Morgan picks off Bethune, 18-15 3 Johnson interceptions, five Bears sacks are key


September 14, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Antwan Johnson intercepted three passes as Morgan State won its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener last night, defeating Bethune-Cookman, 18-15, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Johnson, a 5-foot-11 junior from Phoenix, keyed a Bears defense that registered four interceptions and five sacks. His final pickoff stopped the final Bethune-Cookman drive with 2: 42 left.

Bethune-Cookman had closed to 18-15 on a 14-yard pass from Todd Walker to Crayton Sanders with 9: 33 remaining.

Willie McGirt threw for 195 yards as the Bears (1-1, 1-0) handed the Wildcats (1-1, 0-1) their 12th consecutive conference loss.

The Bears took a 12-0 lead on McGirt's touchdown passes to Tyrone Smith and Na'im Greene in the first half.

Bethune-Cookman closed to 12-7 on Walker's 14-yard pass to Tyrone Snead with 8: 06 remaining in the first half, but hurt itself with turnovers.

Morgan State's Moses Cody rushed for 138 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Frostburg State 24, Salve Regina 7: Freshman tailback Orlando Jones came off the bench to rush for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and host Frostburg State opened its season by holding Salve Regina (0-2) to 23 yards of offense.

Jones rushed for 155 yards and both scores in the second half as the Bobcats scored the last 24 points of the game. Jones scored the last two touchdowns on runs of 58 and 34 yards.

Salve Regina's lone score was set up in the first minute of the game when Bobcats quarterback Jason Henry was intercepted deep in Frostburg territory. Pat Eldridge scored on a 3-yard run two plays later.

Western Maryland 30, Juniata 8: Quarterback Ron Sermarini threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the Green Terror (2-0) past Juniata (0-1) in a nonconference game.

Sermarini, a sophomore, connected with classmate Marc Alegi for a 5-yard touchdown 2: 41 into the game after Western Maryland received the opening kickoff and drove 56 yards in eight plays.

His 12-yard scoring pass to junior running back Gavin DeFreitas 1: 33 before halftime increased Western Maryland's lead to 23-0.

Juniata scored its lone touchdown on a 73-yard pass from quarterback Dave Houser to wide receiver Jason Falvo with 13: 07 left in the third quarter.

Sermarini completed 21 of 31 passes for 227 yards. DeFreitas topped the 100-yard mark for the second consecutive game, finishing with 114.

Johnson C. Smith 19, Bowie State 13: The Bulldogs were dogged by big plays and turnovers as the host Golden Bulls held on in the Charlotte (N.C.) Classic.

Tiquon Murry set up the Bulldogs' final score when he returned a punt 65 yards to the Golden Bulls' 15 with 6: 09 to play, and back Scott Strother scored on the ensuing play to close the gap to 19-13.

After forcing the Golden Bulls (1-2) to punt, the Bulldogs (0-2) drove to midfield with 2: 25 left in the game, but a bad exchange between the center and third-string quarterback Greg Lee led to the Bulldogs' fifth turnover. Two of Bowie's three interceptions also led to Golden Bulls touchdowns.

The Bulldogs had one last chance when they took over with 41 seconds remaining on their own 25, but were unable to score.

Next for Morgan

Opponent: Texas Southern

Site: Hughes Stadium

When: Saturday, 1: 30 p.m.

Record: 2-0

Yesterday: Idle.

Pub Date: 9/14/97

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