Quarterback Kameron Smith and running back Maurice Lewis led the Winston-Salem State Rams to a 55-21 win over Morehouse College Saturday in the 2012 Cleveland Classic presented by McDonald's in front of a crowd of 10,000 at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
"We had an outstanding weekend of events for the 2012 Cleveland Classic, capped off today with an excellent game between Winston-Salem State and Morehouse," Greater Cleveland Sports Commission CEO and President David Gilbert said. "The Step Show on Friday night was a huge success and we are extremely pleased with the entire weekend. We are also thrilled the Classic was able to stress the importance of a strong education to so many students in our region. All in all it was a great event for our community that provided significant economic impact to the local economy."
Winston-Salem State moves to 3-0 on the year, and were presented with the Cleveland Classic presented by McDonald's trophy by McDonald's owner/operator and Cleveland Classic co-chair Herb Washington after the game.
The Rams used three first quarter touchdown passes by Smith to jump out to a 21-3 lead. Smith completed 21-of-41 passes on the day for 307 yards and four touchdowns, while his backfield partner, Lewis, ran for 139 yards and another score. Carlos Fields and Khendra Reid led the WSSU defense with an interception each.
Quarterback Donnay Raglund led Morehouse with 74 yards on the ground, while also throwing for two touchdowns. Lance White and Brandon Houston led Morehouse on defense with 11 tackles each. The Maroon Tigers leave Cleveland with a record of 1-2.
Saturday's festivities at the 2012 Cleveland Classic started with the Tailgate Party presented by University Hospitals and the College and Career Experience presented by Verizon. The WSSU Red Sea of Sound and the Morehouse House of Funk then electrified the crowd in the KeyBank Marching Band Halftime Show, with the band from Shaw High School in East Cleveland opening the show.
Friday's Cleveland Classic events included the College Readiness Fair presented by McDonald's and College Now, Symposium to Advance Educational Excellence, PNC Praisefest 6 presented in partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the United States Marine Corps presents the Cleveland Classic Greek Step Show.
The 2012 Cleveland Classic's weekend of events, including the Greek Step Show, College Readiness Fair, President's Reception, Tom Joyner Meet and Greet and football game, drew over 16,000 total participants.
For more information on the Cleveland Classic, visit www.clevelandclassicfootball.com