November 4th State-Wide Division II/III Football Highlights

VARIOUS LOCATIONS – In action on Saturday afternoon, it was a busy day for all the state-wide Division II and III men’s football programs.  Here are highlights from all four games played.

BOWIE STATE BULLDOGS (Division II – CIAA) at ELIZABETH CITY STATE UNIVERSITY VIKINGS

ELIZABETH CITY, NC. – In the past two weeks, the 20th ranked Bowie State Bulldogs (9-1; 4-1 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) has piled up 163 total points against it’s opponents as they literally destroyed the Elizabeth City State University Vikings (4-6; 1-3 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association), 77-21.

Last week, it was Bulldogs Junior QB Amir Hall that threw for six touchdowns.  Saturday, R-Shirt Senior RB Robert Chesson out-did Hall by one, as he scored SEVEN rushing touchdowns in the victory.  He had 304 rushing yards on 20 carries.  Hall had another stellar performance as he completed 17 of his 25 passes for 299 yards and one touchdown.  Junior RB Maurice Williams ran for 59 yards on 9 attempts and scored two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

For the Vikings in the loss, Senior QB Daquan Neal was 25 for 53 and 290 yards.  He threw for three touchdowns but also had two passes intercepted.  Sophomore WR Dajuan Greene caught nine passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns.

KEAN KU at FROSTBURG STATE BOBCATS (Division III – NJAC) 

FROSTBURG, Md. – Overcoming a 14-3 halftime deficit, the #17-ranked Frostburg State Bobcats ( 8-1; 7-1 New Jersey Athletic Conference) scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and then held on to defeat the Kean KU (4-5; 4-4 New Jersey Athletic Conference), 17-14 in front of 1450 people at Bobcat Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Bobcats Freshman QB TJ Peer got the start and went 18 for 32 and 216 yards with those two touchdowns thrown in the third quarter, both of them to Junior WR Sergio Andino, who finished the game with seven catches for 94 yards and those two crucial touchdown catches (the first for 34 yards with 9:14 left in the 3rd quarter and the second, a 13-yard catch with 2:51 remaining in the third).

For the KU, Senior QB Charles App was 15 for 27 and 160 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

With the KU driving in the fourth quarter, App was sacked on a fourth and 12 at their own 43 with 3:34 left on the clock and then the Bobcats were able to run out the clock for the three-point victory.

Next week, Frostburg State ends the regular season as they visit the Salisbury Sea Gulls (7-2; ).  With the Sea Gulls’ 30-20 loss to Wesley on Saturday afternoon, that secured Wesley’s automatic bid from the NJAC into the NCAA Division III Men’s Football Tournament by virtue of them beating the Bobcats, 27-24 (OT) back on October 9th. But with a victory, the Bobcats look to snag an at-large bid into the tournament.

SALISBURY SEA GULLS (Division III – NJAC) at WESLEY WOLVERINES

DOVER, De. – The #13 ranked Wesley Wolverines survived a scare from the Salisbury Sea Gulls on Saturday afternoon and defeated them, 30-20, to lock up the automatic bid from the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

For the Wolverines (8-1; 8-0 New Jersey Athletic Conference), Junior QB Khalliq Burroughs was 14 for 23 and 272 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, but it was a critical 65-yard TD run in the 4th quarter that sealed the deal and gave Wesley the victory and the automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Men’s Football Tournament.

Salisbury (7-2; 7-1 New Jersey Athletic Conference) saw three different players rush for one touchdown in the loss.  Trailing by 10 in the fourth quarter, the Sea Gulls drove the ball down to the Wesley 19, but Senior K Alex Potocko missed wide left on his 36-yard field goal attempt with 2:30 left on the clock.

The Sea Gulls did get the ball back one final time and Senior QB Brandon Lewis drove the team down to the Wesley 23.  But on second and 10, he was intercepted by Wolverines Junior FS/WR Cappadonna Miller to end Salisbury’s hope of coming back.

Salisbury, ranked #26 in the most recent Division III Football Rankings, now hosts #17 Frostburg State next Saturday (kick-off TBA) in their final conference game of the season.  It’s a good bet that the winner of that game will have a good chance of grabbing one of those few at-large bids into the Division III Tournament.

JUNIATA EAGLES at JOHNS HOPKINS BLUE JAYS (Division III – Centennial Conference)

BALTIMORE, Md. – On Senior Day in front of a crowd of 1,357 at Homewood Field, the #20 ranked Johns Hopkins Blue Jays had little trouble as they defeated the Juniata Eagles, 57-14, on Saturday afternoon.

Blue Jays Sophomore QB David Tammaro had a hot-hand, completing 18 of his 27 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns.  Four Blue Jays also score one rushing touchdown a piece in the victory for Johns Hopkins (8-1; 7-1 Centennial Conference).

Sophomore QB Austin Montgomery went 24 for 32 and 297 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Juniata’s (3-6; 2-6 Centennial Conference) loss.  Sophomore WR Justin Helsel caught eight passes for 152 yards and one touchdown.

If the Blue Jays win next Saturday at Westminster when they take on the McDaniel Green Terror in their conference final, they will automatically clinch the Centennial Conference bid into the NCAA Division III Football Tournament.  They go into the game tied with the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats, but Johns Hopkins defeated the Diplomats, 45-7, back on October 7th.

Piling up 627 total yards, it was the third time this season that the Blue Jays have gone over 600 total yards for a game.

For the Blue Jays seniors, this was a special send-off.  Johns Hopkins has not lost a home game in November since 2001 and the seniors closed out going 20-0 at home for their career.

Erick Seltzer

Served in the US Navy as a journalist between 2/25/1991 & 9/15/1993. My duty station was Naval Submarine Base, Bangor in Silverdale, Washington. I was one of the writers for the weekly publication, "Trident Tides." While there, I successfully started the first-ever coverage of sports on and off the base to much positive response. When it comes to sports, I either play it, watch it and/or write about it. I'm always open to suggestions and hope you enjoy what I write about. Please feel free to leave a comment here or to get in contact me with, email me @ frederick.seltzer@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing back from the readers and teams.

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