Telleria triggers Frostburg past Salisbury, 46-17

September 25, 1994|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer

FROSTBURG -- Before leading his team to a come-from-behind victory last week, Frostburg State senior quarterback Gilbert Telleria went through a rare experience -- a poor half.

Yesterday, in the 22nd straight meeting between the Bobcats and intrastate rival Salisbury State, Telleria required no such warm-up time.

The Bobcats (3-0), ranked seventh among Division III teams and intent on returning to the NCAA playoffs for the second consecutive season, scored 33 unanswered points en route to a 46-17 rout at Bobcat Stadium.

The Sea Gulls (0-3) can chalk up yesterday's loss to a host of obstacles, the largest of which was one of the smallest players on the field -- the 5-foot-9, 165-pound Telleria.

Telleria directed the Bobcats' wing-T offense crisply, combining smooth play fakes, well-timed pitchouts and pinpoint passing. By the time he was finished early in the fourth quarter, he had completed 10 of 14 passes for 260 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 32 yards and produced nearly half of Frostburg State's 599 net yards.

"A lot of credit has to go to my offensive line," Telleria said. "They opened the holes for our backs, and when I dropped back to pass, I didn't get touched.

"Last week [in a 35-11 victory over Mercyhurst], it was our first home game, and I was very up for it, maybe too much," said Telleria, who last week misfired on eight of 12 passes and threw two interceptions in the opening 30 minutes, before bringing the Bobcats back. "As a quarterback, you have to keep your composure. I came out very relaxed today and played the way I know I can play."

It will be hard for Telleria to top his first-half display. With huge assists from fullback Kermit Nored (83 yards rushing, three touchdowns) and wide receiver Ariel Bell (two catches, 110 yards, one touchdown), Telleria directed the Bobcats to touchdowns on five of their six first-half possessions, as Frostburg State rolled to a 33-3 lead.

When Telleria wasn't confounding the Sea Gulls, the Bobcats' offensive line and array of running backs were pounding them. When Nored wasn't slicing through the middle for big gains, he was opening outside lanes with crunching blocks.

In all, the Bobcats ran 90 plays, piling up 330 yards on 75 rushes.

"For about 40 minutes, I thought we were the old Green Bay Packers," said Frostburg State coach Mike McGlinchey, who led Salisbury State to the Division III title game in 1986. "We ran the ball real well. Our execution was outstanding. Now, we have something to build on," he said. "If we can play every week like we played in the first half, we can beat anybody."

It was also a big day for the Bobcats' defense. Besides limiting Salisbury State to 163 yards in the first half, they sacked quarterbacks Marc Thomas and David Doy a combined four times -- three by freshman defensive end Yinka Olarinde.

Salisbury State ... 3 ... 0 .. 7 .. 7 .. -- .. 17

Frostburg State .. 13 .. 20 .. 6 .. 7 .. -- .. 46

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