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VIKINGS WIN EASTERN DIVISION CROWN WITH 39-9 VICTORY OVER SAINT PAUL'S
Oct. 25, 2008
ELIZABETH CITY, NC- The Elizabeth City State University Vikings captured the 2008 CIAA Eastern Division Championship for the second time in the past three seasons with a 39-9 victory over Saint Paul's College before a Homecoming crowd Saturday afternoon at Roebuck Stadium.
The Vikings are now the first team since the game's resurrection in 2000 to secure their Championship berth before the final weekend of competition. ECSU was assured a spot in the November 8th game in Durham halfway through the third quarter when news that their closest contender, Virginia Union University, fell to Bowie State 14-13. They will close out the regular season at home against Virginia Union next Saturday at 1:00pm.
With the exception of two special teams' miscues, ECSU defense pitched a shutout on Saturday holding the Tigers offense to just 76 yards on 47 plays. The Vikings' opening drive went 76 yards and was capped by a 20-yard rushing touchdown courtesy of Dennis Hamilton. On the Vikings next possession, Daniel Mendez's punt was blocked through the back of the Vikings' end zone by LeMar Credle for a Tiger safety. Then with 14:42 remaining in the second quarter, Emory Addison returned a Mendez punt 65 yards for a score and with the extra point the Tigers held a 9-6 advantage.
ECSU would answer and reclaim the lead for good with a 1-yard touchdown rush by Curtis Rich, Jr. with 6:23 left in the first half. In the second half the Vikings added 1-yard rushing touchdowns from both Joel McClenney and Cedric Blacknall, a 30-yard TD pass from Rich to Tashawn Lee and a 13-yard interception returned for a score by Justin Hamilton.
The Tigers drop to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the CIAA.
Defensively Terry Griffin finished with a team high 7 tackles including a sack for a loss of 15 yards. Dennis Hamilton rushed for over 100 yards for the second consecutive week with 127 yards on a career high 31 carries.
ECSU (6-3, 6-0) will salute their senior football players Saturday, November 1 when they host Virginia Union University at Roebuck Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm. For more information on ECSU Athletics, visit www.ecsuvikings.com.
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