"Celebrating 10 years: The Return of
Conference Championship Game"
The CIAA Championship Game - November 7 - Durham, NC
WEEK 9 - DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THE LINE
Hampton, VA - In 2000, the CIAA brought back its Championship Game after a ten-year hiatus. The CIAA played the first conference football championship game in 1970, and discontinued it in 1990. This year, the conference is celebrating a decade of success of the CIAA Football Championship on Saturday, November 7 in Durham, 1:00 p.m.
This week, we will look back at the 2007 Championship Game when Shaw knocked off Virginia Union in double overtime to win its second football championship game. (Take a look at the 2007 Championship Game flashback-recap after the preview capsules).
This week, both Fayetteville State and Bowie State can clinch the Western and Eastern Divisions respectively. However, both teams have tough roads to travel. Bowie State must go on the road and knock off Virginia Union at the Panthers' homecoming game. Fayetteville State must knock off a game St. Augustine's squad that has found its offensive punch.
GAME OF THE WEEK: BOWIE STATE AT VIRGINIA UNION (TV Game - check local listings): Bowie State not only has been the surprise team of 2009, but they could be the Champions of the Eastern Division. The Bulldogs have laid waste to the rest of the conference by going undefeated thus far. However, BSU will have its toughest test on Saturday against the Panthers. Virginia Union will be playing its Homecoming Game with a chance to take control of the East. The Panthers literally ran over Virginia State on national television by rushing for a whopping 490 yards. VUU has suffered multiple injuries to its first line running backs; but that does not keep the Panther Express from rolling. Both Trevon Winston and Chris Smith combined for 325 yards last Thursday. Bowie State's defense has been stout this season giving up only 217 yards per contest. In fact, the Bulldogs limited St. Paul's to a mere 28 yards of total offense, last weekend. (1:00 p.m. at Richmond, VA).
Players to watch: (Bowie State: WR Larry Dixon; RB Rodney Webb; DB Terrence Peete).
(Virginia Union: RB Trevon Winston; QB Cheston Hickman; LB Hurley Hemphill).
ST. AUGUSTINE'S AT FAYETTEVILLE STATE: It has been a long five years since FSU's Championship Run ended. For three years in a row, FSU ruled the Western Division and went 2-1 in their Championship Game appearances, winning in 2002 and 2003. If Fayetteville State wins on Saturday, a new championship run will begin. Last week's win over Johnson C. Smith allowed FSU to be on the precipice of the Western Crown, but the Broncos know that this weekend's contest will be far from easy. St. Augustine's has gained over 300 yards and scored at least 27 points in five straight games. Defensively, DL Marcus Crump is one of the league's best at rushing the passer and will give the Bronco passing attack fits. RB Walter Sanders has also been a consistent performer for the Falcons' ground attack. RB Richard Medlin and Calvin Harris combined for 336 yards rushing against JCSU for the Broncos. They will need to match that output against the Falcons on Saturday. (2 p.m. at Fayetteville).
Players to watch: (St. Augustine's: DL Marcus Crump; QB Joaquin Green; RB Walter Sanders).
(FSU: K Austin Turner; RB Richard Medlin; WR Kendon Doe).
ELIZABETH CITY STATE AT ST. PAUL'S: The Vikings have slim hopes to repeat in the East. They will need help from VUU and will need to help themselves by knocking off the Tigers on Saturday. ECSU got their offense back on track with 54 points. WR Dexter Manley was finally at full strength and finished with 6 catches for 107 yards against Lincoln. QB Creven Powell passed for 198 yards and two TDs to support the cause. St. Paul's went on a two-game win streak after beginning the conference season at 0-2. The Tigers knocked off VUU and VSU in consecutive weeks with a tough defensive game plan. They will need their defense working on all cylinders to stop a retooled ECSU Offensive Attack. (1:00 p.m. at South Hill, VA).
Players to watch: (ECSU: WR Dexter Manley: QB Creven Powell; RB Cedric Blacknall).
(St. Paul's: RB Albert Tinsley; QB Alwan Lee; WR Emory Addison).
LIVINGSTONE AT SHAW: The Bears know that they are very much alive in the West. However, they will need help from their cross-town rival St. Aug on Saturday. In order to keep hope alive, St. Aug will have to knock off Fayetteville State. If they do, the Bears will be back in play for the West. The Bears took care of business on Saturday by handling Chowan easily 53-20 in Murfreesboro. At 6-2, they still sport the best overall record in the league. (4:00 p.m. at Raleigh).
Players to watch: (Livingstone: QB Steven Williams; WR Jeremy Hughes; DL Anthony Earles).
(Shaw: RB Raymond Williams; QB Brandon Landers; WR De'Andre Okonji).
VIRGINIA STATE AT LINCOLN: The Trojans' Championship run officially came to an end with the loss to Virginia Union. They will look to salvage the season by finishing above .500 and winning their last two contests of the season. Lincoln will look to win its second contest against CIAA competition on Saturday. (1:00 p.m. at Lincoln University, PA).
JOHNSON C. SMITH AT CHOWAN: The Golden Bulls contended early for the West, but two consecutive losses to St. Aug and Fayetteville State ended their divisional hopes. Chowan still sports the conference's top passer in CJ Westler (2307 yards passing, 21 TDs), and will look to win their second conference game this year. (6:00 p.m. at Murfreesboro, NC).
Remembering the Championship
A Look Back at the Last 10 Yeats of the CIAA Football Championship
The 2007 Championship Game: November 10, 2007
Charlotte, NC - In the first overtime game in Championship Game History, Shaw won their second CIAA Championship by knocking off Virginia Union in double overtime. This matchup pitted the league's top rated offense (VUU) against the nation's top rated defense in Shaw. QB Lamar Little was held in check as Shaw overcame a 24-14 fourth quarter deficit to tie the game with 34 seconds remaining.
The game went into double overtime and MVP Aaron Ellison punched in a 3-yard run to clinch the game for Shaw. This was the second of three titles for Shaw who won again in 2008. Virginia Union has not played in the game since 2007, and was making its third Championship appearance.