today's state games

November 08, 2008|By Patrick Gutierrez

Towson (3-6, 1-4 CAA) @Delaware (3-6, 1-4)

Time: Noon

Site: Delaware Stadium, Newark

Radio: 1570 AM

Outlook: The Tigers lost for the third time in four games last week when they fell to William and Mary, 34-14, after taking a 14-7 lead into halftime. Delaware has been struggling on offense, averaging 8.8 points while losing four of its past five games, including last week's 41-7 loss to No. 1 James Madison. The Blue Hens rank last in the conference in both (17.6 ppg) and total offense (294.1 yards per game) and have been using TE Robbie Agnone and WR Aaron Love at quarterback while starter Robbie Schoenhoft and backup Lou Ritacco recover from injuries. On defense, Charles Graves and Anthony Walters both have four interceptions and should receive plenty of action against QB Sean Schaefer and the pass-happy Tigers.

Prediction: Towson 27, Delaware 10

Morgan State (6-3, 4-1 MEAC)

@Norfolk State (3-6, 2-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Dick Price Stadium, Norfolk, Va.

Radio: 88.9 FM

Outlook: The Bears are coming off a narrow win at Florida A&M last week that extended their winning streak to four and kept them alive in the race for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship. They face another tough road test today when they take on the Spartans, who ended their five-game losing streak with a convincing win over Howard. Norfolk State has been opportunistic on defense lately, forcing eight turnovers in its past two games. Corwin Hammond had two interceptions last week, returning one for a touchdown. The Spartans have also been productive on special teams, as Dwight Fluker-Berry returned a punt and a kick for a touchdown against Howard.

Prediction: Morgan State 20, Norfolk State 13

Johns Hopkins (6-2, 4-2 Centennial)

@Franklin & Marshall (4-4, 3-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Sponaugle-Williamson Field, Lancaster, Pa.

Outlook: The Blue Jays blanked Juniata, 12-0, to record their second consecutive shutout and third win in a row. A.J. Albert has a team-high four sacks while DB Chris Baldwin leads in tackles (64) and interceptions (4). The Diplomats also earned a shutout last week, beating McDaniel, 20-0, to get back to .500. With the win, F&M remained undefeated at home this season. WR George Eager had seven catches for 138 yards and a touchdown last week, and leads the Diplomats in receptions (41), receiving yards (517) and TDs (5). After gaining more than 400 yards for the fourth time this season, the Blue Jays improved to third in the conference in total offense (394.1). They are also third in scoring (27.1).

Prediction: Hopkins 31, Franklin & Marshall 20

Apprentice (1-6) @Frostburg State (2-5)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bobcat Stadium

Outlook: The Bobcats are coming off a bye last week and are looking for their first win in nearly a month when they take on Apprentice, which lost to NAIA school Weber International last week for its fifth consecutive loss. Frostburg State is averaging 19.3 points on offense and giving up 30.9 points. WR Makiha Cooper and RB Anton Wade both have five TDs to lead the Bobcats. The Builders are led by QB Phil Caralla, who has thrown for 1,318 yards and 10 TDs. WR Markim Gordon (43 catches, 391 yards) has been Caralla's primary target.

Prediction: Frostburg State 24, Apprentice 6

Gettysburg (3-5, 3-3 Centennial)

@McDaniel (2-6, 1-5)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Scott S. Bair Stadium

Outlook: The Green Terror was shut out by Franklin & Marshall last week for its fourth loss in a row. The Bullets, who were off last week, are led by QB Matt Flynn, who holds the school's career record for TD passes with 34 and is second in passing yards (5,039). He needs 98 yards to become Gettysburg's all-time leading passer. McDaniel's Aaron Slaughter (Loyola) and Mike Weick have made 10 or more tackles in each of the past four games. Sophomore RB Raymond O'Hara had career-highs in carries (13) and yards (40) last week and is expected to make his first start today.

Prediction: Gettysburg 30, McDaniel 6

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