Today's State Games

October 27, 2007|By BILL FREE

Florida A&M (2-5) @ Morgan State (4-4)

Time -- 4 p.m.

Site -- Hughes Stadium

Radio -- 88.9 FM

Outlook -- Now that the wind has vanished from Morgan State's sails in what was hoped to be a three-team fight for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship, the Bears are left with not much more than a chance for a consolation prize of third place in the league. The Morgan defense continues to play well and the entire team has cut back on penalties, but the Bears had to play mostly without the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's leading rusher, Chad Simpson, who suffered a sprained ankle last week in the Delaware State loss. Without Simpson, Morgan couldn't overcome three fumbles, including one that was returned 100 yards for a touchdown. Florida A&M isn't in the running for a championship this year, but the Rattlers have won 10 straight from the Bears.

Salisbury (8-0) @ Wesley (7-1)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Wolverine Stadium, Dover, Del.

Radio -- 1320 AM

Outlook -- Football fans in the Salisbury-Dover area have been looking forward to this game all season. There is even more at stake than the usual heated rivalry between the schools, as the winner will take the Atlantic Central Football Conference championship and climb higher nationally in the Top 25 in the American Football Coaches Association Division III poll. Salisbury is ranked No. 8, and Wesley is No. 11, with Wesley 3-0 in the ACFC and the Sea Gulls 2-0. Salisbury ranks fourth in the nation in points scored with a 46.2 average, and the Gulls are closing in on the school regular-season record of 415 points. Salisbury has 370 points with two games remaining. Wesley's only loss this season came by 27-26 to Montclair State, and the Wolverines have rebounded with four consecutive wins. The Sea Gulls have 11 straight victories dating to last season.

Johns Hopkins (2-5) @ Juniata (0-7)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Knox Stadium, Huntingdon, Pa.

Outlook -- Hopkins needs to win its last three games to finish with at least a .500 record for the eighth straight season. Juniata, Franklin & Marshall and McDaniel are the final three opponents for the Blue Jays, and those three teams are a combined 2-19. So Hopkins has a good opportunity to finish strong, but McDaniel is always an emotional season-ending game for the Jays. Hopkins has faced seven teams this season that have a combined 42-10 record. Sophomore Hopkins RB Andrew Kase has played well the past four games and leads the team in rushing with 515 yards. Juniata junior QB Jay Leonard has thrown for 1,604 yards and 10 touchdowns for the winless Eagles.

Shaw (5-3) @ Bowie State (3-5)

Time -- 2 p.m.

Site -- Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Outlook -- Bowie State's homecoming crowd won't have a lot to cheer about. The once-opportunistic Bulldogs looked as if they were going to have a good shot at winning the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association East Division championship with a 3-0 start in the league after going 0-3 in non-league games. But everything has come apart the past two weeks for Bowie State with back-to-back league losses to Virginia State and Virginia Union. Those setbacks have virtually eliminated Bowie State and talented RB Isaac Redman (12 TDs and 141.2 rushing yards per game) from playoff contention. Shaw could have clinched the CIAA West title last week, but the Bears (4-1 in league) were upset on the road by Fayetteville State, 24-16.

Franklin & Marshall (1-6) @ McDaniel (1-6)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Scott S. Bair Stadium, Westminster

Radio -- 1470 AM

Outlook -- McDaniel is limping badly to the finish line and there doesn't seem to be anything coach Tim Keating can do to turn around the team's fortunes. Three quarterbacks combined last week for a 4-for-19 showing, a meager 10 passing yards and four interceptions. Not even an entertaining punt- and kickoff-return show by sometime-QB Tom Wenrich could save the Green Terror from a 42-10 loss to Ursinus. Wenrich returned his first career punt 76 yards for McDaniel's only touchdown, and he had four kickoff returns for 70 yards. F&M has an outstanding passing combination of Kyle Turner to George Eager but it hasn't translated into much success for the Diplomats.

Frostburg (2-5) @ Westminster (3-4)

Time -- 1.30 p.m.

Site -- Burry Stadium, New Wilmington, Pa.

Outlook -- Coming off what has been called Frostburg's top showing of the season, a 28-7 victory over Union (Ky.) College, the Bobcats go on the road again for the sixth time this season, meeting once-powerful Westminster. The Titans have lost three in a row and have a minus-11 turnover margin. Westminster has thrown 10 interceptions and lost six fumbles in seven games. The most noise from Frostburg this season continues to be made senior WR Fred Howze who has at least one reception in 28 consecutive games.

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