RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia Union and Virginia State met in 1932 in a one game playoff to decide the CIAA championship. Since then, they've never met with as much on the line as there will be on Saturday.
The Panthers and Trojans meet at Hovey Field in Richmond for their regular season finale, with the winner claiming the CIAA Northern Division championship and advancing to the conference championship game next weekend.
Last year saw Virginia State roll past Union, 46-3, but this year features two of the best all-around teams in the conference squaring off. The Panthers are third in the league in total offense, averaging 412 yards per game, and only give up 300 yards per outing, good enough for second in the conference in total defense. The Trojans meanwhile, gain 383 yards per contest (4th in total offense), and give up 305 yards on average (3rd in total defense). Both also rank among the points leaders in the CIAA.
Latrell Scott led Virginia State to a remarkable turnaround last year in his first season as head coach at the school. This year, rookie head coach Mark James is doing the same at Virginia Union. The Panthers are 7-2, 5-1 in the CIAA, while Virginia State is 8-1, 6-0 in league play.
The two teams kick off at 1;30pm on Saturday at Hovey Field. The winner will face either Winston-Salem State or Fayetteville State in next Saturday's CIAA Championship.