Winston-Salem State University Rams Football Team Improves

Updated: October 10, 2005

Salisbury, NC – The Winston-Salem State University Rams football team improved to 4-3 overall on the season and pushed their CIAA record to 4-0 on Saturday evening in Salisbury, NC as they ran their way to a 42-14 victory over the Blue Bears of Livingstone College. The Rams, who traveled the 35 miles to Salisbury, NC looking for their fourth straight win, as they used a power running game to control the ball and the game en route to another convincing CIAA win. The game would never be in doubt for the Rams as WSSU jumped all over the Blue bears early, scoring on five of their first six possessions in the game as the visiting Rams opened up a 35-0 lead heading into the lockeroom at the halftime intermission. Quarterback Monte Purvis only needed to throw a game low 4 times as the Rams rolled up 466 total yards, 456 on the ground. The Rams lead the CIAA in rushing once again this season. Martin Hicks and Jed Bines would combine to score 6 touchdowns(3 touchdowns each). Hicks, who has led the CIAA in rushing for the past two seasons, continued his running dominance as he carried the ball 14 times for 218 yards. Hicks’ running mate Bines would get in on the action as well as he carried the ball 15 times for 163 yards as he cracked into the endzone three times. The Blue Bears scored 2 meaningless touchdowns in the second half that only spoiled the chance of The Rams getting their first shutout of the season. The touchdowns were scored against WSSU reserves. With the victory, the Rams improve to 4-3 overall on the season, and more importantly move to 4-0 in the CIAA as they remain atop of the Western Division. The victory sets up a key week #8 match-up as the Rams will return to action on October 15th, 2005 at 6:00 pm as they play host to the Eagles of North Carolina Central University.