Johns Hopkins-Muhlenberg Football Notes
Sept. 21, 2011
The Game: Johns Hopkins (3-0, 2-0 Centennial) welcomes Muhlenberg (2-1, 2-0 CC) to Homewood Field for a key early-season Centennial Conference showdown. Kickoff at Homewood Field is set for 2 pm.
The Teams: Johns Hopkins improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Centennial Conference with a 41-0 victory at Moravian last Saturday. Not far away in Allentown, Muhlenberg improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Centennial with a stunning 34-26 come-from-behind win against McDaniel. The Mules scored 27 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
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 140-78-3 (.640) record. He is the all-time winningest coach in school history and also ranks second in CC history with 94 league victories to his credit.
The Benchmarks: Johns Hopkins and Muhlenberg have been the benchmarks in the Centennial Conference over the last decade. At least one of the two teams has earned a share of all but one CC title since 2001 and one of the two has represented the league in the NCAA Playoffs eight times since 2002. Muhlenberg has seven CC titles to its credit since 2001, while JHU has won six since 2002.
Over .500: Last week’s win at Moravian improved JHU’s all-time record to 474-473-58 (.500). This is the first time since 1912 that JHU’s all-time winning percentage has been above .500.
Streaking: Johns Hopkins closed the 2010 season with five straight wins and ran that streak to eight with season-opening wins against Merchant Marine, Susquehanna and Moravian. JHU has outscored the opposition 341-78 during the winning streak, the longest by JHU since the Blue Jays won 11 straight games from late in the 2004 season through late in the 2005 season. That 11-game run matched the school-record 11-game winning streak JHU had from 2002-03.
More Steaking: JHU’s eight-game winning streak is tied for the second-longest active streak in the nation. Two-time defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater has currently won 33 straight games, while Johns Hopkins, Williams (MA), Louisiana College and Redlands (CA) have all won eight straight.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 23rd in this week’s AFCA Poll, which made its 2011 season debut this week. This is the first time JHU has appeared in the top 25 of the AFCA Poll since the final poll of the 2009 season, when Hopkins checked in at a program-best eighth.
Offense Rolling: JHU punched up 41 points last week at Moravian and has scored 40 or more points in four straight games dating back to last season. This is the first time the Blue Jays have ever scored 40 points or more in three straight games in one season or four straight games overall.
More Offense: In addition to ranking sixth in the nation in scoring offense, JHU ranks sixth in total offense (507.0), 14th in passing offense (298.0) and 40th in rushing offense (209.0).
A Program First: Johns Hopkins rushed for 269 yards and passed for 290 yards in the 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 (including last week’s win at Moravina), but the game against Susquehanna was the first time the Blue Jays went for 250-250 in a game.
Another First: One week after generating 290 yards rushing and 269 passing vs. Susquehanna, the Blue Jays got 269 yards passing and 202 rushing at Moravian. This marks the first time in school history JHU has ever had consecutive games with 200 or more rushing and passing yards.
Six Shooters: Johns Hopkins has scored exactly six offensive touchdowns in each of its three games this seson. JHU got six touchdown passes from senior Hewitt Tomlin in the season-opener against Merchant Marine and came back with six rushing TDs vs. Susquehanna. Last week vs. Moravian it was an even split with three TDs via the pass and three more via the run.
Rigaud, Fazio Fuel Ground Attack: Junior Jonathan Rigaud and senior Nick Fazio are leading a ground game that is averaging 209.0 yards per game as both rank among the top 10 in the Centennial Conference in rushing.
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 three games of the season.
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 three games of the 2011 season.
Piatek 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 vs. the Crusaders and seven more last week at Moravian. He topped the 200-tackle mark vs. Susquehanna and now has 210 to his credit. He is JHU’s career active leader in tackles.
Eagleson Among Career Leaders: Senior CB Sam Eagleson’s third quarter interception last week at Moravian moved him into a tie for fourth place on JHU’s career interceptions list. Eagleson now has 13 career INTs, which ties him with Brian Coulter (1973-76) for fourth place on the list. The Johns Hopkins career record for interceptions is held by Brian Hepting (20), while Matt Campbell (16) and Chad Van Den Berg (15) also sit ahead of Eagleson.
Defense Fuels Victories: While the Johns Hopkins offense has grabbed attention with the points and yards it has put up, the Blue Jay defense is also off to a quick start in 2011. Consider:
• JHU currently leads the Centennial Conference in scoring defense (7.0), total defense (193.3) and passing defense (81.3) and ranks third in rushing defense (112.0).
Road Warriors: JHU is 20-6 on the road since the start of the 2007 season and 42-15 on the road since the start of the 2001 season.
Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport a 74-28 (.725) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 80-31 (.721) since the start of the 2001 season and 85-36 (.702) 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 65-19 (.774) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.
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.
ECAC South Atlantic Champions: The Blue Jays grabbed their fourth ECAC title since 2002 with a 44-14 victory over Lebanon Valley in the 2010 South Atlantic Bowl. JHU has won four of the five ECAC Bowls its has played in since 2002 (these are the only ECAC Bowls JHU has ever played).
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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