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Vikings set to clash with Braves

ECSU lost to UNC-Pembroke last season

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ECSU freshman quarterback Kendrick Patterson threw for 168 yards and a touchdown in his college debut against Central State (Ohio) last week.

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From staff reports

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Elizabeth City State football team travels south to face the University of North Carolina at Pembroke today at 7 p.m.

The Vikings (1-0) are coming off of a 19-10 victory against Central State (Ohio) on Sept. 1 at Roebuck Stadium.

ECSU racked up over 300 yards of total offense in a game that was stopped with 12 minutes, 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter because of lightning near the stadium.

The contest was called more than two hours after the initial delay, which gave ECSU the win.

ECSU freshman quarterback Kedrick Patterson threw for 168 yards and a touchdown in his college debut.

Running back Gregory Bryan led ECSU with 115 rushing yards and added a 71-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, ECSU held Central State to less than 200 yards of total offense.

Today's contest is the second of two scheduled meetings between the Division II programs.

The two teams met last season in Elizabeth City as the Braves led 38-14 at halftime and cruised to a 66-14 victory.

The Vikings defensed surrendered 253 rushing yards in the contest.

On offense, ECSU threw four interceptions in the contest.

The win for the Braves was one of their two victories last season. UNC-Pembroke finished the 2017 season with a 2-8 overall record.

As for this season, the Braves are coming off of a 23-20 loss at Winston-Salem State.

The Braves (0-1) were downed by a miracle pass play for a touchdown in the late stages of the game by the Rams.

Josh Jones, a freshman, got the majority of playing time for the Braves at quarterback as he threw for 248 yards with two touchdowns in the loss to Winston-Salem State.

REYNOLDS HONORED

ECSU sophomore Taeyonn Reynolds was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Special Teams Player of the Week.

The CIAA made the announcement Tuesday.

The defensive back forced a fumble on the opening kickoff and returned it for a touchdown against Central State in Week 1.

LOCAL TALENT

The Braves feature four players from the area.

Former Northeastern linebacker Trey Sawyer is a redshirt-freshman, while former Camden linemen Will Cross Jr. is a true freshman and Jay Guill is also a redshirt-freshman with the Braves.

Former Manteo tight end Thatcher Tillett is a freshman with the Braves.

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