Turnovers costly in Morgan's 35-9 loss


Bears throttled by Norfolk State

Albert's stops help Johns Hopkins win fourth straight, 26-25

November 09, 2008|By From Sun staff reports

Dennis Brown ran for two touchdowns and host Norfolk State capitalized on a season-high seven turnovers by Morgan State to rout the Bears, 35-9, yesterday.

The Spartans ended the Bears' four-game winning streak and hurt Morgan State's hopes of winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title.

The Bears' Mario Melton, who replaced Jeremy Glover midway through the second quarter, was 6-for-16 passing for 100 yards, including a touchdown, two interceptions and 52 yards rushing. Glover, who started for the second time of his career, was 3-for-7 for 18 yards and two interceptions.

Morgan State's Devan James, who led the conference in yards per game entering yesterday, was limited to 69 yards on 15 carries.

The Spartans took a 7-0 lead after DeAngelo Branche scored on a 1-yard run on Norfolk State's opening drive.

Glover turned the ball over at the beginning of the second quarter when he misjudged an option pitch to Keith Lee and the Spartans fell on the ball at the 4-yard line. Two plays later, Brown rolled right and crossed the end zone from 5 yards out to give the Spartans a 14-0 lead.

The Spartans took a 21-3 lead with 3:33 left in the third quarter. The Bears were flagged twice for pass interference to help give the Spartans the ball deep in Morgan territory, and Brown scored his second touchdown of the game when he took a quarterback sweep 4 yards.

Morgan State pulled within 21-9 when Melton connected with Jephte Cherenfant for a 9-yard touchdown with nine minutes left in the game.

But Hasan Craig returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown and Don Carey scored on a 94-yard interception to put the game away for the Spartans.

Morgan State (6-4, 4-1) had 264 yards of offensive. Norfolk State (4-6, 3-4) had 184 yards of total offense, including 78 passing and 106 rushing.

Branche led Norfolk State with 86 yards rushing, including 72 in the first quarter. Brown completed 9 of 17 passes for 78 yards.

JOHNS HOPKINS 26, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 25:: A.J. Albert intercepted a two-point pass attempt by host Franklin & Marshall with 29 seconds left and then made a game-ending tackle after the Diplomats recovered an onside kick as Johns Hopkins pulled out a victory. The win is the fourth straight for the Blue Jays (7-2, 5-3 Centennial Conference) and sixth straight over the Diplomats (4-5, 3-4). The score was 13-13 at the half. After the teams traded punts to open the second half, the Blue Jays defense came up with the second of its two interceptions in the game as senior Paul Fields picked off a John Harrison pass at the Hopkins 30. Johns Hopkins then pieced together a 12-play, 70-yard scoring drive that took nearly five minutes off the clock. Hopkins converted a pair of third downs on the scoring drive, including a third-and-10 from the Franklin & Marshall 37. After a pass interference call, the Blue Jays were first-and-goal at the three and Andrew Kase took it in two plays later to give the Blue Jays a 20-13 lead.

The seven-point lead held until early in the fourth quarter, when the Diplomats capped a nine-play, 54-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown run by Mark Mellinger.

FROSTBURG STATE 20, APPRENTICE 7: : Bryan Brosnan tossed a pair of touchdown passes late in the second quarter to guide the host Bobcats (3-5, 1-1 Atlantic Central Football Conference) past the Builders (1-7, 0-3). The win marks the first conference victory in three years when Frostburg State beat Buffalo State, 27-26, in 2005. With a little over five minutes left in the half, Donnie Snyder recovered a fumbled punt return at midfield and Frostburg State needed just five plays to find the end zone for a 7-0 lead. Brosnan connected with Avery Willie [Aberdeen] for a 40-yard touchdown strike as FSU took advantage of its best starting field position of the opening half. After a three and out for the Builders, the Bobcats started at their own 38 yardline and need just four plays to score its second touchdown in as many series.

GETTYSBURG 38, MCDANIEL 9: : Nick McConnell ran for 99 of Gettysburg's 267 rushing yards, adding two touchdowns to lead the Bullets (4-5, 4-3 Centennial Conference) past the Green Terror (2-7, 1-6). Gettysburg's Matt Flynn, who entered the game as the league's leading passer at 244.8 yards per game, was held to 96 yards through the air on 11-for-21 passing. McDaniel pulled within one, 7-6, late in the second quarter but Josh Huson hit a 47-yard field goal as the first half came to an end and the Bullets outgained McDaniel 249-67 in the second half, including a commanding 124-44 in the third quarter. Thomas Massucci, making his first collegiate start, hit on 14 of his 33 attempts for 150 yards with three interceptions but became the first Green Terror quarterback this season to play every down in a game.


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