Today's games

October 26, 2002|By Bill Free

Today's games

Salisbury (6-0) at Newport News Apprentice (5-2)

Site: Darling Stadium (Oyster Bowl), Hampton, Va.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Tied 4-4

Last week: Salisbury was idle; Newport News lost to Wesley, 35-0.

Outlook: Salisbury has a lot of impressive offensive weapons, with freshman QB Dustin Johnson averaging 104.8 yards rushing in the Sea Gulls' option offense, in addition to passing for 59 yards a game and throwing seven TD passes this season. Little wonder that Salisbury leads the nation (Division III) in rushing, with 377.7 yards a game. Senior RB Tony Ellis leads the team in rushing (113.6 yards a game). Freshman DT Andrew Deming has 38 tackles and a team-leading 13 sacks. Newport News is averaging only 18 points but won five of its first six games before being steamrollered last week by defending Atlantic Central Football Conference champ Wesley.

McDaniel (5-1) at Franklin & Marshall (3-4)

Site: Sponaugle-Williamson Field, Lancaster, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: Franklin & Marshall leads 19-14-2

Last week: McDaniel defeated Dickinson, 20-0; Franklin & Marshall lost to Hobart, 35-21.

Outlook: McDaniel has won five straight since an opening-game loss to Division III power Bridgewater, giving the Terror a 3-0 first-place Centennial Conference record. Orion Canine and backup Scoots Crowell might be the McDaniel quarterbacks the rest of the seasson, as John Luster remains suspended indefinitely. Crowell may see some playing time today, as the Terror tries to deal with the league's top passer, F&M senior Dave Maskon. The Diplomats are averaging a league-best 202.9 yards a game, and Maskon is coming off a 26-for-39 passing performance for 307 yards and three TDs in the loss to Hobart. But Maskon was intercepted three times by Hobart.

Colgate (4-3) at Towson (5-2)

Site: Towson University Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Colgate leads 6-0

Last week: Towson defeated Bucknell, 20-14; Colgate defeated Cornell, 42-13.

Outlook: Towson not only overcame Bucknell last week, but it overcame 11 penalties for 104 yards. The Tigers have won four straight at home and go searching for their first win over Colgate, which is 1-1 in Patriot League play, compared to Towson's surprising 3-1 mark. Colgate is the only Patriot League team Towson has never beaten. The Tigers lead the league in rushing (181 yards a game), and S Edmund Carazo tops the Patriot in interceptions with five. Colgate QB Tom McCune has burned the Tigers the past two seasons for a total of 33 completions in 63 attempts for 493 yards and three TD passes in addition to rushing for three TDs.

Delaware State (2-5) at Morgan State (3-4)

Site: Hughes Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Morgan leads 26-18

Last week: Morgan defeated Howard, 38-20; Delaware State was idle.

Outlook: There seems to be a new confidence surrounding this Bears team, especially after the showtime performance by T.J. Stallings last week against long-time rival Howard in Washington. Stallings scored a school-record five touchdowns, rushed for a career-high 206 yards, caught two passes for 61 yards and returned a kickoff 45 yards. Delaware State has been struggling all season offensively, scoring only 17.4 points a game and turning the ball over 10 times on interceptions thrown by QBs Kittrell Barnes and Drew Blackston.

Johns Hopkins (5-1) at Randolph-Macon (4-2)

Site: Day Field, Ashland, Va.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Randolph-Macon leads 13-11-1.

Last week: Johns Hopkins lost to Muhlenberg, 23-10; Randolph-Macon defeated Emory & Henry, 17-13.

Outlook: These two teams haven't met since 1968, and the Blue Jays have to test the Yellow Jackets after a crushing Centennial Conference loss to Muhlenberg. Hopkins S Matt Campbell was a bright spot in the loss to Muhlenberg with 19 tackles and one pass broken up. Randolph-Macon QB Hunter Price should be most of the show today, as he has completed 129 of 225 passes (57.3 percent) for 1,264 yards and nine TDs this season.

Ursinus (1-5) at Frostburg State (3-3)

Site: Bobcat Field, Frostburg

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: First meeting

Last week: Frostburg lost to Catholic, 41-35; Ursinus lost to Gettysburg, 29-27.

Outlook: The hard-luck Frostburg squad has lost all three of its games by six points or fewer. Last week's loss to Catholic U. came on a day that junior QB Grant Burrough put on an NFL-like passing performance, completing 35 of 65 passes for 391 yards and five TDs (all school records). He also set a school record with 406 yards total offense. Ursinus scored a school-record 27 points in the fourth quarter but had spotted Gettysburg a 29-0 lead. Freshman QB Vince Gallagher came off the bench in the fourth quarter to rally Ursinus by throwing two TD passes and running 18 yards for another score.

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