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WSSU Gets Clawed By Bethune-Cookman 10-6
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Winston Salem State University Rams began the first of three straight road games against a Bethune-Cookman College team coming off a two-game MEAC losing skid leading into Saturday’s homecoming game.
The Wildcats’ losing streak is now over as lack of offense and penalties by the Rams led to a narrow 10-6 victory at Larry Kelly Field at Municipal Stadium. The crowd 12, 486 was worried a little in the beginning as the Rams took the opening drive down the field into BCC’s red zone in the hope of scoring a touchdown.
The drive stalled and the Rams had to settle for a 27-yard field goal with 9:19 left in the first quarter from Kicker Chad Oakley giving the Rams a 3-0 lead. The Rams drive went nine plays for 69 yards consuming 5:30 off the clock.
Oakley also was doing the punting and was holding down the place kicking duties because struggling place kicker Marvin Umanzor withdrew from school. Oakley will probably have double duty for the rest of the season. It was Oakley’s first points since high school.
The Wildcats took the lead scoring their only points in the game late in the first quarter. Coyla Dailey capped a 17-play, 80-yard drive with a four yard run for a touchdown as the Wildcats regained the lead 7-3 with 2:11 remaining in the first quarter. It was a lead BCC would never relinquish.
The Rams once again had a golden opportunity to score a touchdown but penalties and the lack of execution on offense led to the Rams to kick another field goal. Oakley converted his second field goal from 29 yards out capping a six play, 34-yard drive consuming 2:22 and making the score 7-6.
The score remained the same at halftime. WSSU controlled the clock for 16:01 of the game’s first 30 minutes but managed only 71 yards of total offense.
Neither team could get their offense going much in the second half due to dominating performances by both defenses. The Rams’ defense came up with a big turnover of their own and gave the ball back to the WSSU offense to try and generate some points especially only down by a point. But quarterback Monte Purvis and the Rams offense couldn’t get any momentum and rhythm going on offense and were forced to punt.
The Wildcats offense was inept as well, but they managed to get one drive in the second half to that led to points. The game’s final points came when BCC’s Jesus Cortez kicked a 34-yard field goal with 3:07 remaining in the game which proved to be the final scoring in the game 10-6.
It was another tough loss for the Rams who once again struggled in running the ball. WSSU’s rushing yards per game have declined the last three weeks.
The Rams managed ony 41 yards on 39 carries and quarterback Monte Purvis was only 3 of 8 for 23 yards in the air. Running back Tionti Powell led WSSU on the ground with 16 yards on 11 carries.
The lone bright spot for the Rams was Oakley, who finished the game with nine punts for 444 yards (49.3 average). His longest of the day was a 53-yarder in the first half.
The defense was solid as usual led by freshman linebacker Juan Corders who recorded 12 total tackles (eight solos, four assisted). With the loss, the Rams fall to 2-5 overall while the Wildcats improve to 4-3 (2-2 MEAC).
The Rams continue on the road as they travel to Savannah, Georgia to face the Tigers of Savannah State University on their homecoming weekend this Saturday, October 21st. You can hear the game live on the internet at www.wssu.edu.