CIAA Week 5 / Crossover Week #2

Published on 09-29-2016 10:30 PM
The big news to come out this week came off the field. The rumors of the CIAA potentially moving the football championship are heating up.The rumors are the fallout of NC’s House Bill 2, and the Bill’s passage has resulted in several athletic events leaving the state.I’m actually surprised to see the CIAA actually make a move on this because 1. NC and the CIAA are synonymous with each other and 2. Where is the championship going to go on short notice?( and if you point to a member school stadium, might I ask you to take your time machine back to the last time that happened….).But hey, if the ACC can move their championship game out of Charlotte, and the CIAA doesn’t have to pay a penalty to move it out of Durham, then why not? Right?

Recap


There’s something to be said for perseverance.
For two teams that normally are not in the spotlight, Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls and St. Augustine’s Falcons, the word certainly was the result of last week’s victory.

JC Smith got their first win on a last second Matias Lambrecht field goal against Elizabeth City State. JCSU lead for most of the game and was up by 21 at one time, but ECSU made a late charge to tie it up. You have to feel good for the Golden Bulls and you’d have to think that Saturday’s victory was a great escape from what has been happening around them in Charlotte all week.For St. Augustine’s, a gritty win over Lincoln is a welcome revelation after a brutal OOC schedule.The Falcons pounced on a Lincoln team that doesn’t do itself any favors by regularly getting behind. Just like our first game, the Lions made a late push, but it wasn’t enough.

The CIAA’s lone unbeaten team (Virginia State) fell at the hands of a rejuvenated Winston-Salem State attack.
The Ram attack was spearheaded by QB A.J. Nocciolo and RB Te’Vaughn Hurse.One play, the 94-yard passing play from Nocciolo to WR Will Walton, had to break the Trojans spirit.If you’re a WSSU fan, you had to feel good after the QB change. As for VSU….the Trojans certainly have to be concerned about their passing game that has seriously deteriorated over the course of four games.


Virginia Union struggled in its win over Fayetteville State.
The Panthers relied heavily on RB Will Stanback, who rushed for three touchdowns for the second straight game.The pass game was rather nonexistent with Shawheem Dowdy not playing due to injury and 2nd-stringer Kenneth Graham also bitten by the injury bug during the game.As for the Broncos…the offense continues its impotent ways.


As for offense…there was no shortage of it with the league’s hottest offenses.
Chowan brought out the air force and took to the skies in its thrashing of Livingstone. Bowie hit up Shaw like Mario would be hitting up that one block that continues to give you coins. Those games were over by halftime.


Week 5 Predictions


This week, the South travels to the North schools to finish the crossover part of our schedule.
Here are my thoughts on each part of the schedule.


JC Smith (1-3) @ Chowan (3-1) – This is your game of the week.It’s not because I think JCSU will upset the Hawks, (I don’t), but its more because Chowan is a team that is probably not getting their due share of praise.Chowan is the only CIAA school to not have lost a D-II school. Tune in and watch how the Hawks play.Chowan has relied on the passing game quite heavier than expected this year, but RB Tyree Lee remains dangerous as ever in the backfield. For JCSU to have a chance in this game, they will have to find enough juice in the offense to keep up because I don’t think the defense will hold up against Chowan’s weaponry. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by this game.

Fayetteville State (0-4) @ Bowie State (2-2)
– This is your game of the week alternative. Not because it’s going to be a close game (its not), but because you wanna watch a show and that show is the Bulldog bombardment of TDs. FSU should have an easier time against Bowie’s defense than last week, but I don’t even see that translating into much over their 15 point scoring average.


Shaw (0-4) @ ECSU (1-3)
– Welcome to the “Turnover Party”.Shaw has a turnover margin of negative 2.25, tied for third-worst in the country.ECSU isn’t much better – the Vikings turnover margin is 1.50, tied for six-worst in the country. Stats like this make for an unpredictable game. Despite this, ECSU has a much better offense than Shaw, and that should….SHOULD….put a W in the win column.


St. Augustine’s (1-3) @ Virginia Union (2-2)
– This game is an upset waiting to happen. I’ll admit that I’m chicken to not pick St. Augustine’s and that’s only because A. Will Stanback and B. I don’t know who is playing QB for VUU this week. A full strength Panther team should have no issue with dismantling the Falcons. A partial strength Panther team is just playing with fire, even with this Falcon team.


WSSU (2-2)
@ Lincoln (PA) (1-3) – The Rams are likely to be the only school to keep the North from sweeping the South. In three of their four games, WSSU has lead by at least 13 points at some point in the game. Conversely, this Lions have a really bad habit of starting slow and attempting to dig out of that hole at some point. This will not end well for the Lions.


Livingstone (1-3) @ Virginia State (3-1) –
This game pits strengths against each other.VSU is tops in the league in rushing, while Livingstone’s defense only yields a league leading 86 yard rushing against opponents. This is also a dangerous game for a VSU squad that doesn’t seem to be capable of exploiting Livingstone’s porous pass defense. The only benefit for the Trojans is that Livingstone themselves don’t find the end zone despite their acceptable 300 yards gained average.

Postscript: You can follow me on twitter via @d2kferg, where I post my thoughts on the game and other newsworthy tidbits