Gold Miners still armed, dangerous with Archer

CFLS NOTEBOOK

September 10, 1994|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer

David Archer is coming to Memorial Stadium tonight. That means the Baltimore CFLs can expect to see the ball in the air and deep all night.

"They have one of the truest passing games in the league," nose tackle Jearld Baylis said of Archer and the Sacramento Gold Miners. "They really seem like they don't want to run, they just want to pass."

Archer, a former NFL quarterback, threw for 6,023 yards last year when the Gold Miners averaged 27.7 points a game. Along the way, he cultivated an image of hanging tough in the pocket.

"He will stand in there and try not to throw it into a crowd," said CFLs coach Don Matthews.

Hampered by a changing cast of skill players, Archer has thrown for 2,567 yards and 15 touchdowns this year. Sacramento's scoring is down by a full touchdown, and the offense has dropped from third in the league to seventh.

"For a number of reasons, we've had very little continuity," said coach Kay Stephenson.

Fund drive to kick off

Wives of the Baltimore CFLs, members of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, and Baltimore teachers will be accepting donations for the "Coaches for Learning Foundation" outside Memorial Stadium before tonight's game.

The CFLs and the ABWA have established a nonprofit corporation that will assist middle school students in the city and ultimately provide scholarships for them. The program was founded by Maureen O'Sullivan-Matthews, wife of the CFLs coach, and Lisa Gladden, president of the ABWA.

CFLs players and coaches will serve as "coaches" at 22 middle schools, helping to monitor attendance, attitude and achievement.

Miscellaneous

Baltimore Colts Hall of Fame lineman Jim Parker and Orioles Hall of Famer Frank Robinson will be inducted into the Memorial Stadium Ring of Honor at halftime tonight. . . . Nearly 39,000 tickets for the game were sold as of last night. . . . CFLs owner Jim Speros said he has a Dec. 5 trial date in Indianapolis federal court in the trademark rights case over the name Colts. He has a hearing in Baltimore federal court Monday, where he hopes to get an earlier trial date.

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