Week seven of 2019 football season continued with divisional play across the CIAA as six interdivisional games took place. The cream has begun to rise to the top as teams look to establish themselves as division contenders with an eye on ultimately earning a berth to the CIAA Football Championship (November 16th in Salem, VA at 3 P.M. on Aspire TV).
Let’s look at recaps from this week’s action:
Shaw 27, Livingstone 20 FINAL
In a battle of two teams looking to rebound from division-opening losses, Shaw came away victorious on homecoming with a 27-20 win over Livingstone.
After a 72-yard return by Marquis Gorham to open the game, Shaw would score in two plays on a 6-yard scoring run by Sidney Gibbs.
Livingstone would tie the game at 7 late in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Xavier Longerbeam that capped a 12-play, 68-yard drive. Both teams would exchange field goals later in the quarter, making it 10-10 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Bears would regain the lead when Gibbs hit a 48-yard run to score his second touchdown of the game.
Early in the fourth, the Blue Bears would respond again with a 6-yard run by Darrell Bethune for score, tying the game at 17. Shaw would put up points on their next two offensive possessions, including Gibbs’ third rushing touchdown of the day (32 yards), to put the game away.
Gibbs finished with 224 all-purpose yards, including 161 yards on the ground, and teammate Aaron Worthy had a game-high 11 tackles, including a tackle for loss. Longerbeam (171 yards) and Miles Hayes (149 yards) combined for 320 yards through the air for Livingstone, who also got 103 yards receiving from Anthony Faramio.
FULL GAME RECAP: Gibbs Scores 3 TDs to Give Shaw 27-20 Win Over Livingstone BOX SCORE: Livingstone at Shaw
Next Opponent: SU at Johnson C. Smith, Oct. 26 at 1:00 PM; LC vs Winston-Salem State, Oct. 26 at 1:30 PM
Fayetteville State 35, Johnson C. Smith 34 FINAL
A 43-yard strike by Richard Latimer to Tyeous Sharpe helped CIAA Northern Division leader Fayetteville State escape with a 35-34 road win over Johnson C. Smith.
The Broncos got three first half rushing touchdowns from Stevie Green (3, 4, and 30 yards) and looked to be in control of the game at halftime with a 23-14 lead.
But, the Golden Bulls would score the game’s next 20 points that included a pair of touchdown runs by Emanuel Wilson (47 and 39 yards), who also scored on 8-yard run in the first half, to take a 34-23 lead with 9:20 left in the game.
FSU remained resilient and scored on their next two possessions that included a 1-yard run by Green, his fourth of the game, on the drive before the Latimer connected with Sharpe, who finished with 109 yards receiving.
Two of the CIAA’s premier backs lived up to their reputation as FSU’s Green ran for 183 yards and JCSU’s Wilson finished with 195 yards on the ground while combining for seven touchdowns. Four players finished with eight tackles apiece, including three Golden Bulls defenders in Camerron Ellis, Chris Johnson, & Brandon Moses.
Next Opponent: FSU at Saint Augustine’s, Oct. 26 at 1:00 PM; JCSU vs Shaw, Oct. 26 at 1:00 PM
Virginia Union 41, Chowan 34 FINAL
Virginia Union overcame first half miscues and sloppy defensive play in the first half on homecoming to defeat Chowan, 41-34.
Chowan jumped out to an early 14-0 lead after 6-yard run on the opening drive by Imeek Watkins followed by an onside kick that resulted in 2-yard scoring run by De’Shaun Wethington. Watkins (9-yard pass from Bryce Witt) and Wethington (35-yard run) would also provide the Hawks other first half scores as well. Khalid Morris connected with Jaiden Reavis for two touchdowns (8 and 36 yards) in the first half but VUU found themselves down 26-14 at half.
However, the Panthers would take control in the second half, scoring 27 unanswered that included two rushing touchdowns and a touchdown catch from Tabyus Taylor, to stymie any thoughts of an upset.
Morris went 18-for-29 for 273 yards passing with three touchdowns while adding 45 yards on the ground and a score. Tabyus Taylor continued to show his versatility with 202 all-purpose yards, including 120 yards on the ground, while Reavis caught eight passes for 107 yards.
Wethington rushed for 133 yards for the Hawks and teammate Imeek Watkins finished with 150 all-purpose yards that included 108 yards receiving.
VUU defenders Sterling Hammond and Tovias Parker led all tacklers with nine.
FULL GAME RECAP: N/A BOX SCORE: Chowan at Virginia Union
Next Opponent: VUU at Bowie State, Oct. 26 at 1:00 PM; CU vs. Elizabeth City State, Oct. 26 at 1:00 PM
Elizabeth City State 34, Lincoln (PA) 18 FINAL
In a game that never seemed in doubt, Elizabeth City State gave the homecoming crowd a reason to celebrate as they defeated division foe Lincoln (PA), 34-18.
Vikings quarterback Kendrick Patterson had five touchdowns passes on the day that included three to Dajuan Greene (29, 4, and 6 yards), who finished with 10 catches and 184 yards.
Patterson, who completed 18-of-27 for 343 yards, threw four scores in the first half and the Vikings defense held Lincoln scoreless to go into the halftime up 26-0.
The Lions attempted to make the game competitive as Emmitt Hunt connected with Dah’mear Triplett on three touchdowns passes in the second half but the ECSU lead was too much to overcome.
Hunt completed 11 of 17 passes for 172 yards, including a team-high six for 74 yards to Triplett. Lincoln defender Devon Cathcart had a game-high eight tackles, including a tackle for loss.
FULL GAME RECAP: N/A BOX SCORE: Lincoln (PA) at Elizabeth City State
Next Opponent: ECSU at Chowan, Oct. 26 at 1:00 PM; LUPA vs. Virginia State, Oct. 26 at 1:00 PM
#16 Bowie State 24, Virginia State 14 FINAL
Nationally-ranked Bowie State remained unbeaten on the season and put a damper on the homecoming plans in Petersburg with a 24-14 win over Virginia State.
After a scoreless first quarter, VSU took a 7-0 lead on an 8-yard run by Cordelral Cook followed by a Nicholas Woolfolk extra point early in the second. The Bulldogs would respond late in the second quarter when Ja’rome Johnson found Dushon David on a 5-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at seven going into halftime.
On their first possession of the second half, Bowie State would take a lead they’d never relinquish when Johnson hit Geordan Clark on a 57-yard touchdown pass.
After a Gene Carson field goal made the score 17-7, Virginia State put together a 13-play, 82-yard drive that ended with a 16-yard scoring run by Toure Wallace that cut the deficit to three.
BSU would answer on the following drive when Johnson connected with David on a 47-yard touchdown pass to push the lead back to 10 with 12:40 left to play. That would be all the Bulldogs needed to secure the win as the defense forced back to back turnovers on VSU’s final two possessions.
Johnson threw for 182 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 71 yards. Juantez McRae led the BSU defense with a game-high 10 tackles. Cook put up 233 yards of total offense (134 passing, 99 rushing) for the Trojans, who also got 77 yards rushing from Darius Hagans.
Next Opponent: BSU vs. Virginia Union, Oct. 26 at 1:00 PM; VSU at Lincoln (PA), Oct. 26 at 1:00 PM
Winston-Salem State 31, Saint Augustine’s 10 FINAL
Winston-Salem State won their second straight game to remain in the division title hunt with a 31-10 win over Saint Augustine’s.
The Rams used a strong ground game featuring the running back tandem of Farrell Murchinson and Quarderm Sloane that combined for 284 rushing yards and four scores. Murchinson ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns while Sloane finished with 150 rushing yards and a score.
The Falcons lone touchdown came when Jalen Jones hit Aakiel Greer on a 1-yard pass to cap a 10-play drive in the first quarter.
WSSU’s Ivan Caro and SAU’s Andre Labat each contributed field goals from 29 yards and 40 yards, respectively.
Jones led SAU offensively with 92 passing yards and 39 rushing yards while teammate Booker Peake had a game-high seven tackles.
Daryus Skinner and Kalen Allen each had six tackles for a WSSU defense that gave up just 226 total yards. Skinner also recorded an interception
FULL GAME RECAP: N/A BOX SCORE: Saint Augustine’s vs Winston-Salem State
Next Opponent: WSSU at Livingstone, Oct. 26 at 1:30 PM; SAU at Fayetteville State, Oct. 26 at 1:00 PM