Today's games

September 21, 2002|By BILL FREE

Rochester (0-1) at Johns Hopkins (1-0)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: Noon

Series: Hopkins leads, 1-0

Last week: Hopkins defeated Washington & Lee, 21-14, in OT; Rochester lost to St. John Fisher, 38-20.

Outlook: This is the first of three straight home games for a Hopkins team that used senior QB Rob Fernand's late heroics to dump Washington & Lee last week. The Blue Jays won even though their defense gave up a touchdown pass for the first time since the final game of 2000. Hopkins has been tough to beat in September since 1995, compiling an 18-7 record. Rochester was led by freshman QB Pat Manuel in last week's loss, as he passed for 200 yards and rushed for 46.

Brown (0-0) at Towson (1-1)

Site: Towson University Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: First meeting

Last week: Towson lost to Lafayette, 23-7; Brown did not play

Outlook: Brown is playing its first football game in Maryland, and Towson is facing Brown for the first time. The Tigers are 0-3 against the Ivy League, losing twice to Columbia and once to Penn, all on the road. Brown has been the most successful Ivy League team the past eight years, including a 6-3 record last year and 9-1 mark two years ago. Brown WR Chas Gessner, a 6-5, 230-pound senior from Good Counsel High, led Division 1-AA in receiving last year with 1,182 yards on 83 catches.

Bowie State (2-1) at St. Augustine's College (0-3)

Site: Enloe High School, Raleigh, N.C.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: First meeting

Last week: Bowie lost to Winston-Salem State, 24-12; St. Augustine's lost to Mars Hill, 56-0.

Outlook: This game should be a perfect tonic for a Bowie State team that had its march up the Division II rankings halted by Winston-Salem State last week thanks to four turnovers and 12 penalties for 104 yards. St. Augustine's has been outscored 130-20 in three games this season, as it fields a football team in the CIAA West Division for the first time since 1966. St. Augustine's QB Kyle Franklin has been intercepted five times in three games.

Salisbury (2-0) at Methodist (1-1)

Site: Monarch Field, Fayetteville, N.C.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Salisbury leads, 6-5

Last week: Salisbury defeated William Paterson, 55-18; Methodist lost to Guilford, 41-18.

Outlook: Salisbury is using a punishing option veer attack led by freshman QB Dustin Johnson, who has rushed for 201 yards and thrown three touchdown passes in the 2-0 start. Johnson trails senior TB Tony Ellis (204 yards rushing) by three yards for the team lead, and senior FB Reggie Boyce has 171 yards. The Sea Gulls are averaging 338 yards rushing a game. Salisbury is looking for its first 3-0 start since 1986, but faces a Methodist team that has won four of the past five meetings.

Gettysburg (1-1) at McDaniel (1-1)

Site: Bair Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: Gettysburg leads, 41-13-1

Last week: McDaniel defeated Susquehanna, 27-7; Gettysburg lost to Hampden-Sydney, 37-22

Outlook: McDaniel has owned Gettysburg in the past five meetings, posting a 227-44 scoring margin, but this might not be the same football power that roamed the field the past five years for coach Tim Keating. McDaniel RB French Pope is coming off 250 all-purpose yards against Susquehanna. Gettysburg will be led by RB Nick Nocar and freshman FB Jesse Jeffers.

Frostburg State (1-0) at Montclair State (0-1)

Site: Sprague Field, Upper Montclair, N.J.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WFWM (91.9 FM)

Series: Montclair State leads, 1-0

Last week: Frostburg defeated Apprentice, 42-6; Montclair State did not play

Outlook: Frostburg takes a step up in competition today, meeting a team that has gone to the NCAA Division III playoffs the past three seasons. But Montclair has lost three straight games, dating to last season when the Red Hawks got off a 9-0 start before losing their final two games. The Bobcats' offense has received a boost this season with the addition of Roy Olson, a junior tight end transfer from Ferrum who caught five passes for 187 yards last week in his debut with the team. Montclair is led by senior WR Eric Magrini, who is second on the school's all-time receiving list with 2,141 yards and third in touchdowns with 20.

Monmouth (0-2) at Morgan State (0-3)

Site: Hughes Stadium

Time: 7 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: First meeting

Last week: Morgan lost to Florida A&M, 34-16; Monmouth lost to Sacred Heart, 32-13

Outlook: Morgan has only one major statistical edge over its opponents this season -- a 709-654 lead in passing yardage -- entering tonight's home opener. The Bears have been hurt by penalties, averaging 91.3 yards a game compared with 58.0 for opponents. Morgan QB Bradshaw Littlejohn is the team's leading rusher with 278 yards, and he has thrown for 573 yards and four touchdowns. Monmouth might have to play without leading rusher Bobby Smith, who suffered a sprained knee against Sacred Heart.

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