By Off the BASN Sports Wire
Updated: October 21, 2004

BEARS BLANK VIKINGS TO TIGHTEN GRIP ON EAST In a dominating defensive effort, Shaw registered seven sacks, two interceptions and limited Elizabeth City State to a paltry 38 yards of total offense as the Bears blanked the Vikings 21-0 yesterday in Elizabeth City.

Jermonty Kimbrough passed for 171yards and Dion McIver rushed for 119 yards as the Bears rolled up 428 yards of total offense to dominate the Vikings on both sides of the ball in what was supposed to be a pivotal Eastern Division match up.

After a scoreless first quarter, Shaw put together an eight play, 87-yard drive that was capped off by a 41-yard scoring run by Terrence Ford.

Chester Charles kicked the PAT to give the Bears a 7-0 lead with 10:52 left in the first half. Ford’s run proved to be the only score of the first half as the Bears maintained the 7-0 lead at halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, Shaw put together their second scoring drive of the game when Kimbrough snuck in from one yard out to finish a 7-play, 43 yard drive.

Charles added the PAT to put the Bears up 14-0 with 12:27 left in the game. The Bears would score again with 5:55 left in the game, when cornerback Bryan Cumberlander picked off a Donald Norman pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. Charles added his third PAT of the day to give the Bears a 21-0 lead for the game’s final margin.

So dominate was Shaw’s defense, that they limited ECSU to just 81 yards passing and minus-43 yards rushing, allowing only one player, to finish the game with positive rushing yards, while six different players recorded the Bear’s seven sacks.

With the win, the Bears improve to 6-2, 4-2 and set up a huge match up next week with Virginia State that could decide the Eastern Division title and a berth in the CIAA Championship game.

IN OTHER CONFERENCE ACTION THIS WEEK: Donnie Pippens’s two yard with touchdown run with no time remaining was the game winner as North Carolina Central rallied in the final seconds to down Winston-Salem State 35-33 in Durham. The Eagle’s got the extra play when the Rams were flagged for defensive pass interference in the end zone on the game’s final play, giving the Eagles one more play from the 2-yard line… In Richmond, Michael Pittman passed for 142 yards and a touchdown to lead the Virginia State Trojans to a 24-7 Gold Bowl win over rival Virginia Union… Jonathan Autry passed for three touchdowns as Fayetteville State whipped Johnson C. Smith 40-14 in Fayetteville… In Raleigh, Travoris Carter and Eddie Montgomery both scored touchdowns as Saint Augustine’s edged Livingstone 13-7… In Towson, Maryland, Isaac Redman rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort, as Bowie State fell to Division 1-AA Towson 41-7.