Sunday, September 24, 2023

Johnson C. Smith Ground Attack Propels Golden Bulls to 27-20 Victory Over Lincoln (Pa.)

LINCOLN, PA – Despite less-than-ideal weather conditions, Johnson C. Smith University relied on its ground game to secure a hard-fought 27-20 win over the Lincoln (Pa.) University Lions at the LU Athletic Stadium on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

In a closely contested matchup, the Golden Bulls (3-1, 2-0 CIAA) demonstrated their offensive prowess early in the game. Kicking off the scoring, Al Garcia nailed a 42-yard field goal, capping a seven-play drive in the first quarter. Robert Adams extended JCSU's lead to 10-0 with a one-yard rushing touchdown with just under two minutes left in the opening quarter. However, Lincoln (Pa.) responded as Elijah Snell found the end zone with a five-yard run, narrowing the gap to 10-7.

The game took a thrilling turn when Isaiah Freeman connected with Eli Riddick for a 65-yard touchdown, giving Lincoln (Pa.) their first and only lead of the game. JCSU quickly answered, regaining the lead with Shydem McCullough's one-yard rushing touchdown, making it 17-14. Jacob Newman extended the Golden Bulls' advantage with a 21-yard rushing touchdown. Although the Lions added one more touchdown, the Golden Bulls secured the win with three more points, emerging victorious with a final score of 27-20.

Key offensive performances included Robert Adams completing 14 of 28 passes for 127 yards and a rushing touchdown, while Jacob Newnam rushed for 104 yards on 20 carries, contributing one touchdown. On the defensive front, Jack Smith made a significant impact, recording six tackles and three breakups in the win.

JCSU looks ahead to their next challenge on the road, facing the Elizabeth City State University Vikings on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at 1:00 pm.