Whitney Young Football Classic to feature Vikings vs. NCCU
June 14, 2007
ELIZABETH CITY, NC- The Elizabeth City State University Vikings will take on the North Carolina Central University Eagles as a part of the Whitney Young Football Classic on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 3:00pm at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
The game, which was originally slated to be played in Durham at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium, will be a rematch of the 2006 CIAA Championship game where the Eagles defeated the Vikings 17-14 via a last second, 51-yard field goal.
For more than 30 years, The Whitney Young Football Classic has benefited the New York Urban League Scholarship Fund and Education Programs. To date this has helped 4,034 students with over $20,165,000 in scholarships, thus providing them the opportunity to attend the college of their choice. Scholarships are awarded on the basis academic record, community service, a written essay, and personal interviews with each candidate.
The match-up will feature two teams that are coming off of historic seasons on the football gridiron. With their victory over the Vikings in Durham, NC last year, the Eagles won the second consecutive CIAA Football Championship. They were then declared the 2006 Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College Football National Champions, the school's first such title in the 33 years after posting a perfect 11-0 regular season record, the best in school history.
Likewise, the Vikings rolled through their CIAA schedule with a perfect 7-0 conference record earning their first appearance in the Football Championship game since winning the title in 1971. ECSU earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs (first appearance since 1981) and hosted their first ever playoff game at Roebuck Stadium (Delta State). They finished the season with a 9-3 mark, the best record in school history, and Coach Waverly Tillar was tapped as the 2006 CIAA Coach of the Year.