WSSU Loses Their Opening Game

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: August 29, 2005

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — All was well in “RAM-LAND” for 3 quarters and it look as though WSSU would be heading to an opening day victory in the Hall of Fame Game vs the Indians of Catawba, but 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter would prove to be the Rams’ undoing on Saturday evening at Bowman-Gray Stadium as WSSU lost in shocking fashinon to the Indians by the score of 20-10.

The first half of play was a battle of defense as it looks like the defensive switch for the Rams from a 4-3 to a 3-5-3 has given them a prowess and swagger they were looking for last year.

No one would have expected the defensive struggle however as two very powerful offensive teams combined for only 199 yards of total offense. The Rams tallied 91 yards on 24 total plays while the Indians tallied just a shade more yardage, amassing 108 yards on 30 plays.

Despite losing the yardage battle, it would be the Rams who would hold the halftime lead as the only scoring would come from junior placekicker Matt Hind.

Following a stalled offensive drive, Hind, still suffering the ill-effects of a recent motorcycle accident that required skin grafts, split the uprights with a 39-yard kick that gave the Rams a 3-0 lead with 8:47 remaining in the first half that ultimately turned out to be the only score of the first half.

The second half was totally opposite of the first as both teams combine to score 27 points, unfortunately, the Rams would only manage 7 of those 27 scored.

The Rams did strike first in the second half when Jed Bines scored a touchdown on a one-yard TD run capping off an 11-play 75-yard drive that took 5:12 off the play clock.

The Rams seemingly decided to go into a conservative offensive shell as they tried to run the ball and not take many chances down the field vertically against the Indians leading to 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for the Catawba.

The first of the Indian’s touchdowns would come courtesy of tailback Mario Crowe, who scampered five yards into the endzone to tie the game at 10-10.

Little more than two minutes later, tailback Kory Fisher, would score on a five-yard as the Indians would go up for good at 17-10. The Indians added a late field goal to finished the scoring in the game.

Monte Purvis’ first game as the Rams’ starting quarterback would prove to be inauspicious at best as he finished the contest with 60 passing yards as he completed six of his 11 pass attempts.

Despite his mediocre passing attack, he helped to pace the WSSU rushing attack as he recorded two 20-plus yard rushes in the contest.

With the loss, the Rams fall to 0-1 on the season while Catawba improves to 1-0. The Rams fall to 0-3 all-time versus the Indians with the loss.

The Rams return to action on Saturday, September 3rd, 2005 as they travel to Washington, DC to face the Bison of Howard University. The Bison, a MEAC member, and NCAA Division I-AA opponent will host WSSU at 1:00 pm. Catawba College returns to the gridiron next Saturday as they host CIAA-member Livingstone College.