CIAA Football Recap: Week 5

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Chowan took home a 27-24 win over Winston-Salem State on Saturday afternoon in Bowman Gray Stadium. The Hawks move to 4-1 on the season with the victory and hold a 2-0 record in CIAA play. The Hawks win over the Rams was the football team’s first victory over WSSU in program history. The Rams slide to 1-4 on the season with the setback and even their record to 1-1 against CIAA competition.

Winston-Salem State’s loss to Chowan was the first home conference loss for the Rams since 2010 when the Rams fell 40-35 to Saint Augustine’s. Additionally, the setback snapped a 29-game regular game conference win-streak for WSSU.

Fayetteville State University routed The Lincoln University 49-17 in the cross-divisional CIAA matchup at Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium. FSU improves to 2-3 overall and 2-0 in conference; while the Lions fall to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the CIAA.

FSU wasted no time building a sizable advantage in the contest. The Broncos produced three touchdowns before Lincoln got on the scoreboard.

Fayetteville State will attempt to win their third in a row and remain unbeaten in the CIAA next weekend against Shaw.

The Elizabeth City State Vikings (3-1, 1-1 CIAA) got back on a winning track with a 41-6 thrashing of Livingstone (1-2, 0-2 CIAA), at Alumni Memorial Stadium. The Vikings withstood a downpour of rain in the first half and muddied field conditions to earn their first CIAA victory of the season.

Stephen Williams again led the charge for the Viking defenders with a game high 11 tackles, including one for a loss of four yards and a fumble recovery. ECSU’s defense did not allow the Blue Bears past midfield until their final (ninth) offensive set of the first half.

Five of Livingstone’s first half drives ended on either a fumble (3) or an interception. The Blue Bears’ first two drives of the second half also ended with interceptions. LC’s most productive drive of the day came in the fourth quarter when Jalen Hendricks broke for a 47 yard run down to the ECSU 41-yard line.

Virginia State overpowered Saint Augustine’s, 24-0, after holding the Falcons to only 82 yards offensively. The victory gives the Trojans a 3-2 overall record and 1-1 record in the conference.

Trenton Cannon led the Trojans offensively with 159 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns.

The Falcons (0-5 overall, 0-2 CIAA) enter the second half of the season with three of their final five games at home.

The Bowie State defense made two huge plays to help the Bulldogs capture a 34-21 road win at Johnson C. Smith. With the victory, the Bulldogs remain unbeaten in conference play at 2-0 and improve to 4-1 overall. The loss, JCSU’s third in a row, dips the Golden Bulls to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in league play.

Bowie State graduate quarterback Matthew Goggans led all players on offense with 177 passing yards, completing 17-of-26 and three touchdowns. Stephen Willis rushed for a team-high and career-best 62 yards on 14 totes.

There were a combined 12 turnovers between the two teams. Johnson C. Smith was intercepted three times and fumbled the rain soaked football three times. Bowie State was intercepted once and lost four of five fumbles.

The loss drops JCSU to 1-4 overall, 0-2 in CIAA play.

For the second consecutive game, the Virginia Union defense shut down an opposing offense as the Panthers downed Shaw 22-13 in Raleigh, N.C.

The Panthers held Shaw to -25 total rushing yards; the second straight game for VUU’s defense.

Virginia Union’s quarterback, Shawheem Dowdy, completed 12 of 26 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns.