University of District of Columbia football coach Ted Vactor is still counting his blessings following last week's 8-0 opening victory over St. Vincent's Pa. College.
"We gained only 116 total yards and didn't play very well," said Vactor, former Washington Redskin defensive back. "We'll have to put on a better showing if we expect to win this week."
If UDC is to have any hope of spoiling Trenton State's Home opener tomorrow quarterbacks Kenny Mallory, Tony Evans and Benny Thomas will have to complete a few passes. The freshman threesome completed only two of 19 attempts last week for 31 yards.
"They didn't throw the ball too well," added Vactor, "and when they did hit someone, the receivers dropped it."
So, the UDC practice schedule this week included a lot of work on offense.
"To coin and old phrase, you can't win too many games, if you don't score," Vactor said.
Navy, as healthful as it has been all season, at least has tradition on its side going into tommorrow's opener against Virginia in Charlottesville.
The Midshipmen have won seven of their last eight season openers, three of them against the Cavaliers. The last time Navy played at Virginia, the Middies won easily, 42-10, and went on to record its best won-lost record in 16 years (7-4). Only two-year letterman Bart Nixon, a defensive end, is listed as doubtful for the game.
Both Georgetown and Catholic will use this week to test their freshmen troops in preparation for their annual "biggie" next Saturday. CU had outlasted GU the last two years, 27-22 and 41-35.
"We're very young at several key positions," said CU coach Joe Pascale. "Even our veterans are sophomores."
CU plays at St. Vincent's (Pa.) tomorrow. Pascale will start 11 freshmen and six sophomores.
The Hoyas, who will start five freshmen and two sophomores this season, will play their alumni at Georgetown tomorrow. Middle guard Mike Costa will sit out the Alumni game because of a bad knee.
Bowie State's 13-0 opening season win over St. Paul last week was costly. Coach John Organ said starting tackle Sid Gardner (shoulder bruise) will miss at least one game and utility lineman Randall Williams will be out for the year with a broken ankle.