Today's games

October 11, 2003|By Bill Free

Franklin & Marshall (1-3) at Johns Hopkins (5-0)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: Noon

Series: F&M leads 33-19-2

Last week: Hopkins defeated Dickinson, 30-0. F&M lost to Muhlenberg, 41-20.

Outlook: The Jays have now scored 20 or more points in eight straight games for the first time in school history, and are ranked No. 19 in the nation for the first time ever. However, the defense has spun three straight shutouts for the first time in 44 years. Hopkins is No. 1 in the country (Division III) in scoring defense, yielding 3.2 points a game, and No. 1 in passing defense efficiency with a 44.54 rating. Hopkins has a school-record nine straight wins, behind the strong defensive exploits of senior LB Peter Botsolas who leads the team in tackles with 31 and junior S Matt Campbell, whose four interceptions lead the team and five passes broken up is second on the squad. F&M has lost three straight but features the top wide receiver in the Centennial Conference in senior Justin Salton, who has 28 receptions for 377 yards and three touchdowns.

Holy Cross (1-4) at Towson (2-3)

Site: Minnegan Field at Towson Stadium (to be renamed Johnny Unitas Stadium at halftime)

Time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: CN8/WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Holy Cross leads 4-2

Last week: Towson was idle. Holy Cross lost to Yale, 41-16.

Outlook: This game will be overshadowed by the halftime dedication ceremonies, with the newly refurbished Towson University Stadium being renamed Johnny Unitas Stadium. After being outclassed by Yale and routed by Colgate in back-to-back games, the Tigers have had a week off to regroup and try to salvage some lost pride. Holy Cross has been manhandled by Lehigh, Harvard and Yale in addition to a double OT loss to San Diego. The Crusaders get a lot of punch from senior WR Ari Confesor who is No. 4 nationally in all-purpose yards with 177.0 per game.

Shaw (4-1) at Bowie State (4-2)

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Tied 1-1

Last week: Bowie defeated Johnson C. Smith, 23-0. Shaw lost to Fayetteville State, 28-21.

Outlook: It will be tough for a well-schooled Bowie squad not to look past a Shaw team that was playing a club schedule last season, preparing for a return to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association after a 24-year absence. But somehow the Bears from Raleigh, N.C., have beaten everybody on their schedule so far this season except defending CIAA champ Fayetteville State last week. Shaw is led by freshman RB Byron Cary, who is averaging 102.2 yards a game. Bowie is not only first in the league in scoring defense (9.2 points a game) and first in pass defense efficiency (71.5 rating), but it is first in red zone defense (38.5 percent scoring rate by opponents) and second in overall defense (225.7 yards a game).

Salisbury (3-0) at Chowan (2-1)

Site: Garrison Stadium, Murfreesboro, N.C.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM in Salisbury)

Series: Salisbury leads 8-1

Last week: Both teams were idle.

Outlook: A hurricane and an open date on the schedule are the only two things that have been able to stop this well-heeled team this year. The Sea Gulls have played only one game in the past three weeks, so they'll be raring to go today behind sophomore QB Dustin Johnson who ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third one the last time the Gulls played. Salisbury leads the nation in rushing defense (33.0 yards a game), is ninth in turnover margin (plus-2 a game), and 12th in scoring (39.7 ppg). Chowan is led by QB Taylor Furlough, who has passed for 597 yards and five touchdowns in three games and WR Xavier Hair who has caught 10 passes for 335 yards and five touchdowns this season.

McDaniel (2-2) at Gettysburg (3-1)

Site: Musselman Stadium, Gettysburg

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: Gettysburg leads 41-14-1

Last week: McDaniel defeated Ursinus, 24-20. Gettysburg was idle.

Outlook: The McDaniel offensive line is already calling freshman QB Brad Baer "The Franchise," and who could fault their enthusiasm? Baer is 2-0 as a starter, is already the team's leading rusher with 5.1 yards a carry and is averaging 81.5 yards a game. He has rushed for a team-leading three touchdowns. As a passer, Baer is 17 of 32 for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Gettysburg is sparked by the rushing of Matt Cardillo (287 yards, 5.5 yards per carry), while former Gilman standout Nick Nocar averages 6.6 yards a carry for 166 total yards and two touchdowns.

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

Site: Wolverines Stadium, Dover, Del.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Frostburg leads 8-2

Last week: Frostburg was idle. Wesley defeated Carnegie Mellon, 47-28.

Outlook: Fifth-year senior QB Grant Burrough has completed 54 of 92 (58.7 percent) for 494 yards and four touchdowns. But he has been hurt by four interceptions in three games. Frostburg WR Adam Snyder leads the team with 13 receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown. Wesley College's freshman tailback combination of Omar Muhammad and Keith Holland combined for 392 yards in the victory over Carnegie Mellon.

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

Site: Hughes Stadium

Time: 3 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Morgan leads 34-31-3

Last week: Morgan defeated Bethune-Cookman in overtime, 31-24. North Carolina A&T defeated Norfolk State, 34-14.

Outlook: Morgan came up big against a strong Bethune-Cookman squad and pulled out an improbable overtime victory last week. It was Morgan's first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win this season, and it let the rest of the league know there is still a lot of fire left in this team. Morgan QB Lejominick Washington leads the team in passing (503 yards, three touchdowns) and rushing (424 yards, three touchdowns), while the defense is led by Vincent Brown (42 tackles) and Albert Gamble (six sacks). The North Carolina A&T offense is fueled by the rushing of Frank Patterson (399 yards).

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