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Rocky Mount, NC – Elizabeth City State's starting quarterback Daquan Neal gave the Vikings something to look forward to, after claiming a 35-30 victory over Morehouse College (2-1 overall) in the 19th Annual Down East Viking Football Classic.ecsu viking

Neal completed 14-of-38 passes for 194 yards and connected with four different receivers who crossed the goal line. Victor Tabbs led all receivers with eight receptions for 154 yards and two scores.

Head Coach Ernest Wilson earned his first victory at the helm of the Vikings (1-2 overall) in dramatic fashion.

Morehouse scored the Classic's first points with less than a second left in the first quarter. The Maroon Tigers Keenan Parker scampered in from two yards out. Morehouse extended its lead to 14-0 with 10:43 left in the 2nd quarter after John Monqavious pitched a 17-yard pass to Lance McGuffie.

Driving 65 yards in nine plays down the field during the Vikings fourth possession, Neal linked with a streaking Tabbs for a 24-yard score.

After trailing 14-7 at halftime, the Vikings found its rhythm in the 3rd quarter with three passing touchdowns.  Neal threw a 25-yard dart to Dajuan Greene, a 3-yard toss to James Roe and a 1-yard lob to David Watford.

Morehouse closed the gap to seven (21-28) at the 12:01 mark in the fourth quarter, when rotating quarterback Kivon Taylor hit Tamarick Vanove for 35 yards.

Threatening to even the score on the Maroon Tigers next possession, ECSU's Quentin Williams picked off a Taylor pass attempt and returned it 33 yards back into Morehouse's territory.

Four plays later, backup quarterback Jamond Oatman completed a 21-yard scoring pass to Tabbs for a Viking 35-21 lead with 7:06 remaining in the game.

With strategic efforts to preserve the victory with 54 seconds left, Elizabeth City State sacrificed a punt from the endzone, which resulted in a safety and a 35-23 lead.

Out of desperation, Morehouse hit the scoreboard once again after a 30-yard elusive scamper by Taylor with 9 seconds left in regulation.

Elizabeth City State will travel to Charlotte, N.C, next Saturday to face Johnson C. Smith in the season's conference opener.


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