Today's games

September 28, 2002|By Bill Free

Today's games

Towson (2-1) at Holy Cross (2-1)

Site: Fitton Field, Worcester, Mass.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Holy Cross leads, 3-2

Last week: Towson def. Brown, 56-42; Holy Cross lost to Harvard, 28-23.

Outlook: Towson emphatically ended a hex last week in the highest-scoring game in school football history, a 56-42 victory over Brown that was the Tigers' first over an Ivy League foe. Now the Tigers are looking for their first Patriot League victory of the season against a Crusaders team that shocked Division I-A Army, 30-21, in the season opener. The Crusaders are led by senior QB Brian Hall (44-for-72 for 594 yards and five touchdowns) and junior receiver Nick Larsen (12 receptions for 137 yards). Towson junior QB Jay Amer is coming off the best game of his collegiate career, completing 18 of 30 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns against Brown.

Greensboro (1-1) at Salisbury (1-0)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Greensboro leads, 2-1

Last week: Salisbury beat Methodist, 45-20; Greensboro was idle

Outlook: Salisbury looked like the real deal last week, unleashing 477 rushing yards in an offense that featured RB Tony Ellis (181 yards), QB Dustin Johnson (147 yards) and FB Reggie Boyce (65 yards). The last time the Sea Gulls got off to a 3-0 start (1986), they were on the way to a 13-0 run to the NCAA Division III championship game. The Sea Gulls are second in all of Division III in rushing (384.3 yards a game), 13th in total offense (484.7 yards) and 19th in scoring offense (40.0 points). Greensboro is led by sophomore RB Quentin Caldwell (141.5 yards a game) and senior DB Alex Amaya (21 tackles).

Carnegie Mellon (2-1) at Johns Hopkins (2-0)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Carnegie-Mellon leads, 6-1

Last week: Hopkins defeated Rochester, 41-28; Carnegie Mellon lost to Randolph-Macon, 17-14

Outlook: Johns Hopkins is seeking its first 3-0 start since 1967, but the Jays will have to perform better today against a team that has had 27 consecutive winning seasons. Hopkins received 24 points (38th place) in last week's American Football Coaches Association Division III poll. The Blue Jays have been strong in the fourth quarter and overtime this season, outscoring their two opponents 36-14. Hopkins sophomore RB Adam Cook had 176 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns last week. Carnegie Mellon is led by senior FB Adam Urbanczyk.

Bowie State (3-1) at Morehouse College (2-2)

Site: B.T. Harvey Stadium, Atlanta

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Series: Morehouse leads, 2-0

Last week: Bowie defeated St. Augustine's, 34-2; Morehouse beat Benedict, 23-14

Outlook: It was a vintage performance last week for Bowie State. The defense and special teams had strong performances to go along with a 99-yard touchdown pass from Maurice Hill to James Johnson. Johnson went high in a crowd to catch the ball at the 50 and then outran everyone to the end zone. Now the Bulldogs hope to tune up for next week's crucial Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association game against defending league champion Virginia Union. Morehouse QB Nicholas Smith has been intercepted eight times this season while throwing for 683 yards. The Morehouse defense is led by LB John Grant (51 tackles).

McDaniel (2-1) at Ursinus (0-2)

Site: Patterson Field, Collegeville, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: McDaniel leads, 20-5-1

Last week: McDaniel defeated Gettysburg, 28-6; Ursinus lost to Franklin & Marshall, 34-10

Outlook: McDaniel is out to avoid a second straight lackluster performance against another outclassed opponent. The Green Terror was haunted all day last week by turnovers and a failure by QB John Luster to be on the same page with his receivers. Despite all the mistakes, the Terror rolled up 279 yards behind an offensive line that included Drew Reinacker, Mike Ellis, Todd Williams, John Rydzewski and Gene Mercante. Ursinus has been haunted by third-down woes, converting just six of 24 opportunities into first downs. The Bears are led by RB Gary Sheffield (223 yards in two games).

SUNY-Brockport (2-1) at Frostburg State (1-1)

Site: Bobcat Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Brockport leads, 6-4

Last week: Frostburg lost to Montclair State, 30-27; Brockport defeated Utica, 35-0

Outlook: Frostburg is looking for junior QB Grant Burrough to bounce back from last week's four-interception game (two of which were returned for touchdowns) in a loss to Montclair State. Sophomore RB Ed Kearney is gaining 7.5 yards a carry (277 yards) for the Bobcats, who have rolled up 1,038 yards of total offense in two games. The Frostburg offense will be matched against a Brockport defense that has allowed 9.3 points a game. Brockport QB Bob Darnley has completed 32 of 53 passes for 505 yards, with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

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