JCSU Football Drops Heartbreaker to WSSU, 15-14
Charlotte, N.C. (Oct. 9, 2016) – Visiting Winston-Salem State scored with 3:17 remaining to take a 15-14 win over Johnson C. Smith University in a CIAA Southern Division matchup at the Irwin Belk Complex on Sunday afternoon.
The defending CIAA champion Rams jumped on the board first when Will Johnson hit a 38-yard field goal at the 10:43 mark of the first quarter to stake the Rams to a 3-0 lead. After the Golden Bulls were forced to punt on their initial possession, WSSU was pinned deep in their own territory after Matias Lambrecht (Venice, Fla.) booted a 56-yard punt to the WSSU 6-yard line.
JCSU was able to back the Rams back to their own 2-yard line, but the Rams responded with a 14-yard reception by Canard Brown to the Ram 16. Te’Vaughn Hurse then burst through the JCSU line on the next play, racing 80 yards to the JCSU 4-yard line before being caught from behind by JeJuan McCalston (Covington, Ga.). The JCSU defense then stopped the Rams on their next four plays with the key stop being coming from Kennan Jones on a fourth down play to give JCSU possession at their own 1-yard line.
JCSU then marched down to the WSSU 27, but a fourth down pass fell incomplete, giving the Rams the ball with 14:53 left in the second quarter. Two plays later, junior Carlo Thomas (East Orange, N.J.) came away with his fifth interception of the season after bringing in a tipped pass to regain possession for JCSU. Neither team would be able to score in their next two possessions, but the Rams Johnson converted on a career-long 49-yard field goal to go up 6-0 with 3:42 remaining in the first half.
JCSU would not be able to get anything going, as the Rams took over at their 50 and marched down to the JCSU 23. Johnson’s 40-yard field goal as time expired in the first half missed wide right, making the score 6-0 at halftime.
Following Johnson’s third field goal of the afternoon, a 21-yard kick at the 10:35 mark, the JCSU offense was again stymied fiving WSSU the ball at their own 45. Six plays later, Johnson again lined up for a field goal, this one from 40-yards out, but JCSU’s Bryant Wilson (Augusta, Ga.) blocked the attempt setting JCSU up at their own 32.
JCSU quarterback Harold Herbin (Fayetteville, N.C.) then connected with senior Roderick Carter (Miami, Fla.) for a 63-yard touchdown strike, bringing JCSU to within 9-7 with 3:37 left in the third quarter. Following a WSSU punt, the Golden Bulls took the lead when Herbin found Gabriel Yuille (Baltimore, Md.) for a 38-yard touchdown pass, giving JCSU the 14-9 lead with 14:52 left.
On the ensuing WSSU possession, the Rams methodically marched 85 yards in 18-plays capped by a Kerrion Moore 1-yard touchdown rush to go up 15-14. After the teams traded punts, JCSU had one last drive to pull out the upset, after a completion to Yuille and two incomplete passes, JCSU’s Herbin was sacked with five seconds remaining on a fourth-and-three play to allow WSSU to escape with the narrow win.
WSSU was led by TeVaughn Hurse, as he ran for 199 yards on 21 carries. Quarterback Rod Tinsley finished with 144 yards on a 12-of-28 passing effort while throwing one interception. Hurse also was the Rams leading receiver, catching three passes for 51 yards.
JCSU was led by Harold Herbin, who passed for 213 yards on a 12-27 outing while throwing two interceptions. Roderick Carter had three catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Braxton Gambrell (Seneca, S.C.) led the way on the ground, rushing for 30 yards on 14 carries.
Defensively, JCSU’s Carlo Thomas had 15 tackles with eight being solo stops. He also had one interception. Teammate Kahj Huitt (Smyrna, Ga.) had 14 tackles and three tackles-for-loss.
The loss drops the Golden Bulls to 1-5 overall, 1-2 in the CIAA and 0-1 in Southern Division play while WSSU improves to 4-3, 3-0 in league play and 1-0 in divisional games.
JCSU will look to get back on track, traveling to Fayetteville State on Saturday, Oct. 15 for a 1:00 p.m. game with the Broncos.
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