Today's games

September 07, 2002|By Bill Free

Today's games

Bridgewater (Va.) (0-0) at McDaniel (0-0)

Site: Bair Stadium in Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: McDaniel leads, 14-7-1

Outlook: McDaniel is ranked No. 17 in the nation in the preseason Division III poll, and Bridgewater is ranked No. 11. This nonconference game has developed into a heated rivalry over the past seven years since the series was resumed in 1996, with Bridgewater winning four of the seven meetings, including last year's season opener in Harrisonburg, Va., 29-20. That Bridgewater victory ended McDaniel's 30-game regular-season winning streak, and McDaniel has been waiting all year for some revenge. McDaniel will be led by running back Jemel Johnson and quarterback John Luster, while Bridgewater quarterback Robbie Jenkins has three returning receivers in Andre Jones, Brian Ratliff and Nicholas Lehto as his top targets.

Johnson C. Smith (0-1) at Bowie State (1-0)

Site: Bulldog Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Johnson C. Smith leads, 12-5

Last week: Bowie defeated West Virginia State, 34-7; Johnson C. Smith lost to Wingate, 24-0.

Outlook: Bowie State threw away last season's Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association opener to Johnson C. Smith, 21-19, and it cost the Bulldogs a chance to play in the league championship game and possibly advance to the NCAA Division II tournament. Bowie had five turnovers and 17 penalties for 138 yards. Bowie went out the next week and lost, 17-14, to two-time defending CIAA champion Winston-Salem State, and was off to an 0-2 start. Bowie would win seven of its last eight games to finish 7-3. This year, Bowie appears ready to avoid a repeat of that slow start, romping past West Virginia State last week, and pointing toward Johnson C. Smith today.

Christopher Newport (0-0) at Salisbury (0-0)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Salisbury leads, 1-0

Outlook: Salisbury just might have its hands full today against a Newport squad that became the first team in NCAA history last season to advance to the national playoffs in its first season of football. Newport started out 0-3, including a season-opening 21-6 loss to the Sea Gulls, but rebounded to win five of its last six games to make the Division III playoffs. Salisbury will start the season with a freshman quarterback, Dustin Johnson, Newport returns nine offensive starters, including all five offensive linemen.

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