Today's games for state teams

September 23, 2006|By Kent Baker

Johns Hopkins (1-1) at St. Lawrence (1-1)

Site -- Leckenby Stadium, Canton, N.Y.

Time -- Noon

Last year's result -- Did not play

Series record -- First meeting

Outlook -- The Blue Jays will make the longest trip in school history (450 miles) in an attempt to win their 11th straight September road game. They were off last week after holding Randolph-Macon to 65 yards in the final three quarters of a 21-14 win.

SUNY Brockport (1-1) at Frostburg State (0-2)

Site -- Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Time -- 1 p.m.

Radio -- 91.9 FM

Last year's result -- SUNY Brockport won, 19-14

Series record -- SUNY Brockport leads, 10-4

Outlook -- In the midst of five straight home games to open the season, Frostburg has not started 0-3 since 1983. Getting the offense untracked will be a priority for a team that has dropped six straight decisions to SUNY Brockport.

Salisbury (1-2) at Montclair State (1-1)

Site -- Spigue Field, Montclair, N.J.

Time -- 1 p.m.

Radio -- 1320 AM

Last year's result -- Montclair won, 31-27

Series record -- Montclair leads, 7-1

Outlook -- Expect a low-scoring affair as both teams are having trouble getting into the end zone. Salisbury's Ronnie Shockley is the leading rusher in the game with 212 yards; Ryan McCoach has only 93 to top the Red Hawks.

Bowie State (2-1) at Livingstone (0-4)

Site -- Charlotte Memorial Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

Time -- 4 p.m.

Last year's result -- Bowie won, 33-15

Series record -- Livingstone leads, 16-6

Outlook -- Bowie makes its second trip to Charlotte in three weeks after hanging on to beat Johnson C. Smith, 14-13, on Sept. 9. Livingstone has scored a mere 32 points, so the Bulldogs should have their way. QB Lamar Manigo (seven touchdown passes) and RB Nathaniel Queen (121.3 yards per game) are the catalysts for Bowie.

Morgan State (1-2) vs. Hampton (3-0)

Site -- Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

Time -- 4 p.m.

Radio -- 88.9 FM

Last year's result -- Hampton won, 44-14

Series record -- Morgan leads, 35-14-2

Outlook -- The Bears will have a full load to handle in the 11th-ranked Pirates, who have whipped their first two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents by a combined score of 94-21. Hampton has won 20 regular-season games in a row and coach Joe Taylor is seeking the 500th victory of his career. The Pirates are No. 1 in Division I-AA in total offense (463.3 yards per game) and didn't miss a beat when MEAC Player of the Year Alonzo Coleman was injured last week. Kevin Beverly took over to rush for 204 yards and four touchdowns against North Carolina A&T. LB Justin Durant, the preseason defensive Player of the Year, is the star on defense. Morgan will try to counter with Chad Simpson, who had 178 yards on the ground and scored three times last week.

Towson (3-0) at Hofstra (1-1)

Site -- Shuart Stadium, Hempstead, N.Y.

Time -- 7 p.m.

Radio -- 89.7 FM

Last year's result -- Did not play

Series record -- Hofstra leads, 3-2

Outlook -- They haven't met since 1994, when the Tigers upset previously unbeaten and 20th-ranked Hofstra, 24-21. This time, Towson carries the rating (No. 21) into Hofstra's home opener and the Atlantic 10 debut for both sides. The Pride has managed only 29.5 yards a game on the ground, partially because it threw often in a 54-31 loss to Marshall two weeks ago. QB Anton Clarkson has passed for 496 yards and three touchdowns, all to Shaine Smith, who has 19 receptions overall. Towson is coming off a stellar defensive effort against Liberty after which LB Brian Bradford was chosen as the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week. RB Nick Williams (Calvert Hall) and TE Ryan Collins are expected to play for the first time all season, bolstering the Tigers' offense.

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