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Another slow start equals another loss for Johnson C. Smith football
Virginia State routs Golden Bulls 43-14
Published Saturday, September 22, 2018 6:00 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Johnson C. Smith quarterback Harold Herbin is sacked by Virginia State defender Kwabe Boateng in the Trojans' 43-14 win Saturday at McGirt Field.

Johnson C. Smith’s issues with are deep and varied.

For the third straight game, the Golden Bulls fell behind early and gave up points often, this time in a 43-14 loss to Virginia State in a CIAA game at McGirt Field. JCSU’s (0-3, 0-1 CIAA) defense was competitive early, but ultimately gave way to the Trojans’ more consistent attack.

“I wish there was just one thing I could put my finger on, but there’s a lot we’ve got to work on,” Golden Bulls coach Kermit Blount said. “It’s not frustrating. It’s upsetting because this team can be so much better than what we’ve been showing.”

JCSU trailed 8-0 at the end of the first quarter ­– the Golden Bulls smallest deficit of the season – but Virginia State (1-2) scored a pair of touchdowns in the second to break the game open, with quarterback Cordelral Cook’s 10-yard run three seconds ahead of halftime turning the tide. He also completed 17-of-29 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns.

“We were in the game early,” Blount said, “until we allowed that touchdown just before halftime. The defense made some big stops early, but you can’t stay on the field that long.”

For the third time in as many games, the Golden Bulls struggled on offense, managing just 158 yards compared to Virginia State’s 306. JCSU’s quarterbacks Harold Herbin and Antonio Wallace combined for 11-of-23 passing for 46 yards and a touchdown. Herbin, who got the start, led the Golden Bulls with 41 yards on 13 carries in addition to hitting 6-of-10 passes with a touchdown, but most of that productivity came after the outcome was decided.

“Harold threw it around, then Antonio came in for a few plays, but we’ve got to work on getting better as an offense,” Blount said. “I told [offensive coordinator Steve] Shipp we want to control tempo better, but we didn’t do it.”

JCSU will take their first out-of-state trip next week to Lincoln (Pa.) to face the winless Lions. It’s another opportunity for the Golden Bulls to break into the win column, a place Blount expected to be at this point.

“We’ve got to turn this around,” he said. “I don’t what the answers are right now, but we’ve got to improve as a team.”

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