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CIAA Football Week in Review - Week 4

CIAA Sports Information Office | 9/20/2010, 7:23 a.m.

VIKINGS RALLY TO TOP BRONCOS IN DOWN EAST CLASSIC

Creven Powell threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns and Daronte McNeil rushed for two TD's as the Elizabeth City State Vikings (2-1) scored 31 unanswered points to erase an early lead by Fayetteville State (1-2) and down the Broncos 38-26 in the 13th Annual Down East Classic yesterday in Rocky Mount.

After a first quarter in which the Vikings' first five possessions ended in a missed field goal and four punts; including one that was blocked and returned for a touchdown, ECSU found itself trailing the defending CIAA Champion Broncos, 13-0.

In the second quarter ECSU's offense got untracked and took control of the game as Powell tossed touchdown passes of four and eight yards to Dexter Manley (six catches, 115 yards) and Devon Pike booted a 42-yard field goal as the Vikings scored 17 straight points to take a 17-13 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, McNeil (24 carries, 112 yards) added two short touchdown runs to push the Vikings' lead to 31-13. Fayetteville State's Richard Medlin would get loose for a 47-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to end Elizabeth City's run of points at 31 straight and cut the lead to 31-20.

Powell would put the game away early in the fourth quarter when he hooked up with Billy Wiggins (three catches, 68 yards) on a 49-yard touchdown pass to give the Vikings a three-possession lead at 38-20. Fayetteville State scored their final touchdown of the day with 40 seconds left in the game when Joshua Scales returned a blocked punt, his second block and score of the day, for a touchdown to make the score 38-26.

For the game, the Vikings overcame a sluggish start and finished with a season-high 449 yards of total offense on 88 plays, while limiting the Broncos to 239 yards of offense on 51 plays. The Vikings also dominated total time of possession 39:08 to 20:52.

Conference play really heats up next Saturday as Elizabeth City State plays host to Shaw, while Fayetteville State takes on Winston-Salem State in Fayetteville in matchups of divisional heavyweights.

Conference Scoreboard:

BOWIE STATE 55, LIVINGSTONE 06

ELIZABETH CITY STATE 38, FAYETTEVILLE STATE 26

JOHNSON C. SMITH 21, BREVARD 25

SAINT AUGUSTINE'S 31, SAINT PAUL'S 07

SHAW 21, CATAWBA 32

VIRGINIA STATE 28, NORFOLK STATE 51

VIRGINIA UNION 55, LINCOLN 31

WINSTON-SALEM ST. 48, CHOWAN 7