The Colonial Athletic Association’s 2018 Offensive Player of the Year in football, Flacco has started 19 games for the Tigers baseball team and has nine runs and five RBIs in a round of competitive baseball for the first time in five years.
The No. 15 Towson football team has left its fate in the hands of the Football Championship Subdivision selection committee’s hands after Saturday’s loss to No. 7 James Madison in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Belgium native and defensive lineman Tibo Debaillie and Canada resident and outside linebacker Malik Tyne are eager to assist a Tigers defense that surrendered nearly 24 points and 360 yards per game last season.
Four times, since the start of its football program in 1969, Towson has dropped at least seven straight games — in 1971, 1990, 1991 and 2010. A loss to Elon would match that number. Elon itself is riding a four-game losing streak, but so what? Hapless Delaware had lost five in a row, and fired its coach, before handling the Tigers, 20-6 last week.
On Saturday, Villanova will try to stop Towson's mercurial wide receiver, whose two long touchdown receptions in the second half in a 35-28 win over St. Francis (Pa.) earned him honors as the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week.
"0-1 is not a place we want to be," coach Rob Ambrose said, and the Tigers should even their record against St. Francis (Pa.), a team to which it has never lost. Last year, Towson won, 35-20, but the Red Flash has made strides.
The play wasn't much to look at: a handoff to the running back, who went nowhere. But it was a milestone for Morgan Mahalak, Towson's quarterback who hadn't taken a snap in a football game for three years. It was a rude baptism for the redshirt sophomore, a onetime ballyhooed high school quarterback who trekked 3,000 miles for a fresh start and a chance to lead Towson to the playoffs.
Twenty-four graduating high school student-athletes, representing Harford County's 12 public and private high schools, will be honored at the 31st Annual Al Cesky Scholarship Fund's awards banquet Wednesday night at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood, beginning at 6 p.m. p.m.
Prior to Saturday's win over Rhode Island, Towson honored its seniors, including Gavin Class, an offensive lineman who'd fought back from heatstroke and a liver transplant in 2013 to return to the team. But Towson went to court this fall to turn Class away, saying it was too dangerous for the Monkton native to take the field.