Today's Games

September 01, 2007|By BILL FREE

Albright (0-0) @Salisbury (0-0)

TIME -- 1 p.m.

SITE -- Sea Gulls Stadium

OUTLOOK -- After two strong runs to the NCAA tournament and two trips to ECAC Bowl playoffs in the past five seasons, the Sea Gulls (6-5 last season) will find out just where their football program stands now that eight Atlantic Central Football Conference performers have departed. Coach Sherman Wood still has an outstanding quarterback in junior Ronnie Curley to run his triple-option offense. Albright comes to town owning a 20-10 victory over Salisbury in the only meeting between these schools in 1995 in an ECAC Southwest Bowl playoff game.

Johns Hopkins (0-0) @Hampden-Sydney (0-0)

TIME -- 1 p.m.

SITE -- Everett Stadium, Hampden-Sydney, Va.

OUTLOOK -- Johns Hopkins has finally proved to opponents in the Centennial Conference and beyond that it is a football program to be taken seriously. A 52-21 record since the start of the 2000 season has convinced the skeptics that the Blue Jays are a legitimate threat to win every week. So even though the Blue Jays have one of the youngest teams in the Centennial this season, they have been selected in a preseason poll to finish second in the league behind Ursinus. Hampden-Sydney is led by senior wide receiver Drew Smith, who caught 52 passes for 696 yards and six touchdowns last season, and senior linebacker Kyle Booker, who had 12.5 tackles for losses and six sacks last season.

McDaniel (0-0) @Bridgewater (0-0)

TIME -- 1 p.m.

SITE -- Jopson Field, Bridgewater, Va.

OUTLOOK -- These are tough times around the McDaniel football program; the Green Terror has been selected to finish eighth in the Centennial Conference in a preseason poll. McDaniel's usual parade of all-conference players is kind of lean with 2006 second-team selections Tom Wenrich (punter) and Derek Zabko (linebacker) the only picks back this fall. Senior quarterback Brad Baer returns with some intrigue surrounding his passing and running feats. He has a chance to become only the second player (McDaniel's Ron Sermarini was the first) in the conference's 25-year history to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards. Baer has 3,304 yards passing and 1,339 yards rushing. Sermarini had 7,197 yards passing and 1,430 yards rushing. Bridgewater is the preseason favorite to win the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship, even though its five-year run as ODAC champs was ended last season by Washington and Lee.

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