Things became clearer in week nine of the CIAA season as the Bowie State Bulldogs clinched their second straight Northern Division title and secured the first spot in the CIAA Football Championship, which takes place November 16th in Salem, VA. This week also provided a bit more clarity in the Southern Division race with one week remaining in the regular season. As a reminder, here’s how division winners are determined:
The Northern and Southern Division winners will be determined by the highest winning percentage of conference games won based upon the seven-game conference schedule.
1. In case of a tie between divisional teams, the winner shall be determined as follows:
a. Divisional Win Percentage
b. Head-to-Head Competition
c. Results vs. Common Conference Opponents (to include point differential)
d. Coin Toss
Let’s look ahead at what’s at stake in the Southern Division race in week ten:
Southern Division Scenario
The scenario is simple. If Fayetteville State wins or both teams lose in the final week, the Broncos would advance to the Championship game.
If Shaw wins and Fayetteville State loses, the Bears would earn a berth in the CIAA Championship due to having a better divisional win percentage.
Fayetteville State will travel to face division rival Winston-Salem State while Shaw will host cross-town rival Saint Augustine’s.
Here are game summaries from this week’s contests:
#15 Bowie State 65, Lincoln (PA) 20 FINAL
Bowie State clinched the CIAA Northern Division in dominating fashion with a 65-20 win over Lincoln (PA).
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 28-0 lead in the first quarter, including a pair of Adam Gillis touchdown runs (4 and 5 yards) and a 34-yard interception return by Demetri Morsell on the opening drive of the game. Lincoln would get on the board late in the first quarter when Eban Jackson hit Dah’mear Triplett for a 29-yard score.
Bowie State would respond by running off 27 second-quarter points that included another Demetri Morsell pick-six late in the quarter to go into halftime up 55-6.
A Derrick Kittrell 3-yard touchdown run and a 40-yard field goal from Gene Carson would give BSU a 65-6 lead heading into the fourth. LUPA’s Jackson would toss a pair of touchdowns in the fourth, a 27-yarder to Triplett followed by 17-yarder to Deontae Brockington, for the only points of the quarter.
BSU quarterback Ja’rome Johnson went 13 for 17 for 160 yards and two scores while Chauncey Jackson finished with a team-high five tackles.
LUPA’s Jackson completed 13 passes for 208 yards and Triplett caught six balls for 105 yards while Devon Cathcart finished with a game-high eight tackles.
FULL GAME RECAP: No. 15 Bowie State Clinches CIAA North with 65-20 Victory Over Lincoln (Pa.) BOX SCORE: Lincoln (PA) at Bowie State
Next Opponent: BSU at Elizabeth City State, Nov. 9 at 1:30 PM; LUPA vs. Chowan, Nov. 9 at 1:00 PM
Virginia State 28, Chowan 21 FINAL
Virginia State kept their Division II playoff hopes alive with a 28-21 road win over Chowan.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Trojans went up 14 points on a 12-yard touchdown run by Toure Wallace followed by a 1-yard run from Darius Hagans for a score. The Hawks would respond when Bryce Witt found Imeek Watkins for a 54-yard strike to make it 14-7 at the half.
On Virginia State’s first possession of the second half, Demetrius Strickland broke a 39-yard run for a score to give the Trojans a 20-7 lead. Chowan responded on their next drive with a 65-yard touchdown pass from Witt to De’Shaun Wethington.
Later in the third quarter, Darius Hagans would cap a 10-play, 61-yard drive with a 9-yard scoring run, making the score 28-14 after a Cordelral Cook two-point conversion.
CU would add a late score early in the fourth on a 4-yard run from Witt but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome their deficit.
VSU’s Strickland rushed for 112 yards on 12 carries and Cordelral Cook finished with 191 yards of total offense, 113 yards passing on 12 completions. Zion Johnson finished with a team-high 11 tackles.
Wethington totaled 182 all-purpose yards, including 117 rushing yards and 65 receiving, and Raydarius Freeman finished with a game-high 13 stops.
Next Opponent: CU at Lincoln (PA), Nov. 9 at 1:00 PM; VSU vs Virginia Union, Nov. 9 at 2:00 PM
Shaw 21, Winston-Salem State 0 FINAL
Shaw kept their division title aspirations alive with a 21-0 shutout win over Winston-Salem State.
The Bears got two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter from freshman Sidney Gibbs, including a 72-yarder to give SU a 14-0 lead.
In the third quarter, Allaja Mitchell capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard run for a score.
Gibbs finished with 133 yards on 16 carries and two scores and receiver Daniel Bender caught four passes for 86 yards. Justin Daniels led the Bears defense with 10 tackles.
WSSU got 96 yards rushing from Farrell Murchinson while Ta’Shaun Taylor finished with a game-high 14 tackles.
Next Opponent: WSSU vs. Fayetteville State, Nov. 9 at 3:00 PM; SU vs. Saint Augustine’s, Nov. 9 at 1:00 PM
Virginia Union 26, Elizabeth City State 19 FINAL
In a game that was back and forth until the end, Virginia Union held off Elizabeth City State for a 26-19 win to keep their postseason hopes alive.
Virginia Union would score the game’s first points on a 2-yard run by Tabyus Taylor with 7:23 to play in the first quarter.
Elizabeth City would answer midway through the second on a 5-yard scoring run from Deshon Saunders. The Vikings would take the lead on VUU’s next possession when Lawrence Brown picked off a Khalid Morris pass returned it 20 yards for a score, taking a 13-6 lead into halftime.
Morris would bounce back in the second half with 11-yard touchdown pass to Desmond Smith late in the third followed by 2-yard scoring run of his own to give VUU a 19-13 lead with 12:30 to play. ECSU would immediately answer with a 5-yard scoring run from Gregory Bryan following a 75-yard kickoff return by Zion Riddick, tying the game at 19.
The Panthers would deliver the game-winning score with 2:22 to play on a 29-yard pass from Morris to Hakeem Holland, capping an 80-yard drive.
Morris finished with 173 yards passing and three total touchdowns and Tabyus Taylor ran for 98 yards and caught four passes for 14 yards. Elijah led the Panthers with 10 tackles, leading all defenders with eight solos.
ECSU’s Gregory Bryan rushed for 115 yards on 20 carries and teammate Juanya Majette had a game-high 13 tackles.
FULL GAME RECAP: N/A BOX SCORE: Elizabeth City State at Virginia Union
Next Opponent: VUU at Virginia State, Nov. 9 at 2:00 PM; ECSU vs Bowie State, Nov. 9 at 1:30 PM
Fayetteville State 32, Livingstone 0 FINAL
Fayetteville maintained control in the Southern Division race with a 32-0 shutout win over Livingstone.
FSU quarterback Richard Latimer threw for three touchdowns, including two in the first half, and completed 20 of 26 passes for 241 yards. The Broncos got also two field goals from Andrew Elton from 45 and 31 yards.
Broncos pass catcher Tyeous Sharpe led all receivers with five catches for 79 yards and touchdown. He also threw a 29-yard touchdown to Kersonn Aikens.
Livingstone got 61 all-purpose yards (46 rushing and 15 receiving) from Tyrell Baldwin while teammate Malcom Mayes finished with a game-high nine tackles.
Keyshawn James led the Fayetteville State defense, which gave up just 186 total yards, with seven tackles and a sack.
Next Opponent: FSU at Winston-Salem State, Nov. 9 at 3:00 PM; LC vs. Johnson C. Smith, Nov. 9 at 1:30 PM
Johnson C. Smith 26, Saint Augustine’s 17 FINAL
Johnson C. Smith battled back from a 14-point first half deficit to defeat Saint Augustine’s, 26-17.
SAU jumped out to a 14-0 first half lead on a 55-yard interception return by Shymere Scott early in the first followed by Maurice Nelson 16-yard scoring run with 13:25 to play in the second. The Golden Bulls would respond on the first play of their next possession when Antonio Wallace connected with Braxton Gambrell on a 70-yard touchdown pass.
An Emanuel Wilson 5-yard run for a score followed by a 47-yard Cristian Benitez field goal gave JCSU a 17-14 lead at halftime.
In the second half, a pair of Camerron Ellis blocked punts resulted in nine points, a safety and a fumble recovery for touchdown by Ivaree Atkinson to help Johnson C. Smith put the game out of reach.
Gambrell led JCSU with 54 yards rushing and 70 yards receiving and Tyki Lawson-Oates finished with a team-high 10 tackles.
SAU’s Jeremiah Miller led all rushers with 72 yards on 15 carries while Falcons defender Durrell Nash had a game-high 16 tackles, including four tackles for loss.
FULL GAME RECAP: Golden Bulls Rally to a 26-17 win over Saint Augustine’s BOX SCORE: Johnson C. Smith at Saint Augustine’s
Next Opponent: JCSU at Livingstone, Nov. 9 at 1:30 PM; SAU at Shaw, Nov. 9 at 1:00 PM