The CIAA cancelled its championship game between Winston-Salem State and Virginia State, which was scheduled for Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C., after a group of Virginia State players attacked Winston-Salem’s starting quarterback in a bathroom Friday during a banquet honoring both teams.
Rudy Johnson, Winston-Salem’s All-CIAA junior quarterback, suffered a swollen eye and a laceration above the eye, according to the arrest warrant. Johnson was treated at local hospital and released. Johnson is 9-0 as the Rams’ starter. He leads the CIAA with 2,076 passing yards and 22 touchdowns.
Lamont Britt, 22, a junior running back from Portsmouth City, Va., was arrested Friday by Winston-Salem State campus police night and charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury, according to the arrest warrant. Britt was being held in the Forsyth County (N.C.) ail with bond set at $7,500. Britt played in all 10 games for Virginia State and has rushed for 276 yards. He is scheduled to appear in Forsyth District Court on Dec. 9.
No other arrests have been made and the incident is still being investigated.
Meanwhile, the CIAA declared Virginia State ineligible for postseason play. The Trojans (9-1) are nationally ranked this season for the first time in school history. They were No. 22 in the AFCA Division II Poll and No. 6 in Division II Super Region One. The top six teams from each of four regions make the 24-team playoff field.
Winston-Salem (9-1), ranked No. 1 in the Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College weekly poll and No. 9 in the AFCA Division II Coaches Poll, is the No. 4 seed in Super Region One and will host Slippery Rock Saturday in the first round of the playoffs The Rams were the Division II national runners-up last season and are making their third consecutive playoff appearance.