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ECSU STUNS THE HAWKS; TIED FOR FIRST
Oct. 23, 2016
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. -- In a race for first in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Northern Division, the Elizabeth City State University football team made a strong statement Saturday afternoon stunning Chowan University in Roebuck Stadium, 40-21. It's now a three-way tie; ECSU, Bowie State University, and Virginia State University.
ECSU improves to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play; while the Hawks fall to (5-3, 3-2) on the season.
The Vikings got off to a slow start before Quentin Williams blocked CU's Joshua Laverty punt, taking it 29-yards for the game's first touchdown with 4:16 left in the first quarter. That defensive stand livened the offense.
Neal's five-yard pass to Montrez Brunson, capped a 65-yard, eleven-play drive at the 4:50 mark in the second quarter. ECSU then took a 13-0 lead and stayed the course. Deshon Saunders recorded the Vikings third touchdown with 3:22 left in the second quarter on a 15-yard pass from Neal, 19-0.
The Hawks scored their first points with 2:43 remaining in the half. Reginald Williams recorded the two-yard touchdown run.
Davion Council's seven-yard touchdown catch from Neal gave ECSU a 26-7 halftime lead.
The Vikings scored quick to open the third quarter, driving the ball 76-yards in eight plays to capture a 33-7 lead over Chowan.
Neal's 23-yard touchdown run with 2:55 remaining in the contest was the stamp on the ballgame.
The Hawks recorded two second-half scores. The first was a 32-yard pass from Randall Dixon to Ryan Nolan, which made it a 33-14 contest and the second was a 30-yard pass from Dixon to Tyrone Carter, 33-21.
ECSU posted 413 yards of total offense (203 rushing, 210 passing). Malcolm Cherry led the defense with nine tackles, three breakups, and one blocked punt. Offensively, Neal led the way with 210 yards passing, three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.
Elizabeth City State hosts Virginia Union University for it's homecoming Oct. 29 in Roebuck Stadium. Kick off is set for 1:30 p.m.
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