Saturday, November 19, 2016

WSSU Rams' comeback falls short in D-II playoffs

BROOKVILLE, New York — There was no quit in Winston-Salem State, but that was about the only consolation it could take after 10th-ranked Long Island Post held on for a 48-41 win on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Division II playoffs.

The Rams had their eight-game win streak snapped thanks to a Pioneers offense that sliced and diced through their defense most of the game. Not until the fourth quarter did the Rams nearly come back from a 24-point deficit.

With 1:08 left in the third quarter, the Pioneers (12-0) scored on their third straight possession of the second half to take a 48-24 lead.

“We didn’t quit or didn’t give up and I told those guys if you play your butts off for 60 minutes I’ll coach my butt off for 60 minutes,” coach Keinus Boulware of the Rams said. “That’s what I kept telling them on the sidelines toward the end of the third quarter.”

The Rams, behind quarterback Rod Tinsley and running back Kerrion Moore, found some room in the fourth quarter to mount a comeback. Moore rushed for a short touchdown, before Will Johnson made a 28-yard field goal to cut it to 48-34 with 6:32 left in the game.


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