Sunday, September 25, 2016

Matias Lambrecht’s field goal lifts J.C. Smith past Elizabeth City State on final play

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- J.C. Smith found a way to deal with adversity at the right time.

Matias Lambrecht’s 33-yard field goal on the final play lifted the Golden Bulls to a 31-28 home win against Elizabeth City State in the CIAA opener for both teams Saturday. J.C. Smith, which twice blew two-touchdown advantages, marched 73 yards in the final 89 seconds to earn its first win in the series since 2002.

“We’d go forward, then we’d go backward, but that’s the nature of the game,” Golden Bulls (1-3, 1-0) coach Kermit Blount said. “What we did today at the end of the game was something that we work on Thursdays, so it wasn’t a surprise to our young guys.”

Golden Bulls quarterback Harold Herbin, who took over as starter for the injured Jordan Lane (broken leg), sparked the final possession with 45 combined yards, including a 25-yard strike to Demarcus Berry at the Elizabeth City State 34. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty moved J.C. Smith into position for Lambrecht’s first successful field goal as a collegian.


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