Today's games

November 01, 2003|By Bill Free

Today's games

Ursinus (3-4) at Johns Hopkins (7-1)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Series: Hopkins leads, 26-15-3

Last week: Hopkins lost to Muhlenberg, 14-6; Ursinus lost to Gettysburg, 14-3.

Outlook: This matchup features the top two running backs in the Centennial Conference, Ursinus senior Gary Sheffield (109.6 yards per game) and Hopkins junior Adam Cook (101.2). Ursinus, which has lost three straight, has scored just 10 points in its past two games, and now faces a team that leads the league in scoring defense (allowing 6.4 points a game), total defense (234.5 yards a game) and interceptions (21).

Towson University (4-4) at Lehigh (5-2)

Site: Goodman Stadium, Bethlehem, Pa.

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Lehigh leads, 9-1

Last week: Towson beat Elon, 24-7; Lehigh beat Georgetown, 45-24.

Outlook: Towson QB Anthony Melzi transferred from Lehigh after his freshman season. The Tigers, who have lost five straight on the road, will be the underdogs against a team looking to avenge last season's 23-19 upset loss. Lehigh is tied for first with Colgate (both 3-0) in the Patriot League, and junior QB Kyle Keating is the league's top passer. He has completed 66 percent of his passes and thrown eight touchdown passes.

Salisbury (6-0) at Wesley (4-3)

Site: Wolverine Stadium, Dover, Del.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM in Salisbury)

Series: Wesley leads, 8-5

Last week: Salisbury beat Apprentice, 31-6; Wesley beat Husson (Maine) College, 51-0.

Outlook: Salisbury is the hottest collegiate football team in the state and has climbed to No. 16 in the American Football Coaches Association Division III poll. The Sea Gulls are No. 1 nationally in Division III rushing defense (allowing 40.2 yards a game), No. 3 in total defense (194.3 yards a game) and ninth in scoring defense (8.7 points a game). The Gulls are averaging 35.8 points and have scored at least 28 points in five of their six games. Wesley has three shutouts this season, and had beaten Salisbury six straight times until last year's 22-19 Sea Gulls victory.

Morgan State (4-4) at Savannah State (0-8)

Site: Theodore Wright Stadium, Savannah, Ga.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Morgan leads, 2-0

Last week: Morgan beat Delaware State, 53-36; Savannah State lost to Coastal Carolina, 29-19.

Outlook: Morgan State appears to be in a good position for three more season-ending victories and a 7-4 season record. Morgan has outscored Savannah State, 38-6, in two previous meetings. Savannah State QB Clyde Tullis has been intercepted 14 times this season and has thrown just two touchdown passes.

Franklin and Marshall (2-5) at McDaniel (3-4)

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: F&M leads, 19-15-2

Last week: SUNY-Brockport beat McDaniel, 26-13; F&M beat Dickinson, 20-14.

Outlook: McDaniel is still in the middle of the Centennial Conference race with a 3-1 league record, tied for second with Johns Hopkins. Both are a half game behind Muhlenberg (4-1), which charged into first with the upset of Hopkins last week.

Frostburg State (3-3)at Westminster, Pa. (4-3)

Site: Burry Stadium, New Wilmington, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Westminster leads, 6-1-1

Last week: Frostburg beat Maryville (Tenn.), 31-7; Westminster beat Grove City, 49-20.

Outlook: Traditional small college football power Westminster stumbled last season against the Bobcats, losing 24-17 in a game that was played in Cumberland due to heavy rains at Frostburg. It was Westminster's only loss in the eight-game series. Westminster RB Scott Froelich is the No. 12 Division III rusher (137.7 yards a game).

Bowie State (6-2) at Virginia Union (5-3)

Site: Hovey Field, Richmond, Va.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Series: Virginia Union leads, 12-6-1

Last week: Bowie State idle; Virginia Union beat Virginia State, 30-17.

Outlook: Bowie State can clinch its second straight Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Eastern Division title today. Bowie State is the No. 1 Division II team in the nation in scoring defense (8.5 points a game) and No. 2 in the country in total defense (217.4 yards allowed a game). Virginia Union is second in the CIAA in total defense (254.5 yards a game). The game could hinge on which freshman quarterback performs better, Bowie State's Lamar Manigo or Virginia Union's John Cates.

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