Rams Lose Their 2nd Straight

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: September 9, 2005

WASHINGTON — When Winston-Salem State University decided to make the upgrade to Division I-AA, I’m sure they didn’t invision losing the first 2 games of the season and especially losing the way they did to Howard University.

The Rams football team traveled to Washington, DC to face the Bison of Howard University in a match up that saw WSSU face their first Division I-AA opponent of the 2005 season as they looked for their first win versus a MEAC opponent since they defeated South Carolina State University by the score of 39-28 during the 2000 season.

Unfortunately, for Ram fans, the Bison had other ideas as they held WSSU to 58 yards of total offense en route to handing the Rams a 20-6 embarrasing loss at William H. Greene Stadium on the campus of Howard University.

The meager attempt at offense in the 1st half, well, was very “O-FFENSIVE”. The Rams, knowned for their power running game, not only couldnt run the ball against the surprising stout defense from the Bisons, but could only manage 3 net yards of total offense including -19 yards rushing on 17 attempts at halftime.

The offensive drought and lack of productive and positive rushing yards have to be a major concern for Coach Blount and his staff especially since WSSU has led the CIAA in rushing offense the past 5 seasons.

The rushing game was not the only offensive category that suffered at the hands of the MEAC’s best defensive unit as the Rams’ passing attack amassed only 22 total yards in the first half as quarterbacks Monte Purvis and Ronny Horton combined to turn in a three-for-six passing performance during the game’s first 30 minutes of play.

The Rams did start the scoring off however as Andre Che’ Wade, blocked a punt and took it in the end zone for the game’s first touchdown. Following a missed Matt Hind point-after-try, the Rams found themselves leading the contest 6-0 with 1:33 to play in the first quarter. After the score, it was all down hill from there for the Rams.

That lead would hold up for only six minutes as Howard immediately retook the lead as Jarahn Williams capped a 14-play, 79-yard drive that took 5:51 off the clock with a 12-yard touchdown catch from Ronald Venters that would give the Bison’s a 7-6 lead that would eventually increase to 14-6 by halftime.

The second half of play was basically same thing, different have as the Rams stalled on numerous drives including some “3-and-outs” that left you thinking they were very confused, not in rhythm and seemingly searching for what they were trying to establish offensively.

Their longest play of the second half came too little too late as Stan Wright broke free for a 33-yard pass from quarterback Monte Purvis that doubled WSSU’s total offense and earned the Rams their third, and final, first down of the game.

To the Rams’ credit, they would hold the charging Bison to only six points in the half as the lone Bison points would come via a 1-yard touchdown run.

The loss drops the Rams to 0-2 overall (0-0 CIAA) in 2005. The win moves Howard University to 1-0 (0-0 MEAC) on the season.

WSSU returns to action this weekend at 6:00 pm as they travel to Orangeburg, SC to face the defending 2004 MEAC Co-Champion Bulldogs of South Carolina State University. It just gets easier and easier for the Rams in their final season of the CIAA right?