Saturday, November 30, 2013

WSSU will learn today if it’s road-worthy

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina -- No. 9 Winston-Salem State hopes to continue its run in the Division II football playoffs today when it plays No. 6 Shepherd, but with both teams on 10-game winning streaks, something will have to give.

Kickoff for the second-round game is set for noon (WTOB 1380) in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

WSSU is 10-1, but Coach Connell Maynor wasn’t at all happy with the performance in last week’s 27-20 home win against Slippery Rock — a game in which the Rams had a season-high four turnovers and 17 penalties.

"We weren’t sharp at all on offense,” Maynor said. “I don’t know if it was the layoff or everything else that went on. I just know we have to play much better as we get deeper in these playoffs.”

WSSU has the top-ranked defense in Division II, with averages of 232.4 yards and 15 points a game allowed, and Shepherd (10-0) ranks No. 2, with 247.9 yards and 13 points allowed.


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