Today's Area Games

September 09, 1995

NORTH CAROLINA (0-1) at MARYLAND (1-0)

Time: Noon

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

TV/Radio: Ch. 25/WITH (1230 AM)

Outlook: Behind QB Mike Thomas and RB Leon Johnson, North Carolina had 402 yards against Syracuse but committed four turnovers in a 20-9 loss. Maryland will play Brian Cummings or Orlando Strozier at quarterback. WR Jermaine Lewis, eight catches shy of Maryland's career record, is back after a one-game gambling suspension. The Tar Heels have won five in a row against the Terps, but only one of them at Byrd Stadium.

BUTLER (1-0) at TOWSON STATE (0-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: This is the first meeting between the schools. Butler won a share of the Pioneer league title last year and is led by senior RB Arnold Mickens, who averaged 40.9 carries last season and ran for 2,255 yards. Mickens gained 233 yards on 43 carries last weekend, as Butler opened with a 17-7 win over Howard Payne. Towson counters at tailback with Maryland transfer Larry Washington. Redshirt freshman Ryan Waltz will start at quarterback, replacing Dan Crowley.

BRIDGEWATER STATE (0-0) at FROSTBURG STATE (0-0)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Outlook: Last year the Bobcats defeated Bridgewater, 21-7, in their opener and finished 8-2-1. Frostburg must replace 16 graduated seniors, including three Division III All-Americans. It has 14 returning starters, including nine on defense. Bridgewater won six games last season and is expected to compete for the New England Football Conference championship with 12 returning starters (nine on defense). The Bears yielded 15.3 points a game last fall. QB Jeff Caputo, a two-year starter, ran for 11 touchdowns in Bridgewater's veer offense.

JUNIATA (0-0) at WESTERN MARYLAND (0-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Scott S. Bair Stadium, Westminster

Outlook: The Green Terror opened last weekend by squandering a 14-0 lead and losing, 21-14, at

Susquehanna. Western Maryland's Brian Van Deusen (Atholton) threw for 234 yards and first-quarter touchdowns to Derrick Ray and Donte Abron. He became the school's career leader in touchdown passes with 37. Juniata, which went 2-8 last season, leads the series, 9-5-1. Western Maryland must convert more of its scoring opportunities. Last week, it got inside the Susquehanna 30-yard line four times but came up empty.

BOWIE STATE (0-1) at NORFOLK STATE (0-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Foreman Field, Norfolk, Va.

Outlook: Bowie State was routed by West Liberty in its opener last weekend, 35-0, and Norfolk State lost to Virginia State, 41-22, despite TD passes of 67 and 85 yards from Aaron Sparrow to James Roe. West Liberty scored on five of its six possessions in the second half, and Bowie reached the opposition's 35-yard line five times in the first half without scoring.

MORGAN STATE (0-1) at BETHUNE-COOKMAN (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Municipal Stadium, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: Morgan was thrashed, 76-7, by nationally ranked James Madison in its opener last week. The Wildcats defeated Howard, 25-15, and are looking to improve on last year's 5-6 record. Morgan has lost seven of the eight games in the series, its only win coming in 1993, 41-17. The Bears have six offensive starters back from last season, including record-setting QB Michael Moore, who went 12-for-23 with two interceptions last weekend. The Wildcats have a new quarterback, sophomore Todd Walker, and All-American DE Raymond Woodie (13.5 sacks, 52 tackles) is back.

NAVY (0-0) at SOUTHERN METHODIST (1-0)

Time: 8 p.m.

Site: Cotton Bowl, Dallas

Radio: WWLG (1360 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen, who have not enjoyed a winning season since 1982, feature a new coach in Charlie Weatherbie, who, with offensive assistant Paul Johnson, has installed a spread offense. Sophomore Chris McCoy, with no varsity experience, will start at quarterback. SMU is coming off a 17-14 upset of Arkansas, but lost offensive leader Damon Flanigan to a hip injury.

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