Week Four: CIAA Players of The Week

Rudy Johnson is now 3-0 as a starter at WSSU. (WS Journal photo)

Offensive Players of The Week
Rudy Johnson, Winston-Salem State

Saturday marked Johnson’s third straight start for WSSU and the bad news for the rest of the CIAA is he seems to be getting better with every snap. Johnson was 14 of 26 passing, with 262 yards and four touchdown passes and no interceptions in just one half against Virginia Union. He lead WSSU to scoring drives on four of its first five drives.

Drew Powell accounted for four touchdowns on Saturday. (Shaw photo)

Drew Powell, Livingstone 
Powell was efficient and deadly against Lincoln, completing 16 of 22 passes for 216 yards. He also accounted for four touchdowns, three in the air and one on the ground as Livingstone rolled 25-7 over Lincoln. 

Defensive Player of The Week
Shaquille Edwards, Virginia State

Saturday was only Edward’s fourth game on the collegiate level, but he played like a big-time veteran on Saturday. The freshman defensive end recorded nine solo tackles, five of which went for loss and two sacks as Virginia State snuck past Johnson C. Smith 19-17. Edwards is going to be a problem for years to come.

Chase Powell has a team-high 21 receptions for Winston-Salem State. (WS Journal Photo)

Rookie of The Week
Chase Powell, Winston-Salem State

Winston-Salem State’s transfers got lots of attention this offseason, but outside of Rudy Johnson, no newcomer has meant more to WSSU than Chase Powell. The freshman receiver had the best game of his short career as he caught five passes for 134 yards, including a 75-yarder. He also scored two first-half touchdowns to help WSSU cruise to victory.

Latrell Scott has led Virginia State to a 3-1 record in his first four games. (Progress-Index Photo)

Coach Of The Week
Latrell Scott, Virginia State 

Scott led Virginia State to its second straight win at home and its third in his first four games as head coach in VSU’s 19-17 win over Johnson C. Smith.

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