Today's state games

October 24, 1998|By Christian Ewell and Alan Goldstein

Navy (2-4) at Boston College (3-3)

Site: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Time: Noon

TV/Radio: Chs. 2, 7/WJFK (1300 AM), WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen ended a three-game losing streak last Saturday by rallying from a 35-21 deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Colgate, 42-35. Sophomore QB Brian Broadwater, making his first start, rushed for 216 yards and two TDs and completed eight of nine passes for 165 yards and two more scores. Navy set a school record with 680 yards of total offense, including 515 rushing. The Mids lead the country in rushing with 311.5 yards per game. Senior fullback Matt Harden gained 98 yards on 16 carries, but fellow senior Irv Dingle (369 yards) is expected to reclaim the starting job after missing the last two games with injuries. The Eagles have lost their last three games, to Louisville, Virginia Tech and Syracuse, after starting the season 3-0. Senior tailback Mike Cloud (966 yards, nine TDs) is BC's principal threat.

Wesley (3-2, 0-0)

at Salisbury State (2-4, 0-3)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: After winning their first two games, the Sea Gulls bring a four-game losing streak into Family Day against an Atlantic Central Football Conference opponent. Last week, Salisbury lost the College of New Jersey, 21-14, despite the 163 rushing yards and one touchdown reception by running back Tony Ellis. Wesley rolled to a 41-6 win over Newport News Apprentice last week and is averaging 34.8 points per game. Wesley has dominated Salisbury in the last two meetings, with wins of 39-7 and 28-7 in 1996 and 1997.

Western Maryland (6-0, 4-0)

at Franklin & Marshall (3-3, 3-0)

Site: Sponaugle-Williamson Field, Lancaster, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The tougher half of Western Maryland's schedule continues, with the team looking for its 17th consecutive regular-season victory, having beaten Dickinson, 38-20, last week. F&M suffered its sixth straight nonconference loss last week, falling to Hobart, 13-8. For the first time in 16 matchups, both teams enter with undefeated records in Centennial Conference play. F&M's Mike Higgins has thrown for 200 yards or more in four of the last five games, and Western Maryland's Ron Sermarini has run for eight touchdowns in addition to the nine he has passed for this season. In his first start since a knee injury, Green Terror nose guard Kevin Kramer made seven tackles, including one for a loss of 5 yards.

Frostburg State (5-1, 1-1)

at Ferrum (6-0, 2-0)

Site: W.B. Adams Stadium, Ferrum, Va.

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Outlook: A win by the Bobcats would put them in a tie for first place in the Atlantic Central Football Conference with Methodist and Ferrum, which beat Chowan last week, 14-0. Frostburg took a departure from conference play last week, beating SUNY Brockport, 31-14, as quarterback Ryan Lee threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns. One of Lee's favorite targets was Greg Cooper, who caught five passes for 165 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown. Ferrum's defense is one of the best in Division III, ranking 12th in scoring defense (9.0 points per game) and 11th in passing efficiency defense.

Bowie State (4-2, 2-2)

at N. Carolina Central (3-4, 2-2)

Site: Durham County Stadium, Durham, N.C.

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: After three straight weeks at home, the Bulldogs go on the road to face a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association opponent that is struggling. N.C. Central has lost its last two games, including a 43-8 loss at home to Winston-Salem State last weekend. The Eagles committed six turnovers and collected only 11 rushing yards in the loss. Bowie comes into the game after defeating Elizabeth City State, 20-19. Stacy Plater's two touchdowns in the third quarter made the difference. Last season, Bowie defeated N.C. Central in overtime, 20-14, ending a four-game losing streak in the series.

Johns Hopkins (5-1)

at Bridgewater (0-6)

Site: Jopson Field, Bridgewater, Va.

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: There is such a thing as a road breather, and this would seem to be one of them for Johns Hopkins, which barely escaped with a 34-31 victory over Muhlenberg eight days ago. But aside from a season-opening 56-24 loss to Western Maryland, Bridgewater has been respectable, with three of its losses coming by a total of five points. Hopkins running back Adam Gentile was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks, after rushing for 218 yards in the win against Muhlenberg. From here, the Blue Jays end their schedule against the league's three toughest teams -- Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall and Western Maryland.

Delaware State (0-6, 0-3)

at Morgan State (0-6, 0-4)

Site: Ravens stadium

Time: 3: 30 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: The first college game at the new 69,000-seat stadium and Morgan State's homecoming will bring a first win for one of these two teams. Morgan State's chances for victory evaporated last week when the offense was stopped by North Carolina A&T on a fourth-and-one play, leading to a 19-16 loss in Greensboro. Meanwhile, Delaware State lost at home to Liberty, 53-21, the team's 12th consecutive loss. The Bears will try to exploit a Delaware State defense that gives up 319 rushing yards per game, while the Hornets will try getting the best of a Morgan State secondary that gives up more than 200 yards passing per game and has used six starting cornerbacks this season. Last season, the Bears ruined Delaware State's homecoming,

escaping Dover with a 14-7 victory.

Pub Date: 10/24/98

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