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Today's area games


Johns Hopkins (2-1)

at Gettysburg (2-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Musselman Stadium, Gettysburg, Pa.

Outlook: The Blue Jays have won two straight, including last weekend's 35-6 romp over King's College, when they generated a season-high 451 yards in offense. Again, they did much of their damage on the ground, with FB Chuck Wotkowicz rushing nine times for 116 yards and TB Don Zajick adding 101 yards on 17 carries. Hopkins' defense, ranked No. 1 in the Centennial Conference, limited King's to 193 yards. Jim Guzzo started his second game in place of injured Dan Redziniak (pinched nerve in neck) and went 10 of 16 for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Redziniak has been cleared to play today. Gettysburg has dominated the series, 18-4-2. Last year, the Bullets struggled to a 27-24 win, their fourth in a row over Hopkins. The Blue Jays are 0-8 in Gettysburg and have been outscored, 276-78. Gettysburg defeated Swarthmore last weekend, 19-15. Sophomore WR Joe Madigan has 21 receptions for 360 yards and two touchdowns, and has returned a punt for a score.

Chowan (2-2)

at Frostburg State (2-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Radio: WFRB (560 AM), WTGM (960 AM)

Outlook: Frostburg lost its first game last weekend when QB Gavin Palumbo's fourth-quarter lateral was picked off by Salisbury's Mitchell David and returned 80 yards for a touchdown in the Sea Gulls' 35-28 victory, ending the Bobcats' six-game winning streak in the series. Frostburg rushed for 235 yards, led by E. J. Fuller with 95. Palumbo completed eight passes for 169 yards, and senior Germaine Norman had five catches for 118 yards. Chowan, under new coach Dan Surface, who took over when Jim Garrison (189 victories) retired, saw its two-game winning streak ended by Randolph-Macon, 30-7, last weekend. Its leading rushers are junior FB Johnny Nowell (284 yards, three touchdowns) and freshman TB Ernie Lucas (263 yards, one TD).

Western Maryland (3-1)

at Muhlenberg (0-3)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Muhlenberg Field, Allentown, Pa.

Outlook: The Green Terror has won three in a row and is 2-0 in the Centennial Conference. Last week, senior Brian Van Deusen passed for 283 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more in a 27-7 win over Ursinus, which was held to 154 total yards. He also became the conference's career leader in passing yards with 4,433, breaking a record that stood for 10 years, and is 80 yards shy of 6,000 yards. Nine players caught passes, led by junior Todd Carberry with eight for 77 yards. Western Maryland trails the series with Muhlenberg, 13-10-2, but it prevailed last year, 23-13, and has won four of the past five. Muhlenberg allowed 426 yards in a 38-10 loss to Franklin & Marshall last weekend. The Mules had 7 yards rushing and 176 overall. They have lost 10 in a row, one short of tying a school record.

Navy (1-2) at Duke (2-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, N.C.

Radio: WWLG (1360 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen have lost two straight since upsetting SMU in their opener. They had six turnovers in bowing to Wake Forest, 30-7, last Saturday, with QB Chris McCoy fumbling once and being intercepted three times. Navy's secondary was repeatedly burned on third-and-long situations. Coach Charlie Weatherbie is trying to resurrect the running game by improving blocking. Duke, which routed Navy, 47-14, in Annapolis last year, is seeking to rebound from a 41-28 loss to Maryland last week. Sophomore RB Laymarr Marshall gained 115 yards against Terps, but the Blue Devils defense yielded 544 yards. Senior QB Spence Fischer has completed 56 percent (89-158) of his passes, including five touchdowns.

Monmouth (3-1)

at Towson State (1-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: The Tigers are reeling from two straight defeats, the most recent 23-15 at Wagner College, when they squandered a 9-0 lead. If they're going to turn around their season, they have to cut down on the turnovers. Towson has 10 in its past two games. Also, the passing game continues to bog down. Redshirt freshman Kevin Smith got his first start last week and went 4-for-18 for 41 yards and one touchdown, a 6-yard strike to Bill Hughes. Senior TB Larry Washington rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown, and sophomore George Perdikakis kicked a career-long 32-yard field goal. The Tigers are 13-2 at home under coach Gordy Combs. The Hawks, in their third year of collegiate football, are coming off a 47-0 win over St. John's. They're first in the ECAC in total team defense, allowing 195.5 yards a game, and second in scoring defense, giving up 9.7 points. They also average 493.5 yards of offense, including 270 through the air, with sophomore QB Dan Sabella. This is the schools' first meeting.

Bowie State (1-3)

at Virginia Union (0-1-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Hovey Field, Richmond, Va.

Outlook: Bowie's defense played well last weekend, but the offense disappeared in a 7-0 loss at Virginia State. The only scoring came on a 9-yard run by Sam Harrell in the second quarter. Bowie held the ball for 36:12, but couldn't put it in the end zone. Senior Darrell Foote completed six passes for 144 yards and one interception. He was sacked six times. Virginia Union has been tied, 21-21, in its past two games after opening with a 45-6 loss to Savannah State. The Bulldogs must pay close attention to Panthers WR David Parson, who has 13 receptions for 292 yards and one touchdown. TE Marquis Johnson has scored twice. QB Donald Ruffin has completed 40 of 78 passes for 625 yards and five touchdowns, and has been intercepted three times. The Panthers have scored only six points in the first quarter and seven in the fourth.

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