RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The CIAA Northern Division race has the potential to run through I-95 in central Virginia this season, Virginia Union and Virginia State both finished in the top three of their conference division in 2016.
The Trojans, 9-2 last season, finished third in the CIAA standings a year ago, second in the northern division. Aside from opening their 2017 season on the road against former Virginia State head coach Latrell Scott and his Norfolk State Spartans on September 2nd at 6:00 p.m., the Trojans will host just four home games this year. The opponents for those contests at Rogers Stadium are Winston-Salem St. (Sept. 23rd, 6:00 p.m.), Bowie St. (Oct. 14th, 2:00 p.m.), Virginia Union (Nov. 4th, 2:00 p.m.), and Shaw University (Nov. 9th, 2:00 p.m.).
The Panthers, 5-5 last season, finished seventh in the CIAA standings, third in the northern division. Virginia Union missed the FCS D-II playoffs in 2016 after reaching the postseason in 2015 for the first time in 24 years of the football program. The Panthers open on the road at LIU-Post on September 2nd at 1:00 p.m. before returning home for three straight games at Hovey Field against Newberry College (Sept. 9th, 4:00 p.m.), Winston-Salem St. (Sept. 16th, 6:00 p.m.) and Fayetteville St. (Sept. 23rd, 1:00 p.m.) which is also Hall of Fame Weekend.