Today's games

November 22, 1997|By From staff reports

Western Maryland (10-0)

at Lycoming (9-0)

NCAA Division III playoff

South Region semifinal

Time: noon

Site: Person Field, Williamsport, Pa.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Outlook: It's a matchup of unbeaten teams that feature well-balanced offenses and big-play defenses. The only common opponent this season was Juniata, which was routed by the Green Terror, 30-8, on Sept. 13 in Westminster. Lycoming won, 20-16, at Juniata. Western Maryland is paced by leading rusher Gavin DeFreitas (225 carries for 955 yards and 9 touchdowns), who said after watching Lycoming on film, "I think Johns Hopkins is a better team. I believe we can run on Lycoming." QB Ron Sermarini has completed 135 of 224 passes for 1,675 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Green Terror completed its third perfect regular season in school history last week by defeating Hopkins, 21-3. While this is Western Maryland's first trip to the Division III playoffs, Lycoming is making its third consecutive appearance in the 16-team tournament and has been here six times in the 1990s. Lycoming is led by RB Brian Thompson (158 rushes for 934 yards and 7 TDs) and QB Jason Marraccini (90 of 169 for 1,474 yards, 13 TDs and 12 interceptions). Western Maryland leads the series, 14-10, but hasn't met the Warriors since 1980 when Lycoming won, 10-7.

Kent (3-7) at Navy (5-4)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Time: noon

TV: HTS

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

Outlook: A victory will guarantee Navy's second straight winning season under coach Charlie Weatherbie, a feat last accomplished in 1981 and 1982. Since losing 21-17 to Notre Dame, the Midshipmen have outscored Temple and Colgate by combined 101-41. QB Chris McCoy (2,928 total yards), needs eight yards to pass Eddie Meyers as the academy's second all-time rushing leader. He also trails Joe Bellino (110) by eight points for school's single-season scoring mark. Jim Corrigal is coaching final game for Kent after being fired last week. QB Jose Davis has set a school record with 2,468 passing yards. WR Eugene Baker has 88 receptions for 1,395 yards and 17 TDs. The Golden Flashes rank seventh in the nation in total offense and average 30.8 points a game.

Morgan State (3-6)

at Hampton (9-1)

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Site: Armstrong Field, Hampton, Va.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: Morgan State faces a powerful Hampton team that has already wrapped up the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title with a 6-0 record and is headed for the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs next week. Morgan coach Stump Mitchell said this week, "If we had cut down our mistakes we would be in contention for postseason play but our guys still don't know how to win."

Maryland (2-8, 1-6)

at Georgia Tech (5-4, 4-3)

Site: Bobby Dodd Stadium at Grant Field, Atlanta

Time: 3: 30

TV: Ch. 2

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

Outlook: The Terrapins close out coach Ron Vanderlinden's first season, looking to put an end to a five-game losing streak that has dropped them to eighth in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Georgia Tech still has to play No. 14 Georgia, and the Yellow Jackets need a win to keep alive their hopes for the Peach and Carquest Bowls. It will be the final college football game for QB Brian Cummings and 20 other Maryland seniors. Georgia Tech has won all four meetings between the two teams in Atlanta, the last three by an average of 30 points.

Pub Date: 11/22/97

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