Marchibroda says last TD by 49ers one to remember

November 19, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Coach Ted Marchibroda was asked yesterday about San Francisco rubbing it in by scoring on a 1-yard sneak with 16 seconds left in Sunday's 38-20 loss.

"I couldn't understand what their thoughts were," he said.

When asked if he would do the same thing in a similar situation, Marchibroda said, "I wouldn't. But to the victors belong the spoils. If that's what they want to do, that's fine. That's their business."

Is it something he'll remember down the road? "I hope so."

TD-pass slippage

Sunday's game was the first in nine weeks in which Vinny Testaverde didn't throw at least two touchdown passes. He had one, a 65-yarder to Michael Jackson on the first series, before being hurt.

J. Lewis recuperating

Marchibroda said Jermaine Lewis was fine after suffering a concussion on a first-quarter kickoff return. He also excused Lewis' fumble on the play, which came on a clothesline hit by Anthony Peterson.

"I think anybody would have fumbled that one," he said.

Chance to impress

One good thing to come from this injury-filled season is the fact the coaches have been able to evaluate the younger talent and get a head start on next season.

Among the players who have caught Marchibroda's eye: "A kid like [cornerback DeRon] Jenkins is improving," he said, "and [cornerback Dorian] Brew plays a pretty good football game for just a young kid coming in here. He shows the game doesn't scare him, which is very important at a young age. And our defensive linemen, we'll get a better look at them," he said, naming Rick Lyle, Mike Frederick and Elliott Fortune."

Odgen holds his own

In one of Sunday's more intriguing matchups, Ravens rookie left guard Jonathan Ogden did a good job of containing 49ers Pro Bowl tackle Dana Stubblefield, who had one tackle and one assist.

"I thought [Ogden] played pretty well," said Ravens offensive line coach Kirk Ferentz. "Those guys are good up front. We have a lot of respect for them, and Jonathan stepped up and held his own. It was a big challenge.

"We were a little worried about Jonathan the last few weeks because this is the time of year for first-year guys to hit [the wall] a little, but he's done a fine job."

Canned-food drive begins

Ravens wives will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Ravens' Family Canned Food Drive when the gates open at Memorial Stadium for Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The wives, who will be wearing their husbands' jerseys, also will have specially marked containers for money donations. Von Paris Moving & Storage has donated boxes to collect food and vans to take items to the Maryland Food Bank for donations.

The food drive kicks off Thursday, with players and wives making appearances at four Valu Food Supermarkets. Herman and Michelleine Arvie will be at the Valu Food on Belair Road from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Also during that time, Rick and Laura Lyle will be at the store on Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City, and Earnest and Tina Byner and Stevon and Jondena Moore will be at the store on Rock Spring Road in Bel Air. Matt and Debbie Stover will be at the store on Waltham Woods Road from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pub Date: 11/19/96

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