Nov. 15, 2008
BALTIMORE, MD - Junior running back Andrew Kase (Wyomissing, PA/Wyomissing) rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns and the Johns Hopkins defense held visiting McDaniel to 180 yards of total offense as the Blue Jays knocked off the Green Terror for the eighth-straight season, 27-10, at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win, the fifth straight for the Blue Jays this season, improves Hopkins' record to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the Centennial Conference. McDaniel ends the season with a six-game losing streak and falls to 2-8 overall and 1-7 in the Centennial.
Johns Hopkins is hopeful of gaining a bid to one of the three ECAC Bowl games sanctioned in the south region. The Blue Jays played in ECAC Bowl games in 2002, 2003 and 2004. An announcement of the teams selected will be announced Monday.
The Blue Jays needed less than 14 minutes to score all the points they would need as a pair of first-quarter rushing touchdowns gave Hopkins a 14-0 lead . Hopkins needed just over two minutes to take the lead for good as Kase fueled a seven-play, 55-yard drive with 45 yards on five carries and capped the opening drive of the game with an eight-yard scoring run for his 15th touchdown of the season.
After the Blue Jays forced a pair of punts, they took over at their own 14-yard line with 7:02 remaining in the opening period and put together a 15-play, 86-yard drive that pushed the lead to 14-0. Hopkins mixed the run and pass effectively throughout the drive and extended the possession with a shovel pass for a 27-yard gain on a fake punt from their own 45. Sophomore A.J. Albert (Franklin Park, NJ/Immaculata) hit senior Greg Chimera (Gaithersburg, MD/Quince Orchard) with the flip and Chimera raced to the McDaniel 28-yard line. Five plays later, freshman quarterback Hewitt Tomlin (Jackson, TN/Trinity Christian) raced to the corner of the end zone from 13 yards out on a quarterback draw.
The 14-0 lead held until midway through the third quarter, when the McDaniel special teams accounted for the only touchdown of the game for the Green Terror. After forcing the Blue Jays to punt from their own 25, Matt Cahill (Havertown, PA/Haverford Township) took the punt at the McDaniel 30, weaved his way through traffic, broke a pair of arm-tackles and raced home with a 70-yard touchdown. The punt return for a touchdown is the first by a McDaniel player since Travis Wenrich took one back 76 yards against Ursinus on October 20, 2007.
McDaniel had a chance to cut further into the lead a short time later as a poor snap on a punt on Hopkins' ensuing drive set the Terror up at the Blue Jay 30, but the JHU defense allowed just four yards before Hopkins took over on downs.
The Blue Jays didn't let the Terror off the hook when presented with a short field of their own late in the third quarter. After pinning McDaniel deep in its own end of the field, the Blue Jay defense forced a turnover as senior Austin Ehrhart (Lancaster, PA/Manheim Township) sacked Vinny Corona (Sarasota, FL/Riverview) at the McDaniel 10 and forced a fumble that was recovered by Colin Wixted (Lafayette Hill, PA/St. Joe's Prep) at the McDaniel 13. Kase carried three straight times and went over from the two-yard line to make it 21-7 with just over 14 minutes remaining in the game.
McDaniel answered Kase's second touchdown with its best drive of the game as the Terror moved 54 yards on 12 plays before a Jay Leonard (Westminster, MD/Wesminster) 28-yard field goal trimmed the deficit to 21-10.
The Terror had another chance to trim the deficit late in the game as they took over at the Hopkins 11 after a mishandled snap on a punt. The Blue Jay defense stiffened again, allowing a three-yard rush and forcing three incomplete passes to give the Blue Jays the ball at their own eight-yard line with just over four minutes remaining.
Kase took over from there as he needed just four carries to move the Blue Jays 66 yards to the McDaniel 29. The Terror then got a steady diet of freshman Nick Fazio (McMurray, PA/Peters Township), who carried five times for the 26 yards and capped the scoring with a four-yard touchdown run with 29 seconds remaining.
Kase's 211 yards are the third-highest total of his career and he came within an eyelash of breaking Johns Hopkins' career rushing record as he now has 2,766 yards in his career - just three yards shy of Adam Cook's (2001-04) record of 2,769. His two touchdowns against the Green Terror improve his season total to a school-record 16 on the year.
Playing in heavy rain at points throughout the game, Tomlin threw for 46 yards to break the Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference records for passing yards in a season by a freshman. He now has 1,847 to break Jim Margraff's JHU record and Rob Sermarini's (McDaniel) league record. He split the quarterback duties in the win as classmate Tyler Porco (Venetia, PA/Peters Township) came off the bench and rushed for 53 yards on six carries.
TJ Develin (Boyertown, PA/Boyertown) rushed 18 times for 81 yards for the Terror, while Saum Sami (Fruitland, MD/JM Bennett) added five receptions for 40 yards. A pair of McDaniel quarterbacks combined to go just 9-of-38 for 76 yards and the pair was sacked a combined three times in the loss. Mike Weick (Holland, PA/Penn Charter) posted a game-high 14 tackles to lead the way defensively for McDaniel.
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