Saturday’s football game against the Charlotte 49ers was a different kind of experience for Johnson C. Smith’s Golden Bulls.
“Everybody played fast, even their coaches and trainers,” said J.C. Smith coach Steven Aycock. “When we got here (49ers associate athletics director) Chris Thomason brought us in fast.”
The 49ers, who play a no-huddle, spread offense, wore down the Division II Golden Bulls 56-0 at Richardson Stadium. Charlotte took a 23-0 lead in the first quarter, then stretched it to 36-0 by halftime. The Golden Bulls, essentially, didn’t know what hit them.
“It was a fast game,” said J.C. Smith defensive end Jovontay Williams. “We’ve got to be more conditioned.”
The 49ers’ defense played fast, as well. The Golden Bulls, who also play no-huddle offense, managed 197 yards in total offense.
“I think we play fast, but we just needed to adjust,” said senior quarterback Keahn Wallace, who was 16 of 23 for 106 yards and threw one interception. “In order to do that, we need to be prepared so that when games (like this) come along, everything will be fine. Today, we didn’t adjust the way we needed to.”
It wasn’t for lack of effort, some of it misguided. J.C. Smith defensive lineman TraVon Leak was ejected for fighting on what was a hot and frustrating afternoon for his team.
But for the Bulls, who play their home opener next Saturday against Kentucky State, the game wasn’t all lost.
“Charlotte came to us and commended us on the effort – that we didn’t lack – today,” Williams said.
Said Aycock: “Some of their good-looking, mammoth tackles were commending our guys on how well they did. Based on what I saw today, we can’t do anything but get better.”
Quarterback Wallace agreed.
“I promise you’ll never see a performance like that from us again,” he said. “We didn’t show up today. Charlotte did what they needed to do to win.”