Homecoming victory

Vikings win big over Lions on Homecoming

ECSU            56 Lincoln (Pa.) 18

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Elizabeth City State running back Victor Greene (2) runs in for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Vikings’ 56-18 win over Lincoln University (Pa.) at Roebuck Stadium, Saturday.


By Craig Moyer
Sports Writer

Sunday, October 15, 2017

In front of a large homecoming crowd, Elizabeth City State controlled the game from start to finish, cruising to a 56-18 win over Lincoln (Pa.) Saturday afternoon in Roebuck Stadium.

The game was a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association contest, as the Eagles snapped a two-game conference losing streak.

ECSU (4-3, 2-2 CIAA) jumped out to an early 21-0 lead behind strong play on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

After receiving the opening kickoff, the Vikings drove 67 yards in six plays, capped off by a 17-yard touchdown pass from Daquan Neal to Dajuan Greene to take the early 7-0 lead.

After their defense forced a quick three-and-out, ECSU’s offense began their second drive of the game on the Lions’ 42 yard line.

Eight plays later, Victor Greene rushed in from eight yards out to give the Vikings a 14-0 lead just eight minutes into the game.

Less than two minutes later, Neal rushed in for a 57-yard touchdown to give ECSU a commanding 21-0 lead 10 minutes into the opening quarter.

Neal finished the game as the team’s leading rusher with 89 yards, as well as going 10 for 15 passing for 204 yards and four touchdowns.

Lincoln (0-7, 0-4 CIAA) drove down inside the Vikings’ 10 yard line early in the second quarter, but the drive stalled and the Lions were forced to kick a 22-yard field goal.

Victor Greene added his second rushing score of the afternoon from six yards out to give the Vikings a 28-3 lead with just under four minutes remaining in the first half.

After another three-and-out forced by the Vikings’ defense, Neal connected with Deshon Saunders on a perfectly thrown pass while being hit by a defender for a 40-yard touchdown.

With time running down in the opening half, Vikings linebacker Vincent Thomas forced Lions running back Rameses Owens to fumble, the ball was recovered by Miacah Cooper and returned to Lincoln’s 20 yard line.

With just five seconds left in the half, Neal connected with Victor Greene for a 3-yard touchdown pass, giving ECSU a 42-3 lead heading into the half.

The Vikings continued their offensive firepower in the second half, as Neal connected with Davion Council for a 45-yard touchdown pass to take a 49-3 lead.

The Lions scored their first touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter on an 87-yard touchdown run by Carlos Croslin.

After a two-point conversion on a botched extra point, ECSU held a 49-11 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, Council brought in the kick at his one 11 yard line and burst down the far sideline for an 89-yard touchdown.

The Lions added a score late in the fourth quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Trey McCollum to Deon Reddick, bringing the final score to 56-18.

ECSU returns to action next Saturday when they travel to Murfreesboro to face Chowan in a CIAA North Division contest.