Morgan, Towson to resume football rivalry in next season or two

Area colleges

October 03, 1991|By Paul McMullen

Morgan State and Towson State will resume their football rivalry in 1993, and neither is ruling out the possibility of meeting as early as next season.

They want to play Nov. 7, 1992, but the Golden Bears have a contract with Western Illinois for that date. Towson State is locked into 10 other dates next year, so 1993 seems a more realistic target.

The state's only Division I-AA programs met annually between 1979 and 1987, but relations began to unravel in 1986. The Tigers were unhappy with the playing conditions at Hughes Stadium that year, and Morgan State was displeased with David Meggett's transfer to Towson State.

With state institutions bracing for the possibility of more budget cutbacks and both programs struggling to establish themselves in Division I-AA, it's crazy that the two -- both winless to date -- don't play each other.

Besides making fiscal sense, both are overloaded with big-name opponents and could use a game against each other. This Saturday, for instance, Morgan State completes a four-game road trip at Northern Iowa, No. 9 in the I-AA rankings. Towson State is at Minnegan Stadium Saturday (7 p.m.) against Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the No. 1 team in Division II, which is looking for its fifth straight win over the Tigers.

Even if Morgan State and Towson State play in 1992, the Tigers still might face the toughest schedule they have ever had, thanks to the addition of William & Mary and Delaware.

"When you're coming off of a 2-9 year, all of a sudden people have an open date for you," Tigers athletic director Bill Hunter said.

Speaking of nationally ranked foes, Bowie State (2-2) travels to Richmond Saturday for a game with Virginia Union (4-0), No. 5 in Division II.

* Frostburg State set school records for wins (14) and goals scored (62) in soccer last year, but those marks could be short-lived. The Bobcats are off to the best start in the program's history, and coach Jay Hegeman will be satisfied with nothing less than the school's first NCAA Division III tournament berth since 1983.

Frostburg State has outscored its first 10 foes 38-4, and Hegeman expected that kind of dominance from a group he labeled "the hardest-working team I've had in 17 years" during the preseason.

Seniors Mark Urban (DeMatha) and Derek Woodward (Calvert Hall) have combined for 24 goals and 12 assists. Another Calvert Hall grad, John Teluk, is solidifying a young midfield, and the defense has taken on a distinct Harford County flavor, with Bel Air's Pete Tytus in goal and Chris Eisenhour at sweeper, and sophomore Brady Green (C. Milton Wright) at stopper. Outside backs are sophs Kevin Brooksbank (Dulaney) and Brian Wright (Middletown).

* It might be an apples and oranges comparison, but Western Maryland tailback Eric Frees should pass Napoleon McCallum and become the state's all-time leading rusher Saturday at Muhlenberg.

McCallum completed his Navy career in 1985 with 4,179 yards. Frees raised his four-year total to 4,128 in last week's 27-3 romp over Ursinus, gaining 143 yards on 27 carries. Frees is No. 9 on the all-time NCAA Division III list, and while he would need to average 206 yards in his last seven games to reach the record of 5,570 set by Plymouth State's Joe Dudek in 1985, the runner-up mark of 5,010 by Wagner's Terry Underwood in 1988 is within reach.

* No. 1 singles player Mia Vendlinski leads Loyola's defense of its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's tennis title in New York this weekend . . . Saturday's cross country schedule includes the Frostburg State Invitational at Rocky Gap State Park . . . Kaye Pinhey will replace Kirkland Hall as the baseball coach at UMES . . . The Maryland field hockey team is ranked No. 6 in the nation.

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