Vikings Pitch Second Half Shut-Out; Force Three-Way Tie in CIAA Eastern Division
October 31, 2009
RICHMOND, VA - The Elizabeth City State University Vikings handed Virginia Union University a 21-13 loss Saturday afternoon at Hovey Field.
The victory coupled with Virginia State’s 14-12 win over Bowie State forces a three-way tie for the Eastern Division crown and a berth in the CIAA Championship game next Saturday in Durham, NC. The CIAA office will host the tiebreaker tomorrow afternoon in Hampton, Virginia at the conference headquarters. All three teams (ECSU, Virginia Union and Bowie State) have a 5-2 record in the CIAA and are 2-1 against common opponents Lincoln, Virginia State and St. Paul’s.
The coin toss will be web streamed live at www.livestream.com/CIAA.
Cedric Blacknall rushed for two of his three touchdowns in the second half; with 35 seconds remaining in the third quarter his 10-yard score gave the Vikings their first lead of the afternoon 14-13. Then with 10:19 left in the game he padded the lead with a 2 yard scamper capitalizing on the Panthers fifth turnover of the day. The Vikings defense picked off 5 interceptions and forced 3 fumbles, two of which they recovered. Three of the Panthers’ turnovers came in the 4th quarter alone.
ECSU’s ground game was paced by Daronte McNeill who rushed for 117 yards on 27 carries. Dewitt Dixon had a career day with 12 tackles while Jason Tate contributed 10 tackles (7 solo, 3 assisted) and a forced fumble. Junior Terry Griffin snagged his first career interception which he returned for 33 yards to go with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a quarterback hurry and 4 tackles, two of which were for a loss of 12 yards.
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