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ELIZABETH CITY, NC-Elizabeth City State University handed the Chowan University football team a 40-21 loss on the road on Saturday afternoon in a critical CIAA Northern Division match-up. The Hawks move to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in CIAA play with the setback while the Vikings even their record to 4-4 on the year while posting a 3-2 mark in the league. Elizabeth City State moves to 8-1 in the series against Chowan after Saturday's win.ecsu viking

The Hawks recorded 454 offensive yards in the setback. Randall Dixon completed 29-54 pass attempts for 379 yards and two touchdowns over the course of the contest. He connected with seven different receivers including Ryan Nolan eight times for 135 yards, Tyrone Carter seven times for 127 yards and Kaine Lombard seven times for 63 yards. Carter and Nolan both caught one touchdown pass in the loss.

Reginald Williams tallied nine carries for 57 yards on the day with Tyree Lee totaling 35 yards on 13 carries.

Defensively, Randy Allen Jr. led all players in the game with ten tackles (six solo, four assisted) with one tackle for loss (11 yards) and one sack. Luis Zequeira added nine stops (six solo, three assisted) with two tackles for loss (five yards) and one sack.

Elizabeth City State totaled 413 offensive yards in the win. Daquan Neal notched 210 passing yards with four touchdowns for the Vikings. He completed 17-34 pass attempts to ten different Viking receivers while also tallying 16 carries for 52 yards. Davion Council notched four receptions for 24 yards with Victor Tabbs collecting 86 receiving yards on three catches. Demetrius Davis had four carries for 60 yards for Elizabeth City State.

Malcolm Cherry paced the Vikings with nine solo tackles, three pass breakups and a blocked punt while Solomon Radcliff added eight tackles (three solo, five assisted), two tackles for loss (ten yards), one sack, and two pass breakups.

With 4:14 remaining in the first quarter, John Kight's punt was blocked at the Chowan 29-yardline by Cherry. Quentin Williams capitalized on the opportunity and returned it for a touchdown, giving the Vikings an early jump. Joshua Laverty made good on the point after attempt.

After heading into the second quarter with a 7-0 advantage, Elizabeth City State used two touchdown passes from Neal to take a 19-0 lead. The first was a five-yard pass to Montrez Brunson and the second was a 15-yard pass to DeshonSaunders with 3:51 on the clock before halftime. The Hawks responded with 2:43 remaining when Williams capped a three-play, 75 yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run. Christopher Donovan made good on the point after attempt, making the score 19-7.

The Vikings added a score with less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter when Neal connected with Council on a seven-yard touchdown pass. Laverty's point after attempt was successful, leaving Chowan trailing 26-7 heading into the halftime break.

Elizabeth City State's Gregory Bryan hauled in a 23-yard touchdown pass with 8:33 on the clock in the third quarter. Laverty's point after attempt pushed the Vikings ahead 33-7. Chowan answered on the next drive when Dixon connected with Nolan on a 32 –yard touchdown pass. Donovan made good on the point after attempt but the Hawks still trailed 33-14 with 7:26 left to play in the third quarter.

With 12:48 left in the game, Dixon came through with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Carter. Donovan's point after attempt was good, making the score 33-21. The Hawks were unable to overcome the deficit and Elizabeth City State used a 23-yard touchdown run by Neal and point after attempt to secure the 40-21 win.

The Hawks hit the road again next Saturday as Chowan travels to take on Virginia State University. Kick-off is slated for 2pm.

~Chowan Sports Information

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