Maryland (1-0) vs.
Site: Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.
TV: Ch. 54 in Baltimore
Radio: WKDB (1570 AM) will carry live broadcast and WBAL (1090 AM) will have tape delay following the Orioles game.
Outlook: Twelfth-ranked Virginia has won six straight in the series, including a 45-0 victory last year at Byrd Stadium. The Cavaliers are coming off an impressive 19-0 win over Auburn on the road and are heavily favored to make it seven straight over the Terps. Virginia is loaded at every position, with senior quarterback Aaron Brooks just one of many talented players for coach George Welsh. Brooks threw for 220 yards in the win over Auburn, giving him 3,019 career yards passing. The Cavs also feature senior All-America safety Anthony Poindexter, a first-team selection last year and preseason first-team choice this year, and senior defensive tackle Antonio Dingle (6 feet 3, 305 pounds), who has received some preseason All-America notice this season. Junior cornerback Dwayne Stukes, a
McDonogh product, is another top starter for the Cavs. Maryland's outstanding sophomore tailback LaMont Jordan will make his 1998 debut today after missing the 23-15 opening-night victory over James Madison with a foot injury. Welsh said of Jordan, "You have to tackle him because he's big, has speed and power. If he's in the game, expect them to run more than last week when they only had 42 yards [net] rushing." Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden has said repeatedly this week that this Virginia game is not a barometer for his team. "We're so young that a lot of things could happen before the season is over," he said. "I don't want to base our season on the second game. We just hope to go down there and play with a thirst for the game and keep improving. I don't know if that will be enough to upset those guys. This might be one of the best Virginia teams ever."
Towson (1-0) at Monmouth (0-1)
Time: 1 p.m.
Site: Kessler Field, West Long Branch, N.J.
Radio/TV: WTMD (89.7 FM)
Outlook: After a season-opening 15-10 win over Morgan State, a season-opening streak is probably imminent for Towson, dominant in its series over the New Jersey college. The Tigers have won all four meetings between the two schools, including a 22-21 decision last season in which they overcame a 21-point deficit. Nearly 40 Towson players hail from New Jersey, including Jason Corle, who seems to own Monmouth. In 1997, Corle ran for 102 yards on the Hawks in half the game, after a 192-yard effort during his freshman year. However, one of Towson's lineman, right tackle Tony Campitelli, is out for several weeks with a left knee injury. Although the Hawks lost to Dayton, 27-14, their ground game might present a test for Towson. Tailback Chris Reed ran 34 times for 142 yards and one touchdown, leading an effort that produced 285 rushing yards in the loss.
Frostburg (0-0) at
Salve Regina (0-0)
Time: 1 p.m.
Site: Toppa Field, Newport, R.I.
Radio/TV: WFRB (560 AM)
Outlook: Frostburg won the only previous meeting of the two schools, 24-7, in Frostburg last year, when Bobcat running back Orlando Jones ran for 171 yards on 18 carries. Still, Salve Regina has a seven-game winning streak, thanks to a defense that allowed 146 yards per game, the fewest in Division III. Frostburg returns 16 starters from a team that finished 6-3 last season, including linebacker Ben Morrow, who had 66 tackles, and wide receiver Greg Cooper, who caught 48 passes for 773 yards.
Bethune-Cookman (1-0) at
Morgan State (0-1)
Time: 1: 30 p.m.
Site: Hughes Stadium
Radio/TV: WEAA (88.9 FM)
Outlook: For Morgan State, the theme of last week's 15-10 loss to Towson could have been a twisted form of "one bad apple spoils the bunch." One bad bunch of penalties spoiled the game -- 14 for 137 yards -- ruining the effort of a running game that compiled 234 yards and a defense that held Towson to 112 yards in total offense. Still, the Bears should be favored to defeat Bethune-Cookman, which defeated Division II's Savannah State last week, 21-14. Once again, Morgan State will probably employ the same two-quarterback system as during the Towson game, with Donald Green and Willie McGirt alternating.
Salisbury State (1-0) at
Time: 1: 30 p.m.
Site: Merrill Field, Alfred, N.Y.
Outlook: Salisbury State coach Joe Rotellini returns to one of one of his old haunts as the Sea Gulls hope to attain their first 2-0 start since 1986. Rotellini was defensive line coach for football and head lacrosse coach during the 1984-85 academic season at the school in western New York. His quarterback, Matt Main, threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns while running back Myron Dent ran for 108 yards and one touchdown during a 38-14 win over Ursinus. The game with Salisbury will be the season opener for Alfred (3-7 last season), which canceled its scheduled season opener with Susquehanna after an alleged hazing incident that resulted in injuries to six players and suspensions of five others, including five starters. The Saxons' top returnees include tailback Jeff Colasanti (688 yards, 10 TDs in 1997) and linebacker Aaron Rounds (88 tackles in '97).
Johns Hopkins (0-0) at
Washington & Lee (0-0)
Time: 1: 30 p.m.
Site: Wilson Field, Lexington, Va.
Outlook: This is the season opener for both teams for the second straight year. In 1997, Hopkins used 294 rushing yards and came back four times while pulling out a 34-28 victory at Homewood Field. The game set in motion an 0-4 start for Washington & Lee, which finished 4-6. Hopkins' Adam Gentile, who rushed for 144 yards in last year's game between the two teams, returns as a junior after running for 675 yards in support of Dun Zujick. On defense, the team returns five starters, including strong safety Harrison Bernstein, who led the team in tackles last season with 75, and outside linebacker Andrew Bainbridge, who had 44 tackles.
Western Maryland (1-0) at
Time: 1: 30 p.m.
Site: Knox Stadium, Huntingdon, Pa.
Outlook: Currently ranked 13th in this week's coaches poll, the ,, Green Terror goes on the road to face another weakling after pounding Bridgewater, 56-24, in its season opener Saturday. Juniata has not had a winning season in the 1990s, its best effort yielding a 5-5 record in 1996. Kevin Burke makes his debut at the helm of the program, which finished 3-7 in a 1997 season that included a 30-8 loss in Westminster. In the win over Bridgewater, Western Maryland's Ron Sermarini completed 20 of 25 passes for 172 yards and one touchdown while running for two other touchdowns. Meanwhile, linebacker Tommy Salecky led the team with a game-high 11 tackles.
Pub Date: 9/12/98