Monday, October 6, 2008

Rams run through Bison; pick up win no. 1

Winston-Salem State managed to put together its' first complete game of the season against Howard on Saturday, coming away with a 34-10 win. Having lost all three previous home games plus the season opener to North Carolina A&T, the Rams were desperate. The Rams dominated the Bison in every facet of the game.

Quarterback Jarrett Dunston had a career night, completing ll 0f 16 passes for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also added a 41 yard touchdown run. Defensive lineman-turned-fullback Devven Sutton scored 2 touchdowns, the first on a 7 yard catch from Dunston and the second via a 2 yard plunge into the endzone. Sutton's two touchdown's gave the Rams a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, their biggest of the season, and the route was on. Wide receiver Bryant Bayne also had a big day, catching 4 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown. Unfortunately for Bayne and the Rams, the rest of the senior's season seems in doubt as he suffered a broken ankle late in the first half.

That was about the only bad news for the Rams, as the Bison never got closer than 14-7 in the second quarter. Now the Rams look to carry the momentum of the win with them as they travel to Tallahassee, FL to take on Florida A&M on Thursday. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU HD. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

And the winner is.... Jefferson

The competition for Winston-Salem State's starting quarterback decision appears to be nearing an end. According to a report by the Winston-Salem Journal's John Dell, redshirt freshman Tienne Jefferson was named the starter for the team's opener against North Carolina A&T.

At the Rams most recent press conference, Blount said that no matter who was named the starter, both would likely see time under center on Saturday.

The Rams and the Aggies will kickoff at 6:00 p.m. at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Rams to name starter Thursday

Just two days before his team's showdown with North Carolina A&T, Winston-Salem State coach Kermit Blount admitted that he doesn't quite know who will start at quarterback on Saturday. He said either redshirt freshman Tienne Jefferson or redshirt sophmore Jarrett Dunston will be named the starter on Thursday at the Rams weekly press conference.

"It's gonna be a tough decision for us," he said. "Hopefully both guys can get a chance to play."

Dunston saw limited action last year after transferring from Temple. Jefferson has yet to take a snap in college. Blount said that Dunston was having a strong camp, but his injury helped Jefferson get into the mix.

"Jefferson showed the ability to make things happen in the offense. Both of those guys were having really great camps," Blount said.

Blount said that no matter who is named the starter, he feels his offense will be in good hands.

"Either one of those guys can get it done," he said.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Wonge moves on

Darrell Wonge's basketball odyssey has taken him from New York, to North Carolina and now to Japan. The spindly 6-foot-7 forward, who played for four years at Winston-Salem State has confirmed that he has signed a pro contract with tsusho toyota. Wonge will leave for Japan on Sept. 1. As a senior, Wonge finished second on the team with an average of 10.7 points per game and added five rebounds per as well.

"It makes me feel very lucky that i have the chance live my dream," Wonge said.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hayes ready to play, signs with Titans

Former Winston-Salem State defensive end recently signed with the NFL's Tennessee Titans.
Photo courtesy of Winston-Salem State Athletics.

As reported in today's Winston-Salem Journal by John Dell, former Winston-Salem State defensive end William Hayes has signed with the Tennessee Titans and will be in camp on time. The four-year deal looks to be worth about $3 million, including a $500,000 signing bonus.

Hayes looks to be the backup at DE behind former All-Pro Javon Kearse based on his performance in the Titan's mini-camps. Given Kearse's history of injuries, don't be surprised if Hayes sees the field alot this year. If he can soak up some knowledge from the vets on the team, he could be a steal as a fourth-round pick. He's got 4.6 speed, which you can't teach at that position. He also lived up to the nickname, "Big Plays" in his senior season at WSSU, leading the nation with seven forced fumbles, and recovering two of them for touchdowns.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Five questions facing the Rams in '08

Winston-Salem State's Michael Scarbrough breaks away from North Carolina A&T defenders in last season's game. (Photo courtesy of WSSU Athletics)

Winston-Salem State's 2008 football season is still two months away, but there are alot of questions that need to be answered by then.

1. Where will the offense come from? The Rams lost their two biggest playmakers last year in Jed Bines and Monte Purvis. Purvis led the team in all passing categories and was second in rushing to Bines, who finished with 925 yards.

2. Who will start at QB? Jarrett Dunston and Justin Sherrod are the only two candidates with experience behind the center at the college level, but the Ram's could also go with true freshman Branden Williams. Redshirt Freshman Tienne Jefferson is also thought to be in the mix.

3. Will the defense hold up? The defense took heavy hits, most notably DE William Hayes, LB Thad Griffin and DB Nate Biggs.

4. Can Brandon McRae come back at full-strength? McRae led the Rams in rushing as a redshirt freshman in '06, but injured his knee last season. If he's 100 percent, the Rams rushing game is set.

5. Can the kicking game be counted on? Placekicker Matt Mitchell hit a game-winning field goal early last season as a freshman, and then went through a slump and made just one more field goal the rest of the way.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

MEAC heading to W-S

For at least the next three years, Winston-Salem will host a Divsion I conference tournament. According to a report by the Winston-Salem Journal, sources say the Mid-Eastern Athletic Confernce (MEAC) will call Winston home. The MEAC is a conference made up of historically black colleges up and down the east coast. Winston-Salem State has been accepted into the college and will be eligible to compete for a title in the 2009-10 tourney.

The tournament, held in Raliegh the past three seasons, continues to grow but lacks the luster and prestige, not to mention the revenue of the Central Intercoliegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) tournament. After attending the MEAC earlier this year, this looks to be a great move for both the confernce and the city. The Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Colesium seats about 14,000, which is more ideal for a tournament its' size than the RBC Center which holds around 20,000. Although Winston isn't known (positively) for its' night life, I'm pretty sure that the tournament could bring some promoters to the area. This looks like a win-win situation.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Just when you think you've heard it all...

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How trifling is this guy? According to defensive back Jamar Hornsby is being accused of credit card theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. The worst part of it all is the card is the card belonged to a young woman who died in an accident that also claimed the live of his teammates, redshirt freshman Michael Gibson, last October.

I know times are hard, but using a dead person's credit card from an accident that also took the life of one of your teammates? That's low. Florida coach Urban Meyer has said that they guy is no longer a part of the program. I hope these allegations aren't true, but if they are he gets no sympathy here.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

LB comes back to NC

Courtesy of -Larry Brown in his first pro coaching gig in Charlotte with the ABA's Carolina Cougars.

So by now most of you've heard that the Charlotte Bobcats (What do you mean? Yes we do have an NBA Franchise) hired Larry Brown as new head coach. Have to confess, I've kinda got mixed feelings about this one. I think LB's resume will command respect from the Bobkitties, but will his personality negate that? Remember how he and Iverson went back and forth in front of the media in Philly?

Hopefully after winning an NBA 'chip with the Pistons and after that disasterous year with the Knicks, LB will take a little more subdued approach in the Queen City. I know one thing, LB's hire can't do anything but help the Bobcats' image in Charlotte. Reading the boards online after every Bobcat article since the team's inception, I can't recall a time when race did not come up in the conversation. Not to call LB an affirmative action hire, but alot of people feel like Bob Johnson is a racist and only hires black people. (Funny thing, I've never heard anybody critique how many African-Americans are in Jerry Richardson's office, but that's another story.)

I just hope Larry stays around long enough to get the Bobcats headed in the right direction. Something tells me that Brown is biting at his chomp to apply for that Dallas job.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Michael Jordan Shatters Backboard

This is incredible. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. MJ never ceases to amaze me. The most amazing thing is that I've never heard of this. First God gives us light, now Youtube. Thanks God:)

Prediction: WSSU's Hayes will be drafted this weekend

Photo by Garrett Garms- Winston-Salem State defensive end William Hayes has a great shot at being drafted this weekend.

Good story about Winston-Salem State's DE William Hayes on the sports page of today's Winston-Salem Journal.

Hayes has an excellent shot at getting drafted. A couple of times this past season I heard scouts raving about Hayes' speed and ability to get to the ball. A scout from the Giants was impressed with him during halftime of the game against Hampton. And this was before he got two sacks in the second half. He has the combination of size (6'3, 275 lbs) and speed (6.2 seconds in the 40) that scouts covet for a DE-LB hybrid player . If he lands in the right system, (New England, Pittsburg maybe?) he could be a steal. Look for him to go anywhere from the fourth to the sixth round.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

MEAC Championship: Morgan vs. Coppin

- This should be an interesting game. Coppin started the season 0-7, but have

- Two minutes in, and we've alreadyhad a player get flipped. This is gonna be a physical game. Coppin 4-2.

- Coppin is looking like a team with some special March Magic. This doesn't look like a team that started out 0-7. CSU 14-13.

-This is a physical game, resembling a like a backyard brawl and it looks like it's gonna be that way until the final buzzer sounds.

- CSU's Tywain McKee has been clutch the entire game. He's putting a dagger in Morgan's NCAA tournament hopes with 31 points so far.

-Tied at 60 with less than five seconds remaining, Walker blows by his defender to give CSU a 62-60.

-The agony of defeat. MSU's Reggie Holmes' 3pt attempt clanked off the front iron and CSU's celebration began. Final score 62-60 Coppin State.

Rams vs. Eagles second half observations

- 16:56 Futrell picks up where he left off in the first half, in the air. NCCU 39-36.

- 16:04 The Rams need to body up on Marius Vaskys, he's owning them down-low early in the second half.

-14:00 NCCU is on fire from the three-point line so far. NCCU 45-42.

-Central just seems to want the game a little more than WSSU. Guess that's what winning just three games will do to you.

- Wonge 3pt basket makes it NCCU 51-50 with less than eight to go.

-Peake's free-throws tie the game at 56.

-Davis misses two free-throws with the game tied at 56 with 3:10.

-Futrell makes two to give Eagles 58-56 lead with 2:30 to go.

- WSSU has had it's chances, but keeps coming up empty.

-1:10 NCCU called for traveling, Rams still have a chance.

-Futrell misses the free throw, but Isaiah Tucker makes an ill-advised pass and the Rams are forced to foul.

-Roy Peake drives to the basket, throws up a layup, Jamal Durham misses the tip-in and the Rams have to foul again.

-The Futrell hits both free-throws, and that's the ball game. NCCU wins 60-56.

Rams vs. Eagles first-half observations

- NCCU's Charles Futrell is starting to get it going. The Eagles have managed to cut the lead to 20-16 with less than 10 minutes to go, hitting a couple of 3's to do the damage.

-WSSU needs to get the ball to Durham. He's too valuable for the Rams to go 10 minutes without seeing the ball.

-The RBC Center is a nice facility. It'd probably be alot nicer if the crowd was a little larger. I'd say the attendence is about 1/5 capacity of the arena's capacity.

- If Paul Davis can put on some weight during the off-season, he will be a problem for opposing teams. WSSU leads 29-22 with 3:40 left to play in the first half.

-Futrell finished the half-off with two crowd-pleasing slams, and the game is tied at 31 heading into the half.

Rams vs. Eagles pt. 1

-I don't know who had a tougher five minutes, me (I had to start a new blog) or the Rams and the Eagles. WSSU hit just one of its' first six free-throw attempts but still leads 18-6 with 13 minutes to go. The Eagles look flustered so far.