Fayetteville State Football Secures Trip to the CIAA Championships with a 23-22 win over WSSU
Winston-Salem, NC – Fayetteville State University has inserted another historical note in the record books during its Sesquicentennial Celebration. The Broncos defeated Winston-Salem State 23-22 in Bowman Gray Stadium to take the CIAA Southern Division Title and a trip to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship game.
Miles College on Saturday Oct. 11th at Albert Sloan Stadium in the season final for both squads. File Video

In another nail-biter, Darnell Walker (Charlotte, NC) crossed the goal line from one-yard out with 30 seconds remaining to tie the game at 22. David Lamb, who stayed calm and collected during the Rams timeout, kicked his third game-winner to send FSU to the championship game.  Tyeous Sharpe (Winston-Salem, NC) set the drive up with a 36-yard punt return to the Rams two-yard line. A holding penalty backed the ball up to WSSU’s 20-yard line.  Stevie Green led the offense with 129 yards; 56 rushing and 73 receiving. He scored the first points of the game, during the opening drive, with a 41-yard pass from Richard Latimer (Charlotte, NC). Winston-Salem State returned the favor with an 8-yard run by Jahi Linebarger, but the point-after-kick by Davon Goble failed. The Rams led 12-7 at halftime after Daniel Rivera kicked two field goals from 37 and 25 yards out. After intermission, WSSU tacked on ten (10) more points for a 22-7 lead with a 9-yard run by Linebarger and another field goal by Rivera (33 yards). With 2:10 left in the third quarter, Brandon Smith (Red Springs, NC) put the Broncos back in the game with an 89-yard kickoff return. The extra-point kick was blocked, which set the score at 13-22. Later in the fourth quarter, Lamb nailed a 44-yard field goal at the 9:51 mark to inch closer at 16-22. With a little over five minutes left in the game, Lamb punted the ball 51 yards to the Rams 9-yard line. The Bronco defense pinned the Rams on their one-yard line, which had them facing a 4th-and-17. That is when Sharpe had his big return. The final drive of the game started with 24 seconds left on the clock. On 2nd-and-3, Rod Tinsley threw a 47-yard strike to Quincy Jackson, who streaked down the Rams sideline, and was tackled at the Broncos one-yard line. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by WSSU backed the ball up to the FSU 16-yard line. WSSU downed the ball on the FSU 19-yard hash mark. With four seconds left in the game, Rivera pushed a 36-yard field goal wide right. For the first time since 2004, FSU has defeated Winston-Salem State.

Fayetteville State will face Virginia State University in the Salem, Virginia for the CIAA Title.

Falcons Skin Out Blue Bears
St. Augustine's College "Falcons" shook-off a run of mid-season miscues to exploit the step slow Livingstone College "Blue Bears" squad 26 to 6 points en route to a road victory at Alumni Stadium in Salisbury, N.C. in CIAA conference football Saturday before a Blue Bear Homecoming crowd.  Video
 Surratsville High School Band from Surratsville, Maryland was in the house at Livingstone College for the Blue Bears Homecoming. Band Director Valerie Dent commented about her 125 energetic, strong students who love challenges and to play who participate at colleges in order to interest them in attending college after High School. Dent called " the fund raising Queen” commenting on challenges facing High School Bands thanked her boosters as she single out the need to fundraise for uniforms, instruments, and trips as the most pressing issue.  Video
A Chance to Lead
Attending college is about increased opportunities which is more than an increase in potential economic gain but also a chance to horn leadership skills by participating in the student government or representing your peers as a class king or queen or both.  Video
We want band, a very vocal outcry arose at halftime after Game Officials prevented host Livingstone College band from performing after attempts to correct a malfunction with the on field microphone led to a delay in activities.  With Livingstone's  band standing at  parade rest on the field Athletic Director/football coach Lamonte J. Massie offer  to take the penalty to allow the performance was rejected by the officials.  Prior to the no play decision at halftime the bands had been silenced by PA announcement which alleged  an NCAA infraction if the band played when the ball was in play.  Video
Beyond  Dixie
Livingstone College Band director Sidney Sessoms at the SAC vs. LC football game spoke about a small but growing  band program with 110 members  (Livingstone enroll is list at 1000),  and a battle of the Bands tour overseas in Bermuda with Howard University which was  great for the kids, some of which had never been on a plane or boat.  He felt people are being to notice some of the things going on at Livingstone College.  St. Augustine College Superior Sound Machine Director William Woods spoke to the impact of high fuel cost on the ability of the band to travel with the team and providing the opportunity to look good, sound good, support their school, and make themselves look   Video