Courtesy of the CIAA:
CHARLOTTE – Week three of the 2022 football season marks the beginning of conference play for the CIAA and it did not disappoint! Saturday featured three one-possession games, including game-winning touchdowns that came at the 36-second and 9-second marks of their respective contests. There was also a huge upset that shakes the balance of the conference.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the week three results for all teams across the conference:
Winston-Salem State 17, Elizabeth City State 20
Trailing 10-0 midway through the third quarter, the Vikings’ Tesean Jones entered the game at quarterback and instantly worked magic, scoring a touchdown in his first drive of action and completing all seven of his passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. He found Zion Riddick for a 75-yard touchdown which gave ECSU a 14-10 lead in the fourth quarter and a 50-yard touchdown from a fumble return by Raevon Freeman essentially iced the game. The Rams’ Trevor Willard had three tackles for a loss, a game-high and Deiontae Jones had four tackles and the game’s only interception. The Vikings’ Juanya Majette’s 16 tackles in this game are tied for the most in the conference through three weeks.
BOX SCORE: Winston-Salem State at Elizabeth City State
Next Opponent: ECSU at Shaw, September 24th at 2:00 PM // WSSU at Chowan, September 24th at 6:00 PM
#20 Bowie State 14, Shaw 17
18 straight conference victories. That was the streak that Shaw broke when they defeated the three-time defending CIAA champions in Bowie State. With 36 seconds remaining, Sidney Gibbs scored the game-winning touchdown for the Bears while the Bulldogs’ Dion Golett Jr. had his hail mary attempt intercepted in the endzone by Jaden Clark as time expired. Gibbs’ touchdown was set up by two big Christian Peters completions—a 15-yarder to Ah’Shaan Belcher to put the Bears in the redzone and then a 17-yarder to Jon Barnes, which moved the Bears to the two-yard line. In total yards of offense, Bowie State had outgained Shaw 376-199 and had 11 more first downs. Golatt Jr. threw for 236 yards and a touchdown on 22-of-35 attempts. Samuel Doku led the Bulldogs with 22 carries for 87 yards. Bowie State’s Joshua Pryor had a team-high six tackles and two sack assists. For Shaw, Kareem Butler had a game-high 12 tackles and Akeythio Carson (seven tackles) may have made the play of the game with an acrobatic interception with Bowie State barreling towards the goal line right before halftime.
Next Opponent: Bowie St at St. Augustine’s, September 24 at 1:00 PM // ECSU at Shaw, September 24th at 2:00 PM
Johnson C. Smith 29, Chowan 32
There were five lead changes in the second half of this game with Chowan’s Caleb Pierce throwing an absolute dot to EJ Gatling for a 28-yard touchdown with nine ticks left to give the Hawks the win. The Golden Bulls had previously taken a 26-24 lead in the fourth quarter with a Brevin Caldwell touchdown from Tyrell Jackson for 15 yards before adding a field goal. Offense was galore with both teams combining for 879 yards. Jackson passed for 317 yards and two touchdowns with 26 completions on 49 attempts. Brevin Caldwell had six receptions for 143 yards and two touchdowns. However, the Golden Bulls attempted four field goals when inside the red zone, with Jay Haggins making three. For Chowan, Pierce completed 14 of 18 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns, with 65 yards on the ground. Nijere Peoples led the Hawks in rushing with 129 yards on 20 carries. In addition to the game-winning touchdown, Gatling had a 50-yard touchdown run. JCSU’s Benari Black had a team-high 10 total tackles, including 2.5 for a loss. The Hawks’ Montre Moore and Jamae Blank led the defense, combining for 24 tackles, 4.5 for a loss, and 2.5 sacks. In the secondary, Nic Wilson had five tackles and five pass breakups while Kmare Carey had two breakups and earned his third interception in as many games.
FULL GAME RECAP: Chowan wins 32-29 with :09 on the clock (JSCU) // Chowan Football Tames Golden Bulls With Last Second Score (CU) BOX SCORE: Johnson C. Smith at Chowan
Next Opponent: Lincoln at JCSU, September 24th at 12:00 PM // Winston-Salem State at Chowan, September 24th at 6:00 PM
Saint Augustine’s 7, Virginia State 42
It was another game that featured a lot of offense as both teams combined for 780 yards of total offense (SAU: 322; VSU: 458) but only the Trojans were able to convert their 244 passing yards and 214 rushing into points. The Falcons passed for 175 and rushed for 147 but four turnovers (three fumbles and an interception) doomed them. The lone St. Aug touchdown came in the first quarter with a Chris Perkins touchdown pass to Jaylen Siermons for 17 yards. Perkins had 175 yards passing (15-of-30 attempts) and added 21 yards rushing. The Falcons’ Jordan Black had 125 all-purpose yards (85 receiving, 30 kick return, 10 rushing). For Virginia State, Darius Hagans rushed for 108 yards and Upton Bailey added 56 yards and a touchdown on just five carries. Through the air, the Trojans’ Jabari Blake passed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 15-of-26 attempts. St. Aug’s Dashawn Davis had a game-high 11 tackles with 1.5 stops for a loss and a sack and Lee Sales had nine tackles and an interception. Tyrone Fisher led VSU with nine tackles and Zion Johnson had eight.
FULL GAME RECAP: VSU Football Earns Second Straight Victory and First Conference Win over St. Augustine’s 42-7 (VSU) BOX SCORE: St. Aug at Virginia State
Next Opponent: Bowie St at St. Augustine’s, September 24th at 1:00 PM // Virginia State at Livingstone, September 24th at 4:00 PM
Livingstone 6, Virginia Union 42
Virginia Union jumped out to an early 21-0 first-quarter lead and then ground out the win to the tune of 324 rushing yards. The Panthers’ Jada Byers might be earning conference running back of the week for the third consecutive time after rushing for 199 yards and two touchdowns. For Livingstone, Silas Cruse was the source of the offense, throwing 41 times with 26 completions and 198 yards and a touchdown. Lasirton Bryant was Cruse’s main target with nine receptions for 71 yards. VUU’s Jahkari Grant added 72 yards through the air and was the team’s second-leading rusher with 61 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Livingstone’s Will Tims had a game-high 10 tackles and Christian Reid led the Panthers with nine. VUU had 13 tackles for a loss as a team and Damontay Rhem was credited with 2.5 tackles for a loss.
Next Opponent: Virginia State at Livingstone, September 24th at 4:00 PM // Virginia Union at Fayetteville State, September 24 at 4:00 PM
Fayetteville State 19, Lincoln 7
Touchdowns were at a premium with just two total in this game but the Broncos’ added four made field goals from Elton Andrews, the difference in the contest. FSU struck first with a touchdown after K’Hari Lane found David Baros for 23 yards. Trailing 10-0, Lincoln’s Dah’Mear Triplett had a 13-yard touchdown catch from Isaiah Freeman. Andrews added three field goals (from distances of 30, 21, and 20) as the only points in the second half. The Lions outgained the Broncos, 330-256 on offense, including a 221-143 advantage on the ground. Amir Gerald led Lincoln with 126 yards rushing on 14 carries and Freeman had 64 yards on the ground, along with 109 passing yards. For the Broncos, Mekhi Fenner had a team-high 52 yards on eight rushes followed by Caden Davis’ 49 yards on 11 totes. Defensively, Kentrell Caldwell had a team-high totals of 10 tackles and two for a loss for FSU, along with a sack and a forced fumble and Dylan Morris had eight tackles and two pass breakups. For Lincoln, Kai Gray had a game-high 12 tackles, Eric Best logged nine tackles and an interception, and Derrick McCoy secured 2.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks.
Next Opponent: Virginia Union at Fayetteville State, September 24 at 4:00 PM // Lincoln at JCSU, September 24th at 12:00 PM