|J.C. Smith's bag men|
|Bulls' goal is to trap opposing quarterbacks|
|Published Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:22 am|
Johnson C. Smith’s aim is to put more sacks in the bag.
|Johnson C. Smith defensive tackle Darius Robinson (center) is congratulated after a sack in the Golden Bulls’ 34-17 win against Livingstone on Sept. 7. Randolph had three of JCSU’s school record nine sacks.|
The Golden Bulls rolled up nine sacks in last week’s 34-17 win against CIAA South rival Livingstone, a third of last season’s team total. Senior defensive tackle Darius Robinson, who trapped Blue Bears quarterback Drew Powell three times, said JCSU has the assets to be consistently disruptive.
“We’re young, we’re fast,” said Robinson, a Lancaster (S.C.) High graduate. “We have a defensive line we can throw anybody in and we can get pressure on the quarterback. The (defensive line) is so experienced, we put it upon ourselves to make sure we get this win, and it showed out here.”
In addition to the sacks, JCSU (1-0, 1-0 CIAA), which plays Bowie State in the Eddie McGirt Classic Saturday, limited Livingstone to 285 yards total offense. Powell, the 2012 CIAA offensive rookie of the year, completed 19-of-38 passes for 169 yards and a score and the Golden Bulls forced three Livingstone fumbles, which they converted into 17 points.
Quarterback Andrew Alexander, (Ardrey Kell High) who completed 16-of-35 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns, struggled with accuracy but managed to make enough plays in relief of Keahn Wallace, who was benched for violating team rules. Wallace will return this week.
“We knew Drew could get the job done but at the same time we have to take care of our responsibility so when Keahn comes back we start rolling,” Robinson said.
As good as the defense was against Livingstone, the offense had its moments. Preseason all-CIAA receiver Fred Scott lived up to the hype with six receptions for 107 yards and a pair of second-quarter scores that gave JCSU a 27-3 halftime lead.
“Regardless of who the quarterback is, I try to make myself available,” he said. “I work hard in practice and it shows in games.”
Said Golden Bulls coach Steve Aycock: “Fred is one of Keahn’s favorite targets and (Alexander) knew he could just go to Fred and Fred could be a playmaker for him. Hopefully next week we get things going and (Alexander) might still be in the rotation.”
Getting off to a winning start is incentive to build upon it against Bowie State. A win would move the Golden Bulls to 2-0 and establish momentum for a team looking to contend in the South.
“We’ve got a big group of seniors who’ve been here battling four years,” Robinson said. “We’ve done pretty much everything – built the program, won a Pioneer Bowl. We’ve just got to win the CIAA championship to really get this program up and running to the highest heights.”
The tailback rotation will have a revised pecking order for Bowie State. LeAnder Barney, Denzel Hartley’s backup last week, ran for 107 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries against Livingstone, while Hartley had 17 yards on six carries (2.8 per attempt).
The special teams also showed off upgrades. Freshman kicker Erik Amaya (Kannapolis A.L. Brown) connected on 2-of-3 field goals with his only miss – from 55 yards – sailing wide. Punter Matias Lambrecht averaged 46.7 yards on six tries and Darius Wallace blocked a punt that resulted in a touchdown.
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