Ties and excitement are a couple of words that don't often go hand in hand.
Except when Western Maryland and Randolph-Macon, this Saturday's opponent, get together on a football field.
Some of the wackiest games the teams have played in recent years have concluded in ties. Last year was no exception -- a 27-27 draw that saw visiting Randolph-Macon erase a 13-point deficit in the final five minutes.
The Green Terror appeared to have the game won when it scored a touchdown with 5:03 remaining to go up 27-14.
Randolph-Macon answered with a five-play drive that took 1:11 off the clock and, after a Western Maryland punt, scored again on a 66-yard touchdown pass from Andy Bush to wide receiver Garry Carter. The go-ahead extra point was wide right.
There was still 2:18 left as both teams had opportunities to win, but neither could.
Five ties have taken place in the series, with Western Maryland holding a 13-12 edge in games that did not end up deadlocked .
The Green Terror evened its mark at 2-2 last Saturday with a well-rounded 23-13 win over Muhlenberg.
But it has visited Randolph-Macon before on a roll and come home on the losing end. In 1992, the Green Terror opened the season with four straight wins before Randolph-Macon handed it a 48-30 loss.
Western Maryland quarterback Brian Van Deusen is 93-of-154 for 1,214 yards and six touchdowns. He's completed over 60 percent of his passes.
Butch Schaffer has 30 catches for 493 yards and four touchdowns, and Alan Pietkiewicz has 28 for 352 yards and one score.
Freshman Jon Crooks (who is from Francis Scott Key) leads Randolph-Macon with 10 catches for 134 yards.
John Lowe was named the head wrestling coach this week, replacing Paul Johnson.
Lowe, 29, was a national Greco-Roman champion in 1993 and a three-year letter winner for Washington and Lee University.
Before coming to Western Maryland, Lowe was an assistant at Oakland Mills High and also helped out at Salisbury State as a graduate student.
Johnson stepped down after five seasons to pursue business opportunities in New Jersey.
The youthful men's team continues to be riddled by one-goal losses.
The last and perhaps the toughest came on Wednesday when the Green Terror came back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to take a late 3-2 lead against Ursinus, only to watch Brad Getz score two goals in the last 2:35 to give Ursinus a 4-3 win.
It was the sixth straight loss for the Green Terror (3-7-1) and fifth in a row by one goal.
The women snapped their six-game slide over the weekend when freshman Erin Kelly scored an overtime goal to give the Green Terror a 2-1 win over Bryn Mawr.
Kelly, who leads the team with three goals, was selected as the Centennial Conference's Player of the Week.
NB The Green Terror now is 2-6 overall and 1-1 in the conference.