LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – The WSSU Rams exploded for their season's best offensive output, as the Rams accumulated 478 yards of offense, including 406 on the ground as they cruised to a 51-10 win over the Lincoln Lions on Saturday night.
With the win, Winston-Salem State improves to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the CIAA, while Lincoln University falls to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the CIAA.
Lincoln University got on the scoreboard first, after two early WSSU turnovers, when Stephen Scott crossed the goal line from three yards away, giving the Lions the early 7-0 lead.
The WSSU Rams were able to finally to score late in the first quarter, when Kerrion Moore found the end zone, capping a 7 play 74 yard drive, from two yards out to tie the game at 7-7.
Canard Brown added to the WSSU lead with 1:12 left in the quarter, when he field a punt and went 44 yards for the score, pushing the Rams out in front, 14-7.
Midway through the second quarter, Kerrion Moore found the end zone for a second time, this time from five yards away to push the Rams to a 20-7 advantage.
Lincoln University would answer with 22 second left before the half, with a Cody Waddell 34 yard field goal, to cut the Rams lead to 20-10.
But the WSSU Rams would get a 53 yard return from Canard Brown on the kickoff, followed by a 16 yard gained on a pass from AJ Nocciolo to Te'Vaughn Hurse to put the Rams within field goal range with time running out before the half. Will Johnson would connect on a 34 yard field goal as time expired, giving the Rams a 23-10 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.
The WSSU Rams would bust the game wide open in the second half, starting with a 94 yard, 14 play drive, that was capped off by a Te'Vaughn Hurse six yards touchdown run, followed by a Xavier Quick one yard td run that gave the Rams plenty of breathing room, and a 37-10 lead in the third quarter.
With 13:50 left to play, Kerrion Moore added to his big day, as he took a handoff and raced down the left sideline and across the field en route to a 78 yard touchdown run, giving the Rams a 44-10 advantage.
The final scoring play of the game came on a Josh Martin 26 yard pick six, to give the Rams a 51-10 lead that they would carry to the end of the game.
The rushing attack was led by Kerrion Moore, who finished the night with nine carries for 179 yards and three touchdowns, including a long touchdown run of 78 yards. Te'Vaughn Hurse added 20 carries for 121 yards and one touchdown, while Xavier Quick finished with eight carries for 54 yards and one score. Michael Benis had two carries for 22 yards, AJ Nocciolo had five carries for 17 yards and Jerry Goodson had four carries for 13 yards.
AJ Nocciolo finished the night going six of 12 with two interceptions for 72 yards. Nocciolo had a long pass of 24 yards.
Xavier Gregory led the Rams defensively with seven tackles, one sack and one tackle for a loss, while Tyron Roberts finished with five tackles and one forced fumble. Jayron Rankin and Cameron Sullivan each finished with four tackles, and Tiqeese Brown, Daryus Skinner and Jack Nimmons each finished the evening with three tackles. Skinner also had a pass breakup and Nimmons had one sack and two tackles for losses.