|The CI: Vikings key to football postseason|
|ECSU title opens Pioneer Bowl possibilities|
|Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012 2:12 pm|
Elizabeth City State holds the key to the CIAA’s postseason plans.
The Vikings, who won the North Division championship, plays South winner Winston-Salem State Saturday for the automatic berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs. If ECSU upsets the No. 2-ranked Rams, both teams would likely make the tournament. If WSSU wins, what becomes of the Vikings (7-3, CIAA 6-1)? A fourth loss would likely knock them out of the top eight in the regional ranking, but leave ECSU the CIAA’s prime candidate for the Pioneer Bowl. If the Vikings make the playoffs, Chowan and Johnson C. Smith, both 6-4, 5-2, would be considered for the Pioneer.
The CIAA title game, by the way, is Nov. 10 at Durham County Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m.
• Livingstone’s Drew Powell and Bowie State’s Curtis Pumphrey are the league’s offensive and defensive rookies of the year. The team is voted on annually by the CIAA Sports Information Directors’ Association.
Powell completed 197 of 349 pass attempts (56.4 percent), for 2,322 yards and 18 touchdowns. Pumphrey, a cornerback, led the league with six interceptions and logged 58 tackles, including 40 solo.
Johnson C. Smith receiver Fred Scott was named to the all-rookie team, the first Golden Bull receiver to earn such an honor since Jeremy Franklin in 2007.
Scott debuted with 47 catches for 610 yards and six touchdowns. He also returned 22 kickoffs for 491 yards in accumulating 1,208 all-purpose yards.
Scott had over 100 yards receiving against Lincoln and Winston-Salem State. He caught a season-high eight passes against Lincoln and a season-best 119 yards against WSSU.
The rookies will be recognized at the CIAA Football Championship Luncheon on Nov. 9 in Raleigh.
• Chowan wrapped up its best CIAA season in school history.
The Hawks’ 35-19 win against Lincoln (Pa.) pulled Chowan to 6-4 overall and 5-2 in league games, its first winning season since 1999 when the program went 5-4. This season is Chowan’s most successful in wins and conference finish since making the transition to a four-year school in 1993. Chowan joined the CIAA in 2008.
The Hawks, who were picked to finish fifth in the six-team CIAA North, beat expectations with a second-place finish.
• JCSU running back Dedrick Anderson, a second-team all-CIAA pick, and center George Orr were named CIAA offensive back and offensive lineman of the week. The honor is Anderson’s second and the first for Orr.
Anderson, a senior, finished with a new single game career-high of 200 yards rushing on 19 carries and three touchdowns. He rushed for 137 yards in the first half to become the first Golden Bull to run for 1,000 yards since 1991. Anderson was named Commemorative Classic Most Valuable Player. He finished the season with 1,063 rushing yards, third-best in school history.
Orr, a junior anchored the offensive line en route to a season-high 550 yards.
• Johnson C. Smith had a rough outing in an exhibition at the Charlotte 49ers.
The 49ers led from the opening tap in an 85-36 win on Saturday in Halton Arena.
Amanda Dowe led five Charlotte players in double figures with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Joining her in double-digit scoring was Jennifer Hailey (17 points), Ayanna Holmes (14 points), Hillary Sigmon (13 points) and freshman Alexis Alexander, who scored 10 in her collegiate debut.
Charlotte’s Ny Hammonds handed out 11 assists against two turnovers.
The 49ers outrebounded the Golden Bulls 40-21 and connected on 59.3 percent of their shots.
Brittany Dorsett led JCSU with 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting and LaKendra Wilkerson pulled down seven rebounds.
|The D2 football playoffs don't have automatic berths. Ecsu would need to finish the season in the top six in super region one to make the playoffs. The earned access only comes into play when no school from a conference is in the top six but one school is in the top eight. That school in the seventh or eighth position would replace the sixth place school.|
|Posted on November 9, 2012|
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