touchdown on five carries, while Jameze Massey (26 yds) and Darryl Thomas, Jr (25 yds) each had three carries. Kameron Smith rushed seven times for 13 yards.

Kameron Smith finished 13 of 28 passing for 218 yards and three touchdowns, although he did throw two pick in the game. Anthony Carrothers was a perfect three for three for 23 yards and a touchdown pass.

Jahuann Butler led the Rams receiving corps with six catches for 128 yards and two scores, while Jameze Massey (47 yds, 1 TD), Bryce Sherman (20 yds) and Darryl Thomas, Jr (9 yds) each had two catches. Rickey Rozier (15 yds), Robert Moore (14 yds, 1 TD), Kenneth Patterson (7 yds) and Tehvyn Brantley (1 yd) each had one catch.

Defensively, Malcolm Rowe led the way with nine tackles, while Carlos Fields finished with six tackles and one tackle for a loss. James Pegues had four tackles, one sack and a tackle for a loss, as Donnie Owens also had four tackles and a fumble recovery. Five other players had three tackles each, with Daniel Mungin having 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Kimani Jones picked up a sack and a forced fumble and Curtis McGill had an interception and a fumble recovery.

With the win the Rams can now regroup and focus their attention solely on Elizabeth City State University and the CIAA Title game next weekend in Durham at Durham County Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm.