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About Down East Viking Football Classic

 

The Down East Viking Football Classic began in 1998. ECSU administrators Dr. Claudie Mackey and Dr. Edward McLean brought the idea to then ECSU Board of Trustees Chairman and City of Rocky Mount Assistant City Manager Charles Penny for consideration.

After discussion and review by the City Council of Rocky Mount and former Mayor Frederick Turnage, Elizabeth City State University, under the leadership of former Chancellor Mickey L. Burnim, and the City of Rocky Mount entered into an agreement to host the Down East Viking Football Classic in Rocky Mount, NC. The inaugural game was held in September 1998. Since that time, ECSU and the City have maintained their partnership, hosting the Classic each year as indicated below: 

1998 1st Annual FSU 10   |  ECSU 7
1999 2nd Annual (Cancelled due to Hurricane Floyd) ECSU |  NCCU
2000 3rd Annual FSU 32 |  ECSU 26
2001 4th Annual NCCU 31 |  ECSU 21
2002 5th Annual FSU 16 |  ECSU 0
2003 6th Annual ECSU 25 |  NCCU 23
2004 7th Annual FSU 17 |  ECSU 0
2005 8th Annual SAC 7 |  ECSU 0
2006 9th Annual ECSU 41 FSU 31
2007 10th Annual Shaw 20 |  ECSU 17 - OT
2008 11th Annual ECSU 24 | SAC 13
2009 12th Annual ECSU 35 | Chowan 30
2010 13th Annual  ECSU 38 | FSU 26
2011 14th Annual  ECSU 49 | Livingstone 7
2012 15th Annual  ECSU 23 | Saint Augustine's 21
2013 16th Annual  FSU 31 |  ECSU 27
2014 17th Annual  Benedict College 20 | ECSU 19
2015 18th Annual WSSU 17 | ECSU 10
2016 19th Annual ECSU 35 |  Morehouse College 30
2017 20th Annual ECSU 42  | FSU 35
2018 21th Annual (Cancelled due to Hurricane Florence) ECSU | WSSU

 

The Down East Viking Football Classic has grown each year drawing over 10,000 fans to the Rocky Mount Athletic Complex. Fans have the opportunity to enjoy a CIAA football game, golf challenge, college and regional high school bands, and a variety of social and entertainment activities. Through additional recruitment and outreach activities, ECSU also offers scholarship opportunities for students in the Rocky Mount-Nash-Edgecombe-Wilson areas. The CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) is a premier NCAA Division II athletic conference. Elizabeth City State University, located in northeastern North Carolina and this year's opponent, Fayettville State University Broncos. 

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