CIAA Football Week in Review - Week 7
CIAA Sports Information Office | 10/11/2010, 12:32 p.m.
Falcons Hold On To Stun Previously Unbeaten Rams
WINSTON-SALEM, NC-Buoyed by five first half turnovers that led to 23 points, the Saint Augustine's Falcons stunned the previously unbeaten Winston-Salem State Rams 40-35 last night at Bowman-Gray Stadium. The Falcons (5-1,4-0) converted four of five turnovers into points as they jumped out to a 30-7 halftime lead on the 23rd ranked Rams (6-1, 4-1) and held on for an important Southern Division win.
In a scenario that would be repeated multiple times in the first half, Falcon defensive back Jamil Berry picked off Winston-Salem State quarterback Kameron Smith (211 passing yards, 4 TDs, 5 INTs) on the Rams' first play from scrimmage. Six plays later, Walter Sanders' 34-yard touchdown run gave the Falcons an early 7-0 lead.
The Rams evened the game up at 7-7 on their next possession when Smith tossed a five-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Hickman. The Rams, whose prolific offense came into the contest averaging a conference leading 38 points per game, would not score again until late in the third quarter.
The wheels fell off of Winston-Salem State's usually efficient, quick-strike offense in the second quarter as Saint Augustine's scored 16 unanswered points off Ram turnovers. Falcon linebacker Steven Stanback's two interceptions and a fumble recovery were the catalyst as Saint Aug's pushed the lead to 30-7 at the half over the error-prone Rams.
The Falcons took the opening drive of the third quarter and put together a 70-yard drive that Sanders (121 rushing yards) finished off with his second touchdown of the night, a 25-yard run, to stretch their margin to what appeared to be an insurmountable 37-7 lead with 8:39 left in the third quarter.
Appearances can be deceiving. Down by thirty points and facing the prospect of an embarrassing home loss, the Rams regrouped in a big way. Smith's short TD toss to Brian Wynn cut the lead to 37-14 at the end of the third and the Rams were off and running.
In the fourth quarter, a nine-yard touchdown run by Nicholas Cooper, a 51-yard scoring pass from Smith to Dominique Fitzgerald (6 catches, 91 yards) and a two-point conversion would make it a one possession game at 37-29 with 6:45 left in the game. On their next possession, the Falcons used a big dose of Sanders to play keep away from the Rams' suddenly lethal offense. Sanders, the CIAA's leading rusher at 140 yards per game, carried the ball eight straight times for 40 yards to get down to the WSSU 20-yard line. From there, kicker Alexander Tucker booted a 42-yard field goal to give the Falcons some breathing room at 40-29 with 1:40 left in the game. But the Rams weren't done yet. On the ensuing kickoff, Nicholas Cooper (143 rushing yards) got loose down the right sideline and raced 50 yards down to the Falcons' 25-yard line. Four plays later, Smith found Tevyn Brantley in the back of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown. The two- point conversion attempt was no good as the Rams trailed 40-35 with :36 seconds left. The Rams attempted an onside kick but the Falcons recovered the ball and ran out the clock for a huge win that propelled them to the top of the CIAA's Southern Division.
BOWIE STATE 16, SAINT PAUL'S 10 OT
CHOWAN 30, LINCOLN 27
ELIZABETH CITY STATE 17, VIRGINIA UNION 14
FAYETTEVILLE STATE 21, VIRGINIA STATE 14
LIVINGSTONE 03, WEST VA. WESLEYAN 58
SAINT AUGUSTINE'S 40, WINSTON-SALEM ST. 35
SHAW 45, JOHNSON C. SMITH 13
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
2010 Football Standings
Through games of October 2, 2010
---- W L PCT W L PCT
Elizabeth City State 3 0 1.000 4 2 0.667
Bowie State 3 1 0.750 3 4 0.429
Virginia State 2 1 0.667 4 2 0.667
Chowan 2 1 0.667 2 4 0.333
Saint Paul's 1 2 0.333 1 5 0.167
Virginia Union 1 3 0.250 1 5 0.167
Lincoln (PA) 0 3 0.000 1 5 0.167
---- W L PCT W L PCT
Saint Augustine's 4 0 1.000 5 1 0.833
Shaw 3 0 1.000 4 2 0.667
Winston-Salem State 4 1 0.800 6 1 0.857
Fayetteville State 1 2 0.333 2 4 0.333
Johnson C. Smith 0 3 0.000 1 5 0.167
Livingstone 0 3 0.000 0 7 0.000
October's Upcoming Games:
16Chowan UniversitySt. Paul's CollegeLawrenceville, VA1:00pm
16Bowie State UniversityLincoln University (PA)Bowie, MD1:00pm
16Elizabeth City State UniversityVirginia State UniversityEttrick, VA6:00pm
16Johnson C. Smith UniversityVirginia Union UniversityRichmond, VA1:00pm
16Winston-Salem State UniversityLivingstone CollegeWinston-Salem, NC6:00pm
1000 HORN$ Game
16St. Augustine's CollegeCentral State UniversityWilberforce, OH1:30pm
16Shaw UniversityFayetteville State UniversityRaleigh, NC6:00pm