THE PREVIEW: Fayetteville State University is on a five-game win streak that has propelled the Broncos into its fifth CIAA Football Championship Game.
Fifteen years ago, the Broncos went undefeated in conference play, including a 30-26 four-overtime televised win over Winston-Salem State, to face Bowie State University in the championship game. Inside Bowman Gray Stadium, located in Winston-Salem, NC, the Broncos defeated the Bulldogs 17-14 in soggy conditions for its first-ever CIAA Football Championship.
FSU won back-to-back CIAA Titles after returning to the “SHIP” in 2003 and defeating Virginia Union 23-19 in Durham, NC on the campus on NC Central University.
Fayetteville State attempted a three-peat in 2004 but lost a 10-7 showdown with Shaw University in Durham.
The Broncos returned to the CIAA Championship game in 2009 to defeat Bowie State 21-10 in the Durham County Stadium for its 3rd title.
Fayetteville State joined the CIAA in 1954. Prior to the CIAA, FSU earned four (4) EIAC championships: 1939, 1940, 1946 (Co-Champs), and 1951.
CIAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
2002 FSU 17 Bowie St. 14
2003 FSU 23 Virginia Union 19
2004 Shaw 10 Fayetteville St. 7
2009 FSU 21 Bowie St. 10
THE GAME: Fayetteville State University is celebrating 150 years of existence. Throughout the year, the university has been remembering milestones and making milestones.
Head Coach Richard Hayes has reached a milestone in his second year of being a head coach and leading the Broncos.
Prior to Coach Hayes, the late Kenny Phillips reached the championship game in his third season.
FSU will face Virginia State for the first time this season. The last time the two met was in
Fayetteville State will have a one-two punch of sophomore Stevie Green (Washington, NC) and freshman Donshel Jetton (Mooresville, NC).
Green has 1,113 rushing yards this season with 203 carries and 14 touchdowns. He averages 5.5 yards per
Jetton, who was recently named the CIAA Offensive Rookie of the Year, has 91 carries for 503 yards and 6 touchdowns. Donshel has
Darnell Walker (Charlotte, NC) will also line up in the backfield with 104 yards on the season. He has three touchdowns as a freshman.
Freshman Richard Latimer (Charlotte, NC) will be the signal-caller for the Broncos. In seven games played, he has started in all five of FSU victories. Latimer is 83-of-162
Senior Devin Knudsen (Fresno, CA) will be ready to enter the field as the backup.
Curtis Burston, III (Brooklyn, NY) has the most receiving yards with 361 on 24 receptions. He has two touchdowns and
Five other receivers have 100+ yards on the season.
Special Teams will be one facet of the game that you wouldn’t want to blink.
Brandon Smith (Red Springs, NC) has taken two kickoff returns to the house. He returned a 90-yard touchdown against Elizabeth City State and an 89-yard touchdown against Winston-Salem State. Smith has returned 37 kickoffs for 1,094 yards.
David Lamb (Pineville, NC) has won three games this season with his foot. He is 7-of-11 in field goals. His longest FG is from 44 yards out, which he made against WSSU. He is 37-of-39 in PAT kicks.
The Broncos’ secondary may be young with experience, but they have picked off 13 interceptions so far this season. Brandon Barnes (Charlotte, NC), Jaelin Beugre (Rockingham, NC), and
FSU is led on defense by senior linebacker Seth Johnson (Charlotte, NC) with 65 total tackles. He has 1.5 tackles for 11 yards. Freshman defensive end Keyshawn James (Cayce, SC) is right behind him with 57 tackles along with sophomore linebacker Anthony Harris (Greenville, NC).
Coach Hayes and VSU’s Head Coach Reggie Barlow has never matched wits against each other.
Virginia State is currently undefeated this season with an odd nine-game schedule. The Trojans canceled its tenth game versus Shaw due to advancing to the championship game.
VSU barely pulled out a 40-39 win over
Saturday will be generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds with highs around 44 degrees. Lows will expect to reach 28. Winds will be light and variable at 3 to 6 mph. Humidity will be around 46% with zero chance of rain. Sunset will be around 5:12 pm.
BRONCOS’ CIAA ACCOLADES
Offensive All-Rookie Team
RB #6 Donshel Jetton - DROY
QB #4 Richard Latimer
WR #10 Bruce Davis
Defensive All-Rookie Team
DB #19 Elvin De La Rosa - DROY
DE #8 Keyshawn James
LB #1 Nigel Peele
DB #31 Brandon Barnes
ALL-CIAA First Team
OL #65 Tyreek Bailey
P #39 Matthew Trau
Second Team all-CIAA
OL #70 Greg Brooks
RB #28 Stevie Green
KR #32 Brandon Smith
PK #38 David Lamb
DL #99 Jalen Cousar
LB #46 Anthony Harris
DB #16 Jaelin Beugre
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