Today's games

November 09, 1996

Johns Hopkins (6-2, 4-1) at Franklin & Marshall (7-1, 4-1)

Site: Sponaugle-Williamson Field, Lancaster, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: These teams are tied for second place in the Centennial Conference and can get within a game of Ursinus (6-0), which is idle. The loser is eliminated from title contention. The Blue Jays survived a season-ending injury to freshman quarterback Wayne Roccia (broken left leg) last Saturday to defeat Dickinson, 16-14. Safety Jim Maro had a blocked punt and two fumble recoveries, and tailback Don Zajick (122 yards) went over 100 yards for the third straight game. Coach Jim Margraff must choose a starting quarterback from among three candidates: freshmen Jamie Monica and Anthony Serapiglia and sophomore Mike Sabol. Monica replaced Roccia last weekend, and he's the better runner of the group, but the weakest passer. Look for at least two of them to play today. This game features Hopkins' league-leading defense (223.8 ypg) against the Diplomats' top-rated offense (357.6 ypg). F&M leads the series, 32-13-2, including last year's 27-22 win.

Delaware (7-2) at Navy (5-2)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM), WITH (1230 AM)

Outlook: In its only game against a Division I-AA opponent, Navy looks to rebound from its 54-27 pasting by Notre Dame in Ireland. The Midshipmen are 2-0 in Annapolis and beat Delaware at home, 31-7, last season. Delaware had a six-game winning streak ended in a 10-7 overtime loss at William & Mary a week ago.

Bowie State (3-6, 2-5) at N. Carolina Central (7-3, 4-3)

Site: O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium, Durham, N.C.

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Radio: WTGC (1580 AM)

Outlook: The Bulldogs have lost three of their last four, including a 25-3 setback to defending CIAA champion Virginia State, when two Bowie quarterbacks combined for 74 passing yards. Junior Stacy Plater leads the conference in kickoff returns, averaging 25.1 yards. He needs 92 yards to break Marco Tongue's single-season school record of 494. N.C. Central closed last season with a 27-18 win over the Bulldogs and leads the series 10-1-1. The Eagles are ranked first in the CIAA in total defense, allowing 232.7 yards a game, and second in total offense, averaging 378.0 yards, but are only 4-3 in the league.

Frostburg State (6-2) at Ferrum College (1-7)

Site: Adams Field, Ferrum, Va.

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Outlook: The Bobcats continue to run over opponents, grinding out 414 rushing yards in last Saturday's 31-6 win over Sue Bennett. That win allowed Frostburg to match last year's victory total. The game included an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by Ron Wallace (City). Frostburg ranks second in total defense among Division III schools, allowing 187.8 yards a game, and should dominate a Ferrum offense that lacks pop. Ferrum leads the series, 4-1, but Frostburg won last year's game, 21-6. The Panthers aren't as bad as their record; four of their losses have been by seven points or fewer, including one in overtime.

Swarthmore (0-8, 0-6) at Western Maryland (3-5, 2-3)

Site: Scott S. Bair Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Green Terror has won three of its last four and now gets to play the worst team in the Centennial Conference. Last Saturday, freshman Ron Sermarini threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, and produced 358 yards in total offense in Western Maryland's 46-25 victory over Lebanon Valley. His favorite target continues to be Donte Abron (Mount St. Joseph), who has 37 receptions for 693 yards and five touchdowns. Marvin Deal has six interceptions and has been a productive kickoff and punt returner. Swarthmore leads the series, 10-9-1, but Western Maryland has won the last three games, including last season's 39-6 romp.

Morgan State (3-5) at Texas Southern (5-4)

Site: Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas

Time: 7 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: At least this isn't a MEAC game, so Morgan doesn't have to worry about falling any further down in the league standings. The Bears have lost four straight, and none was worse than Saturday's 83-12 debacle at Florida A&M. A defense that at one time ranked first in the MEAC has crumbled, giving up 200 points and 1,821 total yards during the losing streak. The Tigers, 2-9 a year ago, compete in the Southwest Athletic Conference. Last weekend, they posted a 20-7 win over Grambling State. Senior quarterback Cedric Douglas has thrown for 1,661 yards and rushed for 419. These teams have played twice, with Texas Southern winning 44-20 and 31-14.

Pub Date: 11/09/96

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