November 10th, 2023 12:00pm
Championship week is exciting and sobering for various reasons. It’s the end of a regular season that featured a lot of ups and downs, along with a lot of untapped potential for next season. Moreover, championship week this year features the matchup we expected to see last season. More on that later; lets address business around the conference first.
First, the conference released its all-conference team. There were some expected names on the list: Lincoln’s duo of Isaiah Freeman and Malachi Langley as first team selections were a no-brainer. Virginia State’s Willie Drew was on my list as someone to look out for as defensive player of the year, and also not a surprise. Drew is someone who could make some noise going into the NFL draft process. Virginia Union’s Kicker Brady Myers was a little bit of a surprise, but not totally off base. He repeats as the special teams player of the year. As with every year, I like to highlight some players on my All-Snub team, especially since the all-conference selections just don’t have enough slots to highlight some incredible talents.
CIAA Championship Game in Salem Virginia
#18 Virginia Union (9-1) vs Fayetteville State (8-2)
When it comes to this game, VUU seems to have all the tools to take down FSU and avenge the regular season loss. They have the defensive line to disrupt what FSU may want to do on offense. But FSU is a scrappy bunch, who seems to find ways to rise to the occasion. To be the champs, you have to beat the champs. I sure didn’t think that FSU could put up 40 points like they did last week. Just like I didn’t think that VUU would put up four passing touchdowns.
There's alot riding on this game, as this winner is not only conference champions, but assured a spot in the D2 Playoffs. The loser is going to be on the bubble for the 7th seed. Last year, I went against Richard Hayes’s Broncos. I paid for it dearly. VUU has the edge and has a lot of options to get past the Broncos. So, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see VUU win this game. Nonetheless, I am going to stick with the Broncos to find a way to repeat this year.