Today's games

October 12, 2002|By Bill Free

Johns Hopkins (4-0) at Ursinus (1-3)

Site: Patterson Field, Collegeville, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Hopkins leads 25-15-3

Last week: Hopkins defeated Gettysburg, 23-21; Ursinus defeated Mount Ida (Mass.), 27-24.

Outlook: Hopkins is looking for the school's best start (5-0) in 71 years, and the Jays will be out to tie the school record of seven straight wins (dating back to last season), which has been accomplished three times. The six consecutive victories comprise the longest active NCAA streak in the state and in the Centennial Conference, and only an upset today by the Bears would end the streak. Hopkins, which received 23 points this week in the Division III poll, is averaging 230 yards rushing. Freshman RB T.J. Lyons was the first Blue Jay last week to put up some big individual numbers, gaining 174 yards on 18 carries. Ursinus won its first game of the season last week, beating little-known Mount Ida in a 27-24 thriller. RB Gary Sheffield rushed for 238 yards in the victory, raising his rushing average to 131.0 yards.

Lehigh (4-1) at Towson (3-2)

Site: Towson University Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Lehigh leads 9-0

Last week: Towson lost to Cornell, 34-31, in double overtime; Lehigh defeated Harvard, 36-35.

Outlook: The Tigers were dealt a double whammy last week, losing a double-overtime heartbreaker to the Ivy League school after rallying from a 24-0 deficit to send the game into overtime, but seeing a former Dulaney High kicker, Trevor MacMeekin, beat them with a 19-yard field goal. Towson now faces powerful Patriot League foe Lehigh, which has won 15 straight league games and has beaten the Tigers all nine times the two teams have met. Towson's Jamal White can become the school's all-time leader in pass receptions today. Lehigh is ranked sixth in the nation (Division I-AA) in scoring, averaging 37.2 points, but Towson is in eighth place, 37.0 points. This one should be fun to watch.

Chowan (0-4) at Salisbury (5-0)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Salisbury leads 7-1

Last week: Salisbury defeated Gallaudet, 41-12; Chowan was idle.

Outlook: Salisbury jumped into first place in the nation (Division III) in rushing this week (378.2 yards a game) by rolling up 386 yards rushing against Gallaudet last week. The Sea Gulls are also 14th in total offense (461.4), 23rd in scoring offense (36.8 points a game), and 34th in total defense (267 yards a game). Salisbury allows 16.2 points a game. Senior Salisbury FB Reggie Boyce rushed for a season-high 155 yards last week, on a day when the team's leading rusher, Tony Ellis, was limited to 7 yards on two carries due to an injury. Ellis needs 178 yards rushing to become the school's all-time leader. Sea Gulls freshman QB Dustin Johnson is averaging 97.6 yards rushing in the veer. Sophomore LB Brad DeHaven leads Salisbury with 34 tackles. Chowan is winless, once-renowned NFL head coach Lou Saban is in his first full season at the North Carolina school. Saban coached the Broncos, Patriots and Bills in the NFL, in addition to being the head coach at Maryland in 1966.

Bowie State (4-2) at Hampton (3-2)

Site: Armstrong Stadium, Hampton, Va.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Hampton leads 12-5

Last week: Bowie State defeated Virginia Union, 19-8; Hampton defeated Delaware State, 44-13.

Outlook: There was nothing new about the defensive heroics of Charles Alston, Atcheson Conway, Damian Walker and Antone Sewell last week in the "must win" over Virginia Union. What was unusual was the offensive fireworks provided off the bench by freshman QB Maurice Hill, who entered the game in the third quarter and threw for three touchdowns. That equaled his total for the first five games. Hampton spotted Delaware State 10 points last week, before storming back to score 44 straight points in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game. Hampton averages 35 points, and its defense nearly matches Bowie's, allowing 216.8 yards to 213.8 for the Bulldogs.

Wesley (3-1) at Frostburg State (2-2)

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Frostburg leads 7-2

Last week: Frostburg defeated Oberlin, 48-14; Wesley defeated Allen University (S.C.), 22-13.

Outlook: Frostburg dominated this series in the beginning, but a revamped Wesley program has come back to win the past two meetings, including a wild 44-36 victory last season. The Bobcats continue to roll up points (35.5 average), while the defense has been led by freshman LB Chris Lentz (43 tackles), junior LB Dave Lightner (37 tackles) and senior DT George O'Brien (35). Wesley will be led by senior RB Fred Edwards, who has rushed for 558 yards and five touchdowns.

Morgan State (1-4) at North Carolina A&T (3-2)

Site: Aggie Stadium, Greensboro, N.C.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Morgan leads 33-31-3

Last week: Morgan lost to Bethune-Cookman, 41-27; N.C. A&T defeated Norfolk State, 36-10.

Outlook: Life doesn't get any easier for Morgan today. The Bears run up against a team that has beaten them nine of the past 10 times they've played, with the one Morgan victory coming last season by a 52-42 score before 6,187 fans at the newly renovated Hughes Stadium. It was one of only two Morgan wins last season.

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