After two weeks of inclement weather tying down the northeastern North Carolina region, the Elizabeth City State University football team is eager to bring out the swords, dawn the outer garments, strap up the helmets, and take the field for a battle against Saint Augustine’s University, Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. in Roebuck Stadium for its Community Connect Day.
Admission for the game is only a $1 donation with at least one non-perishable item. Also, the first 250 kids that enter the gate will receive a gift card from ECSU’s community partner and sponsor, Chick-Fil-A. ECSU will also have a Kids Zone available inside the stadium, and will be open at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday’s game can be followed live via live stats https://ecsuvikings.com/sidearmstats/football/summary?path=football and fans can hear the game live on http://www.ecsu.edu/about/communications-and-marketing/radio-and-tv-service/listen-live.html .
Coaches will be wearing an MD patch on their left sleeves for the Coach to Cure MD Initiative during the game. The marching band, football team, and other administrators around campus will wear black wrist bands to honor of stadium namesake Sam Roebuck who passed away this summer.
Coach To Cure MD is a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), a professional organization for over 10,000 college football coaches and staff, and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest national charity devoted exclusively to Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
In 2008 the AFCA adopted PPMD’s Coach To Cure MD program as one of their charity efforts. One reason the AFCA was drawn to Coach To Cure MD was because of the unique parallels between Duchenne, a disorder that robs young men of muscle strength and college football, a game where young men are at the peak of their muscle strength.
The goals of Coach To Cure MD are:
- Raise national awareness of the disorder;
- Raise money to fund research for a cure.
The Vikings are 1-1 coming into Saturday’s contest after falling to UNC-Pembroke (51-6) on the road Sept. 8 in Grace P. Johnson Stadium. The team has averaged 12.5 points per contest in its first two contests; while gifting 30.5 point per game to its opponents. The Vikings average 105.5 rushing yards per game and 99.5 passing yards per game; while giving up 155.5 passing yards per contest.
Junior running back Gregory Bryan leads the team in rushing yards with 167 yards; while averaging 9.3 yards per carry. Junior receiver Deon Yarborough leads the team in receiving yards (100) and catches with (7); while defensively the team is led by senior linebacker Miacah Cooper with 19 total tackles and a sack on the season.
The Falcons are led by their running back Jeremiah Miller, who has 254 total rushing yards on the season. Defensively, Roy Garris, Jr. leads the team with 24 total tackles and a tackle for a loss.