Don't let Elizabeth City State's 2-3 overall record fool you. This group of Vikings who visit Virginia State for a rare Friday night contest are a lot better than their schedule has indicated. The game was moved up a day due to the pending Hurricane Matthew.
The Vikings (2-3, 1-1 CIAA) have won two of their last three games, losing two weeks ago only by three to Johnson C. Smith. In fact, Elizabeth City State has been in every game, except for a blowout by FCS Fordham.
They are led by dual threat quarterback Daquan Neal, who has thrown for eight touchdowns and nearly 200 yards a game and leads Elizabeth City State in rushing with five TDs and 44 yards rushing a game.
Running the football is exactly what Virginia State (4-1, 1-1) does best. The Trojans lead the CIAA in rushing with 232 yards a game, led by the running back duo of Kavon Bellamy and Trenton Cannon. Both have rushed for five TDs this season.
This game will come down to defense, which Virginia State has plenty of. The Trojans only allow 12 points a game so far and have only allowed three touchdowns on defense. Bryant Frazier has 6.5 sacks this season, along with 12.5 tackles for losses. Geo Feggins leads the team with 45 tackles this season and has three sacks.
Micah Cooper leads an Elizabeth City State unit that has allowed 37 points and 401 yards of offense a game. Cooper has 39 tackles and a sack while Jerrell Timmons has made 30 tackles, forced a fumble and sacked quarterbacks twice this season.