Today's games

October 11, 1997|By Bill Free, Paul McMullen and Steven Kivinski

No. 19 Air Force (6-0) at Navy (2-2)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Time: Noon

Radio: WWLG (1360 AM), WNAV (1430 AM)


Outlook: Navy begins a quest for the Commander in Chief's Trophy against a team it has beaten only twice in the past 14 meetings. The Mids won last year's game in Colorado Springs, Colo., 20-17, on Tom Vanderhorst's 25-yard field goal with 12 seconds left. Air Force, which is off to a 6-0 start for the first time since 1989, leads the series, 19-10, and is 6-5 in games played in Annapolis. Air Force moved up to No. 19 in the nation following last week's 17-3 victory over the Citadel. The Falcons feature a DTC potent option running attack. This year it is led by junior quarterback Blane Morgan, who replaces brother Beau. Last week's bye gave Navy plenty of time to prepare for Air Force, but also gave the Mids two weeks to digest their disappointing loss to Duke.

West Virginia (4-1) at Maryland (2-3)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM)

Outlook: Six of QB Brian Cummings' 15 career interceptions have come against West Virginia, but ball protection has become one of the Terps' credos. Maryland's conversion rate on third down is only 30 percent, but it has turned the ball over an ACC-low six times. The Terps' defense got some good news and bad news on the injury front. MLB Eric Barton has a broken index finger on his right hand and will play with a cast, but Clifton Crosby has recovered from an August injury and will provide needed depth at cornerback. West Virginia's balanced offense features Amos Zereoue, a sophomore whose rushing average of 150.2 yards is second in the nation. Maryland's first win was over Temple, another member of the Big East Conference. The Mountaineers are No. 24 in the USA Today/ESPN poll.

Greensboro College (0-5) at Frostburg State (3-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Outlook: Greensboro College is finding the going tough in its first season and now the Pride runs into a Frostburg team that has won two straight and has the 10th-ranked total defense (209.5 yards a game) in the nation among Division III schools. Frostburg's sophomore WR Greg Cooper caught six passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns in last week's 21-0 win over Chowan College. The Bobcats also were led last week by DE Yinka Olarinde (five tackles, two sacks), CB Brian McElhenny and LB Ben Morrow. McElhenny and Morrow each had one interception. Morrow (Frederick County's Linganore) leads the team in tackles with 29 and LB Jimmy Weston (Hammond) is second with 28. DE Buddy Edmond (Mount St. Joseph) tops Frostburg in sacks with seven for minus-48 yards.

Ursinus (2-3) at Johns Hopkins (3-1)

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Site: Homewood Field

Outlook: Hopkins can move into a first-place tie in the Centennial Conference with idle Western Maryland with a victory over struggling defending league champion Ursinus. The Green Terror is 3-0 in the league, Hopkins is 2-0 and Ursinus is 1-2 under first-year coach Paul Guenther, 25, the youngest head football coach at an NCAA school. Western Maryland handed Ursinus one of its two league losses two weeks ago, 20-12, and a setback today would virtually eliminate the Bears from any chance at repeating. Hopkins senior RB Don Zajick will become the school's all-time leading rusher today if he gains 77 yards. Zajick rushed for 151 yards last week in a 20-12 win over Gettysburg. The Blue Jays racked up 386 yards rushing as they bounced back from their lone loss of the season to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Bowie State (2-3) at Elizabeth City (2-3)

Time: 2 p.m.

Site: Roebuck Stadium, Elizabeth City, N.C.

Outlook: Coming off a 10-7 victory over Gannon last week in the school's first-ever overtime game, the Bulldogs will be looking for their first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association win this season. Bowie State is 0-3 in the CIAA and Elizabeth City is 1-3. Bowie freshman RB Ray Hawkins rushed for 127 yards on 10 carries against Gannon, sophomore QB Greg Lee completed 14 of 27 for 175 yards and freshman K V. J. Impallaria hit a 30-yard field goal in overtime to win it. Elizabeth City owns three straight wins over Bowie at Roebuck Stadium and the Vikings defeated the Bulldogs, 12-7, last year to spoil Bowie's homecoming.

Salisbury State (1-3) at Chowan (1-4)

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Site: Garrison Stadium, Murfreesboro, N.C.

Outlook: The young Sea Gulls have lost three straight games since beating Ursinus, 14-12, in the season opener. The latest setback was last week's 29-22 loss to Methodist College in the first-ever overtime game in Salisbury school history. Salisbury State senior RB Mac James rushed for a career-high 147 yards in the loss to Methodist, and freshman QB Matt Main continued to improve last week for the Sea Gulls as he passed for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Salisbury junior return specialist Brian Doyle (Chesapeake-AA) is ranked third in the nation in Division III in punt returns with an average of 18.4 and he is 15th nationally in kickoff returns with an average of 27.7. Salisbury has &r outscored Chowan 79-8 to easily win all three previous meetings in this series.

Pub Date: 10/11/97

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