The Johnson C. Smith University football team suffered its second straight loss, this time a 51-10 thumping by Elizabeth City State University.
JCSU drops to 0-2 overall, while the Vikings improve to 1-1. The results do not count toward either team’s conference record.
On the first play from scrimmage Saturday, JCSU’s junior quarterback. Ryan Carter, completed a 14-yard pass to junior receiver Jeremy Franklin. Franklin fumbled and ECSU recovered at the JCSU 48-yard line.
The game was mostly downhill from there for the Golden Bulls.
The Vikings scored 21 uncontested points in the first quarter. JCSU scored its first and only touchdown in the second quarter off a two-yard burst into the end zone by sophomore running back Archie Barrow. The touchdown completed a six-play, 45-yard drive.
ECSU responded in the quarter with a 53-yard punt return for a touchdown by Reggie Smith.
J.C. Smith trailed 28-7 at halftime. Elizabeth City tacked on another touchdown in the third with a 27-yard pass connection from Creven Powell to Smith. The Golden Bulls scored their last points at the beginning of the fourth with a 38-yard field goal from junior place kicker Julius Wright. ECSU scored 16 points in the fourth to account for the 51-10 final.
Carter completed 19 of 30 passes for 159 yards with two interceptions. Franklin had nine catches for 94 yards, and junior safety Lawyer Montgomery had nine tackles (7 solo, 2 assisted).
Powell had 259 yards on 14-of-23 passing for three touchdowns. Cedric Blacknall rushed for 74 yards on 12 carries. Smith hauled in 82 yards and two touchdown receptions, while Dexter Manley had one catch for 57 yards and a TD.
The Golden Bulls were 4-of-14 on third down conversions and produced 264 yards of total offense.
Johnson C. Smith faces Edward Waters College in Kingsland, Ga., on Sept. 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Chris Gilliam Stadium.
Editor’s note: This article was rewritten from a report issued by Lamont M. Hinson, JCSU’s sports information director.