CIAA Football Week in Review - Week 8
CIAA Sports Information Office | 10/18/2010, 6:51 p.m.
BEARS GET BY BRONCOS TO STAY UNBEATEN IN CONFERENCE PLAY
RALEIGH, NC - Quarterback Kevin Atkins accounted for 250 of Shaw's 377 yards of total offense as the Bears stayed in contention for the CIAA Southern Division title with a 34-27 win over the Fayetteville State Broncos (2-5, 1-3 CIAA). Atkins, a 6-2, 216 pound senior from Durham, NC, passed for two touchdowns and ran for a score as the Bears improved to 5-2 and 4-0 in the conference and kept pace with Saint Augustine's for first place in the division and the berth in the CIAA Championship game that goes along with it.
Relegated to the role of spoiler by some key early season losses, the defending CIAA champion Broncos took their opening possession of the game and put together a 12-play, 53-yard drive that was capped off by a 30-yard field goal by Austin Turner for a 3-0 lead. Shaw would take the lead on their next possession, when Atkins ran it in from 7 yards out. Caleb Reid kicked the PAT and the Bears led 7-3.
In the second quarter, the Broncos would cut the lead to 7-6 on Turner's 42-yard field goal. Raymond Williams capped an eight play, 78-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run and Reid added the extra point to give Shaw a 14-6 with 4:28 left in the first half. But FSU would not go away quietly.
Displaying some of the mettle that made them conference champs last season, the Broncos needed just six plays to move the ball 60-yards. The big play in the drive came when quarterback Robert Benjamin scrambled for 22-yards down to the Shaw 25-yard line. One play later, Benjamin hooked up with Jamere Pugh on a 25-yard scoring pass. Turner added the PAT and the Broncos trailed the Bears 14-13 at the half.
Shaw would finally get some separation from the pesky Broncos in the third quarter. Williams' 12-yard touchdown run and Atkins' 25-yard scoring pass to Julius Gregory would push the Bears' lead to 27-13 with just under five minutes left in the quarter.
But if the Bears thought they could breathe easy they were wrong. On a drive that was extended by two big penalties--unsportsmanlike conduct and pass interference--against Shaw, Fayetteville State got a two-yard touchdown run from Anthony Council and a PAT to trim the lead to 27-20 with 14:02 left in the game.
Shaw would only need one play to make it a two possession game again. On the first play of their next possession Atkins found Gregory for 67-yard scoring strike to push the lead to 34-20. The Broncos got the ball back one final time with 3:22 left in the game and needed only seven plays to drive 69 yards for a score, an 11-yard pass from Benjamin to Ben Washington, to cut the lead to 34-27 with 50 seconds left in the game.
On the kickoff the Broncos attempted an onside kick, but the Bears recovered and ran out the clock for a hard-fought win. Next week Shaw plays host to Chowan, while Fayetteville State takes on Johnson C. Smith in Fayetteville.
BOWIE STATE 24 LINCOLN 18
CHOWAN 31 SAINT PAUL'S 20
SAINT AUGUSTINE'S 21 CENTRAL STATE 14
SHAW 34 FAYETTEVILLE STATE 27
VIRGINIA STATE 15 ELIZABETH CITY STATE 7 Thursday
VIRGINIA UNION 44 JOHNSON C. SMITH 21
WINSTON-SALEM ST. 58 LIVINGSTONE 0
October's Upcoming Games: Sat. Oct. 23, 2010
Chowan University vs. Shaw University
Bowie State University vs. Elizabeth City State University
Johnson C. Smith University vs. St. Augustine's College
Virginia State University vs. Lincoln University (PA)
Winston-Salem State University vs. UNC-Pembroke
Livingstone College vs. Fayetteville State University
Virginia Union University vs. St. Paul's College