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Germano leads JHU to blowout of Ursinus

Jon Germano set new career-highs with six passing touchdowns and 443 passing yards in a blowout win over Ursinus.

Jon Germano set new career-highs with six passing touchdowns and 443 passing yards in a blowout win over Ursinus.

Senior quarterback Jon Germano set new career-highs with six passing touchdowns and 443 passing yards as the No. 9 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays remained unbeaten and improved to 8-0 with a 42-7 one-sided victory over Ursinus on Saturday afternoon in Collegeville, Pa. The Blue Jays did not allow the Bears to score a single point until the fourth quarter, when they were already ahead by six touchdowns.

While Quinn Donaldson led Johns Hopkins with 114 yards receiving and two touchdowns, it was a spread out air assault against the Bears with 10 players catching passes and six receivers gaining more than 40 yards.

The Blue Jays were forced into a three-and-out on their first possession of the game, but scored on their next four drives to take a 28-0 lead at halftime.

After running back Ryan Cary gained 19 yards on just two carries to open the Blue Jay’s second drive of the game Germano completed three of five passes, including a 42-yard pass to Brett Caggiano to get into the redzone. Just two plays later Germano hit Boone Lewis Jr for a 12-yard touchdown pass.

It didn’t take long for the Blue Jays to double their lead. On Ursinus’ first play of the ensuing drive Bears receiver Carmen Fortino lost control of the ball and Jack Toner jumped on it to give the Blue Jays the ball back. Germano completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Donaldson just three plays later for another touchdown.

The first quarter dominance did not end there for the Blue Jays. Germano completed four-straight passes on JHU’s next drive and threw for another touchdown pass to Caggiano. ON the drive he completed passes of 26 yards and 12 yards to Cary before hitting Caggiano for a 28-yard touchdown pass.

The Blue Jays led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and continued on their unstoppable stretch into the second quarter. It took only four plays on their first drive of the quarter to get into the endzone before Germano threw the ball to Donaldson and the receiver broke away for a 75-yard touchdown reception.

JHU was unable to build on their lead before halftime. After going 18 minutes without a punt JHU had to sent Brandon Hong out on the field. Germano then threw interceptions on back-to-back drives before Jamie Sullivan missed a 39-yard field goal. But despite the failed drives the Bears were unable to capitalize as the score remained 28-0 at halftime.

Nicholas Ford missed a 30-yard field goal that would have put Ursinus on the board. They then went three-and-out, turned the ball over on downs after Kyle Bonci stuffed Bears runner Corey Kelly for no gain on a fourth and one and then went three-and-out again.

JHU meanwhile, picked things back up in the beginning of the second half. Their first drive out of the intermission went 85 yards on 11 plays and ended with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Bradley Munday. Germano hit Caggiano for a 20-yard touchdown pass on the Blue Jays next drive to secure their 42-0 lead.

Ursinus did not score until the fourth quarter when both team’s backups were in the game. Stacey Gardner scored on a six-yard run into the endzone, but that would be all their would score.

While the 45-points, career-highs for Germano and 598 total yards were the major headlines for the Blue Jays, their defense was tremendous, allowing only 16 first downs in the game and forcing the Bears to punt 10 times in the game. JHU also held the bears to just 4-of-16 on third down conversions.

The Blue Jays will look to continue their unbeaten season on the road next week against Franklin & Marshall. A win would clinch at least a share of a Centennial Conference championship.

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