Unbeaten Salisbury earns first ACFC title

Sea Gulls roll, 35-18

F&M topples McDaniel, 20-7


College Football

October 31, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Salisbury's football team - powered by quarterback Dustin Johnson, who rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns - beat visiting Wesley, 35-18, and claimed its first Atlantic Central Football Conference championship yesterday.

Brock Boland, who kicked three field goals, accounted for the only scoring of the first quarter, converting career-best 47- and 45-yarders to push the Division III Sea Gulls (8-0, 4-0) ahead 6-0.

Boland tied the Salisbury single-game record with his third field goal, from 27 yards, with 10:42 remaining in the second quarter for a 9-0 lead.

Byron Westbrook's 47-yard punt-return touchdown, his second of the season, extended the lead to 16-0 with 4:24 left in the quarter. Wesley (6-2, 4-1) closed the first half with a big play on special teams, blocking a Salisbury punt with five seconds remaining and returning the block 20 yards for a touchdown.

Johnson scored one touchdown in each quarter of the second half.

Salisbury, ranked No. 6, finished with 424 yards rushing and 456 yards of total offense.

Franklin & Marshall 20, McDaniel 7: Quarterback Doug Hiltner completed 15 of 22 attempts for 192 yards with two touchdowns, as the host Diplomats (5-3, 2-2 Centennial Conference) upset the 16th-ranked Green Terror (5-2, 3-1).

The Diplomats took the lead in the second quarter as Hiltner marched F&M 80 yards on seven plays before throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Freiler with 12:28 left. Dan Eggertsson kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

Those were the first points McDaniel has allowed in the second quarter this year, and it was the first passing touchdown the Green Terror had allowed all season.

The lead grew to 13-0 on F&M's first possession of the second half as Eggertsson hit a 21-yard field goal with 8:45 left in the third quarter to cap a 12-play, 48-yard drive.

Johns Hopkins 20, Ursinus 14: Quarterback Brian Schiller threw for 143 yards and two touchdowns in his first start to rally the visiting Blue Jays (6-2, 3-2 Centennial Conference) past the Bears (1-7, 0-4).

It was Hopkins' fifth straight victory on the road dating back to last season and Ursinus' 16th straight league loss.

Schiller directed a seven-play, 71-yard drive late in the second quarter to cut a 14-0 Ursinus lead to 14-7 at the half.

The Blue Jays took the opening possession of the second half and drove 46 yards on eight plays and pulled within 14-10 on a 27-yard field goal by Ben Scott.

The Blue Jays' defense stopped the Bears on their next possession and needed just one play to take the lead for good, as Schiller connected with Brian Wolcott from 51 yards out for a 17-14 lead.

Scott pushed the lead to 20-14 on Hopkins' next possession as he tied his career best with a 43-yard field goal.

Westminster 25, Frostburg State 13: Scott Froelich ran for 181 yards and accounted for all four Titans touchdowns at Bobcat Stadium.

Froelich ran for two touchdowns, threw a touchdown pass to quarterback Joe Getsy and caught a scoring pass from Getsy to help Westminster (4-4) improve to 8-1-1 all time against the Bobcats (2-6).

Frostburg's Mike Kitchen ran 30 times for 133 yards, his third straight 100-yard rushing performance.

Bowie State 14, Johnson C. Smith 7: The visiting Bulldogs (5-5, 4-3 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) broke a 7-7 tie with 2:38 left in the third quarter when Caleb Cranke capped a 10-play, 69-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Bowie State took a 7-0 lead on Jordan Julius' 4-yard touchdown run with 4:32 left in the second quarter. The Golden Bulls (0-10, 0-7) answered with a 36-yard touchdown pass from Donja Goodson to Eddie Minter with 7:57 left in the third quarter.

Jordan finished with 19 carries for 69 yards, and Cranke had eight for 30.

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