Today's gamesVirginia (6-4) at Maryland (5-5)Site: Byrd...

November 20, 1999|By Bill Free, Christian Ewell and Kent Baker

Today's games

Virginia (6-4) at Maryland (5-5)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: Noon

TV/Radio: Chs. 9, 24/WBAL (1090 AM), WMAL (630 AM)

Series record: Maryland leads 37-24-2

Outlook: The best news on the injury front for Maryland (2-5 ACC), which has been beaten up a lot while losing four of its past five games, is the return of junior WR Jason Hatala, who missed two games with a broken little finger on his right hand. Hatala will play with the finger wrapped. Don't expect freshman QB Latrez Harrison (high left ankle sprain) or fifth-year senior Trey Evans (sore right arm) to be 100 percent. But Harrison should start and be "close to 90 percent," said coach Ron Vanderlinden. If a third quarterback is needed, sophomore Gil Harris would get the call. Harris moved from quarterback to fullback earlier in the season but is available to return to quarterback in an emergency. Vanderlinden had considered switching Randall Jones from safety to quarterback but said he would not move Jones a third time in two seasons. Coach George Welsh of Virginia (4-3 ACC) isn't buying into the idea Jones will not play quarterback. "I wouldn't be surprised if we don't see Jones if Harrison isn't 100 percent," Welsh said. "He was the option guy last year, and we know about him. I don't see them changing their offense at this time of the year. We'll just have to adjust to whoever they put in at quarterback, plus get ready for every one of the gadgets they've used this season. The fact they've closed practice means anything could be up."

Catholic (9-1) at Western Maryland (10-0)

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: Noon

TV/Radio: Channel 3 (Prestige Cablevision)/WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: Western Maryland leads 6-2

Outlook: The first-round NCAA Division III playoff game matches the most successful college football programs in the Baltimore-Washington area over the past three seasons. The teams have a combined 59-5 record since 1997. Both feature powerful offenses, averaging at least five touchdowns. While the Cardinals have perhaps a slightly more balanced offense -- 2,397 passing yards for Derek McGee, 1,271 rushing yards for Andrew Notafrancesco -- the Green Terror has the nation's second-stingiest defense (7.7 points allowed per game).

Morgan State (2-7) at Hampton (6-4)

Site: Armstrong Stadium, Hampton, Va.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Morgan State leads, 34-9-2

Outlook: With a victory today, Morgan State (0-6 league) will avoid a winless campaign in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Bears came close last week, losing a 42-38 decision to Howard, which scored the winning touchdown with 10 seconds left in the game. In the loss, Ali Culpepper and Keith Warren topped 100 yards in rushing. Freshman QB Marques Brown will start again, and Marc Lester moves back to wide-out. The Bears hope to put points on the board after going scoreless (10-0 and 55-0) in the past two meetings against the Pirates, who need a win to have any shot at a Heritage Bowl appearance.

Navy (4-6) at Hawaii (7-3)

Site: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu

Time: 11 p.m.

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

Series: First meeting

Outlook: For the second straight week, Navy will pit its No. 3 nationally ranked ground attack against a potent passing game and is hoping for similar results after rolling past Tulane, 45-21. The Rainbow Warriors have thrived under former NFL coach June Jones, going from an 0-12 season to tying the best turnaround after a winless record. Dan Robinson (232-for-442 for 3,069 yards) triggers the Rainbow Warriors' passing game. He has six receivers with at least 13 catches, headed by Dwight Carter's 63. The offensive line averages 317 pounds, and DT Doug Sims weighs 357. But 28 turnovers have been a problem. The Midshipmen had five interceptions against Tulane, and the second half of that game was their best of the season. Their only common opponent was Rice, which beat the Midshipmen, 20-17, in Texas and won in Honolulu, 38-19.

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