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Rams Tame the Tigers-A Dominating Performance On Both Sides Of The Ball Spoil Savannah State’s Homecoming
Savannah, Georgia—The Winston Salem State University Rams were back on the road once again in a hostile environment and were playing in another opponents homecoming game. This time it was the Tigers of Savannah State, a team coming off it’s first win this season and their first win versus a Division I AA opponent since 2004.
Meanwhile, the Rams were looking to get back in the win column and were looking to re-establish their dominance in the running game.
The Rams came out strong with an impressive 7 play, 71 yard drive using 4:20 finishing with a 9 yard run from running back Rockerick Fluellen and with the extra point from Chad Oakley, the Rams took an early 7-0 lead with 10:33 left to play in the first quarter. After the Rams defense forced a 3 and out on the Tigers, the Rams went back to work on offense. Hard nose running, great decision making by quarter back Monte Purvis and solid offensive line play led to a second touchdown for the Rams. The Rams went on a 11play, 51 yard drive consuming 6:18 finishing on the ground with a 2 yard run from Brandon McRae and with another solid execution of the extra point from Chad Oakley, who is the starting punter and placekicker, the Rams had a commanding 14-0 as the first period expired.
The second quarter was more of the same from the Rams and their offense. Total domination on the ground led to great time of possession and another 10 points. After yet another 3 and out for the Tigers, the Rams took the ball once again and drove the ball down the field on a short 5 play, 24 yard drive which stalled but finished with some points. Chad Oakley kicked a long 48 yard field goal that concluded the 2:35 second drive giving the Rams a 17-0 lead with 5:54 left in the 2nd quarter. With the first half totally in favor of Winston Salem State, the Rams went on the attack once again. Quarter back Monte Purvis led the Rams down the field once again on a solid 10 play, 72 yard drive consuming 3:50 seconds concluding with a nice sharp pass from Purvis to the Rams big Tight End Stan Wright for 14 yards and touchdown giving the Rams a 24-0 lead at the half.
The after the Rams defense allowed a few long passing plays to the Tigers offense, the defense finally stopped the Tigers without a score. The Rams offense got the ball in the second half for the first time and took full advantage of the opportunity. Winston Salem State took the ball down the field on another impressive drive going on a 9 play 74 yard drive consuming 4:36 finishing with a 2 yard run by Jonathan Wedlock making the score 31-0 Rams with 6:22 left in the 3rd quarter.
The Rams defense was as solid as their offense pressuring quarterback Garrett Williams of the Tigers and stopping the running game of Savannah State. The secondary of the Rams played a lot of press coverage on the Tigers forcing the receivers to break off their routes and comeback to the quarterback to make a play. Something that just didn’t happen for most of the game unfortunately for the Tigers.
After the Rams quarterback Justin Sherrod came into the game to relieve starter Monte Purvis, was sacked and fumbled the ball, the Tigers got the ball to try to finally put some points on the board and they did. Quarterback Garrett Williams led the Tigers on a fast and furious drive down the field to score a touchdown. The drive went 10 plays, 60 yards using 3:57 seconds finishing with a 27 yard touchdown pass from Williams to freshmen receiver Deleon Hollinger making the score 31-6 after the attempted 2 point conversion failed with 7:36 left in the game.
After the Tigers scored their only points, the Rams took the ball down the field for a final touch down scoring on a and after the Rams got the ball back on an interception by no 31 Wayne Noble Jr., the Rams walked the way with an impressive 38-6 victory in Georgia.
Rams quarterback Monte Purvis was had another solid performance. The red-shirt Junior was 6 of 7 for a 119 yards and a touchdown with no interception and ran the offense like the coaches would love to see him do every game. Brandon McRae led the Rams on the ground with 113 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown while Tionti Powell just missed the century mark by 1 yard with 99 yards on 12 carries. Wide-receiver Josh Crawford led the Rams with 4 catches for 71 yards including a 47 yard catch down the field setting up a touchdown run. The Rams had 463 total yards including 306 yards on the ground. The Rams defense was stellar, holding the Tigers to only 129 yards of total offense for the game.
Quarterback Garrett Williams was the only real bright spot for the Tigers going 15 of 27 for 144 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
With the win the Rams improve to 3-5 while the Tigers drop to 1-6. The Rams go back on the road once again for yet another homecoming game in Hampton, VA as they face the perennial powerhouse Hampton Pirates, Saturday, October 28th. Game time is set for 2pm.