Salisbury State grounded in loss to College of New Jersey, 17-14 Rushing game fails Gulls, who lose on late TD pass

September 15, 1996|By Brant James | Brant James,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

SALISBURY -- The College of New Jersey should not have needed a last-minute touchdown to beat Salisbury State in its first game under its new moniker, but it did. And it got it.

Quarterback Pete Harteveld hit wide receiver Tino Russo along the right sideline of the end zone with 32 seconds left yesterday, lifting the Lions to a season-opening 17-14 victory at Sea Gull Stadium.

TCNJ (1-0), formerly Trenton State, allowed the Gulls (1-1) just 16 plays for minus-16 yards in the second half and erased a 14-7 halftime deficit. The Lions controlled the second half so completely they finished with a 95-39 advantage in plays, and 42: 21 worth of possession overall.

Harteveld connected on 24 of 41 pass attempts for 190 yards, and fullback Gregg Carlucci led all rushers with 45 yards on 13 carries.

"I thought we could score," said Lions coach Eric Hamilton, "but it was starting to get a little frustrating. I thought that could pull us apart, but in the end it pulled us together."

The Lions, the 1995 Division III Eastern College Athletic Conference Southeast champions and winners of seven consecutive games, drove inside the Salisbury State 30 on all five of their second-half possessions, but scored only 10 points because of three interceptions and 74 yards in penalties.

"They had their opportunities, certainly," Sea Gulls coach Joe Rotellini said. "They had one too many."

Cornerback Doug Payne ended TCNJ's first drive of the second half when he intercepted Harteveld's pass in the end zone.

The Lions' Dan Sperco hit a 28-yard field goal with 1: 33 left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 14-10.

Salisbury State's inability to run (21 rushes, minus-11 yards) against the bigger Lions kept pressure on quarterback Kris Kershaw and time on the clock.

Harteveld drove the Lions 45 yards in 10 plays for the winning touchdown.

Salisbury State, out-gained 345-171 in total yardage, used big plays to take its first-half lead.

Kershaw (10-for-18, 182 yards) found Steve Boyd open across the middle for a 60-yard touchdown with 4: 41 left in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Kershaw heaved a second-down pass that cornerback Shane McFarlane tipped twice before receiver Mike Muldoon controlled it and raced the rest of the way for a 78-yard score.

Johnson C. Smith 23, Bowie State 3: Demetrius Campbell rushed for 105 yards and led Johnson C. Smith over host Bowie State.

Johnson C. Smith (2-1) gained 219 yards on the ground and dominated the Bulldogs (0-3), who were stung by Jonathan Martin's 87-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the second quarter.

North Greenville 17, Frostburg State 14: Desmond West dived in from the 1-yard line with 5: 47 left to lift North Greenville (2-0) over host Frostburg State (0-1) before 2,150 at Bobcat Stadium.

Bobcats running back E.J. Fuller had 124 yards rushing.

Frostburg quarterback Gavin Palumbo tied the game at 7 in the first quarter with a 73-yard touchdown pass to Travis Harriston. Palumbo put the Bobcats ahead 14-10 when he scored on a 4-yard run 1: 07 into the fourth quarter.

Pub Date: 9/15/96

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