Maryland Coach Bobby Ross yesterday put his football team through its final formal scrimmage before next week's Red-White game and the achievements of the offense overshadowed those made on the defensive side.
Troy Island, a transfer from Ferrum (Va.) Junior College, gained 62 yards on four carries and scored the game's only touchdown with a 41-yard run. Place-kicker Jess Atkinson had a 48-yard field goal. Running back Willie Joiner ran for 49 yards on 12 attempts and John Nash gained 40 yards on nine carries. The Maryland quarterbacks threw for a combined total of 175 yards, completing 14 of 29 passes.
The defense managed six quarterback sacks, but Ross was not satisfied. "The pass protection broke down and I was disappointed in the penalties. But the defense has improved, and, of course, this is the same defense that they have run here for the last 10 years."
Howard had what Coach Floyd Keith called a "positive scrimmage" in its second spring football practice. Freshman quarterback Brian Sloan, vying with Sandy Nichols for the first-string position, completed six of 13 passes for 71 yards and ran for 81 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown run. Nichols was four for nine for 85 yards and one touchdown, a 69-yard scoring pass to Paul McGlone. Each quarterback was intercepted once.
Navy emphasized its running game in the first half of a two-hour spring football scrimmage and then worked on the passing game at Annapolis. Sophomore tailback Rick Clouse gained 143 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns.