Just when the football picture at Morgan State seemed hopeless, along came an unsung sophomore quarterback named Lejominick Washington on Saturday to bail the Bears out of their 0-4 funk.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Washington put on a record-breaking passing show that won't soon be forgotten around Morgan State and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Starting just his second college game, Washington rained long, short and medium passes on then-3-0 North Carolina A&T. Despite a sore shoulder, he threw for a school-record 551 yards and four touchdowns. And he ran for three touchdowns in a 52-42 victory that ended the Bears' 23-game league losing streak.
The four touchdown passes tied a school record.
"I felt extremely comfortable with the scheme," said Washington of the run-and-shoot offense that the Bears used for the first time against A&T. "I just kept on throwing the ball, and the guys kept making plays."
Washington, from Magnolia, N.J., received looks from Rutgers and Syracuse, but high-school grades and late-arriving SAT scores hurt him. Towson also showed interest but it became a backup selection to Morgan.
Frostburg State senior Amy Foote ended the suspense early last Sunday in front of the home crowd. The former Patapsco High standout scored the first goal in a 10-0 soccer rout of Penn State-Altoona and became the school's all-time top goal-scorer with 44. And two assists gave her 108 career points, two behind Erin Hawley's all-time school record.
Foote scored three times and had three assists in three wins last week and was selected the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week. Frostburg, 13-2 overall, is 5-0 in the league.
UMBC's deep depth
UMBC captured the Maryland State Cross Country team championship at Anne Arundel Community College on Saturday by placing nine runners in the top 15.
Coppin State junior Nickie Peters took first at the meet, keeping him unbeaten in five meets this fall. His time of 24 minutes, 38 seconds was a personal best.
But sophomore Doug Allen paced UMBC's parade of nine runners to top-15 placement by taking second in 25:13. Other top finishers for UMBC, which also won the Baltimore Metro meet earlier this fall, were Jake Klim (third, 25:19), Ben Werbos (fourth, 25:29) and Phil Knowlton (seventh, 25:43).
Hopkins turns stingy
Johns Hopkins (4-1) leads the Centennial Conference's football teams in scoring defense (14.6 points a game), passing defense (87.9 yards a game), total defense (146.8 yards a game) and passing-efficiency defense (62.6 rating). The Blue Jays have held four of their five opponents to seven points or less, thanks to the outstanding play of senior linebacker Marc Della Pia, senior defensive lineman Adam Seidman and sophomore nose guard Paul Smith.
Scott-Marsh wins 100
College of Notre Dame volleyball coach Kelli Scott-Marsh reached the 100-match victory plateau last weekend when the Gators (15-6) defeated Philadelphia Bible College, 3-0. Scott-Marsh, in her eighth season on North Charles Street is the third Gators coach to reach 100 wins.