Down East Viking Football Classic is September 24

Kesha Williams
June 24, 2005 Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Mickey L. Burnim and Rocky Mount Mayor Frederick Turnage proudly announce the 7th annual Down East Viking Football Classic to be held at 6 p.m. September 24, 2005, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. This year's classic will match the Elizabeth City State University Vikings and the Saint Augustine's Falcons of Raleigh, North Carolina. The game between two Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association teams will end with the presentation of the Turnage Cup, an esteemed trophy bearing the name of the winning team. The Down East Viking Football Classic features ECSU Football Coach Waverly Tillar and Saint Augustine's College Football Coach Michael Costa. Tillar is in his third year of leadership of the Vikings. He has one trophy (2003) from this classic to his credit. Coach Michael Costa and the Falcons football team of Saint Augustine's College are making their first appearance at the Down East Viking Football Classic. Costa, however, is a familiar face at ECSU and the two teams have played on previous occasions. Coach Tillar and Coach Costa have been colleagues and opponents on several occasions. Coach Michael Costa was an assistant coach at ECSU 1998-2001, as the defensive coordinator. Coach Costa and ECSU head coach Waverly Tillar were both assistant coaches on the ECSU football staff for two seasons (2000-2001). Since Saint Augustine's resurrected their football program in 2002, the Vikings and Falcons have competed three times. In 2002 the Vikings defeated the Falcons 12-6 in at Roebuck Stadium in front of a Homecoming crowd. In 2003 and 2004, the Falcons were the successful opponent. For more information about the Down East Viking Football Classic and the weekend of events, contact Elizabeth City State University Athletics Department, 252/335-3388/1-800-690-3385 or go to www.ecsu.ed