Defending Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) and 2011 NCAA semifinalist Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) scored 21 points in the second half and rolled to a 35-3 victory over Bowie State University (BSU) on Saturday Sept. 29 in Bowie, Md.

The Bulldogs fell to 3-2 overall on the season and 0-2 in CIAA play, while Winston-Salem State improves to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the CIAA.

The Rams struck first on their very first possession of the game, going 64 yards in five plays before junior quarterback Kameron Smith threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Jahaunn Butler. Kicker Alejandro Suarez, a sophomore, added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

Bowie State wasted no time cutting into the early first quarter Rams lead, taking the second possession 63 yards in six plays, but only managed three points on a 28-yard field goal by redshirt sophomore kicker Mario Diaz-Aviles at the 8:54 mark. Unfortunately, those would be the only points the Bulldogs would score for the rest of the game.

Winston-Salem State’s Smith tossed his second touchdown pass of the game, this time from 25 yards out to junior receiver Tehvyn Brantley early in the second quarter. Suarez converted the PAT to make the score 14-3 which is where the score stood going into halftime.

WSSU’s Smith threw his third touchdown pass of the afternoon to his third different receiver with Jamal Williams being on the receiving end for 25 yards and a 21-3 Rams lead at the 10:49 mark of the third quarter. The Rams increased their lead to 28-3 with 10 seconds left in the third as Smith connected with senior fullback Jamie Degeare on a 5-yard pass and catch.

The Rams went to the air again for their final touchdown of the game with 6:08 left to play. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Anthony Carrothers found freshman receiver Orlando Hatfield for a 22-yard touchdown pass. The Suarez extra point accounted for the final score of 35-3.

The Winston-Salem State Rams were led on offense by Smith with 267 passing yards, completing 20-of-32 with four touchdowns, but was sacked four times. Butler was the leading receiver for the Rams with 119 yards on five catches and senior receiver Jamal Williams added 80 receiving yards on six catches. Redshirt freshman Matthew Browning recorded a team-high five tackles to lead the Rams defense.

As a team, Winston-Salem State rolled up 500 yards of total offense and ate up 37:32 of the available 60 minutes of clock.

Senior wide out Douglas McNeil III was Bowie State’s leading receiver with 74 yards on three receptions and sophomore tight end Khari Lee added 33 reception yards on four catches. Redshirt freshman running back James Brown came off the Bulldogs bench to rush for a team-high 48 yards on nine carries. Bulldogs redshirt sophomore quarterback Jared Johnston completed 10 of 28 passes for 121 yards.

Redshirt junior defensive back Delante White led the way for the Bowie State defense, recording eight tackles. Redshirt freshmen linebacker Antoine Young and defensive tackle Cavin Murray added seven tackles each for the Bulldogs.

Bowie State struggled on third-down conversions, managing just three of 15 compared to 11 of 17 for Winston-Salem State. The BSU Bulldogs were held to a season-low 246 yards of total offense.

Bowie State will hit the road Oct. 6, making a stop in Murfreesboro, N.C. to face the surging Hawks of Chowan University at 6 p.m.


Greg Goings

Special to the AFRO