Today's games

October 18, 1997|By Bill Free, Paul McMullen and Alan Goldstein

VMI (0-6) at Navy (2-3)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Time: 1 p.m.

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

Outlook: The Midshipmen have an excellent chance to rebound from consecutive losses to Duke and Air Force. A blocked punt led to their frustrating 10-7 setback to the unbeaten Falcons, who were held to 229 yards total offense. Navy ranks 13th in the nation in rushing offense (245.8), but has averaged only 95.4 yards passing with senior QB Chris McCoy completing 40 percent (26-for-66) of his passes. McCoy, with 2,475 career yards rushing, needs 108 to pass Cleveland Cooper on Navy's all-time list. He is tied with Napoleon McCallum for career rushing touchdowns (31). VMI, a Division I-AA school, has not beaten Navy in six previous meetings. The Keydets, under new coach Ted Cain, have been outscored, 231-66, but displayed their best offense last week in losing to Tennessee-Chattanooga, 27-24.

Maryland (2-4, 1-2)

at Wake Forest (2-4, 1-3)

Site: Groves Stadium, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WJFK (106.7 FM)

Outlook: Maryland last lost at Groves Stadium in 1979. The Terps have beaten the Demon Deacons in close game and blowouts over the past four years, but Wake Forest has been the more impressive team this season, losing by one point to East Carolina and by two to Georgia Tech. It led at Virginia going into the last six minutes, and at North Carolina at the half. Wake Forest has the superior passing game, as QB Brian Kuklick has thrown for 1,564 yards, most in the ACC. Maryland QB Brian Cummings is most effective when the Terps mount a ground game, something they were able to do only against Temple. Maryland will be without DE Eric Ogbogu (sprained ankle) and SE Bruce James (broken wrist). The Terps lead the ACC in turnover margin, where Wake Forest ranks last.

Robert Morris (4-1)

at Towson (1-4)

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: A promising 2-0 start has been wiped out by problems on and off the field for the Tigers, who will try to regroup against a tough Colonials team on homecoming day. Robert Morris has come a long way in just four seasons of fielding a football team under coach Joe Walton, who coached the NFL's New York Jets from 1983 to '89 and is second in wins for that franchise behind former Baltimore Colts coach Weeb Ewbank. Towson sophomore RB Jason Corle leads the Patriot League in rushing with 549 yards on 112 carries, a 109.8 average. Towson will be playing without senior LBs and captains Jim Colongo and Barrett Sullivan, sophomore free safety Drew Interdonato and freshman snapper Mike Wilson, who have been suspended for their involvement in an off-campus altercation Oct. 9.

Western Maryland (5-0)

at Dickinson (3-2)

Site: Biddle Field, Carlisle, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Green Terror attempts to become the school's first football team to get off to a 6-0 start since 1951. Dickinson takes a 2-0 Centennial Conference record into today's game, putting the Red Devils a half-game behind co-leaders Western Maryland and Johns Hopkins, who are 3-0. Sophomore Western Maryland QB Ron Sermarini continues to dazzle opponents with a prolific passing game that features five receivers with nine catches or more. Sermarini is 76 of 116 for 953 yards and 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. Junior RB Gavin DeFreitas has rushed for 550 yards and three touchdowns and leads the team in receptions with 14 for 153 yards. Sophomore LB Tom Selecky leads the team in tackles with 42 and has seven sacks.

North Carolina Central (3-4)

at Bowie State (3-3)

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: North Carolina Central is coached by NFL Hall of Famer Larry Little, an offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins for 12 years. The Eagles escaped with a 30-29 victory over Winston-Salem State last week when a 32-yard field goal attempt by Winston-Salem sailed wide left. North Carolina Central is 3-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, while Bowie State is 1-3. Bowie State has won two straight, including its first league victory last week, when the Bulldogs scored 26 straight points in a 32-26 come-from-behind thriller over Elizabeth City State University. Bowie trailed 26-6 late in the second quarter before storming back with the help of a 57-yard punt return for a touchdown by Ray Hawkins and Ryan Pigford's 6-yard touchdown run with 1: 09 left in the game.

Frostburg State (4-1)

at SUNY-Brockport (3-2)

Site: Special Olympics Stadium, Brockport, N.Y.

Time: 1 p.m.

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