Interceptions rally Salisbury, 14-12 W. Maryland wins


September 07, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Salisbury State returned two fourth-quarter interceptions for touchdowns and rallied for a 14-12, season-opening win over Ursinus yesterday in Collegeville, Pa.

Tony Hill scored first, running back an interception 21 yards to put Salisbury ahead 7-6 a minute into the fourth quarter. Just more than three minutes later, Travis Royall returned an interception 64 yards for a touchdown.

Ursinus scored with a minute left in the game, but the Sea Gulls broke up the two-point conversion pass attempt.

Salisbury starting quarterback Tim Burke left the game in the second quarter with bruised ribs and did not return.

"We showed a lot of courage and I'm very proud of this team," Salisbury coach Joe Rotellini said. "It's the best effort I've seen in my eight years."

* Western Maryland 21, Bridgewater 17: Gavin DeFreitas rushed for a career-best 125 yards and a touchdown as the visiting Green Terror ended a three-year losing streak in season openers.

DeFreitas, who carried 23 times, scored on a 3-yard run with 6: 32 left in the first quarter to gave the Green Terror a 14-0 lead.

Bridgewater's Wilbert Coleman returned a blocked field-goal attempt 85 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-7 late in the first half.

Western Maryland regained its two-touchdown lead by putting together a 10-play, 76-yard march after receiving the second-half kickoff.

Sophomore quarterback Ron Sermarini connected with sophomore wide receiver Marc Alegi for a 13-yard scoring pass with 10: 06 left in the third quarter.

* Livingstone 40, Bowie State 9: Wilmont Perry ran for 212 yards and a touchdown as Livingstone (2-0) routed Bowie State (0-1) before 3,350 at Bulldog Stadium.

The Blue Bears out-rushed the Bulldogs, 345-45, and held Bowie State to five first downs. Bowie State was led on defense by Sonny Pritchett, who made 13 tackles.

Pub Date: 9/07/97

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