CU Football Travels To Face West Florida

Evann Carpenter
MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Football wraps up their non-conference road-trip as the Hawks travel to Pensacola, Fla. to take on West Florida on Saturday.

WHEN        Saturday, September 16 | 7:00 pm (eastern)
WHERE      Pensacola, Fla.    (Blue Wahoos Stadium)
Chowan enters the contest winless on the season with a 0-2 record after losing to Delta State last weekend, 42-13.  One of the biggest questions entering the season was, who the starting quarterback will be?  Chowan has found that in freshman Bryce Witt.  Witt has tallied 576 yards through the air and connected on five touchdowns.  The freshman has completed 63.8% of his passes so far this season.

Bryce Witt was named CIAA Quarterback of the Week and CIAA Rookie of the Week for his efforts against DSU.  Witt threw for a career-high 319 yards.

The Hawks defense, led by senior Nate Wyche and company, has stymied opposing offenses through the air allowing only one passing touchdown.

West Florida is coming off a "bye" week as their home opener was canceled due to Hurricane Irma.  The Argonauts are 1-0 on the season picking up the win in week one against Missouri S&T.  West Florida finished their inaugural season 5-6 and picked up their first-ever win over a nationally ranked team, #16 Florida Tech.

The Argos defeated Missouri S&T 20-16 behind starting quarterback Mike Beaudry throwing for 192 yards and two scores.  UWF rushed for 41 yards.

Chowan picked up the win in the only meeting between the two programs last season 35-28.  The Hawks and Argos met this time last season at Garrison Stadium.

The Hawks led 28-14 at the halftime whistle but found themselves in a battle as the Argos scored twice early in the third quarter.  Chowan took the lead with 10:50 remaining in the fourth quarter and never relinquished the lead.

JCSU Travels to South Carolina State on Saturday

Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 15, 2017) – The Johnson C. Smith University football team will play in the first road game of the season, traveling to NCAA FCS opponent South Carolina State on Saturday, Sept. 16. Kickoff from Oliver C. Dawson Stadium in Orangeburg, S.C. is set for 2:00 p.m.

JCSU fell to 0-2 on the season after suffering a 44-6 home loss to Virginia State last week. Against the Trojans, the JCSU rushing attack struggled, with the Golden Bulls only amassing 91 yards on the ground. Of those yards, junior quarterback Terrance Ervin (Richmond, Va.) accounted for 40 while sophomore teammate Braxton Gambrell (Seneca, S.C.) had 37 on the ground.

Ervin had a decent day in in the air as he connected on 11-of-25 pass attempts for 103 yards and a touchdown. JCSU’s receiving corps got a 40-yard touchdown reception by Denorris Johnson (Winston-Salem, N.C.) while Eugene Holmes (Columbia, S.C.) had two catches for 19 yards.

Defensively, JCSU’s Carlo Thomas (East Orange, N.J.) had 16 tackles, nine solo and registered two tackles for loss. Linebacker Marcel Toran (Washington, D.C.) had eight tackles with 1.5 for loss. Cornerback Daryl Napper (Winston-Salem, N.C.) also had a good outing, combining for six tackles, one interception and one breakup.

South Carolina State enters the game at 0-1 after a 14-8 road loss to Southern University on Sept. 3. Last week’s game against Charleston Southern was canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Irma.

Against Southern, SCSU quarterback Dewann Ford threw for 187 yards on an 18-of-31 outing with one interception. Trey Samuel led the Bulldogs on the ground with 61 yards on 10 carries. Tra’Quan Dubose was the leader of the SCSU receiving corps with four catches for 70 yards. Teammate Quan Caldwell also had four catches for 65 yards while De’Montez Burroughs had five catches for 35 yards.

SCSU was kept out of the endzone, as kicker Tyler Scandrett connected on field goals of 37 and 35 yards, respectively. The SCSU defense also forced a safety to round out the Bulldog scoring.

The game will be broadcast on WGNC AM/FM 1450/101.1 with Dave Friedman on the call.


• Week three of MEAC football action kicks off this week with a total of 10 non-conference games. All teams will be in action with the exception of North Carolina Central as the Eagles will have a bye weekend.

• Three MEAC teams are playing FBS opponents this week as Morgan State travels to Rutgers, North Carolina A&T State heads to Charlotte while Bethune-Cookman plays Florida Atlantic.

• Rutgers contest against Morgan State marks the 12th consecutive year the Scarlet Knights will face a team from the MEAC. Rutgers and Morgan State have not met since a 38-0 Rutgers win in 2008.

• Howard’s win over UNLV on Sept. 2 marked the second straight year the conference has earned an FBS win. Last year’s North Carolina A&T State’s win over Kent State on Sept. 10, 2016 was the Aggies’ first FBS win in school history and the first MEAC FBS win since Bethune-Cookman defeated C-USA’s Florida International 14-12 in 2014.

• North Carolina A&T State has put forth an impressive resume to open the season as the Aggies have outscored their opponents 101-3. The Aggies have played both an FCS team and a Division II team with a FBS team on tap this weekend.

• Starting next Thursday, Sept. 21, conference play resumes for the remainder of the season as the first ESPN Thursday night contest of the season occurs with South Carolina State traveling to North Carolina Central.

• The MEAC is coming off a successful 2016 campaign as the league produced a pair of postseason participants in North Carolina A&T State and North Carolina Central. NCAT earned an at-large bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs while NCCU was crowned league champion and participated in the second annual Celebration Bowl.

• Hurricane Irma has been a thorn in the side of several MEAC programs over the past week as Savannah State, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M and South Carolina State were affected heavily. As of Tuesday, Sept. 12 Savannah State had not arrived back to campus from its trip to Appalachian State in addition to Bethune-Cookman as they’ve remained in Louisiana over the past few days. Florida A&M closed its campus last week while South Carolina State had its game versus Charleston Southern canceled last weekend. All teams are scheduled to return to the gridiron this weekend.

• North Carolina Central was picked to defend its MEAC Football Championship as the Eagles topped the league’s annual preseason poll. The Eagles have won three consecutive MEAC Championships as the 2016 title was their first outright title since returning to the MEAC.

• Howard University running back Anthony Philyaw was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard was selected as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. A 2016 All-MEAC First teamer, Philyaw was the MEAC’s second-leading rusher last fall with 1,230 yards and nine touchdowns on 222 attempts. Leonard continues South Carolina State’s strong tradition of defensive play as last season’s MEAC Defensive Player of the year honor marked the fourth consecutive season a SC State defender has earned the postseason award.

• The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced a partnership with the MEAC to reveal the league’s offensive and defensive players of the year as part of the festivities surrounding the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Dec. 5 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. This marks the second consecutive year the players will be honored in New York.

• At stake once again for the MEAC Champion is a postseason berth to the 3rd annual Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, Ga. on Dec. 16 at the brand new Mercedes Benz Stadium. North Carolina Central fell to Grambling State 10-9 in 2016. The all-time bowl series featuring the MEAC and SWAC Champions stands at 1-1.

  Bowie State Football Notes (at Saint Augustine's - 9/16)

BOWIE, Md. - The Bowie State University football team will head south for the second consecutive week, making a business trip to Saint Augustine’s University for its final non-conference contest before beginning CIAA play. Saturday’s (9/16) kickoff between the Bulldogs and Falcons is slated for 1:00 p.m. at the George Williams Complex on the SAU campus. (GAME NOTES ATTACHED) LIVE STATS   LIVE AUDIO STREAM
Saturday marks just the 5th overall meeting between the Bulldogs and Falcons on the gridiron. Saint Augustine’s, a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (Southern Division), dropped a 44-14 road decision at Carson-Newman last Saturday. Bowie State rolled past Winston-Salem State last Saturday, defeating the Rams 31-13 on ESPN3.


· When: Sept. 16, 6 pm
· Opponent: Livingstone
· Special Event: City of Hampton Day, Alumni Day
· Game Notes
· Radio: WHOV 88.1FM
· Live Stats
· Video: []Pirate Sports Network

Hawks Soccer Heads To Erskine For League Tilt

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MURFREESBORO, N.C.- The Chowan Men's and Women's Soccer teams will be in action on Saturday as the Hawks will take on Erskine in their first Conference Carolinas road trip of the season. The women kick-off at 2pm with the men following.

WHEN Saturday, September 16 | 2pm & 4pm
WHERE Due West, S.C. (Huggins Field)


Women's Soccer


Chowan remains unbeaten on the early season with a 2-0-1 record. The Hawks picked up their first ever Conference Carolinas win with a 5-0 victory against Emmanuel last weekend. Carolina Lucci netted two goals in the win on her way to being named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week.

Netminder, Olivia Borer, along with the back-line defense for the Hawks have not allowed a goal this season in over 400 minutes of action.


The Flying Fleet come into the contest with a 1-3-0 overall record and are 1-1-0 in league play. Erskine is coming off their first win of the season defeating Emmanuel 2-1 on the road on Wednesday.

Hayden Banks leads the Fleet with two goals on the season. Erskine was preseason ninth in the league, one spot ahead of Chowan.


Chowan and Erskine are meeting for the first time in program history and first time making the trip to Due West, S.C.

Men's Soccer


Chowan enters the contest with a 2-1-1 overall record and 0-0-1 league record. The Hawks are coming off a 2-0 non-conference win against Shippensburg during the week.

Elliot Chadderton and the back-line have posted clean sheets in the past three contests.


Erskine comes into the contest with a 2-3-0 overall record and 1-1-0 in league play. The Flying Fleet are coming off a 2-0 loss to Emmanuel in a midweek league contest.

Tim Boeckstaens leads the Fleet with two goals. Erskine was preseason picked third in the Conference Carolinas poll in front of the fourth place Hawks.


Chowan and Erskine will meet for the first time on the pitch. The contest will be valuable moving throughout the season in the standings.

CU Volleyball Opens CIAA Play At Round-Up

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MURFREESBORO, N.C.- The Chowan Volleyball team opens CIAA league play on this weekend at the CIAA Round-Up in Winston-Salem, N.C. hosted by Winston-Salem State.

The Hawks will face St. Augustine's and Winston-Salem State on Saturday at 12pm and 6pm respectively. Chowan will wrap up play in a must-see match as the Hawks will take on defending CIAA Champion and preseason number one, Shaw, at 11am on Sunday.

WHEN Saturday, September 16 | 12pm and 6pm

Sunday, September 17 | 11am

WHERE Winston-Salem, N.C. (WSSU Campus)


Chowan looks to right the ship after starting off the season 0-6. The Hawks are led offensively by Courtney O'Keefe with 35 kills. Karisa Patterson and Brittany Tschida lead the club with seven and six service aces respectively.


St. Augustine's opens the season at the CIAA Round-Up. The Falcons ended their 2016 season with a 9-14 overall record. Chowan defeated the Falcons 3-0 in St. Augustine's final match of the season at the CIAA Championships.

SAU returns Shakera Hall, who was named to the Preseason All-CIAA squad.


Winston-Salem State comes into the Round-Up with a 3-3 overall record and has won three of their last four matches.

Mia Herrod and Jasmine Smith lead the charge for the Rams topping 60+ kills to start the season.


Shaw is coming off the 2016 CIAA Championship and enters the Round-Up with an impressive 7-2 overall record.

Saraya Klink leads the way for the Bears with 78 kills while teammate Tapanga Moten chips in with 65 kills.


The Hawks come into the match with a 22-2 record against SAU. Chowan is on a 13-match win streak and hasn't loss since 2011 against the Falcons.

Chowan holds a 7-5 series lead with the Rams taking the last two meetings.

The Hawks lead Shaw 11-2 in the series, but the Bears have taken the last two meetings. The last three meetings have been decided by a fifth set
  Eastern Shore Volleyball hosts The Henson’s Hawk Invite

Team will host eight matches over two days

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — Maryland Eastern Shore opens their 2017 home schedule this weekend with The Henson’s Hawk Invitational. This two day event features four matches each day and five teams participating, including the host Hawks.

The Shore will play at noon and 6 p.m. each day, squaring off against each tournament participation once. Coppin State kicks it off with the Hawks at noon Friday followed by Delaware State that evening. Saturday will see UNC Asheville and Campbell challenge the Hawks.

In addition to the matches the Hawks will play, each team will play two matches against tournament participations. Neutral matches take place at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

Live stats for each match are available ( and video feeds for all Maryland Eastern Shore matches ( will be available.

Tickets for the tournament cost $5 per day and are available for purchase in advance online ( or at the door. Each ticket is good for all four matches played on that day.

Following the conclusion of Saturday evening’s match there will be an awards ceremony for the tournament champions and All-Tournament team.

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