“One Century Down”: CIAA Football Week Seven Preview
By: Shawn Warren, CIAA Media Assistant
Games for Saturday October 13, 2012
Game of the Week:
Saint Augustine’s Falcons (4-2, 2-1) at #3 Winston-Salem State Rams (6-0, 3-0)
A pivotal matchup between the top two teams in the Southern Division highlights Week Seven. The Winston-Salem State Rams continue to climb the polls and roll along like a well-oiled machine following a dominating 63-7 win over Johnson C. Smith on Saturday. Quarterback Kameron Smith threw for 259 yards and five touchdowns as the third-ranked Rams piled up 553 yards of offense while holding the Golden Bulls to 263yds. The Rams are among the NCAA’s elite in several statistical categories. Going into this week’s game, they are ranked eighth in Division II in total offense, averaging 485.7 yards a game and 11th in scoring at 41.0 points per game. They are fourth in passing efficiency with a 175.09 rating. Defensively, WSSU is 13th in the country in total defense allowing 285.7 yards per game. They are also ninth in scoring defense, giving up just 13.7 points a game. WSSU is also ranked second in Division II in red zone defense and top the CIAA in several offensive categories. Smith has the best passer efficiency rating and is tied for the lead with 18 passing touchdowns. Receiver Jameze Massey leads the conference, averaging 98.0 receiving yards per game and Jamal Williams is tied for the league lead with seven touchdown catches. Saint Augustine’s moved into a tie for second place in the Southern Division with a 32-27 win over Livingstone on Saturday. CIAA Receiver of the Week Tyron Laughinghouse caught seven passes for 109 yards and three touchdowns and Roderick Davenport rushed for 124 yards as the Falcons accumulated a season-high 525 yards of offense and held off the Blue Bears for an important divisional win. Backup quarterback Alex Munro came in and completed 11 of 18 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Munro was playing in place of starting quarterback Teddy Bacote who was injured in the second quarter. The Falcon’s defense held the Blue Bears, who came into the game averaging 441 yards, to just 316 yards, including 35 rushing yards. SAU will need a similar defensive effort to slow down the high-scoring Rams. Fortunately for the Falcons, defense has been their calling card this season. Their defense is ranked eighth in the country in rushing defense, holding opponents to 81.8 yards per game on the ground. Overall, they are third in the CIAA in total defense, allowing 312.8 yards and 20.0 points a game. Linebacker Chaz Robinson, who averages a league-high 10.3 tackles per game and defensive end Javarous Faulk, second in Division II with 9.5 sacks, lead the unit. The two teams have split their last two meetings with Saint Augustine’s winning 40-35 in 2010 and the Rams taking the 2011 matchup 35-28. Game time in this Southern Division showdown is 1:30 PM at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem. Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/staug/football
Elizabeth City State Vikings (3-3, 2-1) at Lincoln Lions (1-5, 1-2)
The Vikings’ hopes of repeating as Northern Division champs took a hit with their 28-17 loss to Virginia State on Saturday. ECSU fell behind 13-0 in the first quarter and spent the rest of the game trying to catch the Trojans. It was a tough day at the office for Viking tailback Daronte McNeill. McNeill, the reigning CIAA Offensive Player of the Year was held to a pedestrian 62 yards on 24 carries, although he did score two touchdowns. With the running game bottled up, the Vikings were forced to go to the air. Quarterback Namon Jones responded with 292 passing yards. Receiver Keith Strickland had a career-high 11 catches for 104 yards. Lincoln is coming off a 61-13 loss to Virginia Union. The Lions were held to 201 yards of total offense. Quarterback Doug Cook averages 287.0 passing yards per game, but was limited to 154 yards and three interceptions by a relentless Virginia Union defense. He was also sacked four times. Two of the better receivers in the CIAA wear the orange and blue of Lincoln. Phillip Jean-Juste leads the conference with 50 catches for 417 yards and three touchdowns. Teammate Matthew Coston is third with 38 receptions for 437 yards and three touchdowns. All-American defensive end Tim Green leads the defense with 56 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and one interception. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm at Lincoln University Stadium.
Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls (1-5, 1-2) at Fayetteville State Broncos (1-5, 0-3)
The Golden Bulls were manhandled in a 63-7 loss to third-ranked Winston-Salem State. JCSU was outgained 553-263 and trailed 28-0 after one quarter and 49-0 at the half. Their lone score came on a 62-yard touchdown pass from Keahn Wallace to Fred Scott. Wallace finished with 166 passing yards, while Scott caught six balls for 119 yards. The Broncos have lost three straight following their 45-28 loss to the Shaw Bears. Andreas Hudson passed for a career-high 216 yards and two touchdowns and Andre Montgomery rushed for a 107 yards for the Broncos who finished with 392 yards of total offense. Unfortunately, FSU didn’t get the same type of effort from their defense as Shaw piled up a season-high 545 yards. The Broncos were especially vulnerable through the air, giving up 360 passing yards and four touchdowns. Kickoff is set for 2:00pm at FSU’s Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium, Fayetteville. Listen Live: www.wfss.com; Live Stats: http://www.fsubroncos.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mfootbl.html?event=1088148&school=fast&sport=mfootbl&camefrom=&startschool=& and http://www.mainstreamnetwork.com/listen/player.asp?station=wvst-fm&
Shaw Bears (3-3, 2-1) at Livingstone Blue Bears (2-4, 2-1)
Shaw quarterback James Stallons continued his torrid pace throwing the ball, passing for 360 yards, and four touchdowns to lead Shaw to a 45-28 win over Fayetteville State. The Bears also got a huge game from freshman tailback Marquise Grizzle who rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown, his third straight 100-yard game. Grizzle also caught five passes for another 103 yards and a score as the Bears finished with 545 yards of total offense. Stallons has passed for 1,737 and 10 touchdowns. He leads the CIAA with 289.5 passing yards per game. Grizzle, who was named CIAA Rookie of the Week, is averaging 103.8 rushing yards per game, good enough for second in the conference. The Bears’ defense gave up 392 yards but still made enough plays to preserve the win. Junior defensive back Darnell Evans picked off a pass, and returned it 48 yards for a Shaw touchdown. He finished with seven tackles - five of them solo – and two interceptions to earn CIAA Defensive Back of the Week honors. Livingstone dropped a 35-27 decision to Saint Augustine’s, their first conference loss of the season. The Blue Bears came into the game averaging 441 yards, but the Falcons limited them to just 316 yards, including a meager 35 rushing yards. Drew Powell threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns. The freshman QB has now thrown for 1,736 yards and 18 touchdowns to rank second in the CIAA among passers. Linebacker Tyheim Pitt leads a struggling Livingstone defense. Pitt is fourth in the NCAA in solo tackles with 39. Fellow linebacker Kenneth White is second in the conference in tackles per game, averaging 9.5pg. The Blue Bears allow 480 yards and 43.0 points per game. Kick-off is slated for 1:00pm at Alumni Memorial Stadium, Salisbury. Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/shaw/
Virginia State Trojans (2-4, 1-2) at Bowie State Bulldogs (4-2, 1-2)
The Trojans picked up their first conference win of the season with a 28-17 victory over Elizabeth City State on Saturday. Receiver Dion Futch caught just two passes, but both went for long touchdowns as the Trojans handed the Vikings their first conference loss of the season. The Trojans shook off some of the offensive struggles that have plagued them this season. Quarterback Jarred Battle had one of his best games of the season throwing for 231 yards and three touchdowns as VSU finished with 324 yards of total offense. The Trojans also got a sterling effort from their defense. The Men of Troy held 2011 CIAA Offensive Player of the Year Daronte McNeill to a season-low 62 yards rushing. Brandon Roberts had 12 tackles and Devonte Piggott added 10 stops to lead the VSU defense. The Trojans also recorded four sacks and an interception. Bowie State kept themselves in contention in the Northern Division with their 35-31 come-from-behind win over Chowan. Tailback Keith Brown’s 57-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds left in the game proved to be the game winner as the Bulldogs handed Chowan their first conference loss. Brown, a redshirt sophomore, rushed for a career-high 132 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak. The Bulldogs generated 278 of their 442 yards of offense on the ground. In addition to Brown’s big day running the ball, backfield mate Corwin Acker rushed for 83 yards on just five carries, while quarterback Jared Johnston added 63 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Johnston also threw for 164 yards and a touchdown. Kickoff for the Bulldogs’ Homecoming is set for 1:00pm at Bulldogs Stadium, Bowie. Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/bowie/football/scoreboard.aspx, and http://www.mainstreamnetwork.com/listen/player.asp?station=wvst-fm&
Virginia Union Panthers (3-3, 1-2) at Chowan Hawks (3-3, 2-1)
The Panthers are coming off a huge 61-13 win over Lincoln. Tailback Jerrell Washington rushed for a school record 266 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Kenneth Graham passed for 217 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers who piled up a season-high 594 yards of total offense on the Lions. Receiver Matias Parker also had a big game for the Panthers, catching six passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, VUU held Lincoln to 201 yards of total offense. Lincoln quarterback Doug Cook averages 287.0 passing yards per game, but was limited to just 154 yards and three interceptions by a relentless Virginia Union pass rush. Defensive back Andre Kates had three interceptions, one shy of the VUU school record of four. The Panthers also sacked Cook four times. Chowan is coming off a heartbreaking 35-31 loss to Bowie State. The Hawks trailed 28-10 in the third quarter, but battled back to take a 31-28 lead late in the game, only to see Bowie State tailback break loose for a game-winning 57-yard touchdown with 39 seconds left in the game. The Hawks threw and ran their way to 536 yards of offense, but couldn’t finish off the Bulldogs. Cameron Stover passed for 311 yards, while receivers Ryan Nolan and Antjuan Randall combined to catch 14 passes for 236 yards. The Hawks also got 127 yards rushing from Eliot Smalls. Against Bowie State, Chowan gave up 442 yards of offense. Defensive back DaKorian Desamme had eight tackles and linebacker T.J. Batchelor, who is third in Division II with nine total sacks, had seven tackles and three quarterback hurries for Chowan. Game time is set for 6:00pm at Garrison Stadium, Murfreesboro.