Got a full notebook on Elizabeth City State football after the Vikings 28-10 homecoming win over the Lions.
The Vikings defense again held an opponent under 20 points this season. It is the fifth time (not counting Virginia University-Lynchburg) the Vikings defense held an opponent under 20 points in a game this season.
The Vikings are ranked third in Division II football in points allowed per game at 10.7 points per game through six games.
That is good enough for the least points allowed in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
The Vikings’ 12 fumble recovered are tied for third in the nation.
ECSU, through six games, is ranked 10th in total defense, allowing 268.7 yards per game
ECSU senior linebacker Stephen Williams’ 13.9 tackles per game ranks him ninth in the nation.
With one shut out this season along with top rankings not only in the CIAA, but nationally, where does this team rank in recent ECSU defensive lore.
Talking to some defensive players, the 2006 ECSU defense is routinely brought up.
The 2006 team was the fifth most improved team in Division II football.
The season before, the Vikings went 2-8. The 2006 Vikings went 9-3 and made an appearance in the Division II playoffs.
The 2006 ECSU defense pitched four shutouts that year. The scoring defense was ranked fifth in the nation, yielding 13.1 points per contest in 12 games.
The 2006 Vikings defense finished 41st in the nation in total defense, allowing 274.3 yards per game in 12 games.
The team also had linebacker Emanuel Plummer, was second in the nation in 2006 in forced fumbles with six.
That season, Plummer, who played for ECSU from 2003-2006, had 4.5 tackles per game.
If anyone can have the perspective to compare the two defensive units, then it is ECSU head coach Waverly Tillar, who is in his 13th season leading the Vikings.
“Well, it’s like apples and candy apples,” Tillar said after the Lincoln game. “They are still apples.”
A creative answer, sort of.
If you try to read between the lines, or through the applesauce, the 2015 Vikings defense seems not to be the apple of the coach’s eye, yet.
There are at least three games remaining for this defense to make a final impression.
CIAA champions honored
2005 was a good year for the bat and ball sports at ECSU. The Vikings took the CIAA baseball crown, while the Lady Vikings won the league softball title. Both teams were recognized at halftime of the homecoming game.