By Brian Hoffman
Chowan University and Fayetteville State, the top football teams from the Northern and Southern Divisions of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®), the nation’s oldest historically black athletic conference, will face off on Saturday, November 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET when the conference hosts the 2022 CIAA Football Championship game at Salem Stadium.
Fayetteville State University finished the regular season with an 8-2 overall record and a 7-1 mark in conference (5-0 in Southern Division). Chowan won the Northern Division with an overall record of 7-3 (7-1 record in conference, 5-0 in division) this season.
The Broncos clinched their fifth consecutive division title with a win on October 29 and will be looking to reverse their fortunes after losing in the four previous conference championship games. Last year, Fayetteville State lost 17-7 to Bowie State, the third straight loss that the Broncos suffered to the Bulldogs in the title game. Against the Hawks, FSU has a chance to secure its fourth CIAA Championship all-time and first since 2009.
Chowan grabbed sole possession of the division lead with an October 29 over nationally-ranked Virginia Union and then officially clinched a championship berth with a victory against Elizabeth City State on November 5. This is the Hawks’ first CIAA division title and their first appearance in the conference championship since joining the CIAA in 2008. Chowan’s 7-3 overall record and 7-1 mark in league action is a program best since 2008.
Advance general admission tickets to the Football Championship are $15, while day-of-the-event tickets are $25. Both are available now at Ticketmaster.com. Special rates for students with school IDs will be available the day of the event for $10. Admission for children ages 7 and under is free. Tickets are also available at the Salem Civic Center Box Office (Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm). Children 8-14 for $10.
Family-friendly activities during the football finale include free tailgating and a fireworks display after the game. The always crowd favorite marching bands and cheerleading squads will also be a part of this year’s championship experience. After the contest, fans are encouraged to stay for an extravagant fireworks display and the awards presentation.
Parking is free and fans are encouraged to begin their tailgating festivities at 9:00 a.m. with gates opening at 12 noon.
Players from both teams will take part in community outreach programs in the Salem area the day before the game. Virginia’s Blue Ridge and the city of Salem will host team luncheons where all-conference selections from both championship participants will receive recognition.