CIAA Announces Football Weekly Honors #10

FOOD LION OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

#60 Justice Davis, Bowie State
(Gr, OL – Washington, DC)

Davis led an offensive line unit that helped #14 Bowie State rush for a program-best 398 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Davis and the Bulldog offense put up 572 yards of total offense, averaged nearly eight yards per play, and registered 30 first downs as they defeated Elizabeth City State, 79-6, on senior day.  

FOOD LION QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK

#16 Larry Williams, Bowie State
(Jr, QB – Baltimore, MD)

In his first start of the season, Williams completed 10 of 16 passes for 174 yards with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Kwincy Hall. The junior signal-caller also rushed for 63 yards, helping BSU put up a program record 398 rushing yards, and added another two scores to lead the nationally-ranked Bulldogs to a 79-6 win over Elizabeth City State. 

FOOD LION RECEIVER OF THE WEEK

#1 Imeek Watkins, Chowan
(Sr, WR – Wilmington, NC)

Watkins caught a season-high 12 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. The senior playmaker also totaled 110 return yards, including a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown, as Chowan defeated Lincoln, 28-12, to finish with their highest win total since 1983, the most during their NCAA era. 

FOOD LION OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK

#6 Calil Wilkins, Bowie State
(Sr, RB – Temple Hills, MD) 

Wilkins ran for a game-high 137 yards on 14 carries to help Bowie State rush for a program record 398 yards in their 79-6 win over Elizabeth City State. The senior from Temple Hills, MD also scored three of the Bulldogs’ eight rushing touchdowns for the game. 

FOOD LION DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK

#4 Deiontae Jones, Winston-Salem State
(Sr, DB – Fayetteville, NC)

Jones tallied a game-high 15 total tackles, including eight solos, against rival Fayetteville State. The senior defender also forced a fumble and had a pass breakup. Jones’ tackle total was a single-game high in the conference this season.

FOOD LION LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK

#6 Damontay Rhem, Virginia Union
(Gr, LB – East Wake, NC)

Rhem registered a game-high 12 total tackles, including two and a half tackles for loss, in Virginia Union’s 20-13 come from behind win over rival Virginia State in front of a national audience on AspireTV. The East Wake, NC native also recovered a fumble, returning it 71 yards to help set up a touchdown for the Panthers offense and ignite their comeback efforts. Rhem’s 12 total tackles were the most in a game by a CIAA linebacker this season. 

FOOD LION DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

#44 Marcus Davis, Saint Augustine’s
(Jr, DL – Raleigh, NC) 

Davis totaled four tackles and a sack in Saint Augustine’s 21-17 upset win over crosstown rival Shaw in the Raleigh Classic. The junior from Raleigh, NC also recovered a fumble and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown to help the Falcons secure their first win of the season.

FOOD LION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

#47 Alen Omerhodzic, Bowie State
(RS Fr, K/P, – Bowie, MD) 

Omerhodzic nailed of his 10 extra point attempts while adding a 35-yard field goal in #14 Bowie State’s 79-6 win over Elizabeth City State. The redshirt freshman kicker also had 13 kickoffs for 756 yards with two touchbacks. 

FOOD LION ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

#7 Jada Byers, Virginia Union
(Fr, RB – Hammonton, NJ) 

Byers carried 21 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 30 seconds remaining in the game, in VUU’s 20-13 win over Virginia State. On the season, the Hammonton, NJ native leads all CIAA freshmen with 910 yards rushing along with a CIAA-best 12 rushing touchdowns