Frostburg handles Salisbury, 31-14 Familiarity means a content McGlinchey

September 27, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

FROSTBURG -- Salisbury State got reacquainted with an old friend and bid farewell to two antagonists yesterday.

The major plot of the Sea Gulls' 20th meeting with Frostburg State was supplied by Mike McGlinchey, the Bobcats' first-year head coach who was at Salisbury State from 1972-86. He was delighted that two of his seniors stole the show, however, as right halfback Jimmy Carter and quarterback Mike Jones guided Frostburg State to a 31-14 victory.

"We knew it was important to him [McGlinchey], but this rivalry is big to all of us," said Carter, who had touchdown runs of 73 and 27 yards.

Salisbury State (1-2) leads the series 13-7, but yesterday's was Frostburg State's (2-1) fourth straight win over the Sea Gulls, a streak that began with the arrival of Carter and Jones. The point total was the Bobcats' lowest in that streak, but they delivered enough big plays to turn back a younger Sea Gulls team that appears to be closing what was a sizable gap in talent when Joe Rotellini began coaching the Eastern Shore school two years ago.

The Sea Gulls grabbed momen tum and a 7-6 lead with 12 seconds left in the first quarter when freshman Shawn Powell turned a timed pass from Len Annetta down the right sideline into an 85-yard touchdown.

Frostburg State came back on the first snap of second quarter, however, as Jones found junior wide receiver Ariel Bell behind the Sea Gulls' secondary on another long touchdown pass play, covering 64 yards.

Carter completed a 10-play, 77-yard drive with a counter from 27 yards out with 3:33 left in the half, backing his way into the end zone. McGlinchey called the same play two minutes into the second half, and this time Carter evaded three tacklers at his 40 en route to a 77-yard touchdown and a 28-7 lead.

"Carter's a tremendous ball carrier," McGlinchey said. "He never runs east-west unless he has to, and he's an ideal wing-T back. Even though he's not tall [5 feet 10], he's strong.

"In Mike Jones, we've got the epitome of what you want in a [wing-T] quarterback. His numbers weren't all that fantastic, but we dropped some passes and he converted a lot of critical first downs. He hasn't made a bad pitch yet this season."

In last year's 39-14 rout at Salisbury, Jones directed the Bobcats to 415 yards rushing. Yesterday, his unit racked up 423 yards total offense and didn't commit a turnover. The Frostburg State defense, meanwhile, stepped up the pressure on Annetta, who completed only four of 13 second-half attempts a week after setting a school record for completions in a game.

More than a third of the Sea Gulls' total offense was supplied by Damon Fayall, a freshman from Poly who gained 95 yards on 29 carries. His 5-yard run cut the difference to 28-14 with 10 minutes left in the third quarter, but Salisbury State got across midfield just once more.

"We only have five seniors, and we're catching up to them," said Rotellini, who assisted McGlinchey in 1985 and '86. In addition, five of Rotellini's assistants either played or coached under McGlinchey, who took the Sea Gulls to the NCAA Division III title game in 1986 before taking the head coaching job at Central

Connecticut.

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