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Reeling Golden Bulls put resolve to the test
JCSU tries to get on track at Fayetteville State
 
Published Thursday, October 11, 2012 7:52 am
by Herbert L. White

Johnson C. Smith’s resolve is being tested.

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Johnson C. Smith defenders Chris Randolph (52) and Jabari Carney (93) track down Winston-Salem State running back Marcus Lewis in WSSU’s 63-7 win last week at Memorial Stadium. JCSU (2-4, 1-2 CIAA) play at Fayetteville State on Oct. 13.


The Golden Bulls, who’ve given up a combined 118 points in losses to Lincoln (Pa.) and Winston-Salem State, are out of sorts going into the Oct. 13 game at Fayetteville State. Over the last two weeks, anything that could go wrong has, which is perplexing to JCSU coach Steve Aycock.


“We’ve got to reevaluate some attitudes,” he said. “These guys know what we expect as a coaching staff out of them. We’ve got to go back to the basics and check our character and make sure these guys don’t desert us and desert each other.”


The Golden Bulls continued on the wrong track in last week’s 63-7 loss to No. 4 Winston-Salem State in a CIAA South game. JCSU (2-4, 1-2) was never in contention as Rams quarterback Kam Smith threw five touchdown passes and completed 13-of-15 passes for 259 yards. WSSU scored on all seven first-half possessions while rolling up 399 yards before intermission. The Rams finished with 553 total yards while JCSU struggled to 263, and just 43 rushing on 35 carries.


“Anytime you get 60-some points put on you, it (doesn’t do) a lot for your morale,” Aycock said. “One of the things we’ve got to do is teach the guys this is bigger than football, it’s about life. You’re going to meet these kinds of adversities and you’ve got to learn to play from behind them.”


Although JCSU’s defense continues to struggle, the offense turned in its worst performance of the season. The Rams dominated the line of scrimmage and turned JCSU one-dimension by neutralizing the ground game. Golden Bulls quarterback Wallace (12-of-20 passing, 166 yards, 1 TD) was sacked three times while backup Andrew Alexander (Ardrey Kell High) went 6-of-13 for 54.


“You keep making those mistakes, the Beatties Ford Road Saints (a youth football team) could score on us if they don’t execute like I know we can,” Aycock said. “I still have confidence in my defense, but the (offensive) line didn’t get the movement we needed in the first half and we had to play catch-up and that wasn’t good for us.”


The Golden Bulls have four games to get better, starting against a Fayetteville State squad that’s 1-5, 0-3 CIAA. JCSU, however, is in no position to overlook the Broncos.


“It doesn’t get any easier,” Aycock said. “We’ve got to go back to the basics…


“We’ve got to sit back down at the drawing board and watch film.”

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