WINSTON-SALEM - It wasn't pretty, but it was a win. Winston-Salem State for the second week in a row, rode running back Nicholas Cooper and his 203 rushing yards and two scores to a 28-10 homecoming win over Johnson C. Smith.
With the win, the Rams remainunbeaten at 5-0 overall, 4-0 in the CIAA, while Johnson C. Smith falls to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the CIAA.
After the Hickman score, the Rams turned the ball over on downs twice and were forced to punt on their next three possessions.
Johnson C. Smith would get on the board with a Julius Wright 42 yard field goal in the second quarter.
WSSU would score on the last play of the first half, on a Nicholas Cooper 5 yard run, capping a 13 play, 76 yard drive to give Winston-Salem State a 14-3 halftime lead.
The second half would begin with JCSU taking advantage of a Ram fumble, but WSSU's Malcolm Rowe would pick off his second pass of the day, and return it 70 yard for a score to push the Rams lead to 21-3, early in the second half.
But as quick as the Rams could turn the tide, Johnson C. Smith gained momentum on the next play, when William Trimble took the kickoff back 88 yards for a touchdown to pull the Golden Bulls back to with 11, at 21-10.
Neither team would be able to do much throughout the second half, thru turnovers, and blown opportunities.
Winston-Salem State would get a late 21 yard scoring run from Nicholas Copper to close out the scoring and secure the Rams fifth win of the season at 28-10.
Offensive for the Rams, Nicholas Cooper's 203 yards and two touchdowns would lead the WSSU offensive efforts. Maurice Lewis picked up 48 yards on six carries. Kameron Smith completed 19 of 34 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Tehvyn Brantley led the Ram receivers with six catches for 38 yards, while Nicholas Cooper, Cedric Hickman, Jamal Williams and Brandon Akinbiyi each had two catches.
Defensively for the Rams, Alton Keaton led the Rams in tackles for the fourth time in five games. Keaton finished the afternoon with eight solo tackles, one forced fumble and one pass breakup. Malcolm Rowe had a monster game, intercepting two passes , including returning one for a 70 yard score, recovering one fumble, having a pass breakup and recording seven tackles (six solo). Carlos Field finished the afternoon with five solo tackles and a tackle for a loss, while Johnathan Setzer also finished with five solo tackles. Antonio Gates, Akeem Ward and Rashad Shaw each recorded sacks.
The Rams will travel to Durham, NC on Saturday to face the St. Augustine's Falcons at North Carolina Central's O'Kelly- Riddick Stadium. Gametime is set for 1:30 P.M.