Today's games

September 19, 1998|By Christian Ewell and Bill Free

West Virginia Tech (0-3)

at Frostburg (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

TV/Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Outlook: West Virginia Tech has the best of this matchup in one respect. With three games under its belts, it has been well-tested relative to their Frostburg counterparts. However, the Division II Golden Bears have been pasted in all three contests, including a 41-22 loss to Geneva, Pa., last week. Meanwhile, the Bobcats hope to improve to 2-0 after beating Salve Regina last week, 14-7, in Newport, R.I., on the strength of 205 passing yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Jason Henry. Linebacker Chris Seguinot (11 tackles last week) will lead a Frostburg defense that will attempt to keep West Virginia Tech's not-so-potent running game -- it's averaging 28 yards per game -- under wraps.

Johnson C. Smith (1-0)

at Bowie State (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie.

TV/Radio: None

Outlook: After a 41-0 victory over forever-winless Cheyney two weeks ago, Bowie gets down to business against its first CIAA opponent, Johnson C. Smith. The Bowie defense dominated Cheyney, allowing only 75 yards as Rod Williams intercepted two passes and returned a fumble for a touchdown. It will be challenged by a Johnson C. Smith offense that gained 407 yards in a 40-28 win over Gardner-Webb, including a combined 286 yards rushing from running backs Armis Stokes, Desmond Brown and Geoffrey Brooks. In a match between the two teams last season, Bowie failed to stop the run in a 19-13 loss, allowing 207 rushing yards.

Salisbury State (2-0)

at Methodist (1-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Monarch Field, Fayetteville, N.C.

TV/Radio: None

Outlook: The game will be Salisbury's debut in the new Atlantic Central Football Conference, the school's first game as a conference member in its 27 seasons of football. The team will do so after attaining its best record at this point since 1986, having beaten Alfred last week, 28-21. With quarterback Matt Main and running backs Myron Dent and Tony Ellis, the Sea Gulls average 33 points per game, second in their conference. Meanwhile, Methodist come in off a 9-0 loss to Guilford. The Monarchs, who defeated Salisbury, 29-22, in overtime last season, are led by quarterback Brian Turner and wide receiver William Ray, who has 11 catches for 190 yards.

Colgate (0-1) at Towson (2-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Minnegan Stadium

TV/Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: After wins over Morgan State and Monmouth, today is what Towson coach Gordy Combs refers to as a measuring stick, and also the 300th game in the program's 30-year history. Colgate has been the team's strongest opponent the past two seasons, winning 35-10 at Towson in 1996, then winning 34-3 last season in Hamilton, N.Y. The 1997 game was a microcosm of Towson's 2-8 season. Up 3-0, Colgate blocked a field-goal attempt, which Jason Patterson returned for a touchdown. Though rested after an off week, Colgate will probably enter the game without quarterback Ryan Vena, who suffered a shoulder injury during a 45-35 loss to Connecticut in the season's first week. In a 42-20 win over Monmouth, the Towson offense showed its variety. Jason Corle ran for 148 yards on 29 carries, and Kevin Smith completed 12 of 17 passes for 158 yards, 113 going to Adam Overbey, including an 89-yard touchdown pass.

Gettysburg (0-1)

at Western Maryland (2-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Scott S. Bair Stadium, Westminster

TV/Radio: None

Outlook: Looking for its 13th straight regular-season win after last week's 40-7 win over Juniata, the Green Terror will be challenged on defense. In a 42-35 overtime loss to Hampden-Sydney, Gettysburg rolled up 814 yards in total offense. This total included 277 yards rushing on 35 carries from running back Paul Smith, who also scored three touchdowns, providing a test for a Western Maryland defense that is giving up only 3.1 yards per rush. But, Western Maryland held Smith to 53 yards in last year's game, a 55-7 Green Terror rout. Also, the Gettysburg defense was nearly as laughable as the opponent's last week, giving up 782 yards of total offense. That does not bode well on the road against Western Maryland, which averaged 48 points and 454.5 yards total offense in its two victories. Junior quarterback Ron Sermarini is the conference's top-rated passer (204.0 rating), completing 70 percent of his passes while throwing for three touchdowns.

Johns Hopkins (1-0)

at Swarthmore (0-0)

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Site: Clothier Field, Swarthmore, Pa.

TV/Radio: None

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