CIAA Championship is here, WSSU-v-ECSU, will history repeat?
by, 11-08-2012 at 12:39 PM (4031 Views)
Ten games up, and ten games down, and the CIAA championship is upon us.
The Winston Salem State Rams are coming into this game as heavy favorites to repeat as champs with their 10-0 record, #4 D2football.com ranking and #2 AFCA Ranking. This is a team that last year went all the way to the D2football National Semifinal game.
Their opponent, The Elizabeth City State Vikings which has played one of the toughest schedules in all of D2football and are coming into the game with a 7-3. Their losses were to Newberry College, Delta State, and Virginia State.
Tale of the Tape
WSSU leads the CIAA conference in just about every team statistical category. (http://www.theciaa.com/sports/fball/...pg&r=0&pos=off)
The Rams have the:
#1 in points scored
#1 in yardage per game
#2 in passing yards per game
#1 in rushing yards per game
#1 in 1st downs
#1 in 3rd down conversions
#2 in 4th down conversions
#1 in kickoff returns
Must i go on?
The Vikings have the:
#7 points scored
#6 yards per game
#9 in passing yards per game
#5 in rushing yards per game
#4 in 1st downs
#4 in 3rd down conversions
#1 in 4th down conversions
#7 in kickoff returns
Judging by the above team statistical categories, this could be a very lopsided victory, but lets look a little deeper and the individual players.
The Rams have Kameron Smith, #3 in passing in the CIAA with an average of 271 yards per game and is #1 in touchdowns thrown with 37 TDs.
The Vikings have Namon Jones, #8 in passing in the CIAA with an average of 197 yards per game and is #9 in touchdowns thrown with 9 total TD's.
The Vikings have DaRonte McNeill, the reigning CIAA Offensive player of the year, #1 RB in the CIAA with an average of 114 yards per game and #1 in rushing TD's with 13.
The Rams have Maurice Lewis, ranked #9 in rushing yards per game with 62 YPG, with 9 TD's total rushing. However, the Rams have Brand McDonald, ranked #14 in rushing and QB Kameron Smith is #16 in rushing yards per game in the CIAA. Add to that Bryce Sherman, ranked 25th in the CIAA in rushing per game. Thats four players in the CIAA top 25 in rushing, giving the Rams the #1 rushing offense per game.
The Rams have the #1 receiver in YPG in the CIAA in Jahuann Butler, the #5 in Jameze Massey, and #11 in Jamal Williams, all three are in the top 4 in TD's catches per year with Butler with 12, Williams with 10, and Massey with 8 TD's thus far.
The Vikings have Gary Langston, ranked #15 in YPG and Keith Strickland #16 in YPG. Only Langston is listed in the top 15 with 4TD's all season.
Advantage Rams, they have the #1 defense in the CIAA
Keys To Victory
The Rams have to simply stack eight men in the box and stop DaRonte McNeill. The Vikings are very one dimensional and if you stop the run, you stop the Vikings.
The Vikings must keep the ball away from the Rams offense and control the clock. The time of possession needs to lean heavy towards the Vikings in order to win the game. They MUST play mistake free football.
My Prediction: The Rams win big, WSSU 42 ECSU 14
FSU Head Coach
Fayetteville State has relieved their all time winning-est coach Kenny Phillips who has three CIAA Football titles to his name. Many say they saw this coming, but insiders tell me he lost control of his team. I can't say for certain. QB Chauncey Concepcion left the team during the QB carousel due to the indecisiveness of selecting a starting QB.
Who will go to the Pioneer Bowl?
Will it be:
Elizabeth City State at 7-3 (7-4 possible)
Chowan University at 6-4
St. Aug at 6-4
Johnson C Smith at 6-4 and reigning Pioneer Bowl Champs
Fans, its time to hear from you.
Can ECSU pull off the upset? Who will be in the Pioneer Bowl? Who else is on the head coaching chopping block? Did Kenny Phillips deserve another year?
Last year writing for the D2football.com
Fans, I have had a great three year run, but this will be my last year writing. It has been great. Thank you so much for the followers. I feel the blog needs a new writer with fresh ideas. I will serve as an assistant and field corespondent, but I will not be the main writer. I'm handing it over to someone well connected amongst CIAA football. Thank you so much for the great years, I will finish off the season until the last CIAA teams plays no longer. Hopefully, I get to make to Florence, Alabama.