Today's games

November 03, 2001|By Bill Free

Bowie State (5-3) at Virginia State (3-5)

Site: Trojan Field, Petersburg, Va.

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Series: Virginia State leads, 12-2.

Last week: Bowie State defeated Fayetteville State, 18-7; Virginia State lost to Virginia Union, 42-20.

Outlook: Bowie has lost eight straight to Virginia State, and the Bulldogs haven't defeated the Trojans in Petersburg since 1989, the last time Bowie won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship. The Bulldogs are in position to win the CIAA Eastern Division title today with a victory and a Virginia Union loss at Fayetteville State.

Western Maryland (7-1) at Jacksonville (6-2)

Site: Milne Field, Jacksonville, Fla.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: First meeting.

Last week: Western Maryland was idle; Jacksonville defeated Stony Brook, 29-20.

Outlook: Western Maryland, which clinched the Centennial Conference, will try to improve its national ranking. Terror QB Jamie "Boo" Harris, with a 190.87 passing efficiency mark, a 60.6 completion percentage, 1,372 yards passing and 19 touchdowns through eight games, returns to Florida to play football for the first time since his senior year in high school. RB Brent Alexander leads the Dolphins' rushing attack with 5.1 yards a carry and 103.1 yards a game. Starting QB Gary Cooper has a shoulder injury that will likely keep him out of the game.

Norfolk State (4-3) at Morgan State (2-6)

Site: Hughes Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Morgan leads, 7-6.

Last week: Morgan lost to Morris Brown, 22-20; Norfolk State defeated Howard, 7-0 in overtime.

Outlook: Morgan still can't stop the run, but that shouldn't be a problem this week, because Norfolk State is last in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in rushing with 62 yards a game. The Bears defense has been led by sophomore LB Albert Gamble's 60 tackles. Norfolk State LB Mike Kelley is coming off a 13-tackle, 2.5-sack performance against the Bison.

Franklin & Marshall (1-7) at Johns Hopkins (4-3)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Franklin & Marshall leads, 33-17-2.

Last week: Hopkins lost to Dickinson in overtime, 17-14; Franklin & Marshall was idle.

Outlook: Johns Hopkins is led on defense by junior LB Mike Little, who has 48 tackles, including eight for losses. Franklin & Marshall has lost 11 straight in the Centennial and seven overall.

Waynesburg, Pa. (3-5) at Frostburg State (3-4)

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Waynesburg leads, 22-10-1

Last week: Frostburg defeated Newport News Apprentice, 44-13; Waynesburg was idle.

Outlook: Six Frostburg seniors - Andrew Dinbokowitz, DeNelle Hale, Derek Kirk, Kurtus Ormberg, Jed Smith and Phil Wagner - will play their final home game today. They have led the team to a 22-16 record. Hale scored a career-high five touchdowns and rushed for 191 yards last week.

Ferrum (6-2) at Salisbury (3-5)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Ferrum leads, 6-3

Last week: Salisbury lost to Wesley, 56-10; Ferrum defeated Greensboro, 35-0.

Outlook: Salisbury will try to recover from last week's thrashing, when it played without the starting backfield of Tony Ellis and Sean Montpetit, who were injured. Ferrum is the class of the Dixie Conference with a 5-0 record and a bruising rushing attack.

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