Johns Hopkins-Susquehanna Football Notes
The Game: Johns Hopkins opens the home portion of its 2015 schedule as the Blue Jays (1-0, 0-0 Centennial) welcome Susquehanna (1-0, 0-0 CC) to Homewood Field.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins and Susquehanna both got the 2015 season off to a good start as the Blue Jays and Crusaders opened with impressive victories last week. Johns Hopkins went on the road and topped Randolph-Macon, 52-17, while Susquehanna hosted long-time rival Lycoming and came away with a 28-13 victory.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 11th in this week’s D3football.com poll. Susquehanna is not ranked this week.
For Openers: Johns Hopkins improved to 16-9-1 in season-openers under head coach Jim Margraff with last week’s win. The Blue Jays have currently won 13 of their last 17 openers.
More Openers: The Centennial Conference slate kicks into play this week as all 10 CC teams open league play. Since the league was formed in 1983, Johns Hopkins is a CC-best 22-10 in its first conference game of the season. The Blue Jays have won their last seven Centennial openers, including last season’s narrow 27-20 victory at Susquehanna.
Road Openers: Johns Hopkins is now 16-10 in its first road game of the season under head coach Jim Margraff after last week’s win at Randolph-Macon.
Success in the Two-Hole: This week’s game against Susquehanna is the second game of the year for the Blue Jays. Game number two has usually been a good one for Johns Hopkins, which is 23-2 under head coach Jim Margraff in its second game of the season.
At Home at Homewood: Johns Hopkins has parlayed its home field advantage into victories in recent years. In fact, the Blue Jays are 26-3 in the home blacks since the start of the 2010 season.
Sweet September: With last week’s 52-17 win at Randolph-Macon, Johns Hopkins has won 20 straight and 23 of its last 24 games in the month of September. The only team to beat JHU in the month of September in its last 24 games? Randolph-Macon, which posted a 41-37 win over JHU on September 11, 2010.
More September: Johns Hopkins has not lost a home game in the month of September since September 22, 2007, when Moravian escaped Homewood with a 44-41 victory. Since then the Blue Jays have won 13 straight at home in September.
JHU Sets Victory Record: Johns Hopkins posted an 11-1 record in 2014 to break the school record for victories in a season. Only five times previously - 2003, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 - had Hopkins won 10 games in a season. Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a season prior to 2002, but the Blue Jays have posted eight or more wins 11 times in the last 13 years.
First Career Starts: Six returning Hopkins players made the first start of their career in last week’s 52-17 win at Randolph-Macon. Earning their first career starters were Kyle Bonci (ROV), Ben Gaal (C), Jonathan Germano (QB), Dan Johnson (SS), Michael Munday (CB) and Marcus Spearman (CB).
A Lucky 13: Johns Hopkins’ highly-touted freshman class was well represented in the season opener at Randolph-Macon as 13 freshmen made their collegiate debut against the Yellow Jackets. Included among the 13 was tight end Mike Aniello, who was the only freshman to start the game for JHU. In addition to Aniello, the following Hopkins freshmen earned playing time in their first career game: Michael Curry (DB), Anthony Davidson (DL), Bill Ferrari (TE), Robby Johnson (LB), Patrick Maloney (TE), Luke McFadden (WR), Arman Mizani (LB), Jack Nosovitch (LB), Addison Quinones (DB), Jarrett Smith (OL) and Zack Toussaint (OL). In addition to many of the above playing their offensive or defensive position, several also played key roles on specials teams.
Picking Up Where He Left Off: Junior wide receiver Bradley Munday picked up right where he left off last season as he had 10 receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns and totaled 229 all-purpose yards in the win at Randolph-Macon.
The 155 receiving yards and 229 all-purpose yards are both career highs.
Germano Named CC Offensive Player of the Week: There were a lot of eyes on junior Jonathan Germano last Saturday as he had the unenviable task of replacing Braden Anderson as Johns Hopkins’ starting quarterback; the initial returns were very favorable.
Germano earned Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors as he was 18-of-23 for 320 yards with five touchdowns and also rushed for 66 yards and another score. His five TD passes were one shy of the Johns Hopkins record for most in a season opener, while his 386 yards of total offense is tied for the eighth-highest single-game total in school history.
In addition, Germano became the eighth straight Johns Hopkins quarterback to win the first start of his career.
Below is a list of the quarterbacks he joined on this list:
Shane Kibbe - RMC (2006) W/21-14
Michael Murray - Muhlenberg (2006) W/10-7
Max Islinger - McDaniel (2007) W/31-3
Tyler Porco - St. Lawrence (2008) W/34-3
Hewitt Tomlin - RMC (2008) W/39-31 (3OT)
Robbie Matey - Muhlenberg (2011) W/27-17
Braden Anderson - RMC (2014) W/42-3
Defense Buckles Down: Randolph-Macon generated 10 points and 145 yards of total offense on its first two possessions of last week’s game. The Blue Jay defense adjusted and the Yellow Jackets managed just 67 yards and no points on their next four drives combined. While that was going on, the Blue Jay offense was answering those scoreless drives with touchdowns to turn a 10-7 deficit into a 35-10 lead.
A Quick Check of the Record Book: In addition to the streaks the Blue Jays extended with last week’s victory, there were several other references to the record book at game’s end.
The 621 yards Johns Hopkins punched up on offense is the fifth-highest single-game total in school history and the most ever in an opener. In addition, the 52 points the Blue Jays scored were the most by a Johns Hopkins team in a season opener since 1915 (55 vs. Mount St. Mary’s).
Centennial Conference Champions: Johns Hopkins claimed its record 10th Centennial Conference title last season with all 10 championships coming since 2002. JHU’s 10 CC titles are one more than Dickinson and Muhlenberg have accumulated. Even more impressive? Hopkins’ was the last team in the league to win its first title (2002), but the first to get to 10 championships.
Returning All-Centennial Jays: Johns Hopkins was well represented on the 2014 All-Centennial Conference Football Team as the Blue Jays produced the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in senior Michael Longo, the Coach of the Year in Jim Margraff, a school-record-tying 10 First Team All-Centennial selections and 12 overall selections to the team. Of those 12 All-CC performers, seven are back in 2015. Below is a look at Johns Hopkins’ returning all conference players:
Rowan Cade (OL) First Team
Keith Corliss (LB) First Team
Colin Egan (OL) First Team
Bradley Munday (WR) First Team
Jack Toner (DB) First Team
Stuart Walters (RB) First Team
Brady Watts (LB) First Team
Margraff Holds State Record: Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff became the winningest college football coach in Maryland state history with a 42-14 win at Ursinus last season (November 1, 2014) as that gave him 175 career victories, a mark he upped to 179 with the season-opening win at Randolph-Macon.
Margraff now sports a career record of 179-83-3 (.681) entering this week’s game against Susquehanna.
Margraff Eighth on Division III Victories List: In addition to ranking as the winningest coach in school and Maryland state history, Margraff also ranks eighth among active NCAA Division III coaches in career victories.
On a Roll: Johns Hopkins is 44-1 in its last 45 regular season games dating back to late in the 2010 season. The only team to top the Blue Jays duirng that run? Franklin & Marshall, which topped the Blue Jays, 14-12, in 2012.
On A Roll, Part II: Johns Hopkins is 47-5 in its last 52 games overall since late in the 2010 season.
Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport a 113-33 (.774) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 119-36 (.768) since the start of the 2001 season and 124-41 (.752) since the beginning of the 2000 season.
Seven’s Heaven: Since the beginning of the 2003 season the Blue Jays are 104-24 (.813) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.
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