Today's state games

October 16, 2004|By Bill Free

Kean (2-4) at Salisbury (6-0)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM in Salisbury)

Series: Salisbury leads 8-4-1

Last week: Salisbury def. Buffalo State, 40-6; Kean def. Montclair State, 21-17.

Outlook: Salisbury is one of only two unbeaten collegiate teams in the state (with Navy), and the Sea Gulls are ranked No. 12 nationally in Division III for a second straight week. They average 39.2 points a game while allowing 12.8. Kean is coming off an upset of over No. 22 Montclair State.

Dickinson (3-2) at McDaniel (4-1)

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: McDaniel leads 34-24-1

Last week: McDaniel def. Gettysburg, 31-0; Dickinson lost to Muhlenberg, 23-3.

Outlook: Dickinson is a dangerous Centennial Conference team for first-place McDaniel (2-0 in league) to be facing, because the Red Devils own a 17-7 upset over Johns Hopkins in Baltimore on Oct. 1. McDaniel keeps winning behind a potent ground game, with sophomore quarterback Brad Baer posting a career-high 166 yards rushing on just 15 carries last week.

Morgan State (2-4) at Howard (3-2)

Site: William H. Greene Stadium, Washington

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Morgan leads 34-29-3

Last week: Morgan def. N.C. A&T, 28-26; Howard def. Charleston Southern, 24-6.

Outlook: Morgan used some big plays by special teams to pull off a much-needed road victory last week, but now the Bears run into a hot Howard team on the road. The Bison has won three straight games behind a tough defense that has allowed just 23 points in those victories.

Johns Hopkins (4-1) at Gettysburg (0-5)

Site: Musselman Stadium, Gettysburg, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Gettysburg leads 18-11-2

Last week: Hopkins def. Franklin & Marshall, 20-14; Gettysburg lost to McDaniel, 31-0.

Outlook: The Blue Jays rebounded from their lone loss this season with a balanced offense that featured T.J. Lyons rushing for 173 yards and quarterback Zach DiIonno throwing for 201 yards. It was the 18th victory in the last 20 games for Hopkins which allowed just 15 yards rushing last week. Gettysburg should pose no major threat to the Blue Jays.

Frostburg (1-4) at Widener (2-3)

Site: Leslie C. Quick Stadium, Chester, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Widener leads 1-0

Last week: Frostburg lost Wesley, 22-0; Widener def. Albright, 52-35.

Outlook: Things are going downhill rapidly for the Bobcats, who were shut out for the first time in 16 years, a span of 162 games. Some of the reason for the terrible 9.4 points a game average is an offensive line that has allowed 20 sacks in five games, compared to 17 all season last year in nine games.

Bowie State (3-4) at Towson (2-3)

Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium

Time: 6 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Towson leads 4-0

Last week: Bowie lost to Elizabeth City State, 11-0; Towson lost to Rhode Island, 28-16.

Outlook: The once-proud Towson defense should be able to regain a little of its lost stature tonight against a Bowie offense that hit rock bottom last week against a then 1-3 Elizabeth City squad.

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