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JHU sets Centennial record, rout Bullets, 54-14

Jon Germano completed 20 of 26 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 25 and a touchdown.

Jon Germano completed 20 of 26 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 25 and a touchdown.

Friday night’s 54-14 whooping of Gettysburg was more than just another victory for the No. 7 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays. It was a victory that reminded everybody just how amazingly dominant JHU has been in the Jim Margraff era, now in it’s 27th season.

The victory kept JHU unbeaten through seven games this season but also earned them a 34th consecutive victory against a Centennial Conference opponent, setting a new league record. The Blue Jays broke the previous record of 33-straight league wins set by McDaniel from 1997 to 2001. The winning streak against conference opponents is also the second-longest active streak in the nation, regardless of division.

“It connects a lot of our teams together,” Margraff said. “I was around when another team set the record (McDaniel) and they were very impressive and I remember thinking back then that I wasn’t sure who could break that … so I’m real pleased that our guys have won this many games, but their focus is on the next one. They’ll enjoy this one tonight and we’ll be ready for the next week.”

The Blue Jays scored on six of their seven first-half possessions and scored six total touchdowns in the blowout. They led 38-0 at halftime and finished the game with scores on offense, defense and special teams.

Running back Ryan Cary powered his way into the endzone on JHU’s first two drives of the game. He finished the game with 102 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. As a team, the Blue Jays rushed for 20 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Jon Germano accounted for three of the team’s touchdowns.

After Cary scored this second touchdown, Germano opened the next Blue Jays drive with an 18-yard pass to Luke McFadden. Then a few plays later hit him again on a 17-yard strike down the field. The drive ended with another long Germano pass as he fond Boone Lewis Jr. for a 17-yard touchdowns, giving the Blue Jays a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Blue Jays defense was doing their part too. Jack Campbell intercepted Danny Thompson to end the Bullets second drive of the game and gave the Blue Jays the ball to set up Cary’s second touchdown. After that second score, they forced a three-and-out and did that again to open the second quarter.

Then, after a JHU fumble gave the ball to the Bullets in Hopkins territory, the Blue Jays defense stoops strong, allowing only three yards on four plays and forced another punt without Gettysburg even picking up a first down on the drive.

JHU took advantage of that drive, going 80 yards on eight plays with Germano running into the endzone for a touchdowns.

The Blue Jays continued to pitch their shutout in the first half while Germano capped off their next offensive drive with a four-yard touchdowns pass to Quinn Donaldson and Jamie Sullivan booted in a 38-yard field goal late in the second quarter to give Johns Hopkins a 38-0 lead at halftime.

“Our offense played very well. I was extremely pleased with our defense, Gettysburg’s traditionally a great offensive football team, our guys gave us a great start to the game, but offensively it was pretty impressive to put that many yards up,” Margraff said. “You always want to be balanced when you can be. Sometimes you have to be able to throw and sometimes you have to be able to pass and the fact that we were able to do both, it’s encouraging heading into the next few games.”

JHU out-gained the Bullets 526 to 315 in the game. The defense held Gettysburg to only 114 yards passing. Germano, meanwhile, completed 20 of 26 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 25 and a touchdown.

Donaldson was the favorite target in the air, nearly doubling his season receiving yards total in the game with 115 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions.

“Quinn is a great player. When you talk about being balanced, a lot of times the ball is going toward Bradley Munday or some other people and maybe Quinn doesn’t get his share, but he’s a tremendous football player and an all-conference type of receiver,” Margraff said. “We expect him to have those types of days. If a team is going to put their resources elsewhere he’s going to hurt you.”

With that big of a lead and that dominant of a performance the Blue Jays were able to put many of their backups in the game in the second half; putting Zack Baker in under center and Dane Rogerson behind hi as his running back. It didn’t lead to immediate success as the Blue Jays went three-and-out on their first drive. That seemed to have given the Bullets a little bit of life too as their ensuing drive went 81 yards on 15 plays and finally got them on the board with a four-yard scramble into the endzone from backup quarterback Justin Davidov.

But JHU didn’t let Gettysburg built any momentum as they immediately went on an 11-play, 64-yard drive and held onto the ball for over four minutes on a touchdown drive to get back ahead by 48 points midway through the second half.

Baker completed all six of his passes on the drive and Rogerson scored with a five-yard touchdown run to put JHU ahead 45-7. The Blue Jays defense would then force a three-and-out and JHU went on another touchdown drive. Backer was one again perfect, completing both of his passes and rushing for 19 yards. Drew Tomaini entered the game mid-drive at the start of the fouth quarter and finished the drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Morris.

Gettysburg would score once more as Davidov completed a pass to Ty Abdul-Karim and he went 37-yards for the score, but the defense added points to their great game with a safety when they stuffed Nike Rella in the backfield on a run out of the endzone. Wes Brantner got the tackle.

While the Blue Jays’ 54 points marked the most the team had scored all year – besting a 52-point effort against Juniata on Oct. 1 – the JHU defense held Gettsburg to more than 16 points and 110 yards below their season averages entering the game. Campbell led the defensive effort with 12 tackles and the first-quarter interception. Kyle Bonci had two sacks in the game.

Despite setting a new record winning-streak, Margraff explained that his team knows that there is no room for error in the last three games with Franklin & Marshall and Muhlenberg both having only one conference loss. Hopkins still have to play F&M, which will take place in Lancaster, Pa in two weeks. Before that, the Blue Jays will travel to Ursinus next weekend.

“Every team weekend is is a Centennial Conference championship for us. There are some teams on the horizon that only have one loss, so any trip up on our end or a game versus a one-loss team could end the season for us in some respects our guys are very focused right now,” Margraff said. “They’ve done a great job focusing on the task at hand and right now they are going to get ready for Ursinus next week.”

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