|Shaw in must-win game against rival|
|Needs help from Winston-Salem State|
|Published Friday, November 8, 2019|
The countdown is on!
Bowie State has punched its ticket to the CIAA Football Championship Game after demolishing Lincoln (Pa.) 65-20 last weekend. The Bulldogs close out the regular season against Elizabeth City State for a chance to go undefeated in the regular season.
Bowie has moved up to No. 13 in the latest AFCA Coaches Division II Poll and No. 3 in the NCAA Super Region Two Poll, along with Virginia State at No. 7, Virginia Union at No. 8, and the SIAC’s Albany State at No. 9
Over in the MEAC, North Carolina A&T moved up two notches to No. 14 with Florida A&M not far behind at No. 16 in the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll. Both won last weekend.
St. Aug’s (2-4 CIAA, 2-7) vs. Shaw (4-2 CIAA, 5-4)
For the first time since the Raleigh Classic was born four seasons ago, one team has a chance to win the division.
A Shaw win coupled with a Fayetteville State loss would give the Bears the title. If both teams win or both lose, the Broncos will return to their third consecutive championship game.
The Bears had their most impressive showing in their shutout of Winston-Salem State last weekend since their double overtime victory over Chowan in September, and their first shutout under coach Adrian Jones. The loss knocked the Rams out of title contention.
The Bears were led by freshman running back Sidney Gibbs, who rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns. It was Gibbs third straight game of 100 or more yards.
Shaw hasn’t won a division title since 2010 under former coach Darrell Asberry.
“Our guys knew what was at stake,” Shaw Jones said on The Shaw Report. “All week long the guys were ready and focused to go.”
After a major upset over Fayetteville State two weeks ago, the Falcons couldn’t sustain the momentum, dropping a 26-17 homecoming defeat to Johnson C. Smith.
St. Aug’s is seeking to better last season’s win total of two and to get revenge for last year’s 27-10 loss to the Bears.
The contest is Shaw’s home game and will include Senior Day.
“If you can’t get up for your rival game, you don’t belong on a football field. You need to go ahead, pack your stuff up and try a different profession,” Jones said.
N.C. Central (4-5 overall, 3-2 MEAC) vs. Norfolk State (3-6, 2-3)
Leading 7-0 at halftime against Howard, coach Trei Oliver said the coaches challenged the team to put some OOMPH in their performance.
Not exactly the word he used, but whatever they said worked, as the Eagles outscored the Bison 21-6 in the second half for the win.
“It was just a mindset. They played sluggish in the first half, and we just challenged them to be more physical,” Oliver said. “They executed better in the second half.”
The Eagles take on a dangerous Spartans team for homecoming, which has enough distractions of its own.
The two teams have the No. 1 and No. 2 pass defenses in the conference. NCCU has a MEAC-best 14 interceptions, the most by the team since 2013, and is seeking its first three-game win streak since October 2017. The game will be streamed on ESPN3.
The Eagles remain home to host South Carolina State next Saturday at 2 p.m.
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