Fresh off the first victory of the season last Saturday, the Johnson C. Smith football team will take to the road again, this time travelling to SIAC foe Morehouse College. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at B.T. Harvey Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday, Sept. 19.
The Golden Bulls (1-1) are coming off an impressive defensive performance last week at Kentucky State. JCSU held the KSU offense in check, only allowing 139 total yards and gave up no offensive touchdowns. Particularly impressive was the JCSU run defense, as it only allowed 63 total yards on the ground.
The JCSU defense harassed the Thorobreds into four turnovers on the evening, picking off three passes, two by JCSU defensive back Carlo Thomas (East Orange, N.J.). The other JCSU interception came late in the game, when Alfred Mickle (Indianapolis, Ind.) brought down a wobbling KSU deep ball to put the game away. Thomas finished the game with 5.5 tackles, while defensive lineman Jamaal Tutt (Atlanta, Ga.)had five tackles and a sack on the outing. Basir Wright (Douglasville, Ga.) and Austin Jacques (Springdale, Md.) finished with four tackles for JCSU.
Offensively, freshman quarterback Harold Herbin (Fayetteville, N.C.) completed 10-of-23 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns in his first collegiate action. Junior receiver Roderick Carter (Miami, Fla.) finished with four catches for 32 yards and a touchdown and Bryan Chambers (Marshville, N.C.) caught the other JCSU score, a 12-yard strike, in his only catch of the game.
JCSU ran the ball well, getting a 55-yard outing from Tromecio Summers (Charlotte, N.C.) while freshman Desean Binyard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) scored his first career touchdown while carrying 17 times for 46 yards. Herbin also had a good day rushing, as he finished with 37 yards and a one-yard touchdown plunge for JCSU.
Morehouse (1-1) enters Saturday’s game, coming off a tough 29-27 road loss to FCS opponent Arkansas-Pine Bluff. In that game, neither team was able to score until the fourth quarter. After giving up a 15-yard touchdown run in the early stages of the fourth quarter, Morehouse tied the game, forcing overtime with just 1:34 remaining when Amyr Smith caught a 3-yard pass from Monqavious John.
The two teams battled through three overtime periods, but UAPB stopped a two-point conversion attempt by Morehouse in the third overtime to come away with the 29-27 win.
Fans not able to make it to Atlanta can tune in to AM 1450 WGNC for all the action. Dave Friedman and Josh Diggs will have the call with the pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. The live broadcast can also be followed online at jcsn.wgnc.net.