Terror-izing defenses for 158 yards a game, Frees nears state mark

October 25, 1990|By Paul McMullen

Now that Eric Frees has added the Western Maryland College rushing record to his resume, he's prepared to step up his assault on the state mark for yards gained in a career.

A junior from Ephrata, Pa., Frees gained a career-high 240 yards on 32 carries in a 24-0 whipping of Franklin & Marshall last Saturday. In the first quarter, Frees pushed past the old Green Terrors career mark of 3,022 yards, set by Joe Brockmeyer in 1969-72, and finished the day with a three-year total of 3,249.

In 27 games, Frees has averaged more than 120 yards. Using that gauge, he should get the state record of 4,179 yards held by Navy's Napoleon McCallum in the fifth game of his senior season.

Frees is working at a much faster pace this season, however. In seven games, he has carried 222 times for 1,107 yards, an average of 158.1 a game, among the NCAA Division III leaders. He set a Western Maryland single-season record of 1,260 yards last year, but could better that mark as early as Saturday against Lebanon Valley.

In sole possession of first place in the Centennial Conference, Western Maryland takes a 5-1-1 record into that game at Westminster's Scott S. Bair Stadium. With Frees leading a balanced offense and a defense coming off of its first shutout since 1982, the Green Terrors could finish with their best record since the 1962 team went 8-1.

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