WSSU Sneaks By St. Augustine

Updated: November 2, 2005

Winston-Salem, NC–DeRon Middleton’s 74-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed the win for the Rams as they held on to defeat the Saint Augustine’s College Falcons by the score of 35-33 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday evening in the 2005 Homecoming Game.

The Rams struck first as Stan Wright caught his first touchdown of the season as he powered his way into the endzone from 30 yards out, carrying a pair of Falcon defenders with him. Wright used his 6’6″, 250 pound frame to turn a seven-yard catch into a 30-yard touchdown as the Rams pulled ahead 7-0.

The Falcons struck back only six minutes later as Darrell Nesbitt found DeAndre Jenkins in the endzone from seven yards out to cap a seven-play, 70-yard drive as Saint Augustine’s cut the WSSU lead to 7-6 following a Arthur Lemon blocked PAT.

The Rams dynamic duo Martin Hicks and Jed Bines scored a pair of rushing touchdowns less than four minutes apart as Bines used a five yard run, while Hicks powered his way in from one yard out, to give the Rams a 15 point cushion at 21-6 with only 37 seconds to play.

The Ram players, staff and fans were loud and excited as it looked as though they would take that 15 point lead into the half however, the split personality of the Rams showed it’s ugly head with 37 seconds left before the half as Darrell Nesbitt hit speedster Eddie Montgomery for a 68 yard touchdown that cut the Ram lead to 21-13.

The Rams took the eight point lead to the lockeroom at the half as WSSU led 21-13 at the intermission.

The second half of play saw the Rams add to their lead as they outscored their opponent 7-0 in the third quarter as Homecoming MVP Jed Bines scored his second rushing touchdown of the day to put WSSU ahead comfortably 28-13 and seemingly shutting the door on a Falcons comeback.

Not so fast. The Falcons, led by Nesbitt, stormed back, scoring three touchdowns in the final stanza of play to get back into the contest.

However, it would be DeRon Middleton’s 74-yard interception return and a Darrell Nesbitt failed two-point conversion try that would prove to be the game’s deciding factor.

The Rams then took a knee for three downs and finally close the deal. With the win, the Rams finish the season 6-4 overall (6-1 in the CIAA) and would effectively end Saint Augustine’s CIAA title bid as the Falcons dropped to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the CIAA.

WSSU finishes the season at 6-4, two games above .500 as Head Coach Kermit Blount moves to 77-57-3 overall at WSSU. With yet another win over a CIAA opponent, Blount improves to 62-29-2 versus league teams while the Rams as a team move to 254-155-16 versus the CIAA with eight CIAA football championships.

In other Ram news:

Rams football player Jed Bines and women’s bowler Shannon Davis have been named WSSU Crown Trophy Student-Athletes of the Week for their impressive athletic performances over the past seven days.

Bines, a junior running back from Winston-Salem, NC turned in an impressive performance on Saturday in WSSU’s 35-33 Homecoming Game win over Saint Augustine’s College as he recorded 105 yards on 16 carries with a pair of touchdowns in the WSSU win. He was named the Contract Office Furniture MVP of the game and for his efforts, he has been named the Crown Trophy WSSU Male Student-Athlete of the Week.

Davis, a senior women’s bowler, and former softball player (her eligibility has since been exhausted) from Detroit MI has been named the Crown Trophy WSSU Female Student-Athlete of the Week for her cumulative performances on the diamond and on the lanes. Davis traveled to Indianapolis, IN this past weekend to attend the NCAA Woman of the Year award ceremony, an award for which she was the lone representative from the State of North Carolina. For her athletic achievements, she has garnered weekly Crown Trophy Athletic honors.