The University of the District of Columbia unveiled its 1987 football team yesterday with disappointing results.
The Firebirds got off to a rocky start and never recovered in a 34-3 loss to Hampton University in the season opener for both teams at Cardozo High School.
Senior Carl Painter gained 155 yards for the Pirates, who needed just seven plays to drive 61 yards to the first score, on his seven-yard run. Painter, a Division II preseason all-America, later scored from 61 and 28 yards.
"He is a great running back; very difficult to contain," said Firebirds Coach Bobby Frazier. "Hampton beat us good, no question, but I don't think the score is indicative of the way we played. They were a very experienced team -- especially on offense -- and we have three freshman quarterbacks. I think our young players will learn a lot from their mistakes."
The same could also be said for Hampton. Both teams were plagued by penalties and such early-season mistakes, but for the Pirates the margin of error was far greater, thanks to the quick start and a defense that never allowed the Firebirds to move.
Hampton totaled 336 yards to 65 for UDC. UDC's runners got 21 yards on 29 carries.
"UDC played us tough on defense," said Hampton Coach Fred Freeman. "We just had a little too much for them, I think. They're a young team, very scrappy. When you play them, they're always competitive. You know you're going to be in a ball game."
Winston-Salem 24, Bowie State 3:
At Bowie State, Lonnie Pulley rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown to facilitate Bowie State's 31st straight loss, which tied Columbia for the nation's worst streak.
Gallaudet 35, Williamson 0:
Freshman Karl White rushed 203 yards and scored two touchdowns in the victory at Williamson Tech in Pennsylvania. Sophomore Jimmy Segala passed for two touchdowns, the first to Todd Malzhan with 1:31 left in the first quarter. Donnell Newmann later caught an eight-yarder to help make it 28-0 at the half.