Today's games

October 04, 1997|By Bill Free and Paul McMullen

Bowie State (1-3) at

Gannon (1-2)

Time: 11 a.m.

Site: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Erie, Pa.

Outlook: Sacks, interceptions and penalties continue to hamper Bowie State as the Bulldogs try to develop some consistency on offense behind quarterback Greg Lee. The Bowie defense also started to unravel last week in a 38-14 loss to Virginia Union that left the Bulldogs 0-3 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Western Maryland (4-0) at

Muhlenberg (0-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Muhlenberg Field, Allentown, Pa.

Outlook: The Green Terror will be looking for its first 5-0 start in 29 years. The only unbeaten NCAA football school in the state, Western Maryland is ranked 27th this week in the USA Division III poll. It replaced rival Johns Hopkins in that spot. The Green Terror is coming off a 20-10 victory over defending Centennial Conference champion Ursinus and seems to be gaining momentum on defense and offense as the season progresses. The only concern facing Western Maryland this week is a 1-5-1 record in its past seven trips to Muhlenberg.

Johns Hopkins (2-1) at

Gettysburg (2-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Musselman Stadium, Gettysburg, Pa.

Outlook: Hopkins needed to play a nearly perfect game last week to have a chance of turning back the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. The Blue Jays had fought to a 7-7 tie in the fourth quarter, but Hopkins' defense allowed the Mariners to march 70 yards for a touchdown an early lead. Then the USMMA turned two interceptions into touchdowns for a 20-point advantage on the way to a 27-14 win. The Blue Jays return to the more friendly confines of the Centennial Conference and face a Gettysburg team that was routed, 55-7, by Western Maryland two weeks ago. Senior Hopkins running back Don Zajick was held to 32 yards last week, but he still became the third player in school history to surpass the 2,000-yard career rushing mark (2,017). Zajick needs 228 to pass Brad McLam as the career leader in Blue Jays history. Sophomore Hopkins quarterback Wayne Roccia injured his shoulder in the loss last week and was relieved by backups Will Cairns and Jamie Monica. It is uncertain just how much Roccia will be able to play.

Chowan College (1-3) at

Frostburg State (2-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bobcats Stadium, Frostburg

Radio: WFRB (AM 560)

Outlook: It was mostly all freshman tailback Orlando Jones (21 carries for 167 yards and one touchdown) last week, as Frostburg defeated Salisbury State, 16-7, for its eighth win in the past nine meetings with the Sea Gulls. Jones strained his left ankle early in the fourth quarter and left the game, but Salisbury couldn't overcome the 16-7 deficit. Jones will return today as Frostburg hopes to improve its record against Chowan to 5-0. Senior defensive end Buddy Edmond, a former Mount St. Joseph standout, leads Frostburg in sacks with six, and linebacker Ben Morrow (Linganore) leads the Bobcats in tackles with 24.

Methodist (3-0) at

Salisbury State (1-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Outlook: Salisbury State freshman quarterback Matt Main made some positive strides last week in a 16-7 homecoming loss to Frostburg State and will be out to improve more as the Sea Gulls meet independent Division III Methodist from Fayetteville, N.C. Main will be looking to put together some impressive drives to give the sometimes-overworked Salisbury defense a breather. This is only the second home game of the season for Salisbury, who will play just one more home game this season (Nov. 15 against William Paterson, N.J.).

South Carolina State (3-0) at

Morgan State (2-2)

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Site: Hughes Stadium

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: The Bears were grounded last week with a humiliating 48-6 loss to Norfolk State after a 24-17 upset over Texas Southern two weeks ago at home. So just when it looked as if sophomore quarterback Willie McGirt and Morgan were ready to put it together, they take several steps backward. McGirt never had a chance last week, as blitzing Norfolk State registered eight sacks and held the Bears to 10 net yards rushing. Now they must face unbeaten South Carolina State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game. The Bulldogs hold a 17-6 lead in the series.

Duke (2-2) at Maryland (1-3)

Time: 6 p.m.

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park.

Radio: WJFK (1300 AM); WJFK (106.7 FM)

Outlook: Duke will try to win three in a row for only the second time in the 1990s. Maryland hasn't had a winning streak since it stopped Wake Forest and the Blue Devils last October. Maryland's young secondary has improved, but it must contend with split end Corey Thomas, who has 130 career catches. Maryland better hope that it doesn't come down to the kicking game. Duke's Sims Lenhardt has made eight of nine field-goal attempts, and the Terps pulled junior Brad Rhodes for freshman Brian Kopka in their win over Temple.

Towson University (1-3) at

University of Pennsylvania (0-2)

Time: 6 p.m.

Site: Franklin Field, Philadelphia.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: It's been a slightly disastrous two weeks for Towson. The Tigers have done the improbable, losing three games in those two weeks. Two losses were on the field -- thanks to a total of nine turnovers -- and one defeat was off the field two days ago when the school was forced to forfeit its first Patriot League victory, a 27-7 win over Holy Cross on Sept. 13 because it used an academically ineligible player. The same athlete played in the setbacks to Lehigh and Columbia but didn't play in a season-opening 22-21 decision over Monmouth. Towson will attempt to bounce back in its first meeting with Penn and second game in the school's history against an Ivy League opponent. Penn started the season with losses to Dartmouth and Bucknell. Towson sophomore running back Jason Corle leads the Patriot League in rushing with 489 yards on 97 carries (122.25 a game), eighth in Division I-AA.

Pub Date: 10/04/97

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