"Celebrating 10 years: The Return of the Original
Conference Championship Game"
The Championship Game - November 7- Durham, NC


Hampton, VA - In 2000, the CIAA brought back its Championship Game after a ten-year hiatus. This week will look back at the 2001 Championship Game when Virginia Union exacted revenge on Winston-Salem State. (Take a look at the 2001 Championship Game flashback after the preview capsules).

Last week, the CIAA had a much better showing than in Week 1. The week was highlighted by Shaw knocking off MEAC rival Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach. Also, Bowie State knocked off Atlantic Region Power Shepherd, marking the league's first major win in the region. This week, South Atlantic Champ Tusculum visits Elizabeth City State and St. Augustine's travels to Mars Hill to highlight the nonconference slate.

GAME OF THE WEEK: FAYETTEVILLE STATE AT BOWIE STATE: This contest, which does not count in the conference standings, still carries significant weight for both teams. FSU, which began the season as the conference favorite, has suffered back to back heartbreaking home losses and now sits 0-2. Bowie State, led by new coach Damon Wilson, pulled off the upset of the weekend by knocking off Shepherd. BSU looks to establish itself as a contender against one of the league's best. The Broncos face a daunting task travelling to Bowie State and are in danger of beginning the 2009 campaign at 0-3. RB Rodney Webb is filling the weighty shoes of Isaac Redman well. Against Shepherd, Webb rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown to lead the offense. QB Andre Johnson threw for 115 yards and rushed for 53 more to help the Bulldogs move the chains. The Broncos fell to Catawba 21-20 after being flagged for 14 penalties and giving up eight sacks. FSU must improve quickly as a game Bowie State team is gaining confidence. The Broncos were happy to have Richard Medlin back, but he only contributed 72 yards on 21 carries. QB Ben Williams has passed for an average of 220 yards in his first two contests. (1:00 p.m. at Bowie, MD).

Players to watch: (Fayetteville State: QB Ben Williams; RB Richard Medlin; LB Marcos Esquivel). (Bowie State: RB Rodney Webb; QB Andre Johnson; WR Larry Dixon).

TUSCULUM AT ELIZABETH CITY STATE: Defending Eastern Division Champ ECSU bounced back strong against JCSU. The Vikings put up 51 points and coupled it with a strong defensive effort by giving up only 264 total yards. QB Creven Powell had a fine game, passing for 259 yards and 3 TDs. His top target WR Dexter Manley needed only one reception to make an impact...a 57 yard TD catch in the first quarter. Last year's contest with Tusculum was one of 2008's best. Leading ECSU, 32-7 with five minutes left in the contest, the Pioneers survived a furious comeback. The Vikings amazingly outscored Tusculum 23-0 and fell a two-point conversion short of tying the contest. The Pioneers are the defending South Atlantic Champs and is 6-0 all-time against the CIAA. ECSU looks to halt that streak. (6:00 p.m. at Elizabeth City, NC).

Players to watch: (Elizabeth City State: WR Dexter Manley; QB Creven Powell; RB Daronte McNeill).

VIRGINIA UNION AT OLD DOMINION: It was a happy celebration for ODU as football was reborn after 69 years. However, Chowan had other ideas...playing the Monarchs to a close 36-21 loss. This week, the second CIAA school in as many weeks goes to Norfolk to face ODU. Virginia Union is coming off a 45-0 blanking of Central State in Dayton. The Panthers got a balanced attack offensively with QB Noel Johnson passing for 2 TDs and Tarian Donaldson rushing for 106 yards. ODU packed the house with nearly 20,000 in the stands for "opening day." However, the Panthers will look to end the celebration prematurely. (6:00 p.m. at Norfolk).

Players to watch: (Virginia Union: QB Noel Johnson; RB Tarian Donaldson; WR Michael Hampton).
(Old Dominion: RB Jamel Parham; K Drew Hareza; DL Edmon McClam).

ST. AUGUSTINE'S AT MARS HILL: St. Aug put up a three-overtime fight against Charleston (WVA) on Saturday but fell short 43-41. Joaquin Green, D2Football.com's Offensive Player of the Week, threw for 6 TDs leading a fantastic comeback against Charleston. The Falcons faced a 28-7 deficit at the beginning of the fourth quarter before rallying to send the game to overtime 28-28. Mars Hill suffered a tough loss to Gardner-Webb, 58-14. They are led by QB John Richt.
(1:30 p.m. at Mars Hill, NC).

Players to watch: (St. Aug: QB Joaquin Green; DL Marcus Crump; DL Phillip Stevenson). (Mars Hill: QB Jon Richt; LB Josh Baker; WR Patrick Park).

CONCORDIA AT SHAW: Shaw has been on a rampage sent outscoring ECSU in the fourth quarter 27-0. The Bears promptly went into the Wildcats' Den in Daytona and won 20-6. The MEAC's Bethune-Cookman finished 2008 at 8-3. RB Raymond Williams led the way scoring a touchdown. QB Brandon Landers and Travis Robinson split time at the QB position. This win would make Shaw 3-0 going into the conference season. (6:00 p.m. at Raleigh).

Players to watch: (Shaw: RB Raymond Williams; QB Travis Robinson: K Caleb Reid).

 LINCOLN (MO.) AT VIRGINIA STATE: The Trojans dropped a tough 28-10 loss to in-state foe Norfolk State. The Trojans will look to improve on their 1-1 record against newly admitted MIAA member Lincoln. The Trojans look to get improved play from QB Leonard Johnson. (4:00 p.m. at Ettrick, VA).

Players to watch: (VSU: QB Leonard Johnson; WR Brian Berry; DL Brandon Fortune).

CHOWAN AT BREVARD: Chowan has played well in their first two contests. The Hawks faced Division II Powerhouse Albany State and Old Dominion (see VUU preview) in back to back weeks with little to be ashamed of in their performance. Chowan knocked off Brevard for one of its two 2008 wins. The Tornados will be seeking revenge against the Braves. QB C.J. Westler played well against ODU. Westler passed for 293 yards and 1 TD and added a one-yard rushing TD. He will probably find the passing lanes a little more open this weekend against Brevard. (2:00 p.m. at Brevard, NC).

Players to watch: (Chowan: QB CJ Westler; RB Elliot Smalls; WR Kevin Robeldo).

JOHNSON C. SMITH AT EDWARD WATERS: The Golden Bulls suffered a tough home opening loss to ECSU, 51-10. They will look to bounce back against Edward Waters. The Golden Bulls will need increased production from QB Ryan Carter and RB Dedric Anderson. (5:00 p.m. at Brunswick, GA).

Players to watch: (JCSU: QB Ryan Carter; RB Dedric Anderson; WR Jeremy Franklin).

LIVINGSTONE AT CATAWBA: Catawba is 2-0 against the CIAA after surviving a close shave against Fayetteville State. The Blue Bears will look to turn the tables against their cross town rivals. (7:00 p.m. at Salisbury, NC).

Players to watch: (LC: QB Steven Williams; DB Devonta Harmon; WR Chris Peoples).

WEBER INT'L AT ST. PAUL'S: The Tigers are looking to get in the win column after knocking off Weber Int'l. last season. (1:00 p.m. at Lawrenceville, VA).


Remembering the Championship Game: A Look Back at the Last 10 Years
The 2001 Championship Game: November 10, 2001 

At Winston-Salem, NC - Virginia Union held off the fourth quarter efforts of Winston-Salem State to defeat the reigning league champs 31-24 at Bowman Gray Stadium. Virginia Union gained initial momentum in the first quarter with a 7-3 lead. VUU extended the advantage to 13-3. WSSU scored on a 2-yard run by Nathan Swindell to make the halftime score 13-10, VUU.

VUU erupted in the third quarter for 18 unanswered points to take a commanding 31-10 lead into the fourth quarter. However, with 12:11 remaining in the game, the Rams began their comeback. Aubrey Jones hit Arnell Wooten for a 13-yard TD pass. Three minutes later, WSSU scored again with a 10-yard pass from Jones to Swindell. However, the Panthers' defense shattered the Rams' hopes of a three-peat with an interception at the one-yard line to preserve the 31-10 victory.