RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University football team returns home to play its second Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference game of the season when the Bears host Elizabeth City State University on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Durham County Memorial Stadium. The game will kick off at 1 p.m.
The Series / Last Meeting:
Saturday's contest will be the 34th meeting between Shaw and Elizabeth City State as the Vikings lead the all-time series with an overall record of 17-15-1. The last time these two teams met was on Oct. 1, 2016 in Elizabeth City, N.C. where the Bears suffered a 28-21 loss to ECSU.
In that contest, the Bears rallied from to tie the contest at 21-21 in the third quarter but crucial turnovers in the fourth resulted in a 28-21 setback for Shaw. The Bears recorded 274 yards of total offense, including 193 through the air and 81 on the ground. The Vikings tallied 361 yards of total offense, in addition to 201 passing yards and 160 rushing yards.
Shaw is looking to get in the winning column Saturday against the Vikings after coming off an embarrassing 76-7 loss at #23 Bowie State. Shaw finished with 233 yards of total offense that featured just 99 rushing and 134 passing compared the Bulldogs who amassed 725 total offense (258 on the ground, 476 through the air). The Bears allowed BSU to score 35 unanswered points in the first quarter and was never able to recover despite the lone touchdown from junior running back Michael Sherman (Powder Springs, GA) who finished the game with a team-best 107 yards rushing on 19 carries and a touchdown while freshman Daniel Bender (Jacksonville, FL) had six receptions for 79 yards.
Junior defensive back Hakiem Swann (Portsmouth, VA) led the Bears defense with a game-high 10 total tackles (7 solo) and a tackle for loss. Sophomore linebacker Devon Hunt (Rockingham, NC) added eight tackles, one sack and a tackle for loss while freshman defensive back Kevin Sherman (Powder Springs, GA) contributed seven tackles and a tackle for loss.
Elizabeth City State:
The Vikings enter Saturday's game with a 3-1 overall record and 1-0 in the CIAA thanks to a 20-17 win over Johnson C. Smith. ECSU's quarterback Daquan Neal finished the day with 211 yards, on 16 completions, 35 attempts, and an interception; while Byrum led all rushers with 52 yards on the ground. Junior wide out Deon Yarborough finished with 54 yards, leading all ECSU receivers; while junior Jonathan Turnage ended the with eight tackles (seven assisted/two assisted).
Shaw will begin division play with a road contest at Fayetteville State University on Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw football and its 13 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.