The CIAA’s Clash of The Titans is coming in September instead of November this year.
Bowie State heads down to Winston-Salem State to take on the team it has met in each of the past two seasons in a game that could well be a preview of the 2017 CIAA Championship Game.
Both teams are riding high coming off season opening wins against out of conference opponents.
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— Chip Squad (@BowieStFootball) September 8, 2017
Bowie State starts strong
BSU opened its season with a bang, beating Seton Hill 48-7 on Saturday. Amir Hall, the 2016 CIAA Player of the Year picked up right where he left off last season, completing 23 of 26 passes for 361 yards. He accounted for six total touchdowns (five passing, one rushing).
Hall wasn’t the only star though for the Bulldogs as Geordan Clark burned the Seton Hill defense twice for long touchdowns and Lansana “Randy Moss Jr” finished with a touchdown on 148 yards receiving on just 7 receptions. BSU’s running game went for 217 yards on the ground, led by Robert Chesson. The Bowie State offense amassed a gaudy 599 yards of total audience.
It was a complete game for Bowie State as it turns its attention to Big Red, two-time defending CIAA champs the Winston Salem Rams.
Road Win for Rams
WSSU is coming off an impressive upset win of its own led by running back Kerrion Moore who rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns. WSSU beat UNC-Pembroke, then the 19th ranked team in the nation, 34-21. The win has put it back in the top 25.
It looks like WSSU will have to deal with an improved Bowie State defense this weekend compared to the one it faced last November.
The Bulldogs held a team who burned them up last year for 50 points to just 161 yards of total offense. Defensive end Derrick Tate finished with six tackles and a sack while safety Johnny LittleJohn had five tackles and an interception.
The showdown this week is a rematch of the past two CIAA championships in which the Rams won. The game will be nationally televised this week on ESPN 3.
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