Today's games

October 13, 2001|By Kent Baker and Bill Free

Rice (4-1) at Navy (0-4)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Time: Noon

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

Series: Rice leads, 4-2

Last week: Rice defeated Boise State, 45-14; Navy lost to Air Force, 24-18.

Outlook: At homecoming, Navy will strive to end a home-field jinx that encompasses seven straight defeats and 12 losses in 13 games. The Midshipmen have been progressing weekly since QB Brian Madden returned to the lineup, gaining 412 yards in a loss to Air Force last week. They must cut down on turnovers and penalties against the Owls, who broke an eight-game road losing streak earlier this season at Houston. Rice is a veteran team which has a positive 11-4 turnover ratio. QBs Kyle Herm and Greg Henderson alternate. The big player on defense, Dan Dawson, is injured and doubtful for the game.

Savannah State (1-3) at Morgan State (1-4)

Site: Hughes Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Morgan leads, 1-0

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Last week: Morgan defeated North Carolina A&T, 52-42; Savannah State lost to Norfolk State, 27-18.

Outlook: Morgan State discovered a prolific passing combination last week, with sophomore QB Lejominick Washington throwing to T.J. Stallings for 228 yards and one touchdown. The Washington-to-Stallings combination accounted for a big chunk of the school one-game passing record of 551 yards by Washington. He completed 31 of 46 on the afternoon, had four TD passes and ran for three scores while operating out of coach Stanley Mitchell's run-and-shoot offense for the first time this season. Morgan gets rushing leader Ali Culpepper back from a shoulder injury for this homecoming game. Independent Savannah State will provide the homecoming opposition for a second straight year. The Tigers lost to Morgan, 12-6, last year. Savannah State is making a transition from Division II to I-AA but is being hindered by penalties (average of 74 penalty yards a game) and a lack of offense (224.8 yards a game). The Tigers' only win this year came when they upset South Carolina State. QB Mario Spencer is making his first start of the season, replacing Jermain Brooks who has been lost for the season with a knee injury. The top offensive threats for the visitors are WR Damon Thomas (15 catches for 312 yards) and TB Alvin Cummings (217 yards rushing). Linebacker Jamal Sanders leads the defense with 21 tackles, including seven for losses of 37 yards and three sacks.

Western Maryland (5-1) at Dickinson (2-3)

Site: Biddle Field

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Western Maryland leads, 31-24-1

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Last game: Western Maryland defeated William Paterson, 55-23; Dickinson defeated Franklin & Marshall, 26-14.

Outlook: The Green Terror seems to be building offensive momentum as they head into the second half of the season, averaging 42.7 points a game and ranked 14th in the nation among Division III schools by the American Football Coaches Association. QB Jamie "Boo" Harris led the team to a school-record 580 yards total offense last week. Harris' top target continues to be Teron Powell, who needs only eight catches for 69 yards to become the school's all-time leader in receptions and yardage. Western Maryland leads the Centennial Conference in almost every important offensive category, with Harris averaging 207.2 yards total offense to lead the league. Dickinson is a ground-oriented team led by Mike Smith, who has rushed for 341 yards and is averaging 5.2 yards a carry. The Red Devils have almost no passing game, which should allow the Terror defensive line to load up against Smith.

Johns Hopkins (4-1) at Muhlenberg (3-2)

Site: Scotty Woods Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Tied at 16-16-1

Last week: Hopkins defeated Ursinus, 13-7; Muhlenberg was idle.

Outlook: This is an important Centennial Conference matchup for both teams, as they chase league power Western Maryland. Hopkins is 2-0 and Muhlenberg is 2-1 in league play. Hopkins has the best scoring defense in the conference, allowing only 14.6 points a game. The Blue Jays also have the league's leader, QB Rob Heleniak, in passing yards a game with 190. LB Marc Della Pia paces Hopkins in tackles with 36. A win would give the Blue Jays their fourth 5-1 start in the past seven years. Muhlenberg lost to Western Maryland in overtime two weeks ago and is led by senior WR Joshua Carter, who leads the league in all-purpose yards (166.8 a game), receiving yards (61.4 a game) and punt returns (14.2 yards a return). Sophomore RB Matt Bernardo is second in the nation in Division III scoring (16.8 points a game).

Bowie State (2-3) at Elizabeth City State (1-5)

Site: Roebuck Stadium in Elizabeth City, N.C.

Time: 1.30 p.m.

Series: Elizabeth City leads, 11-7

Last week: Bowie State lost to Morehouse, 29-22; Elizabeth City lost to Virginia State, 31-26.

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