Robert Stephens, Featured Writer
College Football enters its
run for the $.
October 17, 2013 - The college football season is entering
its stretch run as teams become bowl eligible as the power $ teams look
to the final year of the BCS $ formula. This past weekend reflected the
fragile status of some of the top rated programs and their pursuit of
the BCS top tier awards.
The most compelling game this past weekend was Utah’s
(4-2) win over Stanford (5-1) in the Pac-12 Conference,
The loss knocked out Stanford’s hope of a national
Championship but the Cardinal is still in the running for
their conference championship. The Cardinal will hosts
undefeated UCLA (5-0) in a huge pac-12 contest Saturday.
UCLA defeated California 37-10 Saturday and the Bruins
are in a similar position as the Cardinal in pursuit of the
the top tier payday.
Gonzaga (DC) grad Kevin Hogan is making
Alabama rolled into Lexington, Kentucky and rolled
out with 48-7 win over the Wildcats. Pardon the pun !
the Crimson Tide improved to 6-0 on the season. Alabama
the defending national champion has been ranked number
1 the entire season.
Oregon (6-0) who has been playing without the services
of the electric D’Anthony Thomas continued their video
offense in tact defeating Washington 45-24 in Seattle.
Texas got a huge win for their coach Mack Brown and
the Longhorn program beating previously unbeaten Oklahoma 36-20. Texas
improved to 4-2 on the season.
The Longhorns are now 3-0 in Big 12 Conference play.
Oklahoma fell to 5-1.
Unbeaten Missouri (6-0) pulled a mild surprise beating
a banged up Georgia team in Athens. Missouri suffered
what maybe a season ending injury to quarterback James
Franklin which could effect the remaining games on their
schedule. Franklin a dual threat was the heart and soul of
LSU (6-1) got a big win over Florida 17-6. Penn State (4-2) dropped Michigan
from the ranks of the unbeaten defeating the Wolverines 43-40 in four
overtimes. Michigan fell to 5-1. Texas A&M (5-1) edged Mississippi
In other games of note Louisville (6-0) defeated Rutgers
24-10. South Carolina (5-1) blasted Arkansas 52-7.
Clemson (6-0) defeated Boston College 24-14 to set up their clash with
unbeaten Florida State (6-0) in the most
hyped in the ACC in some time with both teams rated in the top five by
the football pundits. The game will be
televised by the ABC network coast to coast.
Friendship Collegiate's passing game was
not clicking vs. Don Bosco (NJ).
Baylor (5-0) beat Kansas State 35-25. Wisconsin (4-2)
beat Northwestern 35-6. Virginia Tech (6-1) defeated
Pittsburgh 19-9. and South Carolina (5-1) blasted Arkansas
Locally MEAC frontrunner Bethune-Cookman scored
14 points in the first quarter as the visitors beat Howard
27-6 at Greene Stadium.
The Wildcats rushed for 208 yards with Anthony Jordan
scoring two touchdowns in the opening quarter.
Bethune held Howard to 186 yards total offense. The
Wildcats stopped Howard’s rushing attack as the Bison
were held to 66 yards rushing. Bethune’s offense totaled
480 yards as they improved their record to 5-1. Howard
dropped to 1-5 on the season. Howard travels to Tallahassee to face Florida
Maryland is now one win away from becoming bowl
eligible after their 27-26 heart stopping win over Virginia
at Byrd Stadium. The Cavaliers missed a 42 yard field
goal attempt with 10 seconds remaining.
Terrapin backup quarterback Caleb Rowe played
well 18-34-332 yards and one touchdown. Brandon Ross rushed for 88 yards
on 14 carries and two touchdowns.
Fordham defeated Georgetown (1-5) 34-12.Chowan beat Bowie State (2-4)
In high school football National power Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) defeated
Friendship Collegiate 26-8 at the P.G. Learning Center Friday night.
Collegiate (2-2) which plays a brutal national schedule
will travel to face Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) Saturday.
Don Bosco Prep in 2011 was anointed by some of the high school pundits
as having the top team in the USA. Head coach Greg Toal’s record
in eight years is 81-4.
It’s rare that such a football program comes to the DMV. I had a
chance to talk with the coach briefly before they departed for home:
Before you came to D.C. to play Friendship what was the game plan?
“The big thing was not to beat ourselves, to run the ball, and put
the ball on the ground. We wanted to control the clock”.
You ran the ball a lot by design?
“When you run the football good things happen. We were pleased with
our ability to run the football tonight”.
New Jersey football has been receiving a lot of recognition the past few
years What is your theory on that ?
Gonzaga's Jabari Greenwood is a key component
of the Eagles.
“Programs are continuing getting better up in Jersey. As far as
Bosco football is concerned we have been blessed with some great players
over the years. Hopefully we can get these guys to start playing like
those guys did”.
You came to D.C. to play Friendship. What was your
thinking on coming down here to play ?
“We know they have a great program down here. They have a ton of
real good players (Division one prospects). We were concerned with their
talent. We knew we had to execute to win”.
In high school football Saturday Dunbar beat Anacostia 21-14. Gonzaga
(5-2) blanked O’Connell 31-0. DeMatha (7-1) jumped on McNamara 61-27.
That sets up Friday's WCAC clash at the P.G. Learning Center. The kickoff
is set for 7pm.
Ouince Orchard blanked BCC 49-0. South County edged T.C. Williams 44-37
and Episcopal beat St. Albans 38-28.