Congratulations to the Virginia State University Trojans, the newly crowned CIAA Northern Division Champions, who knowingly went down to Chowan University in control of their own destiny, and shut the Hawks out on their Hall Of Fame Day in front a packed home crowd 28 – 0. That’s called getting it done, plain and simple. The Trojans are now 8 – 1, they have won seven straight games and return to Petersburg to close out the season next Saturday at home against arch-rival Virginia Union. That game may have been much more intriguing had the Panthers not stumbled a week ago at Bowie State, instead VSU has rendered that game more of a focus tune-up for the Championship game. Knowing Coach Latrell Scott, he won’t allow a let down in the season finale. the Trojans will now play in the CIAA title game on Saturday, November 16th in Winston-Salem, NC. Their opponent will be three-time defending CIAA Campion Winston-Salem State. The Rams squeezed past Shaw University 28 – 24 on Saturday.
For VUU, the focus is now on 2014 as the Panthers suffered a 28 – 21 loss at home to Elizabeth City, dropping their record to 3 – 6. Union’s season has certainly been a roller-coaster ride with the Panthers losing four straight to start the season, then winning three in a row, and now they have lost two straight games with the finale at Virginia State next weekend. The focus at the University of Richmond is also on 2014, but there’s nothing sweeter than a huge Homecoming victory, and that’s what the Spiders got on Saturday with their 27 – 10 victory over Albany University. Richmond is now 3 – 6 with three games remaining.
In the MEAC, any hopes Hampton University had of making a push at the league title were dashed on Saturday after the Pirates fell in Baltimore 30 – 27 to the Bears of Morgan State University. Hampton drops to 3 – 5 on the season, 3 – 2 in the MEAC. Across the Bay at Norfolk State, the Spartans continued to struggle as they lost at home to Florida A & M 16 – 6 to see their record slip to 2 – 7. All of a sudden, Virginia Tech is on a two-game losing streak after taking a 34 – 27 road loss at Boston College and what looked to be a promising postseason, has now been reduced to questions after losses to Duke and BC back-to-back. NOT a pretty day in Charlottesville for the Virginia Cavaliers, who were treated rudely by the visiting Clemson Tigers in a 59 – 10 rout , UVA’s fifth straight loss.