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A crashing end to a miserable season for Johnson C. Smith football
Virginia Union swamps Golden Bulls 60-6
 
Published Friday, November 9, 2018 1:01 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

PHOTO | TROY HULL
Johnson C. Smith kicker Brandon Howard was the rare bright spot for the Golden Bulls with a pair of field goals in a 60-6 loss to Virginia Union Thursday at McGirt Field.

There isn’t enough rain to wash away the losing that’s engulfed Johnson C. Smith football.

The Golden Bulls closed the 2018 season with a 60-6 loss to Virginia Union Thursday at McGirt Field in a game postponed in October due to Hurricane Florence. The loss was JCSU’s eighth in 10 games, which matched the previous season’s record.

Virginia Union, which needed a 10th game to qualify for the NCAA Division II postseason, left nothing to chance in establishing dominance early and often, even converting all three fourth-down attempts to keep drives alive. The Panthers piled up 490 yards and balanced the run and pass with equal effectiveness. JCSU managed only 118 yards, including 11 on the ground as the Golden Bulls were out of contention before the second quarter.

As has been the case all season, JCSU struggled on defense. Virginia Union running back Tabyus Taylor led all rushers with 23 carries for 128 yards as the Panthers racked up 226 yards on 36 attempts to control tempo. When they passed, Darius Taylor was effective, hitting 13-of-27 attempts for 226 yards and four touchdowns, with two going to Olu Izegwire, who caught three passes for 74 yards.

Playmakers

Tabyus Taylor, Virginia Union – The Panthers running back averaged 5.6 yards per carry, which set the tone for VUU’s 226 yards on the ground.

Sterling Hammond, Virginia Union: VUU safety scored twice: an 88-yard interception to give the Panthers a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter and a 12-yard fumble return for a 40-6 advantage.

David Francis, JCSU: Junior linebacker paced the Golden Bulls with 11 tackles. He was all over the field and engaged, something JCSU’s defense lacked overall.

Brandon Howard, JCSU: The junior kicker was responsible for the Golden Bulls’ points on field goals of 38 and 33 yards. He also averaged 42.2 yards on nine punts, with a long of 54 yards.

Sidelines

Virginia Union is ninth in this week’s Division II regional poll, which necessitated the Panthers’ re-scheduling JCSU.

Golden Bulls redshirt freshmen Antonio Wallace and De’Andre Robinson split quarterback duties. Wallace, a South Mecklenburg High graduate who played the first half, completed 11-of-26 passes for 80 yards and was sacked three times. Robinson, who played at Rock Hill High, hit 2-of-7 attempts for 27 yards. He was sacked twice.

JCSU went 0-8 in games when opponents scored first and allowed at least 40 points in five games.

The Golden Bulls are 11-29 in four seasons under head coach Kermit Blount.  

 

Comments

Time for Johnson C Smith to go in another direction! The current direction is aweful! If you have no coaching experience you can go 2 and eight with Stevie Wonder as coach! The game has passed coach Blount by no more recycled coaches are needed. Let?s get a winner Tommy Knox at least offer the job to him I?m sure there are more qualified coaches in Charlotte. Let?s get a winner! And if basketball is the only game the AD is interested in then it?s time for a new AD as well ! This is unacceptable and I refuse to support a coach that cannot win more than 2 games! Time to go! Get a real coach JCSU.! Coach Blount good luck in your retirement you have taken enough money from JCSU! Need a New AD as well should not be Head basketball coach and AD! Conflicting! AD only interested in basketball program! Not football! If we gonna play like that un prepared we might well not have a program! Time to get better not worse!
Posted on November 12, 2018
 

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