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JHU clinches playoff berth with rout of F&M

JHU's offense put up 48 points, but their defense held Franklin & Marshall to just seven points in a 40:46 span in the middle of the game while they completely pulled away.

JHU’s offense put up 48 points, but their defense held Franklin & Marshall to just seven points in a 40:46 span in the middle of the game while they completely pulled away.

It hasn’t mattered what an opposing team’s been able to do all year along, the Johns Hopkins football team has been able to impose their will against their opponents all season long. On Saturday, it was no different in Lancaster, Pa. The Franklin & Marshall Diplomats had only allowed 16 points and 289 yards per game this season and hadn’t allowed a team to score 17 points since September, but Johns Hopkins had their way. They gained 581 yards of offense, pretty evenly distributed on the ground and in the air, and left with a 48-28 victory.

The win kept the Blue Jays push for another undefeated regular season alive and well as they improved to 9-0 with one game remaining, and secured no worse than a share of their eighth-straight Centennial Conference championship and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. It will be the sixth-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament for Johns Hopkins.

JHU took a 14-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game. Their first two drives of the game resulted in touchdown drives. The first drive was set up by a head-dose of Ryan Cary powerfully running the ball up the field. He had three runs for seven or more yards. With the run game going, Germano was able to make easier passes. A 10-yard competion to Bradley Munday set the Blue Jays up on the three yard line and he capped off the drive with a pass to Boone Lewis Jr.

Ryan Cary celebrating with his teammates after one of his three second quarter touchdowns against Franklin & Marshall.

Ryan Cary celebrating with his teammates after one of his three second quarter touchdowns against Franklin & Marshall.

That was a nine play drive. Their next drive was much quicker. Set up on their own 21 yard line, Germano completed a pass to Brett Caggiano and he went the distance for a 79-yard touchdown. That drive took only 19 seconds as the Blue Jays went ahead 14-0 with 5:04 remaining in the first quarter.

The Diplomats were able to get on the board in the first quarter to cut the JHU lead in half. Tanner Erisman completed a 39-yard touchdown pass to KJ Pretty to get the Diplomats some points. But they couldn’t build on it.

JHU dominated the second and third quarters, out-scoring F&M 34-7 to take a 48-14 lead into the fourth quarter.

Cary scored three-straight touchdowns to open the second quarter to push the Blue Jays out to a 35-7 lead nearing halftime. His first touchdown was a 47-yard touchdown pass from Caggiano on a trick play, the second play of the drive that lasted only 53 seconds. His third touchdown was a 45-yard run. For the game, Cary finished with 121 yards on the ground, averaging 10.1 yards per rush, and with an addition 73 yards through the air with three total scores.

Getting the ball with 4:55 left before halftime, F&M was able to go on a 12-play, 71-yard drive with Erisman throwing a four-yard touchdown pass at the end to give the Diplomats a little bit of momentum as they made it a 35-14 score at halftime. But that momentum never carried through the break. F&M didn’t score again until midway through the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, JHU scored 13 more points as Jamie Sullivan made a 26-yard field goal, Nick Campbell booted on in from 20 yards and Germano hit Lewis for a second time in the game to put the Blue Jays ahead 48-14.

F&M scored at the end of a 15-play, 91-yard drive that lasted 7:45 when backup quarterback Zachary Bradley completed a six-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Destefano. Bradley then led the Diplomats on a 76-yard drive for another score late in the game, but his touchdown pass to Pretty came with only 62 seconds remaining; nowhere near enough time for the Diplomates to even threaten the Blue Jays.

The win was JHU’s 40th-straight regular season victory and 36th-straight Centennial Conference victory. The eight-straight Centennial Conference titles are a league record, surpassing the seven-straight Dickinson won from 1988 to 1994.

The Mustangs will host in-state rival McDaniel next weekend in their regular-season finale at noon.

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