CIAA Football Championship Game to return
September 6, 2006
Hampton, VA - The CIAA Football Championship
Game will return to Durham and North Carolina
Central on Saturday, November 11, 2006. North
Carolina Central University and Durham will
host their fifth CIAA Championship Game when
the contest kicks off at 1:00 p.m.
"This football season will be one of
the best in CIAA History," Commissioner
Leon Kerry said. "With all the outstanding
quarterbacks returning in the league, the season
should be very exciting and the Championship
Game should put a strong exclamation point
on 2006 CIAA Football." In what has been
called the "Year of the Quarterback" in
the CIAA, eight quarterback starters return
for the 2006 Season, including three of the
top passers in Division II. All-America candidates
Adrian Warren of North Carolina Central (4633
career passing yards), Jonathan Autry of Fayetteville
State (3163 career yards) and Jermonty Kimbrough
(5649 career yards) will attempt to lead their
teams to the Championship Game in November.
The 2005 Season was arguably the most exciting
in CIAA History with five teams in contention
for the Championship Game on the season’s
final Saturday. North Carolina Central and
Bowie State emerged as Western and Eastern
Division Champs respectively, and played one
of the most exciting Championship Games ever.
In front of a record crowd of over 11,000,
NCCU kicked a last second field goal to win
its conference first title in 25 years, 26-23.
Since the Eastern-Western divisional format
was put in place in 2000, CIAA regular season
attendance has continued to grow. Also, over
that same timespan, the Championship Game has
grown into one of college football’s
most anticipated events.
Exciting events are planned with Food Lion
bringing its "Taste of Food Lion" tour
to the Championship Game and Ronald McDonald
of McDonald’s Restaurants will be conducting
giveaways for the fans in attendance.
"We have an exciting game planned with
plenty to do for the entire family," said
Championship Game Director Jeffrey McLeod. "CIAA
Fans should come out to see one of the best
games of the season, enjoy the bands and all
the exciting events which have been planned."