Friday, November 11, 2016

Salem special: CIAA title on the line for Bowie State and Winston-Salem State

SALEM, Virginia -- There’s a lot more at stake for Winston-Salem State and Bowie State in Saturday’s 2 p.m. Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship game at Salem Stadium.

Sure, the CIAA title would be nice, but the winner will also get a shot at qualifying for the Division II playoffs.

“We definitely know what’s at stake so we’ve been in playoff mode for the last few weeks,” said Winston-Salem State defensive lineman Amyl Smith.

The Rams (8-2) are riding a seven-game win streak and Bowie State (7-3) would love to derail the dominance the Rams have shown in the last six seasons in the CIAA. The Rams can win back-to-back CIAA titles for the sixth time in school history and can win their 12th title overall.

The Rams are also going for their fourth conference title in the last six seasons. While the Rams have been in the championship game for the last six years, the Bulldogs are hoping to win their first CIAA title. The Bulldogs won the title in 1989 but it was rescinded because Bowie State used an ineligible player.


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