Frostburg State coach Dennis Riccio, whose Bobcats posted their second straight 9-1 regular season when they lost to Waynesburg State, 28-18, Saturday, said he is disappointed his team didn't get into the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III playoffs, but is happy to get the chance to compete for the Eastern College Athletic Association Division III-South championship.
Frostburg will play Ramapo (9-1) in the ECAC title game at Bobcat Stadium at noon Saturday. This will be Frostburg's first postseason football appearance.
"This game will give our seniors a chance to go out on a high note and will give our younger players a better start on next season," Riccio said. "Maybe it will give us a taste of what playing in the NCAA playoffs is like, and we'll come back stronger and more determined to get the job done next year."
In the loss to Waynesburg, sophomore Warren Tweedy caught a school-record 99-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Jones and fullback Rory McTigue broke his record of 80 points in a season set last year, with 104 points in 10 games. Senior defensive tackle Mike Colletta blocked a Waynesburg field goal and had eight tackles, and junior defensive back Chandler Ray was in on 10 tackles and broke up two pass plays.
* JOHNS HOPKINS: There have been better one-man shows, but not in state football history have two players gone head-to-head with the success of Eric Frees (Western Maryland junior) and Paul Ferreri (Johns Hopkins sophomore) in Saturday's 31-21 Hopkins victory at Homewood Field. Each ran 37 times, with Frees getting 273 yards and Ferreri 252. Frees' yardage and two touchdowns improved school records he set earlier this year. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound athlete has 3,736 yards, second among all-time collegiate rushers in the state behind Navy's Napoleon McCallum, 4,179 yards. Ferreri's effort also included four touchdowns, and he holds school records for single-game rushing yardage and rushing touchdowns.
"Give [fullback Eric] Mont and the offensive line credit for their blocking, because we thought we could run underneath their defensive schemes and we did," said Ferreri, a 5-foot-8, 185-pound athlete. And senior defensive lineman Dave Erfle added: "We had been coming back time and again all season, so this was no different. You see the effort the coaches put in and you feel guilty if you don't work as hard as you can."
The win stretched Hopkins' winning streak in the series to eight games.
* MONTGOMERY-ROCKVILLE: Ranked second among the nation's junior colleges, Montgomery-Rockville (10-0) will compete in the Mid-American Bowl Dec. 2 in Tulsa, Okla. This game usually is considered the championship game for the National Junior College Athletic Association.
"We have a lot of people from Oklahoma here today explaining the logistics of the trip," said Montgomery-Rockville athletic director Tom Bichey. "We haven't been officially announced as being in the game, because the announcement has to come from NJCAA headquarters tomorrow [today] when the final poll is announced. But you can be pretty sure that's where we're heading."
Montgomery's opponent in the game likely will be Coffeyville (Kan.) JC, which finished the season undefeated and won the Jayhawk Conference. Coffeyville (10-0) was ranked No. 1 last week and Montgomery was No. 2.