Host of Hawks Garner All-CIAA Honors
CHARLOTTE, NC- The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) along with the Football Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association released the 2016 All-CIAA First, Second, and Honorable Mention Football Teams on Tuesday afternoon. Chowan University's Tyler Bembry, Donald Boone, Tyrone Carter, Randall Dixon, Demetrius Newberry, Vicente` Stafford, and Nate Wyche were named to the All-CIAA Second Team with Ryan Nolan and Aaron Matthews grabbing Honorable Mention recognition.
Disputana, Virginia native, Bembry competed in 10 games for the Hawks. He notched 27 tackles over the course of the year (14 solo, 13 assisted) with 6.5 tackles for loss (24 yards), four sacks (10 yards) and one forced fumble. Boone garnered CIAA Player of the Week honors back on October 17th. His efforts on the offensive line led to Chowan racking up 631 offensive yards in a 54-21 win over Virginia Union University.
Carter, a native of Raville, Louisiana led the CIAA with 1,099 receiving yards on the season. He recorded 50 receptions with nine touchdowns for the Hawks. Dixon completed 164 passes this season for a staggering 2,449 yard with 19 touchdowns on the year. He also claimed the Chowan single-game passing record back on October 15th when he completed 22-28 pass attempts for 412 yards in a 54-21 win over Virginia Union University.
Newberry, a senior from Brunswick, Georgia led Chowan's defensive efforts this season. He tallied 81 tackles with 54 solo stops, 21.5 tackles for loss (93 yards), six sacks (45 yards), two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Stafford followed with 53 tackles this season (40 solo, 13 assisted). The San Diego, California native notched one interception along with two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
Wyche rounds out the list of All-CIAA Second team honors. Over the course of eight games, Wyche notched 33 tackles with 24 solo stops on the season. He recorded eight tackles for loss (34 yards) with seven sacks (29 yards), two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.
Nolan earned a spot on the CIAA Honorable Mention Team after notching 106 rushing yards for two touchdowns and hauling in 50 receptions for 830 yards with four touchdowns. The Brick, New Jersey native also threw three touchdown passes this season for the Chowan Blue and White.
Matthews, hailing from Hampton, Virginia collected 27 tackles (24 solo, three assisted) for the Hawks. He recorded three tackles for loss (six yards), three interceptions (99 yards), five pass breakups, and one fumble recovery.
The Chowan football team posted a 6-4 overall record and 4-3 mark in CIAA play. The Hawks recorded a winning season for the second consecutive season; a first for the team in the NCAA Division II era.
Amir Hall (Bowie State), Bryant Frazier (Virginia State), and Will Johnson (Winston-Salem State) highlight the teams as the conference's most outstanding players.
Bowie State University's redshirt freshman quarterback, Hall, has earned Offensive Player of the Year. Hall leads the CIAA in several passing categories including completions (161) and attempts (259) and ranks second in yards per game (305.1). He has proven himself the top quarterback of the conference throwing with 62.2% accuracy for 2,136 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. Out of the ten-week regular season, the Bowie native earned 4 Quarterback of the Week and 1 Rookie of the Week honors. Hall led his Bulldogs team to a Northern Division Title and will appear in the 2016 CIAA Football Championship.
CIAA Defensive Player of the Year has been awarded to Frazier, senior defensive lineman at Virginia State University. Frazier finished the season ranked second in the conference with 10 sacks for 48 yards. He tallied 29 total tackles, including 22 solo tackles. The Glen Allen, Virginia native earned CIAA Defensive Lineman of the Week on two occasions this season.
Johnson, Winston-Salem State University senior punter/kicker, has been named Special Teams Player of the Year. Johnson scored 68 points for the Rams this season, completing 11-20 (55%) field goal and 35-37 (95%) extra point attempts. He stood back to punt 43 times for 1,638 yards, holding the opposing returner within the 20-yard marker 9 times. Johnson and the Rams have secured the Southern Division Title and will compete in the 2016 CIAA Football Championship.