Johns Hopkins-Moravian Football Notes
Sept. 15, 2011
The Game: Johns Hopkins (2-0, 1-0 Centennial) makes the trip to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to take on Moravian (0-2, 0-1 CC) in a Centennial Conference game. Kickoff of Moravian’s Rocco Calvo Field is set for 2 pm.
The Teams: Johns Hopkins moved to 2-0 on the year and 1-0 in the Centennial Conference with a 56-7 win over Susquehanna last Saturday at Homewood Field. The win was the seventh straight for JHU dating back to last season. Moravian slipped to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the Centennial with a 35-14 loss at McDaniel last Saturday.
The Coaches: Johns Hopkins is coached by Jim Margraff, who is now in his 22nd year as the head coach at JHU and sports a 139-78-3 (.639) record. He is the all-time winningest coach in school history and also ranks second in CC history with 93 league victories to his credit.
Moravian is led by first-year head coach Jeff Pukszyn, who took over for long-time coach Scott Dapp over the summer when Dapp accepted the job as Moravian’s Director of Athletics. Pukszyn is a 1997 Moravian graduate and served as the Greyhounds’ assistant head coach for 10 years before being elevated to the top spot.
All Square: Last week’s win over Susquehanna improved JHU’s all-time record to 473-473-58 (.500). This is the first time since 1912 that JHU’s all-time winning percentage is at or above .500.
Streaking: Johns Hopkins closed the 2010 season with five straight wins and ran that streak to seven with season-opening wins against Merchant Marine and Susquehanna. JHU has outscored the opposition 300-78 during the winning streak, the longest by the Blue Jays since they opened the 2005 season with seven straight victories. Only twice before has JHU won eight games or more in a row as Hopkins had 11-game winning streaks that bridged the 2002-03 and 2004-05 seasons.
More Steaking: JHU’s seven-game winning streak is tied for the third-longest active streak in the nation. Two-time defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater has currently won 32 straight games, while Williams has won eight in a row. Johns Hopkins’ seven-game streak is currently matched by Louisiana College and Redlands (CA).
Homecoming: This week’s game at Moravian is a homecoming of sorts for the six members of the Blue Jay football team who hail from the Lehigh Valley. Below is a list of current Blue Jays who will be playing close to home on Saturday:
John Gardus (Sr. • DB) - Allentown, PA/Salisbury
Joshua Heft (Jr. • SS) - Slatington, PA/Parkland
Michael Milano (Sr. • DB) - Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic
A.J. Safi (Sr. • WR) - Allentown, PA/Salisbury
Adam Schweyer (Jr. • SS) - Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic
Kale Sweeney (Sr. • DE) - Schnecksville, PA/Parkland
For Openers: JHU ran its record in Centennial Conference openers to a league-best 19-10 with the 56-7 win over Susquehanna. The Centennial Conference was formed in 1983.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is the first team listed as receiving votes in this week’s d3football.com poll. The Blue Jays picked up 41 points in the poll and sit 14 points behind 25th-ranked Delaware Valley, which is also 2-0 and ranked 25th in the poll.
The Johns Hopkins Office of Athletic Communications uses the AFCA Poll to reflect JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. The AFCA Poll will make its 2011 season debut on September 19.
Offense Rolling: The 56 points the Blue Jays punched up last week vs. Susquehanna are the most by the Blue Jays since Hopkins knocked off Juniata, 58-7, on October 31, 2009. Johns Hopkins is currently averaging 50.5 points per game and the Blue Jays rank first in the Centennial Conference and sixth in the nation in scoring offense.
More Offense: In addition to ranking sixth in the nation in scoring offense, JHU ranks 10th in total offense (525.0), 10th in passing offense (312.5) and 43rd in rushing offense (212.5). Among teams that have played two games thus far, Johns Hopkins is one of just three in the nation that is currenty averaging more than 300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing (Widener, Monmouth (IL)).
A Program First: Johns Hopkins rushed for 269 yards and passed for 290 yards in last week’s win against Susquehanna. This marked the first time in school history that JHU has rushed and passed for more than 250 yards in a game. JHU has gone over 200 yards passing and rushing 29 times, but last week was the first time the Blue Jays went for 250-250 in a game.
Six Shooters: Johns Hopkins got six touchdown passes from senior Hewitt Tomlin in the season-opener against Merchant Marine and came back with six rushing TDs in last week’s win vs. Susquehanna.
Rigaud, Fazio Fuel Ground Attack: Junior Jonathan Rigaud and senior Nick Fazio fueled a JHU ground attack that accounted for 269 yards in last week’s win over Susquehanna. Rigaud rushed seven times for 150 yards and three scores, while Fazio rushed 11 times for 66 yards and three more scores.
Rigaud became the first player in school history with two 60+ yard rushing touchdowns in a game as he scored on runs of 68 and 69 yards in the third quarter.
Fazio’s three rushing touchdowns push his career total to 15 - good for a tie for 10th on JHU’s career rushing touchdowns list.
Tomlin Continues Assault on JHU, Centennial Record Books: Senior Hewitt Tomlin continued to assault the Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference record books with his performances in the first two games against Merchant Marine and Susquehanna. In addition to tying the JHU single-game record for touchdown passes (6) against USMMA, he also moved out of a tie with current JHU head coach Jim Margraff for first place on JHU’s career touchdown passes list. He also became the first player in school history to top 8,000 career passing yards and 8,000 yards of total offense. His 19 consecutive completions are also a Johns Hopkins record, as are his 17 completions in one quarter (3rd / 17-of-17).
Tomlin did have his school-record streak of consecutive 300-yard passing games snapped at USMMA with his 297-yard effort. He did not play the final 13 minutes of the game.
Tomlin is 46-of-65 for 530 yards with six TDs against just one INT through two games. For his career, Tomlin is 672-of-1,106 for 8,328 yards and 56 TDs. All of those marks are school records, as are his 25 career 200-yard games, nine career 300-yard games and 8,525 yards of total offense.
Tomlin is already the Centennial Conference’s career leader in passing yards and ranks third in total offense.
Balanced Receiving Tough to Contain: While 2010 Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year Sam Wernick will draw most of the attention from defenses throughout the season, the Blue Jay receiving corps is deep and talented as displayed in the first two games of the season.
Wernick leads the team with 15 receptions for 129 yards and two scores, but sophomore Dan Wodicka is just behind with 14 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns of his own. Junior Scott Cremens counts eight receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown to his credit, while freshman Tanner Souza (6-61-0) appears ready to emerge after posting three receptions for 47 yards vs. Susquehanna.
In all, 10 different players have at least one reception for the Blue Jays thus far.
Piatek Honored, Reaches 200: Senior LB Ryan Piatek was named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the win over Susquehanna. Piatek had a career-high two interceptions, including one in the first quarter that he returned 34 yards for a touchdown to give JHU a 7-0 lead. He added four tackles and, in the process, went over the 200-tackle mark for his career. Piatek is JHU’s career active leader in tackles with 203 entering this week’s game at Moravian.
Eagleson Among Career Leaders: Senior CB Sam Eagleson’s third quarter interception in the season-opening win at Merchant Marine not only led to a Blue Jay touchdown, it also moved him into a tie for fifth place on JHU’s career interception list.
Eagleson now has 12 career interceptions, which ties him with Ken Hirshman and John Donovan in the JHU record book. The Johns Hopkins career record for interceptions is held by Brian Hepting (20).
Defense Fuels Victories: While the Johns Hopkins offense grabs attention with the points and yards it puts up, the Blue Jay defense is also off to a quick start in 2011. Consider:
• JHU currently leads the Centennial Conference in scoring defense (10.5), total defense (193.0) and passing defense (83.0) and ranks third in rushing defense (110.0).
• Merchant Marine and Susquehanna had 26 combined possessions against JHU. Only two resulted in touchdowns (one of the two drives covered 12 yards). One of the three TDs JHU has allowed was scored by the Susquehanna defense.
• The Blue Jays forced two turnovers vs. USMMA and three vs. Susquehanna. Hopkins has forced two or more turnovers in 23 of its last 27 games.
• JHU is allowing an average of 2.9 yards per play.
• Hopkins held Susquehanna to 179 yards of total offense - a mark that was nearly 300 less than the Crusaders generated in a 33-30 overtime win against Wilkes in their season-opener.
Road Warriors: JHU is 19-6 on the road since the start of the 2007 season and 41-15 on the road since the start of the 2001 season.
Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport a 73-28 (.723) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 79-31 (.718) since the start of the 2001 season and 84-36 (.700) since the beginning of the 2000 season. The 74 wins the Blue Jays amassed from 2000-09 are the most wins in a decade in school history. Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a season prior to this decade. In the decade completed in 2009, the Blue Jays averaged more than seven wins per season (7.4).
Seven’s Heaven: Since the beginning of the 2003 season the Blue Jays are 64-19 (.771) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.
Blue Jays Set Scoring Record: Johns Hopkins scored a school-record 394 points last season. The previous record of 388 points scored was set in 13 games during the 2009 season. In addition, JHU’s scoring average of 35.8 was just shy of the single-season school record of 36.4 set in 1967.
Centennial Conference Champions: Johns Hopkins earned a share of its sixth Centennial Conference title since 2002 last season as JHU posted a 7-2 CC mark and shared the title with Muhlenberg and Ursinus last season.
ECAC South Atlantic Champions: The Blue Jays grabbed their fourth ECAC title since 2002 with the 44-14 victory over Lebanon Valley in the 2010 South Atlantic Bowl. JHU has won four of its five ECAC Bowls.
A Grand Victory: In addition to keeping themselves alive in the race for a share of the Centennial Conference title, JHU’s win at Franklin & Marshall on November 6, 2010 will also go down in the record books as a victory in the 1,000th game in school history. JHU closed the 2010 season with an all-time record of 471-473-58 (.499).
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