From the CIAA:
CHARLOTTE – Week eight of the 2021 season is now complete and the road to the CIAA Football Championship in Salem, VA (November 13) is starting to become more clear. Before getting into the weekly recap, here is a quick and simple look at where each divisional race stands with two weeks remaining.
– If Bowie State wins at least one of their final two games, they will advance to their third consecutive conference title game
Teams still in contention (mathematically): Virginia Union, Virginia State, & Elizabeth City State
– If Fayetteville State wins at least one of their final two games, they will advance to their fourth consecutive conference title game
Teams still in contention (mathematically): Shaw & Winston-Salem State
With that, let’s take a look at the results from this week’s action throughout the conference:
Fayetteville State 40, Saint Augustine’s 12
Fayetteville State remained undefeated in conference play with a 40-12 win over winless Saint Augustine’s. After trailing 12-10 early into the second quarter, the Broncos ran off 30 unanswered points over the course of the game that included a pair of touchdown passes by K’hari Lane from three yards and 28 yards, respectively. Lane finished with 244 yards on 15 of 22 passes while the running back trio of Donshell Jetton, Johnnie Glaspie, and Darnell Walker each provided scoring runs and helped the team produce 179 total rushing yards. Quarterback Deandre Proctor led SAU offensively with 167 yards passing and a game-high 64 rushing yards with two total touchdowns while freshman Kesean Williams finished with a game-high six catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. FSU’s Keyshawn James continued his dominance this season with a game-high 11 tackles, including three for loss, along with a sack and two forced fumbles and teammate Gerald Simpson tallied 10 total tackles. Lee Sales led the Falcons with seven total stops.
FULL GAME RECAP: Fayetteville State Overpowers Saint Augustine’s 40-12 BOX SCORE: Fayetteville State at Saint Augustine’s
Next Opponent: FSU vs LC, October 30 at 2:00 PM; SAU at JCSU, October 30 at 1:00 PM
Shaw 20, Johnson C. Smith 14
Shaw held off a scrappy Johnson C. Smith squad to remain in the divisional race with a 20-14 win on homecoming in Raleigh. The Bears jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half thanks to a one-yard by Andre Brandon in the first quarter that was followed by a 26-yard field goal from Devin Versteegen and a 45-yard Torrin Campbell touchdown pass to Ah’shaan Belcher in the second. A pair of second half scoring runs by Antonio Wallace and Davion Nelson would pull JCSU to within six late in the fourth quarter. However, Shaw’s Akeythio Carson would pick off a Wallace pass to end the Golden Bulls’ hope of securing their first win this season. SU’s Brandon finished with a game-high 124 yards on 14 carries while backfield mate Sidney Gibbs added 60 yards for the league’s top rushing attack. JCSU’s Wallace led all passers with 209 yards through the air but was also picked off twice. Shaw’s Devon Hunt was the game’s top tackler with 10 total stops that included two behind the line of scrimmage. Four players from JCSU finished with four tackles each led by Jaleel Johnson and Justin Finley, who both had three solo stops.
Next Opponent: SU vs WSSU, October 30 at 1:00 PM; JCSU vs SAU, October 30 at 1:00 PM
#14 Bowie State 27, Virginia Union 7
Bowie State pushed their conference win streak to 18, dating back to 2018, with 27-7 win over Virginia Union. After an 89-yard opening kickoff return for a score by VUU’s Jaden Reavis, Bowie State took control and ran off 27 unanswered points that included a pair of first quarter touchdowns by Calil Wilkins, who finished with 163 all purpose yards (134 rushing, 29 receiving) on the game. BSU quarterback Ja’rome Johnson added 100 yards on the ground, helping the Bulldogs rush for 282 total yards, and also threw for 112 yards with two total touchdowns. Reavis, in addition to his KO return for a score, led all receivers with seven catches and a game-high 109 yards while teammate Jada Byers, the CIAA’s top rusher coming into the week, while held to just 45 yards rushing. The Bowie State defense held VUU to less than 250 yards of total offense and were led by Joshua Pryor and Raymond Boone. Each totaled a team-high eight tackles with Pryor registering three tackles for loss that included a sack while teammate Jonathan Ross tallied four and a half tackles for loss. VUU’s Marquis Hamilton led all tacklers with nine total stops.
FULL GAME RECAP: #14 Bowie State Defense Limits Virginia Union in Bulldogs 27-7 Road Win BOX SCORE: Bowie State at Virginia Union
Next Opponent: BSU at LUPA, October 30 at 1:00 PM; VUU at ECSU, October 30 at 2:00 PM
Elizabeth City State 32, Chowan 28
Elizabeth City State got a big win on homecoming over Chowan, 32-28, to remain in the Northern Division race. Both teams started out hot offensively, combining for 32 points in the first quarter alone that included a pair of passing touchdowns of 75 yards or more by Chowan quarterback Bryce Witt. Witt, who finished with 474 yards passing, threw his third TD of the game in the second quarter to give the Hawks a 21-18 halftime lead. He followed up after the break with his fourth scoring pass on a 38-yarder to Samuel Dunn, giving CU a 28-18 lead early in third. However, ECSU would respond with 14 unanswered points to close out the game thanks to a pair of touchdown passes by De’Abrie Smith, one to Josiah Hayes from five yards out late in the third and another 16-yarder to Zion Riddick to take the lead with 4:12 to play. The Vikings defense would then hold Chowan scoreless on their final two drives to secure the win. ECSU’s Smith threw for 160 yards and three scores and also had a game-high 38 yards rushing while Riddick finished with 215 all purpose yards that included 84 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Chowan’s Imeek Watkins led all receivers with 11 catches for 173 yards and added two touchdowns while teammate Ja’Qua Albright totaled 124 receiving yards and a score. Defensively, ECSU’s Juanya’ Majette finished with a game-high 11 tackles while CU’s Rafiq Abdul-Wahid tied for the team lead with seven stops, including two tackles for loss, and a sack.
FULL GAME RECAP: Vikings Unleash A 32-28 Homecoming Victory Over Chowan BOX SCORE: Chowan at Elizabeth City State
Next Opponent: ECSU vs VUU, October 30 at 2:00 PM; CU at VSU, October 30 at 2:00 PM
Winston-Salem State 21, Livingstone 0
Winston-Salem State won their third consecutive game with a 21-0 win over Livingstone on homecoming in a game that was televised nationally on AspireTV. WSSU quarterback Cameron Lewis threw for 196 yards and three touchdowns that included a pair to Alex Cabrera from 35 and 50 yards, respectively. Cabrera finished with a game-high 88 yards receiving while Lewis also tossed a 10-yard scoring pass to freshman Antjuan Collins, who caught five passes for 60 yards. Led by Trevor Williard’s game-high 10 tackles and nine stops from Tayshaun Taylor, the WSSU defense pitched their second straight shutout and held Livingstone to just 175 yards of total offense. Tecorey Tutson’s 64 rushing yards and Cesar Cordoba’s team-high six tackles were a few of the individual bright spots for Livingstone throughout the game. The Blue Bear defense also registered six sacks for the game, led by Cordoba and Teyon Williams with one and a half sacks apiece.
FULL GAME RECAP: BOX SCORE: Livingstone at Winston-Salem State
Next Opponent: WSSU at SU, October 30 at 1:00 PM; LC at FSU, October 30 at 2:00 PM
Virginia State 23, Lincoln (PA) 3
Virginia State did just enough on offense and used timely special teams play to secure a 23-3 win over Lincoln (PA). Lincoln’s Sam Okezie-Imo nailed a 32-yard field goal on the opening drive to give the Lions an early 3-0 lead. VSU would then take control, responding with 23 unanswered points and holding the Lions scoreless the rest of the game. Trojan kicker Nicholas Woolfolk kicked three field goals on the day from 32, 31, and 33 yards while quarterback Chauncey Caldwell threw for a game-high 195 yards and ran for score. Lincoln’s Drew Stephens led all pass catchers with 103 yards receiving on five catches and teammate Samuel Jordan rushed for 48 yards on 16 carries. Trojan defender Kymon Pope had a game-high 11 tackles with an interception and two of the Virginia State defense’s nine sacks for the game. Kolby Hunter also had a game-high three sacks for VSU while Lincoln was led by Devon Cathcart on defense with eight tackles that included a tackle for loss.
FULL GAME RECAP: BOX SCORE: Lincoln (PA) at Virginia State
Next Opponent: VSU vs CU, October 30 at 2:00 PM; LUPA vs BSU, October 30 at 1:00 PM