Today's games

October 27, 2001|By Bill Free, Kent Baker

Fayetteville State (6-2) at Bowie State (4-3)

Site: Bulldog Field, Bowie

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Fayetteville State leads, 11-9-1

Last week: Bowie State def. Gannon, 13-9; Fayetteville State def. Johnson C. Smith, 27-13

Outlook: If Bowie State wins and Virginia State defeats Virginia Union today, the Bulldogs would be traveling to Virginia State next Saturday with a chance to win the CIAA Eastern Division title. Fayetteville State (4-1 in CIAA Western Division) needs a Winston-Salem State loss to have a chance to capture its division. Bowie (2-2 in CIAA) and Fayetteville State have been the surprise squads in the league, with Bowie coming back from a 2-8 year and Fayetteville rebounding from a 3-7 season. Bowie State is led by freshman LB Atcheson Conway, who is tied for second in the league in interceptions with six, tied for first in forced fumbles (three), and third in tackles with 80. Bowie DE Charles Alston has five sacks and 11 tackles for losses of 52 yards. The Bulldogs' defense has allowed just 20 of the 111 points by the opposition in the second half. Fayetteville State RB Nathaniel Benton has rushed for 65.8 yards a game. The visiting Broncos have used three quarterbacks this season, and Duane Taylor will start today. He has completed 29 of 54 for 395 yards and four touchdowns. WR Elliott London has caught 27 passes for 431 yards for Fayetteville. Two linebackers pace the Broncos' defense, with Brian Holliday ranked second in the league in tackles (87) and Clenton Cochran second in the league in sacks (7.5).

Johns Hopkins (4-2) at Dickinson (3-4)

Site: Biddle Field, Carlisle, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Hopkins leads, 26-24-2

Last week: Hopkins was idle. Dickinson def. Kean, N.J., 17-7

Outlook:The Blue Jays need wins over Dickinson today and Franklin & Marshall next week to set the stage for their usual season-ending showdown with Western Maryland. Hopkins would need a major upset over the Green Terror to gain a share of the Centennial Conference crown. Hopkins is 2-1 in the league and Western Maryland is 5-0. The Blue Jays are starting to get some of their injured starters back, with senior RB Scott Martorana returning to action two weeks ago. Hopkins QB Rob Heleniak leads the league in passing with 1,227 yards and eight touchdowns, and WR Zach Baylin is first in the Centennial in pass receptions with 36 for 464 yards. Blue Jays LB Mike Little paces the team in tackles (43), which is one more than teammate Marc Della Pia. RB Mike Smith is the top rusher for Dickinson with 465 yards and five touchdowns DE Keith Fischer is the Red Devils' top tackler with 52.

Salisbury (3-4) at Wesley (5-1)

Site: Wolverine Stadium, Dover, Del.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Wesley leads, 7-4

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Last week: Salisbury def. Newport News Apprentice, 31-0; Wesley def. Edward Waters, 67-16.

Outlook: The Sea Gulls will be out to upset the defending Atlantic Central Football Conference champs today after ravaging Newport News for seven pass interceptions last week. Salisbury lost a heartbreaker to Wesley, 33-29, last season at home, rallying from a 20-0 second-quarter deficit for a 29-26 lead in the fourth quarter. Freshman Salisbury CB Milo Austin has established a school single-season record for interception return yardage with 117 on five picks. Wesley has a powerful offense, with QB Jason Visconti completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Visconti has a 171.32 pass efficiency mark. RB Frank Edwards gives Wesley a strong running game, having rushed for 755 yards.

Morgan State (2-5) at Morris Brown (1-5)

Site: Herndon Stadium, Atlanta

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Tied at 1-1

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Last week: Morgan lost to Delaware State, 38-12; Morris Brown lost to Savannah State, 17-14

Outlook: Morgan State was brought back to reality last week by a punishing Delaware State ground game that rolled up 362 yards and three touchdowns. But the Bears might catch a break today against a Morris Brown team that averages only 47.2 yards rushing. It was mostly all the passing of Lejominick Washington (23 of 40 for 284 yards and one touchdown) in last week's surprising loss. Bears RB Ali Culpepper did score one TD in the game, tying him with John Sykes for the all-time Morgan touchdown lead with 23. John Vorosholin averaged 51.5 yards punting last week for the Bears, who could muster only 46 yards rushing. Morris Brown averages 209.7 yards passing but only 11.3 points. The homestanding Wolverines are led by the passing of QB Kewan Dewberry (851 yards a game) and the dual receiving threat of LaQuonne Holden and Rather Heard.

Monmouth (5-1) at Towson (2-5)

Site: Minnegan Stadium, Towson

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Towson leads, 6-0

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Last week: Towson lost to Colgate, 37-5; Monmouth def. Stony Brook, 33-14.

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