Winston-Salem State University wins another CIAA football title

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SALEM, Va. — There weren’t a lot of people who would suspect Winston-Salem State could win a shootout with high-scoring Bowie State, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Quarterback Rod Tinsley of the Rams, however, thought otherwise, and he proved it in a 43-33 win over the Bulldogs in the CIAA championship game in front of 5,500 at Salem Football Stadium.

Helping Tinsley was a defense led by freshman defensive back Tyrell Flemming, who had three interceptions. Sure, the Rams gave up 610 yards, but they also had four interceptions and knocked star quarterback Amir Hall out of the game for much of the first half with a slight shoulder injury.

“I guess you could say that,” Tinsley said about being overlooked because of Hall’s gaudy statistics in which he ends the season with 3,596 yards to set the single-season passing mark in the CIAA. “I really just came out and focused on my team and tried to perform.”