For the first time since returning to the CIAA in 2010, Winston-Salem State knows that the final regular game will be its final game of the year. It will also be the last game for running back Kerrion Moore, who helped the team to back-to-back CIAA titles as a freshman and sophomore and has been one of the best backs in school history.
Moore has rushed for 2,996 yards and needs 129 yards to pass Maurice Lewis for sixth place in WSSU rushing history. That total would put him just behind Martin Hicks, one of the most electrifying running backs in WSSU history. His 33 touchdowns are already good for seventh all-time and with three TDs he could pass Broderick Graves, Jed Bines and Lewis to take fifth place all-time.
Here’s a little look back at some of Moore’s best games/moments as a Ram.
179 yards, 3 TDs
Moore gained his yards on just nine carries as Te’Vaughn Hurse got the bulk of the carries, but he averaged nearly 20 yards per touch on the 51-10 win. That included a 78 yarder in the fourth quarter.
Fayetteville State (2016)
238 total yards, 1 TD
19 carries for 122 yards
CIAA Championship Game 2016 vs. Bowie State
22 carries for 177 yards and 1 TD
Highlights: Coming off the heels of his performance against FSU, Moore put the exclamation on WSSU’s 12th CIAA title with a 68-yard run that effectively put the game out of reach in the third quarter.
D2 Playoffs 2016 vs. LIU Post
25 carries for 148 yards and 2 TDs
Highlights: The Rams nearly pulled off the road in their first playoff game in three years, and Moore finished his season with another solid performance. With two years of eligibility remaining, things looked really bright for both he and the team.
Season Opener vs. UNC-Pembroke (2017)
19 carries, 230 yards and 3 TDs
Moore picked right back up where he left off as a sophomore, taking his first carry of the season 40 yards for a score. When the dust settled, he had a career day, scoring the game-winning TD on a 59 yarder to give the Rams the lead for good.
Johnson C. Smith (2017)
23 carries, 137 yards and 3 TDs
In a rainsoaked game that wasn’t truly decided until the end, Moore willed his team to the win. WSSU had only 267 yards of offense and all but 97 of them came from Moore, who gave the team room to breathe with two healthy second quarter touchdown runs.
The Immaculate Ramception vs. UNC-Pembroke (2018)
17 carries, 95 yards and 2 rushing TDs
2 catches, 62 yards and 1 TD
Moore has had better rushing games, obviously, but he showed his ability to make plays outside of the backfield in the season opener against UNC-P. With the Rams down 20-16 and less than a minute remaining, Moore picked up a pass that had bounced off Jaylen Barbour and took it down the sidelines for a truly magical play that again earned him national attention.
Johnson C. Smith (2018)
25 carries, 185 yards and 3 TDs
Moore did it to JCSU again as a senior, this time running for even more yards as he ignited a three-game winning streak for WSSU. Safe to say, the good folks on Beaties Ford will not be sad to see him go.
21 carries, 154 yards and 2 TDs
Playing in his last game at Bowman Gray Stadium, Moore put on a show for the homecoming crowd. He was particularly lethal in the second quarter, putting together back-to-back 50-plus yard scores to help put distance between WSSU and LC.