Baltimore-Shreveport tonight

September 23, 1995|By Gary Lambrecht

Game capsule

Site: Memorial Stadium

Time: 7:30

TV/Radio: HTS (tape delay, tomorrow, 8 p.m.)/WJFK (1300 AM), WGRX (100.7 FM)

Records: Baltimore 10-3; Shreveport 4-9

Last week: Baltimore took a 24-3 lead into the fourth quarter at Shreveport, then held on for a 24-17 victory, its fifth straight.

On the sidelines: Baltimore's Don Matthews has a 120-69-1 record in 11 CFL seasons. Shreveport's Forrest Gregg, in his third CFL season, has a 12-35 record.

What Baltimore has to do to win: Protect the ball, re-establish its running game with Mike Pringle, and stop the Pirates' rushing attack. A fourth-quarter fumble by Chris Wright sparked the Pirates' comeback last week, while Pringle was held to only 45 yards and the Pirates rushed for 197 yards, the most Baltimore has given up this year.

What Shreveport has to do to win: Get a great game from QB Billy Joe Tolliver, who threw a costly interception before breaking the pinky on his throwing hand and missing much of the second half last week. After having two pins inserted into his finger, Tolliver is scheduled to start tonight.

Injury report: Baltimore -- CB Karl Anthony (knee), FS Lester Smith (foot), G John James (ankle), OL Mike Withycombe (flu), LB Matt Goodwin (hamstring), WR Shannon Culver (neck), LB Reggie Givens (knee), WR Mike Cook (knee) and DB Kareem Bacon (back) are out. Shreveport -- LB Reggie Anderson (knee), DB Cliff Baskerville (knee), SB Rod Harris (ankle), OL Ben Jefferson (knee), QB Mike Johnson (leg), DL Matt Pearson (foot) and RB Junior Smith (eye) are out.

Outlook: Baltimore fields six new starters tonight, including two at the guard positions in rookies Bob Meeks and Mark Dixon. Plus, left tackle Shar Pourdanesh returns after missing four games with stress fractures in both ankles. Their performances will dictate largely how well RB Mike Pringle rebounds from his 45-yard effort last week. Defensively, it's hard to envision Shreveport running through the Stallions like the Pirates did in the second half last week. If Shreveport doesn't capitalize on turnovers early, and if Tolliver can't overcome his injury, Baltimore should have a much easier time with the Pirates the second time around.

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