Vikings Improve In Final Scrimmage

Aug. 26, 2017

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. -- The Elizabeth City State University football team completed its second and final scrimmage of Fall Camp on Saturday morning in Roebuck Stadium.

"I was extremely proud of what I saw today from the entire team," stated second year head coach Earnest Wilson about the day. "These guys are stepping up, making moves, and understanding what we're teaching, so that's huge. We'll continue working to improve and good things will happen."

The Vikings worked on all facets of the game as the offensive line improved from its first scrimmage.

"They played 94-plays this week," said Wilson. "They are really coming together. They are a young group of guys but what I saw today, if we keep moving on, keep improving and gelling together, we're going to be pretty good."

Elizabeth City State's defense picked up where it left off in last Saturday's scrimmage and continues to show improvement from the defensive scheme that 13-year defensive coordinator Marcus Hillard has installed.

"The defensive line is very explosive," stated Wilson. "I think he has 6-8 guys that can easily be used in a rotation. We have Jerrell Timmons, who wasn't here today, but we still have Tremayne Sweat, who's still doing his job and working hard as well as several newcomers who is stepping up and making plays. I think we may have one of the best line-backer core in the CIAA. And like you said, the young defensive backs are really coming together."

The special teams have shown improvement during the fall and have made big strides under its new leader and coordinator Tim Orr.

"We're really emphasizing our special teams this year," said Wilson. "Our first and second teams know who they are. We keep pushing that, telling them that we know the better the field position, the better we have the chance of scoring and the worse the field positions for the opposing team, the worse chance they have of scoring and forcing turnovers in that area will help us get closer to our goal."

The Vikings open up its 2017 season in Wiberforce, Ohio, Saturday, September 2 against Central State University at 1:00 p.m. The game can be watched live here: http://maraudersports.com/watch/?Live=76&type=Live and can be followed here via live stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/centralstate/football/. Radio Broadcast can be heard here: www.gemcitysportnetwork.com

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