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Two games in, and Johnson C. Smith football short on results, answers
0-2 Golden Bulls struggling for points, rhythm
 
Published Sunday, September 9, 2018 7:19 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

PHOTO | CURTIS WILSON
Johnson C. Smith receiver Markell Freeman extends to catch a pass in the Golden Bulls' 42-14 loss Saturday against Benedict at McGirt Field. JCSU, which dropped to 0-2, hosts Virginia Union next week.

This isn’t the start Kermit Blount was looking for.

Johnson C. Smith’s Golden Bulls are 0-2 and outscored 78-14 in losses to Wingate and Benedict. It doesn’t get any easier with Virginia Union coming to McGirt Field Saturday.

Very little has gone right for JCSU, especially on offense, where they’ve been unable to establish any rhythm. The line isn’t creating much space to move the ball downfield and as a result points have been sparse. Without points or much time of possession, the defense is spending the majority of its time on the field. If there was good news from Saturday’s 42-14 loss to Benedict, the Bulls scored their first points of the season and played to a 14-14 stalemate in the second half. But the damage was already done in the first half as another slow start doomed JCSU.

Upon further review

Offense

What went right: After suffering a shutout at Wingate, JCSU scored its first points of the season on Jachin Watkins’ 1-yard touchdown run and Harold Herbin’s 20-yard pass to Derrick Davis in the fourth.

What went wrong: The Golden Bulls are struggling in the trenches, which is causing rhythm issues. JCSU finished with 138 yards against Benedict, including minus-9 rushing.

Blount wants to run to establish the pass, but that isn’t happening two games in.

What needs work: Create explosive plays – anywhere. Until JCSU becomes capable of controlling tempo, they’re going to have difficulty.

 

Defense

What went right: The Bulls managed to pressure Benedict’s quarterback, but couldn’t close the deal despite several opportunities.

What went wrong: Everything else. The run defense was gashed and gassed by Benedict, which churned out 234 yards, while the Tigers exposed the secondary downfield for another 246.

What needs work: Fortification against the run would go a long way toward getting opponents off the field. Benedict controlled possession for 36 minutes, 25 seconds.

 

Special teams

What went right: Punter Brandon Howard is the MVP two games in. He’s held up his end of the preseason all-CIAA recognition with six punts for an average of 37.3 with a pair inside the 20.

What went wrong: Not much at all. The coverage squads were solid, and no goofs in the kicking end.

What needs work: For the sake of nitpicking, perhaps the return teams can provide a spark by breaking off a long run every now and again.

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