Today's games

College Football

September 04, 2004|By Bill Free

Today's games

Rochester (0-0) at Johns Hopkins (0-0)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: Noon

Series: Hopkins leads 3-0

Outlook: The Blue Jays became a Division III football force last season, climbing to No. 13 in the American Football Coaches Association poll on Oct. 21(highest ranking ever) and finishing No. 24 with a 10-1 record, the best in school history. Hopkins is 13-1 in its past 14 September games. Rochester is led into today's season opener for both teams by junior QB Aaron Molisani, who took over the team in the third game last season and accounted for 14 TDs in eight games, seven rushing and seven passing.

Salisbury (0-0) at Catholic (0-0)

Site: DuFour Field, Washington

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Salisbury leads 4-3

Outlook: Junior QB Dustin Johnson has led the Sea Gulls to a 16-4 record and led them in rushing and passing in each of his first two seasons, the first player in school history to accomplish that feat. This season he has the luxury of working behind an offensive line that returns five starters. This game is a rematch of last season's opener, which was won by Salisbury, 54-20. Former head coach Tom Clark returns to the Cardinals after three years as an assistant football coach at William and Mary.

Bridgewater, Va., (0-0) at McDaniel (0-0)

Site: Bair Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: McDaniel leads 14-9-1

Outlook: The Green Terror will find out how it stacks up against one of the top Division III teams in the nation the past four years. Bridgewater has been in the top 15 four straight seasons and was No. 5 in the final American Football Coaches Association poll last year. McDaniel has lost four straight season openers to the Eagles by an average of seven points, the last two losses by three points each. Bridgewater features preseason All-Americans, DT Lawrence Frierson and OL Ranardo Whittaker, as well as QB Brandon Wakefield, who threw for 2,354 yards and 21 TDs last season, and TB Marcus Washington, who averaged 6.8 yards a carry for 872 yards.

Towson (0-0) at Elon (0-0)

Site: Rhodes Stadium, Elon, N.C.

Time: 2 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Towson leads 1-0

Outlook: Towson's new beefed-up look for the Atlantic 10 has eight interior linemen over 300 pounds, featuring junior right guard Antoine Colvin, who transferred from N.C. State last fall. Tigers coach Gordy Combs has provided some opening-game quarterback intrigue, saying his choice between junior Anthony Melzi and second-year freshman Andrew Goldbeck will be "a game-time decision." Towson will have to avoid looking ahead to next week's A-10 opener with defending I-AA national champion Delaware. Elon enters the opener with a new coach, Paul Hamilton, who was coach at East Tennessee State the past seven seasons.

Bowie State (1-0) at Morgan State (0-0)

Site: Hughes Stadium

Time: 6 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Bowie State leads 3-2-1

Last week: Bowie State defeated West Virginia State, 27-0. Morgan was idle.

Outlook: New Bowie State coach Mike Lynn, who spent the past four years as offensive line coach at Morgan State, brings his Division II Bulldogs to town to take on the Division I-AA Bears in what figures to be an emotional evening for Lynn and his former players. Lynn, who was an offensive tackle at Morgan, won his coaching debut last Saturday. The Bears are shooting for a third straight winning season behind preseason first-team All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference selections QB Bradshaw Littlejohn, LB Vincent Brown, TE Chris Cash and OL Aaron Wiggins. Bowie rolled up 401 total yards last week.

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