HIGH POINT, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (3-4, 2-2 CIAA) used a powerful rushing attack to claim a 31-10 win over the Saint Augustine's Falcons (1-5, 1-3 CIAA) in the 2019 Furniture City Gridiron Classic, Saturday evening. The Rams combined an overwhelming offensive attack with some quality defense to claim the win.
The Rams had one of their best offensive efforts of the season in the win. The team scored a season-high 31 points on top of rushing for a season-high 273 yards in the game. The Rams had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the game with junior running back Quarderman Sloan leading the way with 150 yards on 17 carries while senior running back Farrell Murchinson added 134 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. Senior wide receiver Quincy Jackson added three receptions for 90 yards in the game as well.
The Rams scored early and often in the win. The team got things going early in the first quarter when Murchinson took a five-yard run for his first score of the game with 11:44 on the clock. The PAT kick left the Rams on top 7-0. The team added to its lead when Sloan added a 21-yard touchdown run. The PAT kick left the Rams on top, 14-0. The Rams allowed the Falcons to cap the first quarter with a one-yard touchdown pass that, along with the PAT kick, cut the WSSU lead in half, 14-7 with 00:19 left in the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Rams were the ones doing all the scoring as the WSSU defense flexed its muscle. Murchinson got things started when he powered his way to a 21-yard touchdown run with 5:41 left in the second quarter. The touchdown left the Rams on top, 21-7. Freshman kicker Ivan Caro added to the Rams' scoring when he connected on a 29-yard field goal to cap the team's lead, 24-7 with 1:14 left in the first half. The Rams would take the lead into the locker room at halftime.
There wasn't much scoring, but the Rams dominated the second half. The team held the Falcons to just a field goal while pulling away with a pair of touchdowns. The Falcons got things started with a 40-yard field goal with 9:42 left in the third quarter. The effort cut the WSSU lead down to 14 points, 24-10. The Rams had an answer in the fourth quarter when Murchinson scored his third touchdown of the game. This time, he went two yards with 12:38 left in the fourth quarter. After the PAT kick, the Rams were left ahead, 31-10. The score then stood until the final horn sounded in the game.
The Rams were hampered by penalties in the game as the team totaled 90 yards in penalties in the game. "We played well. We sputtered at time," WSSU head coach Robert Massey said. "We've still to to clean up some stuff. We had some penalties at the end of the game. We need to finish games and finish them clean."
With the win, the Rams improve to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The team will return to action next weekend when they head to nearby Salisbury, N.C. to take on the Livingstone Blue Bears. For more information on Rams football, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.