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minds of children from vio
lent activities into peaceful
activities. The program
also serves as a community
reminder of the number of
persons that have lost their
lives due to gun violence.
The Winston-Salem
Police and Fire
Departments have been
working with and donating
to the charity for years, so
they decided to start a bas
ketball game as the first
drop off for the toys. Once
all collected, the toys will
be given away on Dec. 17
at the Winston-Salem
Fairgrounds education
building from 1 to 4 pm.
"I'm excited because
the whole thing started
with my brother being
killed but every time I see a
kid get a toy, I see him
live," said Piggott. "And
not just for my brother, but
any kid that's killed
because of senseless vio
lence. I get joy from seeing
a kid smile and pick up the
toy and say,"l got this from
somebody who loves me
outside of my family."
With this being the sec
ond year of the basketball
game and a healthy rivalry
between the Fire and Police
departments, the game had
the makings of a good one.
From the onset both teams
appeared to play a little
tight. There were many
missed shots and some
unforced turnovers initial
The Police Department
was leading during the
opening minutes of the
game, capitalizing ton the
Fire Department's miscues
and turning them into
layups. Once everyone got
into the groove of the
game, the Fire Department
settled down and began to
run their offense efficiently
hitting clutch threes and
playing solid defense. At
the half, the firemen led the
police 33-25.
The firemen began the
second half just as they
ended the first. The police
attempted to close the gap
but the firemen thwarted
most attempts. Later in the
second half, the Police
Department closed the
margin to within four
points. The police inched
even closer when they were
within two points with 9:42
left in the game. That
would be the closest they
came because the fireman
stretched the lead to seven
points to lead 47-40. The
fireman would be victori
ous by the score of 53-46.
"It's a good thing to see
cops and firemen working
together and actually have
the community see that as
well," said one fireman.
"It's good for them to see
us from a different vantage
point and not just in gear or
uniforms but to see us do
things they do, like play
basketball, laugh and joke
with each other and just
have fun.
"If it's important to
Ben, it's important to all of
us. and I've been doing this
with him for over 20
years," said a policeman.
"I had the pleasure of
working foot patrol in
Happy Hill when Ben was
the director over there, and
the fact that we can get
some of these violent
games off the street is
Another fireman com
mented, "It's always good
to give back in any capaci
ty that you can. I think its
good to give back in multi
ple ways."
Photos by Timothy Ramsey
The players from each team pose with the recreation center employees after the game.
A player from
the firemen team
dribbles past the
defender from
the Police
WSSU Photos
The Winston-Salem State University football team shows awards after the team
captured the 2016 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship on
Saturday, Nov. 12.
The Winston-Salem State University football team members and university offi
cials show their glee at capturing the 2016 Central Intercollegiate Athletic
Association Championship on Saturday, Nov. 12.
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down. Walton scored with
11:30 remaining in the first
quarter. Bowie State stalled
on offense their next two
possessions. WSSU tacked
on another TD in the open
ing quarter. Senior running
back Justus Picket found a
wide open running hole for
a 42-yard TD with 3:17 left
in the first.
Before the end of the
opening quarter, Hall con
nected with redshirt fresh
man wide receiver
Geordan Clark for a 39
yard touchdown reception.
Bowie State trailed 14-7 at
the end of the first quarter.
The Bulldogs tied the
game 14-14 off a three
yard score from sopho
more running back Robert
On the ensuing kickoff,
junior wide receiver
Canard Brown returned the
kick 87 yards for the score.
Later in the second, the
Rams added to their advan
tage with a 39 yard TD
reception from Tinsley to
Walton again. Winston
Salem led 28-14 at half
In the third quarter,
both teams scored with a
touchdown throw. Hall
completed a 27-yard pass
to redshirt senior tight end
Jordan Garrison with 3:10
on the clock in the third.
Tinsley answered with a 36
yard scoring pass to senior
wide receiver Reggie
Wilkins on the following
drive. WSSU recorded a
safety earlier in the quarter
due to a BSU holding
penalty on the goal line.
Bowie State trailed 37-21
at the end of the third.
In the fourth, BSU
capped a 16 play drive that
last over five minutes with
a three yard pass from Hall
to Chesson. The Bulldogs
only faced a 37-27 deficit
with 11:08 left to play.
However, WSSU produced
a back-breaking 68-yard
TD run by redshirt sopho
more running back Kerrion
Moore rushed for 177
yards off 22 carries with
one TD. He set a new
CIAA Championship game
rushing record and was
named Championship
Game MVP.
Bowie State scored
another touchdown with
less than two minutes
remaining. The Rams ran
out the clock on the next
possession and claimed
their 12th CIAA title in
school history.
Tinsley completed 11
of-25 passes for 194 yards,
three touchdowns, and no
interceptions for WSSU.
Walton had two catches for
89 yards and two TDs.
Defensively, Flemming
finished with three inter
ceptions and two tackles.
Xavier Gregory had a
team-high 11 tackles (8
Hall ended the evening
with 348 yards off 27-46
passing with three touch
downs and four intercep
tions. Chesson had 107
yards and one TD. Manns
caught 10 passes for 176
yards, followed by
Garrison with six catches
for 111 yards and one
score. Senior defensive
lineman Rahsaan Moore
had four solo tackles,
including two sacks.
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started with the recreation
department decades ago.
He stated in previous years,
the winners would move
on to state and national
competitions when the cen
ters were a part of
Statewide Athletics
"Seeing the kids smile
is the biggest satisfaction
for me," said Blevins.
"Some of the kids who are
out here are athletes and
others are just average kids
that don't play ball a lot, so
it just tickles them to death
to be able to win a trophy.
Just seeing these kids shine
is the main thing."
Blevins went on to say
that with many of the kids
who would normally par
ticipate in the competition,
playing Pop Warner foot
ball it gives others a chance
to show off their athletic
abilities. He says events
such as this is for all kids,
not just the athletically
The kids seemed to
have a really good time
showcasing their skills. All
who received a trophy had
a huge smile on his or her
face as if they had won the
Super Bowl.
"I like it and 1 do it
every year. I like doing
this with Coach Art
because he inspired me,
because he is my role
model," said Sierra
Samuels. "The best thing I
like about it is the competi
The parents of the kids
attended, tooting them on
along the way.
One parent stated, "The
fact that I was able to come
out and see my child com
pete and play with others is
truly a blessing. I think it's
great they have this kind of
event for the kids who
aren't part of a team but can
still feel like winners."
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