Today's games

October 09, 1999|By Christian Ewell, Bill Free and Kent Baker

Maryland (3-1, 0-1) at Wake Forest (3-1, 1-1)

Time: Noon

Site: Groves Stadium, Winston-Salem, N.C.

TV/Radio: UPN24/WBAL (1090 AM), WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: Maryland leads 33-13-1

Outlook: It has been nine days since Heisman Trophy candidate Joe Hamilton burned Maryland for 587 yards total offense in a 49-31 Georgia Tech victory, and still no one has any concrete answers for the downfall of a defensive unit that entered that game ranked No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense (3.3 points a game). Most people have tried to compare Wake Forest to Maryland because both teams are trying to climb out of the lower echelon of the ACC. But that is the only similarity. The Demon Deacons are mostly a veteran team loaded with fifth-year seniors, going against a Maryland squad that is still very young. Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden calls this week's test against Wake Forest a very important one, a chance to beat an ACC opponent other than Duke, which the Terps haven't accomplished under Vanderlinden. If the Maryland secondary bounces back and the defensive line improves its pass rush, the Terps should win.

Air Force (3-1) vs. Navy (2-3)

Site: Redskins Stadium, Landover

Time: Noon

TV/Radio: HTS/WNAV (1430 AM), WJFK (1300 AM), WMAL (630 AM)

Series: Air Force leads, 21-10

Outlook: Navy is looking to avenge last year's 49-7 loss, the biggest winning margin in the series. This game commences the three-game Commander-in-Chief's series among the three major service academies that has been dominated by the Falcons. Navy has not won the trophy since 1981. Both teams depend on grinding, option-oriented ground attacks, with Air Force ranking second nationally in rushing per game (308.8) and Navy fourth (297.4). The Falcons will wait until just before kickoff to determine their quarterback after starter Cale Bonds suffered a sprained ankle last Saturday against San Diego State. Mike Thiessen came off the bench to engineer the win. Navy quarterback Brian Broadwater has rushed for 508 yards and scored seven touchdowns, and the defense has held three opponents to under 100 yards on the ground. That number will be severely tested this week. Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry, with 123 victories, passed Army's Red Blaik as the winningest coach in service academy history this season.

Frostburg (4-0) at Wesley (2-2)

Site: Wolverine Stadium, Dover, Del.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Series: Frostburg State leads 6-0

Outlook: For the second straight week, Frostburg, ranked No. 16 in Division III, faces an opponent without a loss in Atlantic Central Football Conference play. The Wolverines (1-0 league) beat Greensboro, 35-21, in their ACFC debut last week, while the Bobcats escaped with a 30-25 win over Chowan. DeNelle Hale is averaging 108.8 rushing yards a game to lead the ACFC. Wesley quarterback Jason Visconti is averaging nearly 200 yards a game passing.

Salisbury (1-3) at Chowan (3-1)

Site: Garrison Stadium, Murfreesboro, N.C.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Salisbury leads 4-1

Outlook: After a 34-2 loss to Catholic last week, the Sea Gulls don't get an easy rebound in their return to play in the ACFC. Chowan's lone blemish came in a loss at nationally ranked Frostburg State. Salisbury is averaging 12.3 points, while the Braves have the league's top offense, averaging 26.5 points.

Towson (4-1) at Morgan (1-3)

Site: Homewood Field, Baltimore

Time: 8: 05 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 2/WEAA (88.9 FM), WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Towson leads 9-3

Outlook: This game matches the only two Division I-AA programs in Maryland. Last week's 66-10 loss to Florida A&M notwithstanding, Morgan State has quality players at skill positions. The Bears need the offensive line to protect quarterback Willie McGirt and clear holes for running back Ali Culpepper against a stingy Towson defense (12.4 ppg). The Tigers need to produce more points than last week against Holy Cross, when Towson, on 566 yards of offense, scored 14 points.

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