RALEIGH, NC - The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-3, 2-2 CIAA) gave a valiant effort, but the team just ran out of time in a tough 17-14 loss to the Saint Augustine’s Falcons (3-4, 4-1 CIAA), Saturday afternoon in the Tackle Breast Cancer Day Game. Though saddled by some key injuries, the Rams took an early fourth quarter lead, but the team could not hold off a late comeback by the Falcons in the tough loss.
The Rams had a solid overall effort in the game, but the team could find enough points to keep the Falcons at bay. As a team, the Rams totaled 304 yards of total offense in the game with a pair of touchdowns while holding Saint Augustine’s to just 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns. WSSU senior wide receiver Canard Brown led the way for the Rams with 136 yards on 10 catches with a touchdown in the game. Redshirt-junior running back Kerrion Moore totaled 87 yards with a touchdown. Redshirt-junior Rod Tinsley completed 19-of-29 passes with a touchdown and an interception.
The game was an early defensive struggle with both teams struggling to find first half points. After both teams went scoreless in the first quarter, the Falcons struck first with a touchdown and PAT kick with 13:34 left in the second quarter. The Rams were able to answer later in the quarter when Brown took a 35-yard touchdown pass from Tinsley. The PAT kick was blocked to leave the Rams trailing, 6-7 with 8:54 left in the half. The score would hold up until halftime.
The Rams answered in the third quarter when the team went on an eight-play 72-yard drive that was capped by a Moore touchdown with 8:54 left in the fourth quarter. Along with the two-point conversion, the Rams went ahead, 14-7 over the Falcons. The two teams would turn up their defensive efforts to take the score into the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for the Rams, the team fell victim to a fourth-quarter surge by the Falcons. After stalling the Falcons and forcing a 30-yard field goal with 10:14 left in the game, the Rams could not put any insurance points. After SAU’s starting quarterback left the game due to an injury, the Falcons’ back-up quarterback came in to throw a nine-yard touchdown pass with 00:29 left to play. The Rams would make a valiant late drive that saw the team go 15 yards, but the team could not get the score that they needed to win the game.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The team also fell to 1-1 in CIAA Southern Division play. The Rams will return to the road for their next action when the team heads to nearby Salisbury, N.C. to take on the Livingstone Blue Bears in a 1:00 p.m. game.
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