today's state games

October 04, 2008|By Patrick Gutierrez

Northeastern (1-3, 0-0 CAA)

@Towson (2-3, 0-1)

Time: Noon

Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium

TV, radio: Comcast SportsNet, 1570 AM

Outlook: The Tigers are coming off a confidence-building win over Columbia, and the Huskies relied on their defense to defeat UC Davis last week. Huskies defensive back Nate Thellen, who had three interceptions last week and was named Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week, will likely be matched up against Towson wide receiver Marcus Lee. The Tigers' offensive line, which has surrendered 13 sacks this season, will need to do a better job protecting quarterback Sean Schaefer in what is expected to be a high-scoring game. Because of the 3 p.m. Parade of Gold, Towson fans are encouraged to stay away from York Road and use Charles Street as the exit from Unitas Stadium.

Prediction: Northeastern 31, Towson 21

Bethune-Cookman (3-1, 1-1 MEAC)

@Morgan State (2-2, 0-0)

Time: 4 p.m.

Site: Hughes Stadium

Radio: 88.9 FM

Outlook: The Bears open conference play hoping to rebound from last week's 38-0 loss at Rutgers. Morgan running back Devan James was held to 37 yards in that game, and quarterback Carlton Jackson went 6-for-12 for 38 yards and two interceptions. The Wildcats rely on their wishbone-style running attack, which uses a variety of formations and ranks sixth in the Football Championship Subdivision at 250 yards a game. Leading the attack is freshman quarterback Maurice Francois, who ran for 178 yards in last week's win over Norfolk State.

Prediction: Bethune-Cookman 27,

Morgan State 13

No. 5 Muhlenberg (3-0, 1-0 CC)

@Johns Hopkins (3-1, 1-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Homewood Field

Outlook: The Blue Jays are back at Homewood Field after three straight road games, the last of which was a defeat at Moravian. The challenge today is to stop the fifth-ranked and defending Centennial Conference champions Mules, who arrive with a 14-game regular-season winning streak. The two teams lead the conference in scoring, with Muhlenberg averaging 35.7 points and Hopkins putting up 33 a game, but it's Muhlenberg's defense that could be the difference. The Mules give up 77.7 rushing yards a game but will be tested by the Blue Jays' ground game and junior Andrew Kase.

Prediction: Muhlenberg 30, Hopkins 17

No. 12 Wesley (1-1, 0-0 ACFC)

@Frostburg State (1-2, 0-0 )

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bobcat Stadium

Outlook: The Bobcats are coming off a disappointing loss to Widener last week in which they turned the ball over five times. The Wolverines had an easier time taming the Pride, beating them, 41-7, two weeks ago. That game marked the first college start for Wesley quarterback Shane McSweeny, who was given the reins to the offense after his team was upset by Delaware Valley to open the season. McSweeny threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns against Widener.

Prediction: Wesley 34, Frostburg State 20

Lincoln (Pa.) (1-4)

@Bowie State (2-2, 1-1 CIAA)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bulldogs Stadium

Outlook: The Bobcats enter today's game looking to jump-start their offense after managing only 10 points last week against Shaw, the third consecutive game they've been held to 15 points or fewer. The Lions have been equally anemic, having been outscored 146-17 in their past three games, all losses. Bowie State's defense should have its hands full with Lions sophomore wide receiver Trey Thomas, who had nine catches for 125 yards and a touchdown last week.

Prediction: Bowie State 17, Lincoln (Pa.) 13

McDaniel (2-2, 1-1 CC)

@Juniata (0-4, 0-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Knox Stadium, Huntingdon, Pa.

Outlook: The Green Terror is looking to win consecutive conference games for the first time in four years after upsetting Dickinson last week. The Eagles, on the other hand, are still looking for their first win of the season. McDaniel running back T.J. Develin was a key factor in last week's win, rushing for a career-high 85 yards and scoring the game-winning touchdown, his second of the day.

Prediction: McDaniel 20, Juniata 7

No. 23 Salisbury (3-1, 0-0 ACFC)

@Apprentice School (1-2, 0-0)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Apprentice Field, Newport News, Va.

Outlook: The Sea Gulls are still smarting from their loss to Delaware Valley last week and are looking to get back to their winning ways when they meet the Builders. Salisbury has won the past seven meetings between the two schools, including 62-14 last year. The biggest concern for Salisbury should be Apprentice's dual-threat quarterback, Phil Caralla, who threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns last week while adding 75 rushing yards.

Prediction: Salisbury 41, Apprentice 9

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