Struggling Vikings host rival Hawks

ECSU football is on a four-game losing streak


From staff reports

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Elizabeth City State football team returns to Roebuck Stadium today as they host Chowan in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northern Division contest.

The Vikings (1-4, 0-3 CIAA) lost to Lincoln (Pa.) 21-20 last week at Lincoln.

The loss was ECSU’s first to the Lions in the last 11 meetings.

The Vikings will try to end a four-game losing streak against a high-scoring Hawks offense.

ECSU’s last win was its only victory of the season on Sept. 1 against Central State.

The Vikings secured a 19-10 win in a weather-shortened contest that was stopped in the fourth quarter because of lightning.

The Vikings have never lost to Chowan at home.

Chowan has won two of the past three games in the matchup.

The Hawks (2-4, 1-2 CIAA) defeated ECSU 28-18 in last season’s game at Chowan.

Chowan lost to Virginia Union 48-38 last week.

The Hawks are at the top of the CIAA in total yards and passing yards per game.

Quarterback Bryce Witt leads the Hawks with 1,702 passing yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions on the season.

Witt threw for 241 yards with three touchdowns and an interception against Virginia Union last week.

Running back Tyrell Freeman leads the Hawks with 620 yards and six touchdowns on the season.

Freeman tallied 192 yards with a score last week.

Torry Baker leads CU with 561 receiving yards and three scores this season.

Paul Gooden has a team-high six touchdown catches this season for Chowan.

Defensively, the Hawks are led by Marquise Baldwin who has 47 tackles on the season with an interception.

Change in criteria

The CIAA announced Wednesday due to extenuating circumstances inflicted by Hurricane Florence and the re-scheduling challenges presented to several teams as a result of the storm, it has updated its championship criteria for the 2018 season.

Instead of determining divisional champions based on a 7-game regular season composite schedule, a 6-game criteria will be used to determine this year’s division champions who will then advance to participate in the 2018 CIAA Football Championship on Nov. 10.

The updated criteria for this year only will include one cross-division game and teams’ full divisional schedule, for games between Sept. 29 – Nov. 3.

The CIAA football division champions are determined by conference winning percentage.

In case of a tie between divisional teams, the winner shall be determined as follows:

1.) head-to-head competition, 2.) head-to head point differential, 3.) divisional winning percentage, 4.) results vs. common conference opponents, 5.) coin toss.

ECSU had games against Winston-Salem State (non-conference) and Fayetteville State (conference) canceled because of Hurricane Florence.