Week 7 CIAA Football Recap

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CHARLOTTE – It’s week seven of the 2021 season and divisional play is well underway across the CIAA. Several teams across the conference look to position themselves for a late-season run towards a division title and a spot in the CIAA Championship on November 13 in Salem, VA. This week’s games featured several intriguing divisional battles, including a nationally-televised matchup on AspireTV between #16 Bowie State and Virginia State. 
Let’s take a look at this week’s results across the league: 

Lincoln (PA) 17, Elizabeth City State 14

Lincoln snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 17-14 homecoming win over Elizabeth City State. The Lions jumped ahead 7-0 late in the first quarter courtesy of a one-yard run by quarterback Andrew Banks and never relinquished the lead. Banks would add another three-yard scoring run later in the game and finished the day with 100 yards on the ground on 17 carries while backfield mate Samuel Jordan ran for a game-high 113 yards on 27 carries. ECSU produced the final points of the game to pull to win three early in third quarter after Kevin Caldwell found Zion Riddick on a 17-yard scoring pass, but couldn’t muster up much offensively the remainder of the game. Caldwell threw for 153 yards and two scores, but the Lincoln defense held the Vikings to just 23 rushing yards. Devon Cathcart led the Lions with eight tackles while ECSU’s Juanya’ Majette led tacklers with 12 stops and game-high two and a half tackles for loss. 

FULL GAME RECAP: Lions Make History in Homecoming Win BOX SCORE: Elizabeth City State at Lincoln

Next Opponent: LUPA at VSU, October 23 at 2:00 PM; ECSU vs CU, October 23 at 1:30 PM

Virginia Union 38, Chowan 31

Virginia Union outlasted Chowan, 38-31, in a game that was a back and forth shootout from the inception. The Panthers relied heavily on a ground game that produced 363 yards rushing and four touchdowns, led by Jada Byers with 213 yards on 33 carries and two touchdowns. VUU’s Rodney Mckay also contributed 127 yards and a score on the ground. Chowan quarterback Bryce Witt had another productive day, completing 25 of 35 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for two more scores, while Hawks receiver Imeek Watkins led all pass catchers with seven receptions for 87 yards. Marquis Hamilton led VUU on defense with seven tackles and CU’s Issac Anderson had a big game with seven stops, including five and a half tackles for loss, and three quarterback hurries. 

FULL GAME RECAP: VUU Downs Chowan 38-31 BOX SCORE: Virginia Union at Chowan

Next Opponent: VUU vs BSU, October 23 at 1:00 PM; CU at ECSU, October 23 at 1:30 PM

#16 Bowie State 51, Virginia State 44

In a game that unexpectedly turned into a track meet, nationally-ranked Bowie State held off division rival Virginia State to secure a 51-44 win in front of a national audience on AspireTV. The Bulldogs and Trojans combined for over 1,000 yards of total offense and 95 points, combining for the most yards and points in a single game within the conference this season. BSU quarterback Ja’rome Johnson threw for 246 yards and ran for 51 with five total touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and running back Calil Wilkins had 168 yards and a rushing touchdown. Virginia State ran for 366 yards against one of the league’s top defenses, including 199 yards on 22 carries from Darius Hagans, and also got four touchdowns through the air from Chauncey Caldwell. The BSU defense got a game-high eight tackles from Raymond Boone and produced yet another touchdown as Myles Woolfolk returned an interception 27 yards for a score. Will Adams led all Trojan defenders with seven tackles, including four solo stops. 

FULL GAME RECAP: #16 Bulldogs Outlasts Virginia State, 51-44 BOX SCORE: Virginia State at Bowie State

Next Opponent: BSU at VUU, October 23 at 1:00 PM; VSU vs LUPA, October 23 at 2:00 PM

Winston-Salem State 41, Saint Augustine’s 0

Winston-Salem State won their second straight game with a 41-0 shutout win over Saint Augustine’s at home. The WSSU offense produced 367 yards of total offense, including 200 yards on the ground, and quarterback Cameron Lewis produced four total touchdowns that included three through the air. WSSU defender Elijah Banks picked off SAU quarterback D’Ontre Gilliard three times and also recovered a fumble, helping the defense hold the Falcons to under 250 yards of total offense. Despite being held scoreless, SAU Kesean Williams finished with a game-high 72 yards receiving on five catches while teammate Joseph Harris led all tacklers with seven total stops that included five solos. 

FULL GAME RECAP:  BOX SCORE: Saint Augustine’s at Winston-Salem State

Next Opponent: WSSU vs LC, October 23 at 1:00 PM; SAU vs FSU, October 23 at 1:00 PM

Shaw 20, Livingstone 9

Shaw went on the road and defeated Livingstone, 20-9, to remain in the race for the division crown. SU quarterback Torrin Campbell threw for two touchdowns and the league’s top rushing attack continued to produce as Sidney Gibbs rushed for 78 yards while Andre Brandon added 77 yards and a scoring run. Livingstone quarterback Miles Hayes led the Blue Bears with 61 rushing yards and ran for a score while also contributing 104 yards through the air on 13 completions. Shaw defenders Devon Hunt and Kareem Butler each posted 11 total tackles with the latter finishing with a game-high 10 solo stops. Walter Watkins led the Blue Bear defense with six tackles, all solos. 

FULL GAME RECAP: Shaw Defense Leads Bears to 20-9 Win Over Livingstone BOX SCORE: Shaw at Livingstone

Next Opponent: LC at WSSU, October 23 at 1:00 PM; SU vs JCSU, October 23 at 1:00 PM

Fayetteville State 55, Johnson C. Smith 12

Fayetteville State looked to make a statement on homecoming and remain in the driver’s seat in the Southern Division with a 55-12 rout of Johnson C. Smith. FSU quarterback K’hari Lane was efficient through the air as he completed 15 of 22 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Bronco offense produce over 500 yards of total offense. Broncos kicker Elton Andrew also contributed three field goals on the day. Davion Nelson and Tyreik Leach each ran for 74 yards for the Golden Bulls, producing 148 of the team’s game-high 176 rushing yards. Leach also ran for a score and teammate Tywann Jackson finished as the game’s top tackler with seven stops. The FSU defense tallied 14 tackles for loss, including five sacks, with an interception and a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Jordan Ferguson. Keyshawn James led FSU with six stops and had a game-high four and a half tackles behind the line of scrimmage that included a pair of sacks. 

FULL GAME RECAP: Broncos Celebrate Homecoming with a 55-12 Victory over J.C. Smith BOX SCORE: Johnson C. Smith at Fayetteville State

Next Opponent:  FSU at SAU, October 23 at 1:00 PM; JCSU at SU, October 23 at 1:00 PM

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