Back For The First Time: Virginia State, Winston-Salem State To Meet For CIAA Football Title

By Steven J. Gaither

A year after “The Fight Heard Round The World,” it looks like Winston-Salem State and Virginia State will finally get a chance to decide things on the field. Both came out victorious in must-win games, with Virginia State downing Virginia Union 33-12 while Winston-Salem State held off Fayetteville State for a 17-7 win.

The two teams were set to meet in the CIAA Championship Game last season before an altercation involving members of both team’s led to the game’s cancellation, and gathered national headlines. Former VSU running back Lamont Britt was eventually charged with and convicted of assaulting Winston-Salem State quarterback Rudy Johnson.

// Virginia State finished the regular season 8-2, winning eight games in a row en route to its second-straight CIAA Northern Division Title.

Winston-Salem State finished 9-1 in the regular season, also winning its last eight games in a row after a 1-1 start. Saturday’s win gave WSSU its fourth-straight CIAA Southern Division crown.

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