Winston-Salem State University continued their "Farewell to the MEAC Tour" with their final contest in football against Delaware State earlier today.
Ever since Winston-Salem State joined the MEAC during the 2007-2008 season, they were some high expectations for the Rams to challenge the MEAC schools in football. In their first year tenure of 2007, the Rams finished 6-5 defeating North Carolina A&T, Morgan State, Florida A&M, Bethune-Cookman, and Hampton.
Last year, everything went downhill when the Rams finished with three wins and one of those wins as against Delaware State.
Did I say Delaware State? Yes I did because everyone will never forget the heartbreaking lost the hornets suffered on November 8, 2008, Alumni Stadium, Senior Day. The hornets led 26-14 at halftime thanks to their running game and almost 399 yards of total offense. The problem came in the second half when the Rams scored 13 second half points and the defense kept DSU out of scoring range the rest of the game.
Not only did the hornets lost the game 27-26 but over 900 fans were frustrated at the lack of effort the hornets made.
Okay, so I went a little overboard let's go back to 2007 when the Hornets rallied to win on a game winning field goal at Winston-Salem State's Homecoming 23-20. That gave the Hornets plenty of momentum on their way to beat Norfolk and Howard to win the MEAC Championship and go to their first ever playoffs.
I'm sure the Hornets will miss Winston-Salem State in the MEAC Conference but make no mistake about it, the Hornets and Rams will meet again in basketball in 2010. Sometime in the future the Hornets and Rams will compete for pride and respect of HBCU.