Today's games

November 08, 2003|By Bill Free

Towson (4-5) at Georgetown (3-6)

Site: Harbin Field, Washington

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Towson leads 2-1.

Last week: Towson lost to Lehigh, 35-3; Georgetown lost to Fordham, 34-10.

Outlook: This game has the usual Baltimore-Washington flavor but not too much else as both teams have continued to struggle in the Patriot League. Towson is the most penalized team in the Patriot with 75 flags for 639 yards. Georgetown is led by senior WR Luke McArdle, who leads Division I-AA in all-purpose yards, averaging 195.3.

Maine (5-4) at Morgan State (5-4)

Site: Hughes Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: First meeting

Last week: Morgan defeated Savannah State, 45-14. Maine lost to Delaware, 24-21, in overtime.

Outlook: Morgan State will need to pull off a big upset at home against a team that won two straight Atlantic 10 championships before being dethroned by second-ranked Delaware (I-AA) last week. The A-10 is one of the toughest I-AA leagues in the country, prompting Morgan coach Donald Hill-Eley to say, "We'll definitely see where we lie in this game. They [Maine] actually beat Delaware. Maine had two touchdowns called back." Maine QB Ron Whitcomb has completed 110 of 191 passes for 1,333 yards and 13 touchdowns. Morgan has won three straight.

Shenandoah (6-2) at Salisbury (7-0)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM in Salisbury)

Series: Salisbury leads 1-0.

Last week: Salisbury defeated Wesley, 34-26; Shenandoah defeated Averett, 35-20.

Outlook: Salisbury celebrates seniors day today, as seven Sea Gulls play their final regular-season home game: TE Kyle Acker, WR Kevin Belt, TE Jake Coleman, RB Rishawd Watson, WR Patrick Dargan, DE Justin Dominick, and DB Miguel Fragueiro. Salisbury is No. 15 in the American Football Coaches Association poll, and No. 1 in the nation in rushing defense. Shenandoah used seven turnovers and had a school-record seven sacks last week to clinch the school's first winning season.

Bethany (1-8) at McDaniel (4-4)

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: McDaniel leads 1-0.

Last week: McDaniel defeated Franklin & Marshall, 21-7; Bethany defeated Apprentice, 30-6.

Outlook: This nonleague game will be not much more than a McDaniel tuneup for next week's traditional season-ending showdown with Johns Hopkins in Westminster. Hopkins has the weekend off to prepare for a duel between two 4-1 Centennial Conference teams for a right to share the league title with Muhlenberg (5-1).

Waynesburg (7-1) at Frostburg State (3-4)

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Waynesburg leads 23-11-1.

Last week: Frostburg lost to Westminster, Pa., 35-33; Waynesburg idle

Outlook: Frostburg clashes with a second straight tough Western Pennsylvania school. Waynesburg's only loss was a 31-30 upset by Gettysburg in the third game of the season. This game should feature a passing show between the Bobcats' Grant Burrough and Waynesburg's Jeff Dumm, with Dumm completing 66 percent of his passes (128 of 194) for 1,506 yards and 18 touchdowns. Burrough has thrown for 1,304 yards and 10 touchdowns, completing 124 of 212 passes.

Bowie State (6-3) at Virginia State (4-5)

Site: Roger Stadium, Petersburg, Va.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Series: Virginia State leads 12-4.

Last week: Bowie lost to Virginia Union, 17-14; Virginia State lost to Shaw, 28-17.

Outlook: Bowie State could still win the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Eastern Division title today, but the Bulldogs not only have to defeat Virginia State but also need 1-8 Elizabeth City to upset Virginia Union, which is tied with Bowie for first in the Eastern Division. Virginia Union gained the tiebreaker over the Bulldogs last week by jumping to a 17-0 lead against Bowie and holding on for a 17-14 victory.

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