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JHU holds of Muhlenberg in classic, 30-24

Jack Toner moved into a tie for fourth all-time in interceptions at 14 with two to in the endzone against Muhlenberg to preserve a victory and keep the Blue Jays undefeated.

Jack Toner moved into a tie for fourth all-time in interceptions at 14 with two to in the endzone against Muhlenberg to preserve a victory and keep the Blue Jays undefeated.

Quick strikes, deep passing, hard running, tough defense, big turnovers; No. 9 Johns Hopkins’ epic clash at No. 24 Muhlenberg had just about everything one could want in a football game that surpassed the hype coming in, in a battle of the unbeaten powerhouses in the Centennial Conference.

Ultimately the Blue Jays got more big plays to survive and earn a 30-24 victory in Allentown, Pa.

Senior safety Jack Toner ended both of Muhlenberg’s final two possessions with interception in the endzone to seal the victory for the Blue Jays. Toner moved into a tie for fourth place in school history with his 13th and 14th career interceptions.

But defense was hardly the story early in the game. The first four drives of the game ended in the endzone. JHU took their opening possession 71 yards on eight plays and scored when quarterback Jon Germano completed a 37-yard touchdown pass to Brett Caggiano.

The Mules quickly responded with a big touchdown pass of their own. The Muhlenberg drive went 84 yards in just 1:40. Nick Palladinio completed three passes for first down with the last one being 37 yards to Ryan Delaney to tie the game.

After scoring Muhlenberg tried to catch the Blue Jays off guard with an onside kick, but Michael Curry recovered it and set JHU up with a shot field. It did not take long for them to travel those 43 yards into the endzone. Another big pass from Germano to Caggiano took care of 20 of those yards and Luke McFadden finished the drive with a 16-yard touchdown reception.

Not to be out-done, Muhlenberg scored again on their next possession. Facing a third and six, Palladino completed another big pass down the field, again finding Delaney for a 30-yard gain. Just two plays later Nick Savant ran up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14-14.

The defenses for both teams finally showed up after all of the early scoring. It first benefited the Mules. On their first play of the second quarter, Ryan Cary ran forward for nine yards, but Mike Luby forced a fumble and George DiFiore recovered it. The Mules responded with a goal on their ensuing possession, having to go only 31 yards. Savant added a second touchdown to his day with 8:57 remaining before halftime on a two-yard run.

The Mules then held JHU to just a 38-yard field goal by Jamie Sullivan after Kyle Wilczynski defended a pass to Bradley Munday on third-and-nine. And Muhlenberg added to their lead with a 28-yard field goal of their own.

JHU had an opportunity to tie the game just before the half after Germano completed a 21-yard pass to Munday with 1:45 remaining in the second quarter. That kicked off a strong drive for the Blue Jays, but they were battling the clock as well. From the three-yard line, Germano attempted on pass with five second left, but after that missed Sullivan booted in a 20-yard field goal to cut the Mules lead to 24-20 at the intermission.

After halftime both defenses tightened up even more and started to force turnovers. Jack Campbell intercepted a pass by Palladino, but the Blue Jays were unable to capitalize after Dan Robinson fumbled the ball and John Feaster recovered it. JHU forced a punt, but Germano then threw and interception. Still, the Mules could not increase their lead with a score after a Blue Jays turnover. Instead, Todd Spirt missed a 23-yard field goal attempt wide and that set JHU up for a drive they could re-take the lead with.

Germano found Luke McFadden for a 16-yard gain. A few plays later he hit Caggiano for a 49-yard gain. That set Cary up for a five touchdown run to give Hopkins a 27-24 lead with 2:11 remaining in the third quarter.

But the turnovers kept coming. The Mules next possession ended when Palladino was sacked for a loss and he fumbled the ball. However, despite Kyle Bonci giving the Blue Jays the ball, Germano threw an interception to DiFiore.

JHU’s defense continued to play very strong, however. Palladino was sacked on the first play for a six-yard loss. Later in the drive Savant was stuffed on a fourth-and-one.

With 3:55 remaining in the game Sullivan extended JHU’s lead to six points with a 34-yard field goal. While the Mules had the ability to take the lead and had the ball on the goal line, Toner picked Palladino off twice to preserve the victory to claim superiority in the Centennial Conference against the other powerhouse.

The Blue Jays will return home next week to host Juniata at noon.

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