Today's Area Games

October 08, 1994

NAVY (0-4) at AIR FORCE (2-3)

Site: Falcon Stadium, Air Force Academy, Colo.

Time: 2 p.m.

Radio: WMAL (630 AM), WWLG (1360 AM), WNAV (1430 AM)

Line: Air Force by 23

Series: Air Force leads, 17-9

Outlook: The Midshipmen will be trying to end a nine-game losing streak. Navy rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Air Force, 28-24, last year, ending an 11-game losing streak against the Falcons. Senior QB Jim Kubiak needs 26 yards to become Navy's all-time passing yardage leader. He has 4,582, second behind Bill Byrne (1984-86). Senior TE Kevin Hickman has 80 career receptions. The Midshipmen have lost their games by average of 37.5 points, and their rivals have totaled 1,918 yards of offense. After losing their first three games, the Falcons have beaten UTEP (47-7) and San Diego State (36-33). Alternating wishbone QBs Preston McConnell and Beau Morgan have revived a long dormant passing game, combining for 679 yards in the air. Five Falcons have rushed for more than 200 yards, led by sophomore FB Nakia Addison (258 yards). Air Force has won the Commander in Chief's Trophy, symbolic of football supremacy among the three service academies, eight of the past 12 years.

TOWSON STATE (3-1) at BUCKNELL (2-2)

Site: Christy Mathewson Stadium, Lewisburg, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WITH (1230 AM)

Outlook: The Tigers come off a devastating 19-13 loss at Howard, which turned a botched field goal into a game-winning touchdown in the final 21 seconds. QB Dan Crowley, who was intercepted four times -- matching his 1993 total -- hopes to rebound from his first poor game in two years, and RB Brian McCarty is coming off his best game of the season. The big challenge will be on defense. Last week, the Tigers lost DE Scott Tull (knee) for six weeks and LB John Bardak (fibula) for a month. The play of their replacements, Tim Moran and Robb Folts, is critical. Bucknell has an outstanding running game, led by TB Rich Lemon, who has gained 100 yards in eight straight games.

CHOWAN (1-4) at SALISBURY STATE (0-3)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Sea Gulls had a week off after taking a 46-17 pounding at Frostburg State, which pounded Chowan last week, 31-0. The Sea Gulls are getting decent offensive production. Sophomore QB Marc Thomas is averaging 226 yards passing, and RB Byron Pugh is averaging 94.3 on the ground. If it can stuff the ground-oriented attack of Chowan, which relies heavily on Brian Tynes (225) and Johnny Nowell (214), Salisbury State should win.

WESTERN MARYLAND (2-2) at RANDOLPH-MACON (1-2)

Site: Day Field, Ashland, Va.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Green Terror reached the .500 mark for the first under second-year coach Tim Keating with last week's 23-13 victory over Muhlenberg. QB Brian Van Deusen, who seems to set a record every week, has been superb in his past two games, completing 56 of 85 passes (65.9 percent) for 764 yards and two TDs, and rushing for three scores. Senior WRs Alan Pietkiewicz and Butch Schaffer combined for 21 receptions and 261 yards last week. They should be tested by a Randolph-Macon defense that shut out Washington & Lee last week. The Yellow Jackets have forced 10 turnovers, led by FS Evan Jones (2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception).

JOHNS HOPKINS (1-3) at URSINUS (1-3)

Site: Patterson Stadium, Collegeville, Pa.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Blue Jays' normally stout defense allowed a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead to slip away against Gettysburg. Their struggling offense produced 24 points after managing 10 points in three games, and they did it despite losing two RBs, Hari Lymon and Rob Beach, to injuries. Hopkins will look to RB Don Zajick, who came off the bench last week to rush for 126 yards, to carry the ground game. QB Dan Redziniak (414 yards, 1 interception in 68 attempts) continues to improve. The Blue Jays defense, led by DT Jelani Rucker, is still depleted by injury in the secondary, although SS Rob McGuire (team-high 61 tackles) expects to return.

BOWIE STATE (0-2) at JOHNSON C. SMITH (0-4)

Site: Veterans Charlotte Memorial Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Bulldogs, looking to end a four-game losing streak, appear to have found the team. Johnson C. Smith has been outscored, 173-48, and is surrendering 488 yards per game, including 272 on the ground. Bowie State's offense, after getting shut out for three games, came to life in the fourth quarter of last week's 26-14 loss to Virginia Union. But two turnovers undid the Bulldogs. Bowie State's defense, led by S Chris Banks (13 tackles last week, five interceptions on the season) continues to be a solid sixth in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

MORGAN STATE (1-3) at SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (3-2)

Site: Oliver Dawson Stadium, Orangeburg, S.C.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

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