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No. 24 Wingate throttles Johnson C. Smith 36-0 in football season opener
Golden Bulls overwhelmed on offense, defense
Published Friday, August 31, 2018
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Johnson C. Smith quarterback Antonio Wallace was sacked seven times in his collegiate debut, a 36-0 loss to Wingate.

WINGATE – Johnson C. Smith-Wingate still isn’t much of a football rivalry.

The Golden Bulls learned the hard way Thursday at Belk Stadium in a 36-0 loss to the Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 24 in Division II. Everything worked well for Wingate, which improved to 6-0 in the all-time series while JCSU labored to find rhythm.

Redshirt freshman Antonio Wallace, who made his college debut as the Golden Bulls’ starting quarterback, struggled against Wingate’s fierce pass rush. He completed 5-of-12 passes for 33 yards and was sacked seven times.

JCSU managed only 123 yards total offense against the Bulldogs, who tallied nine sacks in all and limited the Golden Bulls to 10-of-23 passing for 103 yards and an interception.

Wingate’s offense had no problem moving the ball, rolling up 364 yards, including 215 passing. Shaw Crocker hit 14-of-22 attempts for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns and receiver Shaw Crocker caught four passes for a team-high 81 yards and a score.

Upon further review:

What went right: Third-string quarterback Denadre Robinson had the best statistics among Golden Bulls, hitting 4-of-7 passes for 69 yards, including a 38-yarder to Quinton Coleman to move JCSU to Wingate’s 3 late in the fourth quarter. Ultimately, a fumble defused that lone scoring threat.

What went wrong: Not enough time to pass or anything else. Wingate bunched the line of scrimmage and dared the Golden Bulls to beat them with the pass early. It worked. Smith finished with six first downs, five in the second half.

What needs work: The offensive line didn’t create many open lanes against Wingate’s defensive line. Without improvement, it’s going to be a long season.

What went right: Edge rushers Sa’Von Williams and Jabriel Robinson managed 1.5 and 1.0 sacks respectively. As a result, the Golden Bulls didn’t need to blitz often to create discomfort in the pocket. They finished with four sacks.

What went wrong: Wingate running back Domineke McNeill ran for 155 yards on 18 carries, including on a 67-yarder to set up a third-quarter score. He ran for 62 yards on 13 carries in the first half. Bulldogs receivers had their way getting open when JCSU’s pass rush couldn’t get pressure, especially in the second half as the gap ballooned.

What needs work: Defensive backs were OK in run support, but spent too many plays chasing open Bulldogs receivers.

Special teams
What went right: Punter Brandon Howard got a workout but was consistent in limiting Wingate returns. He averaged 39.4 yards per punt on 12 kicks. The coverage team deserves credit, too.

What went wrong: Given the offense’s issues, the kicking game couldn’t deliver a big play to keep JCSU in the hunt.

What needs work: Kick returns, a dynamic asset with Desmond Dozier handling duties last year, couldn’t get untracked. He finished with three returns for 59 yards.

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Some of the best players was left at home
Posted on August 31, 2018
Thanks for the update.. why to go 3rd string QB DeAndre' Robinson#7.. JCSU keep ya head up!!!
Posted on August 31, 2018

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