Fans greet WSSU rams despite loss in Ala.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Winston-Salem State Rams lost the Division II National Championship game to Valdosta State 35-7 Saturday in Florence, Ala., but their fans were still there to welcome them home.

About 100 people waited for the team’s arrival at Smith Reynolds Airport, excited to see their players.

“It doesn’t make a difference, they’re still number one in my book,” said fan Katelyn Sheppard.

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines said the team is probably the best in the history of the school.

“These young men are such great gentleman and great ambassadors for our community,” he said.

Coach Connell Maynor said he told the team they should still hold their heads up for how far they've come.

He also reminded them how blessed they are after the shooting tragedy in Connecticut.