Hopkins Tops Lazio Marines, 56-0, in Italy
ROME – The Johns Hopkins football team capped its nine-day trip to Italy with a 56-0 victory over the Lazio Marines Sunday afternoon. The game, part of the first foreign trip in the history of the Blue Jay football program, was played at the Centro Sportivo Olimpico dell’Esercito.
Hopkins jumped out to a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 49-0 at the half. A short game-opening touchdown run by rising senior Stuart Walters jump-started the victory for the Blue Jays, who also got two scoring runs from Ryan Cary before halftime. Rising sophomore quarterback Zack Baker rushed for one score and threw another to classmate James Mann and Boone Lewis capped the scoring when he returned an onsides kick for a touchdown early in the third quarter.
The trip, which began on Monday, May 16, included time in Venice, Florence and Rome and was organized by Global Football, which is managing foreign trips for seven college football teams in 2016 and has organized and produced games and events in more than 20 countries on six continents since 1996.
The Lazio Marines are in the middle of their Italian Football Leagues season and currently boast a 4-2 record. They topped Warrior Bologna, 40-14, in their last game prior to the game against Johns Hopkins.
In addition to the game and several practices, the Blue Jays experienced guided walking tours in Venice and Florence and visits in Rome to the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and The Coliseum.
Johns Hopkins posted an 11-1 record, won a seventh straight Centennial Conference title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Playoffs last season. The Blue Jays are set to return six starters on both offense and defense in 2016.
Johns Hopkins will open the 2016 season at home against Washington & Lee on Thursday, September 1 (7 pm). The game against the Generals will pit two teams that posted 10-0 regular season records in 2015; this will be the only Division III game in the nation during the 2015 season featuring two teams that went 10-0 during the regular season last year.
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