Johns Hopkins-Moravian Football Notes
Johns Hopkins-Moravian Football Notes
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The Game: Johns Hopkins makes the trip north to Bethlehem, PA for its second Centennial Conference game of the season as the Blue Jays (2-0, 1-0 CC) take on Moravian (2-0, 1-0). This is the only matchup in the Centennial this week featuring two unbeaten teams.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins and Moravian both improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Centennial with decisive victories last week.
Johns Hopkins jumped out to a 31-0 halftime lead and never looked back in a 59-7 victory against Susquehanna. Moravian was the only Centennial Conference team to go on the road and win last week as the Greyhounds topped McDaniel, 40-8, in Westminster.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 11th in this week’s D3football.com poll. This is the second straight week that JHU checks in at number 11 after being ranked 13th in the preseason by D3football.com. Moravian is not ranked this week.
For Openers: The Centennial Conference slate kicked into play last week as all 10 CC teams opened league play. Since the league was formed in 1983, and including last week’s win against Susquehanna, Johns Hopkins is a CC-best 23-10 in its first conference game of the season. The Blue Jays have won their last eight Centennial openers.
Road Warriors: Johns Hopkins topped Randolph-Macon, 52-17, on the road in the season opener and will carry an 11-game regular season road winning streak into this week’s game at Moravian. The Blue Jays last dropped a regular season road game at F&M late in the 2012 season.
Success in the Two-Hole: Johns Hopkins improved to 24-2 under head coach Jim Margraff in its second game of the season with last week’s win against Susquehanna.
Looking for 3-0: A win this week would give Johns Hopkins its fifth straight 3-0 start and its 10th in the last 14 years.
At Home at Homewood: Johns Hopkins has parlayed its home field advantage into victories in recent years. In fact, the Blue Jays are 27-3 in the home blacks since the start of the 2010 season.
Sweet September: With last week’s 59-7 win against Susquehanna, Johns Hopkins has won 21 straight and 24 of its last 25 games in the month of September. The only team to beat JHU in the month of September in its last 25 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 14 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.
Offense Rolling: Johns Hopkins has scored 50 or more points in each of the first two games this season (52 @ RMC, 59 vs. Susquehanna). This is the first time Johns Hopkins has scored 50+ in back-to-back games since 2009, when JHU topped the half-century mark in wins against Juniata (58-7) and Franklin & Marshall (51-13).
For the record, Johns Hopkins has never scored 50 or more points in three straight games.
More Offense: One week after punching up 621 yards of total offense at Randolph-Macon, Johns Hopkins added 556 yards against Susquehanna. The last time JHU totaled 500+ yards in back-to-back games was early in the 2013 season, when the Blue Jays actually did it in five straight.
Among the National Leaders: Entering this week’s game at Moravian, Johns Hopkins ranks in the top 10 in the nation in scoring offense (8th • 55.5 ppg), total offense (7th • 588.5 ypg) and third-down percentage (1st • .677).
Quick Starts: Johns Hopkins has had 11 combined possessions in the first half of its two games thus far. Those 11 have ended with nine touchdowns and one field goal with the 11th drive ending inside the Randolph-Macon five-yard line when the second quarter expired.
More Quick Starts: Johns Hopkins has outscored the opposition 66-10 in the first half of its two games this season.
Germano Among National Leaders: Junior qurterback Jonathan Germano has gotten off to a quick start this season as he has guided the Blue Jays to a pair of victories in his first two career starts.
Through two games, Germano is 33-of-41 (.805) for 523 yards with seven touchdowns against no intercetpions. In addition, he has rushed for a team-high 171 yards and two more scores.
Germano currently ranks second in the nation in pass efficiency (243.98) and completion percentage and 21st in total offense (347.0).
In last week’s 59-7 victory against Susquehanna, Germano became the first Johns Hopkins quarterback since 1989 to rush for 100 yards in a game as he rushed 15 times for 105 yards and one TD.
Balanced Rushing Attack: With an average of 309.0 yards per game on the ground, Johns Hopkins ranks 13th in the nation in rushing offense.
Unlike many of the top rushing teams in the nation, Johns Hopkins doesn’t have an individual ranked among the top 70 in the nation in rushing yards per game.
What the Blue Jays do have is five players who have rushed for 74 or more yards in two games. Junior QB Jonathan Germano is averaging a team-high 85.5 yards per game on the ground, while running backs Stuart Walters (65.5), Ryan Cary (54.5) and Brandon Cherry (45.0) are also averaging 45 or more yards per game.
In addition to the above, freshman Tyler Messinger made his first career appearnace last week against Susquehanna and promptly rushed for 74 yards and one score.
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. Through two games, Munday leads the team in receptions (14), receiving yards (181) and all-purpose yards (255). He ranks first in the Centennial in receiving yards per game (90.5), second in receptions per game (7.0) and fourth in all-purpose yards per game (127.5).
Munday now has career totals of 112 receptions for 1,339 yards and nine touchdowns. He ranks 11th in school history in receptions and 15th in receiving yards.
Donaldson Tops 1,000: Junior Quinn Donaldson became the 23rd player in school history to reach 1,000 career receiving yards as he had three receptions for 62 yards against Susquehanna to boost his career totals to 63 receptions for 1,011 yards and 11 TDs.
Fresh Troops: The Johns Hopkins defense has long been known for playing a deep into its bench and this season has been no different thus far. Through two games, 13 different players have five or more tackles and, with that depth, no player ranks among the top 30 in the Centennial Conference in tackles per game.
Juniors Dan Johnson and Jack Campbell lead the team with 12 tackles each. Johnson also counts two TFLs, one sack and one interception to his credit.
Defense Among Centennial’s Best: While offense may sell tickets, the Blue Jays have always preached defense first. Through two games, the returns are favorable that this year’s unit will continue the trend of strong units at Homewood.
Johns Hopkins currently ranks second in the Centennial Conference in rushing defense (89.0) and third in scoring defense (12.0), total defense (278.0) and third-down percentage (.250).
More Defense: Randolph-Macon scored 10 points and totaled 145 yards on its first two drives against JHU in the season opener. In 21 drives since then, the Blue Jay defense has forced nine punts and six turnovers, twice forced a turnover on downs, allowed two touchdowns, had the opposition miss one field goal and had another drive come to an end at halftime.
Turnover Time: The Johns Hopkins defense forced Susquehanna into turnovers on its final five possessions in last week’s 59-7 victory. For the year, the Blue Jays have forced six turnovers and lead the Centennial (and rank 7th in the nation) in turnover margin at +3/game.
First Career Starts: Six returning Hopkins players made the first start of their career in the season-opening 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).
The Freshman 14: Johns Hopkins’ highly-touted freshman class was well represented in the season opener at Randolph-Macon as 14 freshmen made their collegiate debut against the Yellow Jackets. Included among the 14 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), Brandon Hong (P), 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.
A Quick Check of the Record Book: The 621 yards Johns Hopkins punched up on offense at Randolph-Macon 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.
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 180 with last week’s win against Susquehanna.
Margraff now sports a career record of 180-83-3 (.682) entering this week’s game at Moravian.
On a Roll: Johns Hopkins is 45-1 in its last 46 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 48-5 in its last 53 games overall since late in the 2010 season.
Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport a 114-33 (.776) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 120-36 (.769) since the start of the 2001 season and 125-41 (.753) since the beginning of the 2000 season.
Seven’s Heaven: Since the beginning of the 2003 season the Blue Jays are 105-24 (.814) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.
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