Today's games

September 08, 2007|By BILL FREE

State

Towson (1-0) @ Morgan State (1-0)

Time -- 4 p.m.

Site -- Hughes Stadium

Outlook -- Morgan State will be looking today to start the season 2-0 for the first time in 14 years, but once again cross-town rival Towson University is standing in the way of a strong start for the Bears. Morgan didn't look nearly as good on the field as it did on the scoreboard in last week's 47-7 season-opening rout over Savannah State, which the Bears were penalized 149 yards. Senior running back Chad Simpson will probably need to duplicate his three-touchdown performance of last week for Morgan to have a chance to win this emotional duel. Towson holds the upper hand, 14-5, in the series, a fact that the Bears have to live with 365 days a year, since many of the players on both teams travel in the same circles. The Tigers played far from a flawless game last week in a 20-10 victory over Central Connecticut State.

Randolph-Macon (1-0) @ Johns Hopkins (1-0)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Homewood Field

Outlook -- Hopkins didn't look anything at all like its finesse teams of past years last week in the season opener. Instead, the Blue Jays used a ball-control ground game, a strong defense and Patrick Kay's block of a Hampden-Sydney 47-yard field-goal attempt on the last play of the game to preserve a 17-16 victory. Now, the Blue Jays meet a second straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference team, Randolph-Macon, in their home opener. The Yellow Jackets showed last week in their opener that they were equally adept at running and passing the ball.

Salisbury (1-0) @ SUNY Brockport (0-0)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Special Olympics Stadium, Brockport, N.Y.

Outlook -- Salisbury's triple option got a lot better last month with the addition of junior quarterback Bobby Sheahin, a transfer from the University of Maryland. Sheahin entered his first game for the Sea Gulls last week in the second quarter against Albright and completed his first four passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Sheahin gives Salisbury a strong-armed passer to go along with starting quarterback Ronnie Curley, who rushed for 110 yards on 10 carries in the 42-12 rout. Brockport is beginning its fourth and last season in the Atlantic Central Football Conference, moving next year to the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Brockport won a share of the ACFC title in 2005.

Bowie State (0-1) @ Newberry (1-0)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Setzler Field, Newberry, S.C.

Outlook -- Bowie State has a monumental task this week on the road after the Indians opened their season by blitzing Chowan, 67-0. Newberry ranked No. 14 nationally in the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll and gained 485 yards of total offense against Chowan. Bowie is quarterbacked by Jason Scott, a junior transfer from Temple who threw for 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns his senior year at Dunbar. Scott showed flashy moments last week against Glenville State, going 12-for-30 for 141 yards in a 29-19 loss.

McDaniel (0-1) @ Moravian (1-0)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Rocco Calvo Field, Bethlehem, Pa.

Outlook -- Moravian makes its debut in the Centennial Conference today after opening the season last week with a 34-27 victory over Susquehanna. The Greyhounds are led by quarterback Max Braxmeier, who tied a Moravian record last week with four touchdown passes. Brad Baer began his final season at McDaniel with 183 yards passing and 71 yards rushing last week, but the Green Terror was dumped by Bridgewater, 45-19, in a disappointing start for the Westminster school.

Frostburg State (0-0) @ Apprentice School (0-1)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Apprentice Field, Newport News, Va.

Outlook -- This is a meeting between the two teams expected to finish at the bottom of the five-team Atlantic Central Football Conference, with Apprentice picked fourth and Frostburg fifth. Frostburg is led by senior wide receiver Fred Howze, who enters the opener with a streak of at least one reception in 21 straight games. Apprentice lost its opener, 3-0, last week to Fairmont State.

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