VIKINGS UPEND FAYETTEVILLE STATE BRONCOS 21-10
Oct. 6, 2007
FAYETTEVILLE, NC- The Elizabeth City State University Vikings picked up their second consecutive win with a victory over cross division rival Fayetteville State University 21-10 Saturday evening at Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium.
With the victory, the Vikings (2-4, overall, CIAA 2-1) re-enter the hunt for the CIAA Eastern Division crown and set up a huge game with current division leader, the undefeated Panthers of Virginia Union University next Saturday in Richmond, VA. The Panthers remained perfect by downing Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, NC Saturday 30-17.
After holding the Broncos scoreless (14-0) in the first half, the Vikings committed two turnovers on their first two possessions of the second half. FSU (1-5, CIAA 1-2)quickly capitalized on both Viking miscues; first with a 22-yard field goal by Eric Lamourex at the 11:14 mark of the 3rd and then a 5-play 26 yard drive that was capped by a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Bronco quarterback Jay Autry two minutes later. Suddenly it seemed that the Broncos held the momentum as ECSU's lead was trimmed to four points (14-10).
In the fourth each team traded three straight possessions, none of which yielded anything. The Broncos were looking to muster a final rally attempt late in the fourth quarter until those thoughts were thwarted when ECSU punter Daniel Mendez booted a 63-yarder, pinning FSU on their own 4-yard line with 2:01 left in the contest. Then on their ensuing play from scrimmage Greg Moore hit Autry in the end zone, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Jeff Baker for a touchdown giving the Vikings the 21-10 victory.
The ECSU offense bested the total output of the Broncos 313 to 178 and averaged a gain of 5.1 per play to just 2.8 for FSU. In his second start of the season, quarterback Dominic Strand passed for 157 yards and a touchdown, a 74-yard bomb to Casey Owens in the first quarter which put the Vikings in front 7-0. In his continued role as a goal line rusher Joel McClenney scored his fourth rushing touchdown this season in the second quarter for the Vikings' 14-0 halftime lead.
Defensively the Vikings had another solid all around performance led by Karl Wimberly's team high 12 tackles. Jeremy Carthen added 10 tackles and a sack for a loss of 5 yards while Greg Moore finished with 6 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and 2 sacks for a loss of 14 yards.
The Vikings showdown with division leader Virginia Union University will take place Saturday, October 13th at 1:00pm at Hovey Field in Richmond, VA. For more information on ECSU Athletics, visit www.ecsuvikings.com.