Sunday, October 9, 2016

Late TD gives Winston-Salem State a victory over J.C. Smith

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Winston-Salem State aced its final – and biggest – test against J.C. Smith.

Kerrion Moore’s 1-yard plunge with 3 minutes, 17 seconds left pushed the Rams to a 15-14 victory against the Golden Bulls on Sunday in a CIAA game at McGirt Field, their 16th straight in the series. The deciding drive – 18 plays covering 85 yards – included three third-down conversions to keep the possession alive.

“I was very confident. I never lose confidence in the team,” said Winston-Salem State quarterback Rod Tinsley, an Olympic High graduate who completed 12 of 28 passes for 144 yards. “I knew we could do it if we put it together and that’s all we asked for.”

The Golden Bulls (1-5, 1-2) gave Winston-Salem State (4-2, 3-0) all they could handle. J.C. Smith overcame a 9-0 deficit with two long scoring passes by Harold Herbin, who connected with Rod Carter on a 63-yarder on the first play of the fourth quarter, followed by a 38-yard strike to Gabriel Yuille on the next possession. The defense, which limited the Rams to three Will Johnson field goals, couldn’t muster a stop down the stretch.


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