Elizabeth City State running back Daronte McNeill rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass for another score as ECSU downed visiting Bowie State 23-12 on Saturday. With the win, the Vikings wrap up the CIAA Northern Division and will face off against Winston-Salem State in the CIAA Championship Game November 12 at Durham County Stadium.
This is the third time in six years the Vikings will be in the championship game. They lost the previous two to North Carolina Central (2006) and Shaw (2008). With McNeill’s 159 yards rushing he goes over the 1,000-yard plateau for the second time in as many years. With the Vikings leading 10-6 in the fourth quarter, McNeill rushed for his first of two touchdowns on an 8-yard run with 12:20 remaining extending the Vikings lead to 16-6. Four plays into the Bulldogs’ ensuing drive Josh Brooks picked off a Tyrae Reid pass at the Viking 4-yard line and returned it 86 yards to the Bowie State 10-yard line. Two plays later McNeill had his second touchdown of the day, this time from three yards out which put the Vikings up 23-6.
The Vikings (6-2, 4-1 in the CIAA) totaled 219 yards on the ground and while Bowie State (4-4, 3-3 in the CIAA) outgained ECSU 374 to 314 in total offensive yards, the Vikings forced two Bowie State interceptions and sacked Bulldog quarterbacks three times. ECSU linebacker Dewitt Dixon led the Vikings with 10 tackles.
ECSU will be at Chowan on Saturday.
The rest of the state.
Howard 35, North Carolina A&T 28 OT
The Aggies had their three-game winning streak snapped in Washington, DC. Aggies quarterback Lewis Kindle was stopped at the 1-yard line in overtime to preserve the Homecoming victory for the Bison. After an 82-yard kickoff by Howard’s Aquanius Freeman midway through the fourth quarter, A&T tied the game at 28 on a 3-yard Ricky Lewis touchdown that was set up by a 20-yard completion to Lewis. Chris Neal put the Aggies in perfect position to win the game in regulation when he punched the ball out of the arms Howard running back Andra Williams. Brandon Hover recovered the ball at the Aggies 49 with 3:51 remaining. But on 3rd-and-1 from the Bison 43, Howard linebacker Keith Pough buried Mike Mayhew for a four-yard loss, setting up the overtime period. N.C. A&T won the toss and elected to let the Bison have the ball first. Howard used five plays and a 3-yard touchdown run by Terrance Lefall to take a one touchdown lead. Aggie running back Mike Mayhew, the MEAC’s leading rusher, recorded his fourth-straight 100-yard rushing game finishing with 115 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns. It was the first conference loss of the year for A&T (4-3, 3-1), who still shares first place with Norfolk State. The Aggies play their second of four-straight road games on Saturday at Norfolk State.
Hampton 30, North Carolina Central 27 OT
On a controversial play in overtime when the Eagles thought they had recovered a fumble and won the game, the official, after initially giving the Eagles the ball, reversed the call and Jeremiah Schwartz game-winning 1-yard touchdown run gave NCCU its fifth-straight loss as Hampton celebrated a Homecoming win. NCCU put together a seven-play, 85-yard scoring drive to take a 17-16 lead early in the fourth quarter on an 8-yard touchdown scamper by redshirt freshman Idreis Augustus. A miscue on a punt led to a 5-yard run by Hampton running back Antwon Chisholm 1-yard touchdown run and a 24-17 lead. With 1:54 remaining in regulation, NCCU senior wide receiver Jonathan Nicely caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Michael Johnson to tie the score at 24-24. The Eagles received the ball first in overtime and Oleg Parent’s 28-yard field goal gave NCCU the 27-24 lead. A pass interference call on the Eagles setup the Pirates game-winning touchdown. The Eagles host Bethune-Cookman for Homecoming on Saturday at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium at 2 p.m.
Saint Augustine’s 34, Johnson C. Smith 14
The Falcons made history playing their first ever football contest on campus, knocking off Johnson C. Smith in front of an overflowing Homecoming crowd of 5,126 at the George Williams Athletic Complex. Falcons quarterback Teddy Bacote threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and Deonte Toliver rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons. Linebacker Chaz Robinson led the Falcons defensively with a game-high 16 tackles. Saint Aug’s (3-5, 2-3) will host Livingstone this Saturday, while Johnson C. Smith (4-4, 3-2).
Winston-Salem State 59, Edward Waters 7
Winston-Salem State gained 562 yards of total offense, while holding Edwards Waters to just 130 yards in a rout at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem. Rams running back Nicholas Cooper rushed 29 times for 120 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Kameron Smith threw for 196 yards and three touchdowns on 12-of-22 passing. Winston-Salem State (8-0, 6-0 in the CIAA), which is currently ranked #3 in the Boxtorow National HBCU Football Top 10 Media poll, wrapped up the CIAA Southern Division two weeks ago and will host Shaw on Saturday.
Fayetteville State 17, Livingstone 7
Broncos freshman quarterback Chauncey Concepcion threw for 183 yards, rushed for 125, and accounted for two touchdowns as Fayetteville State spoiled the Blue Bears Homecoming. The Broncos (3-5, 3-2) gained a season high 471 yards of total offense while limiting the Blue Bears (1-7, 0-5) to just 123. Fayetteville State will be at Johnson C. Smith next week, while Livingstone will play at Saint Aug’s.