Frostburg thrills way to quarters

November 24, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Frostburg State got into the Division III football playoffs by winning some dramatic games, but it will be hard-pressed to top Saturday's thrilling 26-25 victory over Wilkes University in the postseason's first round.

Down 18-0 at the half and 25-7 after three quarters, the Bobcats responded with 19 points in 11 minutes to shock host Wilkes.

Darius Smith started the comeback with an interception that led to the Bobcats' first score of the quarter. On its next possession, Wilkes lost a fumble, and the Bobcats marched down the field to make it 25-20.

Then, with a little over three minutes left in the contest and Wilkes stalled on its 20, freshman Chris Jackson blocked a punt that bounced into the hands of Germaine Norman, who ran into the end zone untouched for the victory.

The Bobcats' perseverance earned them quite a reward. They advanced to the national quarterfinals at home on Saturday against Washington & Jefferson. Kickoff is at noon.

Father, son go for titles

Frostburg is hopping with high football expectations this weekend. On Friday, Beall High School, near the college, will play Boonsboro in the Class 1A state championship game at Byrd Stadium in College Park.

That will give coach Mike McGlinchey a chance to drive east to watch his son, Mike Jr., who starts on the Beall offensive line.

Vinson by the numbers

Towson State's Tony Vinson lowered the curtain on his two-year run in mind-boggling fashion. In his last two games, Vinson rushed for 691 yards and nine touchdowns. That's great for most running backs.

To put Vinson's year (2,016 yards, 6.9 yards per carry, 23 touchdowns) in further perspective, consider this: He had the durability to average 29 carries and rush for at least 200 yards in four games. And thanks to a superb offensive line and Vinson's strength, it was practically impossible to drop the 6-foot-2, 227-pound runner for a loss.

In 10 games and 293 carries, Vinson lost 37 yards, gaining 2,053.

Meanwhile, junior quarterback Dan Crowley finished in style. Backed by the offensive line that permitted only five sacks, Crowley threw for 1,882 yards and 23 touchdowns. And in 217 pass attempts, he threw only four interceptions.

Wrong numbers for Morgan

While Towson State was setting offensive records in one of its more entertaining seasons, Morgan State's defense was setting the wrong kinds of records while the Bears stumbled to a 2-9 record, their 14th straight losing season.

The Bears, whose youth and inexperience exposed them early -- started five freshmen in Saturday's 56-12 loss to Towson State -- gave up 496 points, an average of 45.1 per game. Four times, the Bears surrendered more than 50 points. They allowed 513 yards a game.

Essex savors championship

It took 10 years to relive the feeling, but the Essex Community College women's soccer team won the national junior college title by beating previously unbeaten Monroe Community College Rochester, N.Y., on Sunday, 4-0.

Monroe, the tournament's top seed, entered the title game with a 19-0-2 record and had tied Essex, 2-2, earlier this season. The Knights (18-1-1) had too much speed and depth.

Robyn Depasquale, who scored all three of the Knights' goals in a semifinal victory over Florissant Valley (Mo.) CC, was named tournament Most Valuable Player. Jill Fennekohl and goalie Colleen Grady also made the all-tournament team. Grady had 12 saves against Monroe.

Hoffman may catch draft

Watch out for Villanova's Bill Hoffmann (South Carroll) come NFL Draft Day.

Hoffmann, who has been a place-kicker and a punter for the past three years, has gotten serious looks from NFL scouts this year, when he concentrated on punting.

He averaged 39 yards on 63 punts, and most impressively, he pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line 34 times. In three years, he never had a punt that was returned for a touchdown.

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