today's state college games

November 22, 2008|By PATRICK GUTIERREZ

James Madison (9-1, 7-0 CAA)

@ Towson (3-8, 1-6)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Unitas Stadium

Radio: 1570 AM

Outlook: The Tigers wrap up their season against the No. 1 Dukes with the teams going in opposite directions. Towson has lost its past four games, while James Madison is on a nine-game winning streak after a season-opening loss to Duke. For seniors such as Towson QB Sean Schaefer and WR Marcus Lee, this will be their last college game. Schaefer, with 11,329 career passing yards entering today's contest, will finish as the second-leading passer in Colonial Athletic Association history. Lee is tied for 10th on the list of CAA career receptions leaders with 219 and would move up to eighth with seven more catches.

Prediction: James Madison 41, Towson 10

Hampton (5-5, 4-3 MEAC)

@ Morgan State (6-5, 4-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Hughes Stadium

Radio: 88.9 FM

Outlook: The Bears were shut out by South Carolina State last week, ending their hopes of capturing a conference title. Now their goal is to finish above .500, which they can achieve with a win over the Pirates in the season finale for both teams. To do this, Morgan must stop Hampton QB Herbert Bynes, who threw for 401 yards and three TDs in last week's loss to Florida A&M. For the season, Bynes has thrown for 2,670 yards and 18 TDs, nine of which have gone to Justin Brown, the Pirates' leading receiver. Morgan sophomore DB Darren McKhan has four interceptions this season.

Prediction: Morgan State 24, Hampton 20

Catholic (8-2) @ Johns Hopkins (8-2)

Time: Noon

Site: Homewood Field

Outlook: The Blue Jays have won five straight heading into today's contest against the Cardinals as the teams square off for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southeast championship. Hopkins beat McDaniel last week, 27-10, behind RB Andrew Kase's 211 rushing yards and two TDs. Catholic missed out on an NCAA playoff berth by losing to Bridgewater, 37-26, last week. This is the first meeting between the schools in 18 years. The Blue Jays are going for their fourth ECAC championship in seven years, having previously won three in a row (2002-04). The Cardinals, who are averaging 32.8 points, are led by senior QB Keith Ricca, who has thrown for 2,962 yards and 33 TDs.

Prediction: Catholic 30, Hopkins 24

Salisbury (8-2) @ Moravian (8-2)

Time: Noon

Site: Rocco Calvo Field, Bethlehem, Pa.

Outlook: The Sea Gulls hit the road to face the Greyhounds for the ECAC Southwest championship. Salisbury is coming off a 55-14 win over Frostburg State last week to capture the Regents Cup for the fifth consecutive year. Moravian knocked off previously undefeated Muhlenberg last week in overtime. Moravian is led by RB Tyler McCambridge, who averages 101.5 rushing yards and is also a threat catching passes and returning kicks. He has 10 TDs this season. On defense, the Greyhounds are stout all around. Douglas Bocchino leads the team with 8.5 sacks, while Kevin McGorry has 87 tackles and fellow LB Andrew Morrissey has 86. DB Carl Robinson has a team-best five interceptions. This is the first meeting between the schools.

Prediction: Moravian 31, Salisbury 27

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