Jones helps Frostburg run past Salisbury, 16-7 Freshman tailback gains 167 yards, scores TD

September 28, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

SALISBURY -- This game was much more than the 25th meeting between state Division III teams that are separated by nearly 300 miles but drawn together by many similarities.

Frostburg State vs. Salisbury State is special for everybody who has played in the game.

So special that Frostburg State junior defensive tackle Melvin Bivens could barely wait to talk about yesterday's 16-7 victory over Salisbury State before a homecoming crowd of 2,113 at Sea Gull Stadium.

"I played this game for coach Mike McGlinchey," Bivens said. "I love him and I wish he were still here. He really cared about his players. He's the only coach who cared about me as a person as much as he did a football player. I'll never forget him."

McGlinchey died of a neuromuscular disease last March, a little more than a year after resigning as coach at Frostburg because of failing health.

McGlinchey was not only a very popular and successful coach at Frostburg in the 1990s, but he performed the same magic at Salisbury from 1982 to 1986.

Yesterday, the difference between the schools was Frostburg freshman tailback Orlando Jones, who carried 21 times for 167 yards and one touchdown before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with a strained left ankle.

Jones displayed outstanding balance, speed and power on several nifty runs that made the Salisbury defenders look inept at times.

A 5-foot-10, 165-pound back, he was just short of brilliant on three runs in the third quarter that covered 70 yards of a five-play, 74-yard touchdown drive by Frostburg (2-1).

First, Jones broke five tackles on a 41-yard run through the right side of the Salisbury defense for a first down at the Sea Gulls' 29-yard line.

Then he darted 10 yards through a mass of would-be tacklers for another first down.

Frostburg quarterback Jason Henry called his own number for no gain and quickly went back to the freshman from Mount Vernon High in Alexandria, Va.

This time, Jones bolted 19 yards off the right side and was into the end zone before anybody could come close to stopping him.

That run and Tony McComas' extra point gave Frostburg a 16-7 lead with 5 minutes, 18 seconds left in the third quarter.

"I use a little bit of everything when I run," Jones said, "but the main reason I think I've improved is all the running and lifting I did in the off-season. I ran the hills a lot at Frostburg."

Jones said the ankle injury he suffered yesterday probably wouldn't keep him out next week.

Freshman quarterback Matt Main showed flashes of excellence for Salisbury (1-2), completing 18 of 31 passes for 154 yards with two interceptions. He led his team downfield late in the fourth quarter, but George Mayer was wide left on a 30-yard field-goal attempt.

Main had at least five passes dropped and was under heavy pressure from the Buddy Edmond-led Frostburg defense throughout the game. Edmond, a senior out of Mount St. Joseph, had four of the Bobcats' five sacks.

Pub Date: 9/28/97

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