Today's games


Morgan St. (0-2) at Rh. Island (0-2)

Site: Meade Stadium, Kingston, R.I.

Time: Noon

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: First meeting

Outlook: This is a matchup between the weakest programs in two of the better Division I-AA conferences, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Atlantic 10. Both teams have reasons to think they could get their first win of 1999 here. Rhode Island, featuring former Maryland starting quarterback Ken Mastrole, played strong last week against seventh-ranked Hofstra before bowing, 28-13. Hurricane Floyd postponed Morgan State's game against South Carolina State on Sept. 18, but the Bears believed they were on the verge of victory Sept. 11 against Bethune-Cookman before giving up a scoring return on an ill-advised onside kick. The defense gave up 12 rushing yards in the second half, and the passing game added extra teeth with the return of receiver Anthony Collins (seven catches, 130 yards), who joined Marc Lester (five catches, 108 yards) in providing targets for quarterback Willie McGirt.

Frostburg St. (2-0) at Methodist (0-3)

Site: Fayetteville, N.C.

Time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Series: Frostburg State leads 5-2

Outlook: Though they are on the road, the Bobcats should be favored as the 21st-ranked team in Division III, against a team coming off a 21-6 pounding from Salisbury State. Last week, Frostburg overcame a slow start to beat Division II West Virginia Tech, 38-21, its second win in two weeks against higher division teams. Dunbar product DeNelle Hale leads the Bobcats in rushing with 129 yards a game, while the defense has been strong against the run, allowing only 73 yards a contest. But Methodist has beaten Frostburg in the past two meetings, including a 20-14 road win in 1998.

Salisbury St. (1-1) at Greensboro (1-1)

Site: Jamieson Stadium, Greensboro, N.C.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: First meeting

Outlook: After providing coach Sherman Wood with his first win at Salisbury, the Sea Gulls look to continue with the defensive effort from the 21-6 win over Methodist. Led by cornerback Seth Haskins and linebacker Pat Brannon (seven tackles each), Salisbury didn't give up a point over the final three quarters and allowed 43 yards rushing for the game. Greensboro, in its first season as an Atlantic Central Football Conference member, is coming off a 13-7 win over Ferrum in which running back Daryl Gholson ran for 72 yards and one touchdown.

Livingstone (1-2) at Bowie St. (2-1)

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: None

Series: Livingstone leads 14-6

Outlook: The Bulldogs had to come back for a 23-19 win against winless Johnson C. Smith in the conference opener last week, so it's tough to gauge where they stand in comparison to Livingstone. The Blue Bears were beaten, 24-6, by Virginia Union, one of the teams Bowie State hopes to keep pace with in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Bulldogs must get along without their leading receiver and returner, Tiquon Murry, out with a separated shoulder. The team will likely lean on Ray Hawkins, who leads the league in scoring, punt returns and kickoff returns, and is second in all-purpose yardage.

Ursinus (2-0) at W. Maryland (3-0)

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: None

Series: Western Maryland leads 17-5-1

Outlook: Nearly identical records notwithstanding, look for the Green Terror to cruise over Ursinus, as Western Maryland has done in the past two seasons on the way to a 23-game regular-season winning streak. The most recent victim was Gettysburg in a 44-0 decision last week. The defense, supposedly vulnerable after a few key losses on the defensive line, has given up seven points in three games this season. The Bears -- 27-20 overtime winners against Franklin & Marshall -- are 2-0 for the third time this century, led by senior linebacker Mike Vecchio.

Towson (3-0) at Columbia (0-1)

Site: Wem Stadium, New York City

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Columbia leads 1-0

Outlook: The Lions are pondering which show it would like to prevent, the Joe Lee and Co. show or the Jason Corle show. Both strategies have been tried against the Tigers, who have gotten off to a surprising start. Monmouth and Bucknell concentrated on limiting Corle's rushing yardage and succeeded. They paid by allowing Lee throw for 400-plus yards, 108 of them going to Corle in 27-20 win over Bucknell game. When Lafayette laid off the eight-man fronts, Corle ran for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Columbia, entering the first of three straight weeks against Patriot League teams, didn't do much for its cause by dropping its season opener to Harvard, 24-6.

Johns Hopkins (2-0) at U.S. Merchant Marine (1-2)

Site: Captain Tomb Field, Kings Point, N.Y.

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Radio: None

Series: USMMA leads 2-0

Outlook: For the past two seasons, this game has been the humbler for Hopkins, which started -- as it has in 1999 -- with the luxuries of cupcakes Washington & Lee and Swarthmore. Kings Point handed the Blue Jays its first loss in 1998 and 1997, joining Dickinson and Western Maryland as the three schools to beat them in that period. JHU running back Adam Gentile has run for an average of 199.5 yards a game -- second nationally. Meanwhile, the Mariners have given up 35 points a game, including 42 in a loss to Springfield last week. The Hopkins defense has given up 17 points this season, keeping Swarthmore out of the end zone in a 37-3 win on Sept. 17.

Pub Date: 9/25/99

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