WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Winston-Salem State gained 562 yards of total offense, while holding Edwards Waters College to just 130 yards, as the Rams roughed up the Edward Waters College Tigers 59-7, Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium.
With the win, WSSU moves to 8-0 overall, 6-0 in the CIAA Southern Division. The Rams are 8-0 for the first time since 1978.
The Rams were extremely efficient on Saturday afternoon offensively, as they scored on seven of 10 possessions in the game.
WSSU took the opening kickoff and marched 64 yards in 1:42 in four plays, capped off by a 25 yard touchdown pass from Kameron Smith to Juhuann Butler, and five minutes later, found the endzone once again, this time on a Nicholas Cooper one yard run to jump out early, 14-0 over the visiting Tigers.
Edward Waters would come back and put points on the board of their own, going 59 yards in six plays, and EWC's Brandon Turman found Dalton Dixon from 14 yards out for a touchdown to pull the Tigers to with seven at 14-7 in the first quarter.
From that point, the Rams would go on to score 45 unanswered points.
Winston-Salem State would score 21 second quarter points – starting with a Cedric Hickman four yards run at the 14:54 mark, and followed by backup running back, Maruice Lewis' 32 yard run with 5:11 left before the half. And on the final play of the first half, Kameron Smith connected with Tehvyn Brantley in the right corner of the endzone for another score, moving the Rams leads to 35-7 at the half.
The second half was much of the same, as WSSU came out firing on all cylinders again, and seven minutes into the third quarter, Kameron found an open Dominique Fitzgerald for a 28 yard score giving the Rams a 42-7 advantage. Seven minutes later, backup quarterback Jamie DeGeare would find Tehvyn Brantley, who made a nice one handed snag in the back of the endzone over a EWC defender for another WSSU score.
In the fourth quarter, Maurice Lewis would find the endzone for the second time, when he scored from 12 yards with 8:13 remaining, and Alejandro Suarez connected on his first field goal attempt of the season from 27 yards away with 5:20 left in the game, to give the Rams a 59-7 victory.
Offensively, Nicholas Cooper rushed 29 times for 120 yards and a touchdown. Maurice Lewis also topped the 100 yard mark with 12 carries for 113 yards and two rushing scores. Kameron Smith rushed seven times for 43 yards, while Tyrone Goldston finished with 33 yards on four carries.
Kameron Smith threw for 196 yards and three touchdowns, going 12 of 22. Backup, Jamie DeGeare completed his only pass attempt for a 19 yard touchdown. DeSean Townsend completed one of three passes for eight yards, seeing his first significant action of the season.
Dominique Fitzgerald led the receiving corps with six catches for 99 yards and a touchdown, while Tehvyn Brantley shook off an early hard hit to finish with four catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. Juhuann Butler had two catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. Fitzgerald also finished with 196 all-purpose yards, picking up an additional 26 yards on kickoffs, and 71 yards on two punt returns, including a 60 yarder.
Defensively for WSSU, Alton Keaton and Akeem Ward led the team with seven tackles each. Keaton (six solos, one assists) also had one tackle for a loss, while Ward (four solos, three assists) finished with one and half sacks, two and a half tackles for loss and one pass breakup. Antonio Gates had five tackles (four solos), one sack, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble. Duvontae Covington also finished with five tackles (four solos) and a fumble recovery. Jermaine Kesler also had a sack, and Carlos Fields had a half a sack. Brian Williams had a fumble recovery and Tyrone Goldston had a forced fumble, that was the hit of the game, on a second half kickoff that dislodged the runner from the ball.
Winston-Salem State will host the Bears of Shaw University in their CIAA finale, next Saturday on Bowman Gray Stadium at 1:30 PM, as the Rams celebrate senior day.