Oct. 7, 2007
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Vikings of Elizabeth City State University took control late in the first half and held on for a 21-10 victory over the hosting Fayetteville State Broncos in football action on Saturday night at Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium.
ECSU scored first, with a 74 yard touchdown pass from junior Dominic Strand to sophomore receiver Casey Owens. It was Strand's and the Vikings only TD pass of the contest. In the second quarter, the Broncos defense made a key play when sophomore linebacker Terrel Allen (Wilmington, NC) intercepted a pass from Strand to bring the Vikings' drive to a halt. On the ensuing drive, senior Jay Autry (Spring Lake, NC) turned the ball over with an interception to senior defensive end Greg Moore of Elizabeth City State.
The Vikings would cap off an eight play, 57 yard drive with a one yard touchdown run by junior tailback Joel McClenney. The Broncos' senior place kicker Eric Lamoureux missed a 47 yard field goal and the opportunity to put points on the board before halftime. Sophomore defensive back Justin Hamilton intercept a pass from Autry and the Broncos would face a 14-0 deficit at halftime.
FSU battled back in the third quarter. Senior linebacker Geron Harper (Maysville, NC) penetrated the Vikings' offensive line and forced a fumble on a sack that was recovered by the Broncos. The turnover would lead to a 22 yard Lamoureux field goal to draw FSU a little closer, 14-3. ECSU fumbled the kickoff following the field goal and Broncos recovered deep inside Vikings' territory. After a five play, 26 yard drive, Autry scored on a one yard touchdown scramble.
The Broncos were down 14-10 at the start of the fourth quarter. Chances of pulling out a comeback seemed grim after a FSU fumble, that was recovered in the end zone for a ECSU touchdown by freshman defensive end Donte' Berry. That score would seal the victory for the Vikings and improve their record to 2-4 overall and 2-1 in the CIAA.
FSU only produced 178 yards of total offense compared to 313 yards of offense for Elizabeth City State. Senior defensive lineman Andre' Dunn stood out on defense for the Broncos. Dunn finished with a game-high 13 tackles, including a sack. Both Harper and sophomore Anthony Wall
tallied up 10 tackles, including two sacks apiece.
The loss drops FSU's record to 1-5 for the season and 1-1 in the CIAA. The Broncos need to win the remainder of their games to avoid a losing season and to give themselves a chance for the CIAA Championship. Next Saturday, the Broncos travel to Raleigh, NC to square off against the Falcons of St. Augustine's College. The contest will take place on October 13th at 1:30 pm.