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Vikings host Panthers for homecoming

ECSU on a five-game losing streak

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The ECSU defense faces a run-first opponent in Virginia Union, today.

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From staff reports

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Elizabeth City State football team hosts Virginia Union today.

The contest is homecoming and the scheduled regular-season home finale for the Vikings.

ECSU (1-5, 0-4 CIAA) lost to Chowan 44-20 last week at Roebuck Stadium.

The loss was ECSU’s first to the Hawks at home.

The Vikings have struggled all season to generate points on offense.

Entering today’s game, ECSU is 11th out of 12 teams in the Central Intercollegiate Association in points scored at 19 points per game.

Virginia Union (5-2, 4-1 CIAA) leads the conference in scoring offense with 50.8 points per game.

That includes the Panthers defeating Lincoln (Pa.) 90-0 earlier this month.

The Panthers are ranked third in the league in points allowed at 21 per contest.

Virginia Union running back Tabyus Taylor leads the CIAA in rushing yards with 148.8 yards per game with seven touchdowns.

Taylor tallied 131 yards last week against Bowie State.

Union lost to Bowie State 27-13 last week.

Taylor has 1,007 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on the season.

Quarterback Darius Taylor leads VUU with 1,232 passing yards with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Darius Taylor threw for 43 yards on 9-of-28 attempts against Bowie State last week.

Wide receiver Olu Izegwire leads the Panthers with 317 receiving yards and three touchdowns on the season.

Linebacker Tyrone Glanton has 49 total tackles with two sacks and a force fumble to lead Virginia Union.

Marquis Fairchild, a defensive lineman, has a team-high four sacks for Union.

ECSU lost to Virginia Union 37-21 at VUU last season.

CROSS COUNTRY

The ECSU men’s and women’s cross country teams took part in the CIAA cross country championships Thursday at Green Hill Park in Salem, Virginia.

The ECSU women’s team finished 12th out of 13 schools with 304 points.

Fayetteville State won the women’s 5-kilometer team title with 70 points.

Fayetteville State’s Nelly Kandie won the women’s individual championship with a time of 19 minutes, 27.2 seconds.

ECSU’s Nyla Harris, a former runner at Northeastern High School, posted the best time for the Lady Vikings with a 41st place finish.

Virginia State won the men’s conference championship with 56 points.

ECSU finished in 10th place.

Saint Augustine’s Baron Freeman won the men’s individual championship with a time of 25:52.6 in the 8-kilometer championship.

ECSU’s Jonquin Elliott posted the fastest time for the Vikings with a 23rd place finish.

MEET THE COACHES

ECSU men’s basketball coach Shawn Walker and women’s basketball coach Antonio O. Davis will take part in an open forum Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Museum of the Albemarle from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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