Today's games

November 15, 1997|By Bill Free and Alan Goldstein

Colgate (6-3) at Navy (4-4)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Time: 1 p.m.

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

Outlook: The Midshipmen, who no longer have a chance for a postseason bid, want to close out the season with four straight victories. They are coming off a 49-17 rout of Temple, in which senior QB Chris McCoy ran for 96 yards and completed seven of eight passes for 128 yards and three TDs. Navy has won all four previous meetings with Colgate. The Red Raiders (5-0 in Patriot League), who gave Army a scare before bowing, 35-27, Oct. 25, boast an effective running tandem in sophomore Ed Weiss (903 yards, eight TDs) and senior Daymon Smith (846, 13 TDs).

Johns Hopkins (7-2) at Western Maryland (9-0)

Site: Scott S. Bair Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Outlook: If Hopkins had not lost in triple overtime to Dickinson two weeks ago, this game would have been a winner-take-all for the Centennial Conference championship. But the Blue Jays enter the regular-season finale for both teams with a 5-1 league mark and can only gain a share of the Centennial title with Western Maryland (6-0) with a win today in the 76th meeting between the two schools. Dickinson also is 5-1 in the Centennial entering its final game against Ursinus today, and the Red Devils could gain a three-way share of the title if they win and Hopkins upsets Western Maryland. The Green Terror is ranked 13th in the nation in the USA Division III Top 30 poll and has outscored opponents, 306-70. They also have a gifted sophomore quarterback in Ron Sermarini, who has completed 129 of 206 passes (62.6 percent) for 1,638 yards, 17 TDs and just three interceptions. Junior RB Gavin DeFreitas leads the Green Terror running game with 198 rushes for 860 yards and eight TDs. Johns Hopkins is led by its all-time rushing leader, senior TB Don Zajick, who has gained 785 yards this season on 165 carries. Sophomore TB Adam Gentile has scored seven TDs rushing and caught two TD passes.

Bucknell (9-0) at Towson (2-7)

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: Sophomore RB Jason Corle has been a bright spot for a Towson team that never seemed to recover from an early-season forfeit due to an ineligible player used in a 27-7 victory over Holy Cross. It would have been Towson's first-ever Patriot League win. The Tigers have not been able to beat any other Patriot opponents and take an 0-5 league mark against an unbeaten Bison team. Towson leads the series, 5-4, but has lost the last three to Bucknell by a combined score of 99-42. Bucknell is 4-0 in the Patriot League and can win the title with victories today and next week against Colgate.

William Paterson (0-9) at Salisbury State (2-6)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Salisbury State plays its first home game since Oct. 4, winding up a disappointing season against a winless team. Salisbury freshman QB Matt Main had his best day of the season last week in a 28-7 loss to Wesley College. Main threw for 189 yards, with sophomore TE Doug Batten catching three for 58 yards. Main also hit freshman Rob Evans for a 62-yard TD that accounted for the only Sea Gulls score in the game.

Frostburg State (6-2) at Methodist (N.C.) (8-1)

Site: Monarch Field, Fayetteville, N.C.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Frostburg State rolled to a 31-0 victory last week over Ferrum (Va.) College. It was Ferrum that handed Methodist its only loss of the season three weeks ago, 31-12. The Bobcats were led by sophomore TB Brandon Walker and sophomore QB Jason Henry last week, with Walker rushing for 142 yards and two TDs and Henry completing 11 of 28 for 126 yards and two TD passes to Rodney Miller and Mike Schneider. Frostburg senior DT Galen Glotfelty had nine sacks and recorded two hTC safeties in the win over a Ferrum squad that was playing without eight starters. Methodist is led by senior TB DeCarlos West, who is 23rd in the nation among Division III schools in scoring with 10.5 points a game.

Morgan State (3-5) vs. Howard (5-4)

Site: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Time: 6 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: This game is being billed as the Gold Coast Classic, but these two rivals are both going through disappointing seasons. Howard was 10-2 last season and was expected to be one of the powers in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this season. Morgan coach Stump Mitchell has redirected his team from the press box the past two games after a disheartening homecoming loss to North Carolina A&T, 7-6, three weeks ago.

Pub Date: 11/15/97

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