Today's area games


Towson State (3-2) at St. Francis (0-6)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Pine Bowl Stadium, Loretto, Pa.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: Towson won its second straight, 24-10, over Central Connecticut State last week, getting a career-high 71 yards and two touchdowns from reserve tailback Paul Hall, who replaced Larry Washington (81 yards), who went down with a minor knee injury but will play today. Freshman QB Kevin Smith further cemented his place in the starting lineup with 109 passing yards and one touchdown. Senior OT Rob Bundy and sophomore G Jason Maier are doubtful this week after suffering knee injuries. The Red Flash has fizzled, going 0-10-1 in its past 11 games.

Air Force (4-2) at Navy (2-3)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis.

Radio: WWLG (1360 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen have lost both of their home games and managed only seven points in bowing to Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. Sophomore QB Chris McCoy, who led the two road victories over SMU and Duke, was held to a single yard rushing by the Hokies. Navy's defense has allowed only 16.4 points a game, 14th best in the nation. Air Force has dominated the rivalry, winning 12 of the past 13 meetings. Falcons coach Fisher DeBerry (88-52-1) has won nine of his 10 games with the Mids. He faces former assistant Charlie Weatherbie for the first time. Junior QB Beau Morgan has accounted for 1,050 yards of total offense and 13 touchdowns.

Johns Hopkins (4-1) at Muhlenberg (0-4-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Muhlenberg Field, Allentown, Pa.

Outlook: Hopkins is off to its best start in 28 years, and leads the Centennial Conference at 3-0. Muhlenberg is 0-3-1 in the conference. The Blue Jays are coming off last weekend's 14-9 win over Ursinus. Senior QB Dan Redziniak sat out another game while recovering from a pinched nerve in his neck, but he is expected to play today. Muhlenberg leads the series, 15-11-1, and the Blue Jays haven't won in Allentown since 1987. The Mules, coming off an 11-7 loss to Swarthmore, will start freshman Howie Pollard at QB in place of sophomore George Fosdick (29 of 94, 285 yards, seven interceptions).

Western Maryland (3-1-1) at Dickinson (4-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Biddle Field, Carlisle, Pa.

Outlook: Both teams are unbeaten in the Centennial Conference; Western Maryland is 2-0-1 and the Red Devils are 2-0. Dickinson has won at least a share of the conference championship for seven straight years, and Western Maryland hasn't won in Carlisle since 1983. The Green Terror had a bye last week, while Dickinson was holding off Franklin & Marshall, 28-21. Franklin & Marshall gained 392 yards through the air, which means Dickinson could have its hands full against Western Maryland's record-setting QB, Brian Van Deusen, who is 126 of 247 for 1,422 dTC yards and 10 touchdowns. Western Maryland holds a 26-23-1 lead in the series, which began in 1904.

Salisbury State (3-1) at Newport News Apprentice (1-4)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Apprentice Field, Newport News, Va.

Radio: WTGM (960 AM)

Outlook: David Doy was 18 of 24 for 215 yards and one touchdown as Salisbury beat Chowan, 21-6, last weekend. None of the Sea Gulls' running backs gained more than 39 yards, but Doy continues to impress in his first year as a starter. Salisbury, off to its best start in seven years, limited the Braves to 190 total yards and forced four turnovers. Newport News upset Frostburg last weekend, 33-24, for its first victory. The Shipbuilders were out-gained, 456 yards to 332, but took advantage of five Frostburg turnovers.

Frostburg State (3-2) at Brockport State (1-5)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Special Olympics Stadium, Brockport, N.Y.

Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Outlook: Frostburg must shake off a 33-24 upset loss to Newport News, when five turnovers proved its undoing. The loss occurred despite another outstanding game from junior E. J. Fuller, who rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Two Bobcat QBs were a combined three of 11 for 71 yards, though Frostburg's offense accumulated 456 yards. The Bobcats' defense is allowing 163.6 rushing yards and 98.6 passing yards a game. This is the last home game for Brockport, which has lost four straight. This will be the third start for Brockport freshman QB Anthony Brandefine (22 of 46, 303 yards, three touchdowns, three interceptions).

North Carolina A&T; (2-3) at Morgan State (1-4)

Time: 2 p.m.

ite: Hughes Stadium

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: Morgan was victimized by big plays in a 31-19 loss to South Carolina State last weekend. The Bears are looking for their first homecoming win since 1979, when they defeated the Aggies, 29-9. Morgan leads the series, 32-25-2, but was beaten last season, 26-16. Senior Michale Moore is 67 of 157 for 909 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. North Carolina A&T; has lost three straight, including a 20-3 homecoming defeat Florida A&M.; LB Tim Johnson leads the Aggies in tackles with 58, ranking fourth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Bowie State (2-4) at Elizabeth City State (5-1)

Time: 2 p.m.

Site: Roebuck Stadium, Elizabeth, N.C.

Outlook: Bowie is coming off a disappointing 22-15 loss to Livingstone, which scored with 2:33 left to take the lead for good, and now must play a team that is 5-1 in the CIAA. Toper Ellis leads Bowie in rushing with 227 yards, followed by Ryan Pigford with 223. The Bulldogs defeated Elizabeth City last year, 13-0, but the Vikings lead the series, 8-4. They are coming off last weekend's 48-20 win over Virginia Union. Aaron Murchison's 69 rushing yards were 35 below his season's average, but he scored twice.

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