WSSU picked to win Southern Division

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem State, the two-time defending CIAA champion and three-time defending Southern Division champion, has been selected as the top team again in its division, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The Rams, who have not lost a CIAA game in the last three seasons, were selected as the top team by the preseason CIAA coaches’ poll that was released this afternoon.

Following the Rams in the Southern Division are Fayetteville State, Elizabeth City State, Johnson C. Smith, St. Augustine’s and Livingstone.

The top team in the Northern Division was Virginia State, the defending division champion.

Following Virginia State were Elizabeth City State, Bowie State, Chowan, Virginia Union and Lincoln.

Coach Kienus Boulware of the Rams, who is in his first season, said earlier this week that he’s looking forward to the season starting.

“After going through a spring we didn’t want to change much,” Boulware said earlier this week. “We plan on being competitive in all our games this season and after 10 games in the regular-season we’ll see where we stand.”

Since rejoining the CIAA before the 2010 season the Rams are 45-6 overall and haven’t lost a CIAA game since November of 2010 against Shaw. The Rams have a 24-game win streak against CIAA schools heading into this season.