Today's games

September 05, 1998|By Chris Ewell and Bill Free

Bowie State at Cheyney

Site: O'Shields-Stevenson Stadium, Cheyney, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: This game matches two teams who rarely enjoy fast starts. Bowie State (5-5 last season), which forfeited its 1997 opener against Livingstone College, is 2-6 in openers in the 1990s. Cheyney (0-11 last season), meanwhile, finds its recent seasons futile from beginning to end -- it has a 44-game winless streak that dates to 1993. The series between the two stands at 7-7, after a 27-6 Bowie win at home last year.

Ursinus at Salisbury

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Outlook: Salisbury, coming off a 3-6 campaign last season, beat Ursinus, 14-12, in last season's opener on the road. For the first time since Len Annetta in 1993, the Sea Gulls open the season with an incumbent quarterback in sophomore Matt Main, who started the last eight games of 1997. Ursinus returns 11 starters on a team that slipped to a 4-6 finish after a nine-win season in 1996.

Bridgewater at Western Maryland

Site: Scott S. Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: In Western Maryland, Bridgewater finds a tough beginning on its quest to rebound from a 2-8 mark. Some consider Western Maryland, which returns 19 starters off a team that went 10-1 in 1997, the favorite to win the NCAA Division III championship this season. Division III All-America candidate Tommy Salecky, a linebacker coming off a 77-tackle campaign, leads a defense that was second in the nation in total defense (175.5 yards per game) and third in scoring defense (7.3 points per game). Bridgewater's offense averaged just 11.5 points per game.

James Madison at Maryland

Time: 6 p.m.

Site: Byrd Stadium

Radio: WKDB (AM 1570) and WBAL (AM 1090). WBAL will join the game in progress following its coverage of the Orioles-Mariners game.

Outlook: James Madison coach Alex Wood said his team has been helped mentally in preparing for Maryland by Ohio University's 21-14 upset over the Terps last season in Maryland's opener. But Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden said this year's team is "completely different" from the one that lost to Ohio U. "We're in better shape; we're executing better; we ran 30 straight plays in practice the other day without a penalty; we're more mature; and we're much more focused." James Madison, from the Atlantic 10 Conference, will be led by sophomore tailback Delvin Joyce and senior free safety Tony Booth. If the foot-7, 185-pound Joyce has trouble running against the bigger Terps, look for the Dukes to test Maryland's secondary.

Pub Date: 9/05/98

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