Today's games

October 06, 2007|By BILL FREE

North Carolina A&T (0-5) @ Morgan State (2-3)

Time -- 4 p.m.

Site -- Hughes Stadium

Radio -- 88.9 FM

Outlook -- Morgan senior QB Byron Selby didn't exactly put up big numbers last week against Bethune-Cookman, but he gave the offense a much-needed charge to go with running back Chad Simpson's relentless running this season. Selby completed just enough passes (7 of 16 for 69 yards and one TD) to keep the Bethune-Cookman defense guessing when Simpson was going to get the ball in the 33-9 victory. The Bears' defense held the Wildcats to 146 total yards, just 47 on the ground. This week, Morgan will be seeking the .500 mark against a winless A&T squad that uses two QBs who have combined to throw nine interceptions and just four TD passes. Herbert Miller, a third-year sophomore, and Shelton Morgan, a second-year freshman, are the two young struggling QBs.

Richmond (3-1) @ Towson (2-3)

Time -- Noon

Site -- Johnny Unitas Stadium

TV -- Comcast SportsNet

Radio -- 1570 AM

Outlook -- The Tigers will be facing a Richmond team that has not only won three games in a row but can't help but remember the 31-7 beating it took from Towson last season at home. While Richmond has won three straight, the Tigers have headed in the opposite direction, losing three straight as quarterback Sean Schaefer's passing yardage and touchdown passes have fallen off from last season. Schaefer was sacked 17 times in the first four games, hurting his production. But the Towson offensive line showed signs of improvement last week in a 27-22 loss to William and Mary, not allowing any sacks and blocking well enough for Nick Williams and his teammates to rush for a season-high 214 yards. Richmond is averaging 493.5 yards of total offense and 39 points a game, with senior tailback Tim Hightower leading the charge with 782 yards and 12 TDs this season. Hightower is averaging 9.9 yards a carry.

Salisbury (5-0) @ Geneva College (4-1)

Time -- 6 p.m.

Site -- Reeves Stadium, Beaver Falls, Pa.

Radio -- 1320 AM

Outlook -- Salisbury has jumped five places to No. 13 in the nation this week, after putting on a clinic in a 62-14 rout last week against an overmatched Apprentice School. This is the first-ever meeting between these two schools. Geneva has three Marylanders on its squad, freshmen Gerard Muschette, Adam Milstead and D'Marius Lewis-Swann from Calvert High in Calvert County. Salisbury has won eight straight games dating back to last season. The Sea Gulls continued to develop more depth last week in the lopsided victory, with senior David Leonard and sophomore Valdase Morris joining in scoring from their slotback positions. The defense continued to get productive efforts out of junior Jarrell Chandler and freshman Chris Ross.

Johns Hopkins (1-4) @ Dickinson (5-0)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Biddle Field, Carlisle, Pa.

Outlook -- Hopkins has shown a much-improved offensive output in the past two weeks, but it hasn't shown up in the win-loss column. The Blue Jays run up against strong opposition week after week, meeting a third straight unbeaten team and facing six teams to start this season that have a combined record of 24-5. Sophomore running back Andrew Kase has been the primary reason for the rushing yardage improvement the past two games, producing 303 yards and three TDs along with 402 all-purpose yards. Dickinson's unbeaten start has been directed by QB Ian Mitchell, who has thrown just one interception in 110 attempts, and the defending Centennial Conference champs are averaging 27.2 points a game.

Livingstone (0-5) @ Bowie State (2-3)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Bulldogs Stadium, Bowie

Outlook -- Bowie State is off to a 2-0 start in the Eastern Division of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association even though it is 2-3 overall and has been outscored this season 142-84. Now the Bulldogs face a winless Livingstone squad that is coming off a 58-20 loss to previously winless Fayetteville State. With the Bulldogs favored to start 3-0 in the CIAA, there are good signs at quarterback as junior Jason Scott (Dunbar) is coming off his top passing game of the season (10 of 23 for 161 yards) and junior running back Isaac Redman (184 yards and four TDs) was virtually unstoppable in last week's 41-30 win.

Frostburg State (1-3) @ Wesley (4-1)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Wolverines Stadium

Outlook -- The two-time defending Atlantic Central Football Conference champion has won the past three meetings with Frostburg by a combined score of 89-17. This is the opening conference game for Wesley in the five-team league. The Wolverines have the second-best rush defense and the top pass offense in the ACFC. The Frostburg offensive line is ranked third in the country in fewest sacks allowed (0.5 a game). Senior Frostburg wide receiver Fred Howze has a streak of 25 consecutive games with at least one reception.

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