Today's games

October 20, 2001|By Bill Free and Kent Baker

Franklin & Marshall (1-6) at Western Maryland (6-1)

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: F &M leads 19-13-2.

Last week: Western Maryland def. Dickinson, 47-21; F & M lost to Hobart, 44-0.

Outlook: Western Maryland has won six straight, and Franklin & Marshall has lost six in a row. Western Maryland QB Jamie "Boo" Harris has found three more targets in addition to Teron Powell for his passing show. Last week, Nick Venuto, Chris Hamilton and Louis Wright caught 12 passes (four each) for 151 yards against Dickinson. Meanwhile, Powell rolls on, needing four catches to become the school's all-time leader in receptions. He already leads in all-time receiving yardage (2,279) and touchdown catches (32). Eleven of his 33 passes caught this season have gone for touchdowns. F & M has a minus-14 turnover margin, compared to plus-13 for the Green Terror. Diplomats QB David Maskon is part of a three-man rotation at the head of the offense, and he has mirrored the failure of the offense by throwing two interceptions for each touchdown pass. His top receiver is MattWagaman (34 catches for 511 yards), and LB Andy Rehring (72 tackles) leads the defense.

Newport News Apprentice (2-4) at Salisbury (2-4)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Newport News leads 4-3.

Last week: Salisbury lost to the College of New Jersey, 27-17; Newport News Apprentice lost to Wesley, 63-13.

Outlook: Salisbury QB Mac Mollett is listed as day-to-day after being injured in the second quarter of last week's loss to New Jersey. Todd Keiser replaced Mollett in that game and threw for 109 yards and one touchdown. Freshman CB Milo Austin returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown for Salisbury and he had another interception. The Salisbury defense is led by SS Greg Cannon (48 tackles) and LB Mike Myrtle (43 tackles). Newport News had a rude welcoming party into the Atlantic Central Football Conference last week, as defending champion Wesley buried the Builders. Salisbury has to face Wesley next week. Newport News has been mostly a passing team behind QBs Terrence Patrick and William Tipton, who throw for an average of 190 yards a game. Patrick is out with an injury, leaving Tipton in charge of the offense.

Gannon, Pa. (3-2) at Bowie State (3-3)

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Bowie leads 2-0.

Last week: Bowie defeated Elizabeth City, 18-14; Gannon lost to Walsh, 31-28

Outlook: Bowie WR Darnell Jeffries provided the offensive fireworks with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Mike Bryant, catching Elizabeth City off guard last week. It was the first pass of the season for Jeffries, who is 4-for-4 in passing in two seasons, with three going for touchdowns. Gannon lights up the scoreboard with 34 points a game and an average of 471 yards total offense. Golden Knights QB Jason Cunningham has rushed for 723 yards (144.6 a game) and five touchdowns, and he has passed for 648 yards and eight touchdowns. But he's been hurt by eight interceptions.

Morgan State (2-4) at Delaware State (1-4)

Site: Alumni Stadium, Dover, Del.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Morgan leads 25-19-1.

Last week: Morgan defeated Savannah State, 26-0; Delaware State was idle.

Outlook: The Bears are suddenly playing winning football behind QB Lejominick Washington, who has pumped some fire into a team that appeared ready to pack it in for the season. After ending a 23-game Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference losing streak two weeks ago and shutting out nonleague foe Savannah State last week, Morgan will go for a second MEAC victory today. The outlook is promising because Delaware State is last in the league in pass defense, and the Hornets have to face one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league. Morgan WR Marc Lester needs 13 receptions to pass Anthony Collins for No. 1 on the school's all-time receptions list. Delaware State is led by RB Maurice Foster, who is third in the league in rushing with 97 yards a game. Hornets QB Kittrell Barnes has completed 34 of 67 for 563 yards passing, and he has rushed for 275 yards.

Towson (2-4) at Colgate (3-2)

Site: Andy Kerr Stadium, Hamilton, N.Y.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Colgate leads 5-0.

Last week: Towson lost to Lehigh, 47-12; Colgate was idle.

Outlook:After watching Lehigh QB Brant Hall (Loyola High) defeat the Tigers last week in a Patriot League game, Towson will face another Baltimore-area standout WR Joe Parker (Arundel) today in Hamilton, N.Y. Towson has fallen to 1-3 entering this Patriot League battle. Towson has been outscored 98-30 by Bucknell and Lehigh the past two weeks. Towson still has the Patriot League's leading rusher in Noah Read, who is averaging 99.8 yards a game, even though he injured an ankle in the third quarter last week. Colgate has won three straight, and Parker is the leading receiver on the team with 23 receptions for 351 yards and five touchdowns.

Frostburg State (2-3) at Allegheny (3-3)

Site: Robertson Field, Meadville, Pa.

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