Sunday, September 18, 2016

Winston-Salem State pounded by Virginia Union

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina -- It’s not often Winston-Salem State gets embarrassed in front of its home crowd, but fired up Virginia Union was on a mission Saturday night.

“I don’t know what it was but we just didn’t have the energy like we needed,” said offensive lineman Jac’que Polite of the Rams about the 37-14 loss.

There was no energy for the Rams (1-2) from the start as the Panthers (1-2) jumped out to a 14-0 lead and coasted in front of just over 4,000 fans at Bowman Gray Stadium.

The Rams have lost both of their home games this season, but this one was never close. By halftime the Panthers, a team that made the Division II playoffs last season, were ahead 27-7.

“We beat ourselves with costly penalties and the stats show that,” Polite said about the 104 yards in penalties. “We can’t do that and expect to win, so we have to focus and be much more energetic. We just didn’t have it tonight.”


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