Vikings locked in to non-conference games
By Malcolm Shields
Sunday, March 19, 2017
The Elizabeth City State football team has, for the most part, set the non-conference portion of its schedule for the next two seasons.
The Vikings will face Central State (Ohio) and North Carolina-Pembroke for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
ECSU will travel to Central State on Sept. 2 to open the 2017 campaign.
According to documents obtained from ECSU via a public records request, the Marauders are scheduled to visit Roebuck Stadium on Sept. 1, 2018.
Central State is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and posted a 1-9 record last season.
Along with facing ECSU on Sept. 9 at Elizabeth City, UNCP is set to host the Vikings on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.
North Carolina-Pembroke had a successful 2016 campaign.
The Braves posted a 10-2 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.
According to both contracts, ECSU is not scheduled to receive a payout, but there is a financial penalty if a school decides not to play.
ECSU's matchup against fellow Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association member Fayetteville State at the Down East Viking Football Classic on Sept. 16 is designated as a non-conference game.
According to the contract between the two schools, ECSU is set to pay Fayetteville State $10,000 to participate in the 20th edition of The Classic at Rocky Mount.
Last season, ECSU defeated Morehouse College 35-30 at The Classic.
For making the trip from Atlanta to Rocky Mount, Morehouse received $12,000 from ECSU last season.
The upcoming non-conference slate is more manageable than last season when the Vikings faced two Football Championship Subdivision teams in Norfolk State and Fordham.
ECSU posted a 5-5 record last season.
The CIAA released the softball preseason all-conference team and predicted order of finish on March 16.
ECSU was selected to finish fifth out of the six-team CIAA Northern Division.
The Lady Vikings were tabbed to finish 10th overall by the CIAA coaches.
Chowan was picked to win the North, while Winston-Salem State got the nod for the Southern Division’s top spot.
ECSU did not have a player named to the league's preseason all-conference team.
Former Perquimans softball players Danielle Baccus and Haley Cooper made the preseason team representing Chowan.