Oct. 17, 2012
The Game: Johns Hopkins (6-0, 5-0 Centennial) returns home for its annual Friday night game as the Blue Jays welcome Gettysburg (5-1, 4-1 CC) to Homewood Field.
On This Date: Johns Hopkins improved to 2-0 on the year with a 6-0 win over the University of Maryland on this date in 1901. The Blue Jays went on to post a 5-2-1 record that season, while the Terps finished 1-7.
The Teams: Johns Hopkins improved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the Centennial Conference with a 49-0 victory at Dickinson last Saturday. The Bullets fell a game off the pace in the Centennial with a 35-31 loss at Muhlenberg that dropped them to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the CC.
Series History: Gettysburg leads the all-time series, 20-17-2, but Johns Hopkins has won four straight and 15 of the last 17 in the series A complete series history can be found on page 2.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 10th in this week's AFCA Division III Coaches Poll and 16th in the d3football.com Poll. The number 10 ranking is tied for the second-highest AFCA ranking in school history. JHU was ranked eighth in the final 2009 poll.
Johns Hopkins has been ranked in the top 25 of the AFCA Poll for 15 consecutive weeks dating back to the first poll of the 2011 season. Johns Hopkins is one of just 11 teams in the nation that has been ranked in the AFCA's top 25 every week since the start of the 2011 season. The Johns Hopkins office of Athletic Communications uses the AFCA Poll to reflect JHU's official ranking at the time of a game.
Friday Night Lights: This week's game against Gettysburg will be the 44th Johns Hopkins has played on Friday night at home since the installation of lights at Homewood Field prior to the 1982 season. JHU is 29-13-1 (.686) at home under the Friday night lights, including 25-8-1 (.750) under head coach Jim Margraff. The Blue Jays have currently won four straight Friday night games and are 7-3 all-time vs. Gettysburg on Friday nights.
Margraff Ranks 2nd on State Victory Chart: Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff improved his career record to 153-79-3 (.657) with the 49-0 win at Dickinson last Saturday. He is just the second college football coach in Maryland state history to win 150 career games. Only Morgan State's Eddie Hurt, who won 174 games from 1929-59, has won more games as the head football coach at a college or university in the state of Maryland than Margraff.
What's at Stake: With four weeks remaining in the regular season, the Johns Hopkins, Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall football teams all control their own fate in the race for the Centennial Conference title and the league's automatic berth in the upcoming NCAA Playoffs.
Each of the three teams will play the other two over the next four weeks and, quite simply, if any of the three run the table, that team assures itself of no worse than a share of the conference title and earns the automatic bid to the playoffs. This scenario assumes none of the three teams loses one of its other games. A loss to another team changes the scenario completely. Muhlenberg and Ursinus can also figure into the race for a share of the conference title, although the road to the league's automatic bid to the playoffs for the Mules and Bears is much trickier.
About the 6-0 Start: The Blue Jays improved to 6-0 with the 49-0 win at Dickinson last Saturday. This marks the fourth time since 2003 that Johns Hopkins has won its first six games of a season and the sixth time in school history that JHU stands at 6-0 (2012, 2011, 2005, 2003, 1931, 1892).
Seven Straight in October: Johns Hopkins will carry a seven-game winning streak in the month of October into this week's game against Gettysburg. The Blue Jays last dropped a game in October on October 16, 2010, when they fell at Ursinus (26-17).
Regular Season Roll: The Blue Jays will put a 20-game regular-season winning streak on the line this week against Gettysburg. The streak, the longest such run in school history and the second-longest in Centennial Conference history (tied for 2nd), began with a 49-24 win at Susquehanna on October 23, 2010. The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 822-240 during the 20-game run.
More Regular Season Rolls: In addition to boasting the longest regular season winning streak in school history and the second longest in CC history, JHU's current 20-game regular season winning streak is also the sixth-longest active streak in the nation (all divisions). Mount Union has currently won 69 straight regular season.
Centennial Roll: The Blue Jays will put an 18-game Centennial Conference winning streak on the line this week against Gettysburg. The streak, the longest such run in school history and the second-longest in Centennial Conference history, began with a 49-24 win at Susquehanna on October 23, 2010.
Road Warriors: Johns Hopkins won its school record 10th consecutive road game with last week's 49-0 victory at Dickinson. The previous record of nine consecutive road victories was set from 2003-05.
The Blue Jays last dropped a road game on October 16, 2010, when Ursinus took a 26-17 decision.
Best-Ever 20-Game Run: Dating back to late in the 2010 season, Johns Hopkins is 19-1 in its last 20 games. This is the best 20-game run in school history. JHU had posted an 18-2 record over a 20-game span on four different occasions.
Quick Starts: The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 129-17 in the first and second quarters combined through six games with a 49-10 mark in the first quarter and an 80-7 bulge in the second.
Move Those Chains: Johns Hopkins is 45-of-79 (.570) on third-down attempts through six games. JHU currently leads the nation in third-down efficiency and is one of just three Division III teams that has converted better than 55% of its third-down opportunities.
Taking it one step farther, of the 651 schools in the NCAA that play football at the FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III levels, Johns Hopkins currently ranks second in third-down efficiency.
That's a Record: Johns Hopkins tied an NCAA Division III record and set school and Centennial Conference records with 40 first downs in the win over Moravian on September 15. This is the third time in Division III history that a team has accumulated 40 first downs in a game.
That's a First: Johns Hopkins scored 49 points in the win over Dickinson and has scored at least 33 in each of its six games thus far. This is the first time in school history that JHU has scored 33+ in six straight games.
The Blue Jays rank second in the Centennial Conference and 16th in the nation in scoring offense (40.2).
On Par: Johns Hopkins averaged a school-record 492.7 yards per game last season and is running just ahead of that mark at 499.3 yards per game thus far this year. The Blue Jays currently rank first in the Centennial Conference and 12th nationally in total offense (499.3). JHU has topped the 500-yard mark four times in six games and only once, at Susquehanna (389), have the Blue Jays been held under 400 yards.
Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins is one of the most balanced teams in the nation as the Blue Jays are currently averaging 239.3 rushing yards and 260.0 passing yards per game. JHU is currently one of just five Division III teams in the nation and one of just eight in all divisions averaging better than 235 yards rushing and 260 yards passing per game.
It's Been a While - Part I: JHU rushed for 338 yards and passed for 244 in the recent win vs. Moravian. This marked just the third time in school history that JHU has totaled more than 300 yards rushing and 200 yards passing in the same game. The two previous instances took place more than 40 years ago.
It's Been a While - Part II: For just the third time in school history, Johns Hopkins passed for more than 300 yards (326) while rushing for more than 200 (207) as the Blue Jays rolled up 533 yards of total offense in last week's 49-0 win at Dickinson. All three of these games have taken place under the direction of head coach Jim Margraff and two of the three have occurred during JHU's current 20-game regular season winning streak.
Rigaud Ties JHU Record, Honored by Centennial Conference: Senior RB Jonathan Rigaud added his name to another line in the Blue Jay record book in the 49-0 win at Dickinson as he tied the JHU single-game record for rushing touchdowns with his four against the Red Devils. This marks the sixth time in school history that a JHU running back has rushed for four TDs in a game.
Rigaud, who was selected as the Centennial Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts, rushed 20 times for 130 yards and the four scores vs. the Red Devils. He has now rushed for 611 yards (101.8/game) and 12 touchdowns on the year and ranks second in the league in rushing yards per game and fourth in all-purpose yards per game (112.2). He also leads the league in overall touchdowns (12), points scored (72) and points per game (12.0).
Rigaud's efforts against Dickinson boosted his career totals to 2,191 yards rushing and 27 rushing touchdowns. He jumped into seventh place on JHU's career rushing list and second place on JHU's career rushing touchdowns list in the win against DC. He is also just the second player in school history to rush for 11 or more touchdowns in two different seasons (Andrew Kase: 22 in 2009, 17 in 2008).
Two Jays 2K: Johns Hopkins had a rare double in the win against Muhlenberg as senior running back Jonathan Rigaud topped 2,000 career rushing yards and junior wide receiver Dan Wodicka topped 2,000 career receiving yards in the 33-21 win against the Mules.
Abbott Provides Strong Second Punch: Senior Jonathan Rigaud grabs most of the headlines when it comes to the Johns Hopkins rushing attack, but the Blue Jays actually have two of the top six rushers in the Centennial Conference. Junior JD Abbott enters this week's game against Gettysburg averaging 68.8 yards per game and has six touchdowns on the year as well. His 413 rushing yards this season are more than double his career total entering this season (188). Combined with Rigaud's 101.8 yards per game, the duo is the top rushing tandem in the Centennial Conference at 170.6 yards per game.
Wodicka Among National Leaders: Junior Dan Wodicka totaled six receptions for 111 yards in the win at Dickinson and pushed his season totals to 42 receptions for 429 yards and two touchdowns. His effort at DC also boosted his career totals to 164 receptions for 2,204 yards and 10 touchdowns. He jumped from ninth to seventh on JHU's career receiving yards chart and the 100-yard game was the ninth of his career. Wodicka's 164 career receptions are the second most by any active Division III junior in the nation and his total is the eighth-highest total among all junior receivers in the nation (all divisions).
Cremens Has Breakout Day: Senior WR Scott Cremens entered the game vs. Juniata with nine receptions on the year (he missed the first game of the season). He matched that with nine catches for 178 yards and three TDs against the Eagles to earn Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors. He now has 19 receptions for 250 yards and three TDs on the year.
Cremens has continued his climb in the JHU record book this season. He now ranks ninth in TD receptions (15), 10th in receptions (114) and 14th in receiving yards (1,364).
D'Orazio Emerging: Junior Bob D'Orazio entered the game at Susquehanna with career totals of seven receptions for 116 yards in 14 career games played. Against the Crusaders he had a then career-high five receptions for a personal-best 122 yards and one touchdown and has continued to excel since then as he has toaled 25 receptions for 390 yards and three TDs in the last five games (includes the game at Susquehanna). He had six receptions for 78 yards last week at Dickinson and ranks second on the team in receiving with 25 receptions for 390 yards and three TDs. He ranks eighth in the Centennial in both receptions per game (4.17) and receiving yards per game (65.0).
Matey Rolling: Junior Robbie Matey threw for 166 yards in the season-opener against Randolph-Macon, but has thrown for more then 200 yards in every game since. Included was a career-high 386-yard effort vs. Juniata, when he also tossed a career-high four touchdown passes.
Matey was 19-of-26 for 261 yards with one touchdown and one interception at Dickinson. He is completing a Centennial-high 73.7% of his pass attempts (123-of-167) for 1,475 yards with nine TDs against nine INTs. He leads the Centennial in pass efficiency (154.9) and ranks second in passing yards per game (245.8) and third in total offense (270.3).
Defense Continues Run: With all the talk about the Johns Hopkins offense, the Blue Jay defense continues to excel. Johns Hopkins currently ranks first in the Centennial Conference in total defense (226.5), first in rushing defense (67.0), tied for first in scoring defense (12.7) and third in pass defense (159.5). JHU ranks seventh in the nation in total defense and ninth in rushing defense. The Blue Jays also rank fifth in the nation in sacks per game (4.00).
Other notes of interest about the Johns Hopkins defense ...
JHU posted its first shutout of the season last week with a 49-0 win at Dickinson. Two of the 10 touchdowns JHU has allowed on the year have not been scored by the opposition's offense against the Blue Jay defense. They were scored by the opposition's defense or special teams.
The opposition is averaging just 2.1 yards per rushing attempt and 3.5 yards per play.
JHU has surrendered exactly two offensive touchdowns in the first half this season.
JHU has accumulated 24 sacks in six games. Thirteen different players have been in on at least one sack thus far.
Schweyer, Maciow Closing on 200: The two most experienced players on the Blue Jay defense - seniors Adam Schweyer and Taylor Maciow - both recently topped the 150 tackle mark and are closing quickly on 200 career tackles.
Schweyer rang up eight tackles and blocked a punt that led to a Blue Jay touchdown in last week's win at Dickinson. He now has 184 career tackles to his credit and notched his third career touchdown with an 18-yard interception return against Juniata. All three of his career TDs have come against the Eagles. He also has 13 career TFLs, five sacks, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He leads the team lead in tackles (42) this season and has five TFLs and two interceptions.
Maciow punched a season-high 11 tackles against Juniata and came back with three more, including one for a loss, at Dickinson to push his career total to 186. He ranks second on the team in tackles (41) and has five TFLs, three sacks and two pass breakups.
Youth Shall Be Served: While seniors Adam Schweyer and Taylor Maciow rank as the team's top two tacklers, the defense as a whole is one of the youngest in the Centennial Conference. In fact, there is only one senior among JHU's eight-man rotation on the defensive line and just one senior among JHU's top six defensive backs. Three of the top six players in the secondary are freshmen and three of the four starters on the defensive line are sophomores.
Consider also that of the 16 players with 10 or more tackles on the year, only three are seniors; six are juniors, four are sophomores and three are freshmen.
Defensive Line Applies the Pressure: Junior Joe DiTrolio and sophomores Matthew Connery and Michael Longo have started all six games on the defensive line and have combined for 66 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks thus far.
DiTrolio's 29 tackles lead all JHU defensive linemen, while he is tied for second on the team in sacks (3.0) and tackles for losses (5.0).
Connery counts a team-high 8.0 tackles for losses among his 15 stops on the year and he is tied for the team-lead with 3.5 sacks, while Longo has 22 tackles, including 3.5 for losses and two sacks to his credit.
Other key contributors on the defensive line include juniors Mike Zikoski (14 tackles, one sack), Andy Laychur (10 tackles, 3.5 sacks) and Wesley Shoap (six tackles, 2.5 TFLs, 2.0 sacks), senior Jordan Randolph (nine tackles) and sophomore Michael Rocca (eight tackles, 1.5 TFLs and one sack).
Trumbetti Picks a Pair: Freshman safety Joe Trumbetti enjoyed a solid game at Dickinson as he posted three tackles and came up with a pair of interceptions. His second INT was originally ruled a forced fumble, but a review of the play actually indicates the ball never hit the ground and he caught it while falling. His first INT stopped a Dickinson drive deep in Blue Jay territory midway through the first quarter.
Trumbetti now has 10 tackles and the two interceptions on the year. His two-interception game vs. the Red Devils is the first for a Johns Hopkins player since Ryan Piatek had two against Susquehanna on September 10, 2011.
Carbone Honored: Junior kicker Richie Carbone entered the game at Muhlenberg with exactly two career field goals to his credit. He matched that total in a 10-minute span in the second quarter that turned a 7-7 tie into a 13-7 lead that the Blue Jays would never relinquish. He was good from 23 yards and a career-best 42 yards and hit all three of his extra point attempts to earn Centennial Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. This is the first time in his career he has earned the honor.
For the year, Carbone is 28-of-31 on extra points and 2-for-2 on field goals. He is also averaging 37.0 yards per punt.
Centennial Favorites: For the fourth consecutive year and the seventh time in the last nine years Johns Hopkins was selected as the favorite in the league's preseason poll of coaches and SIDs. The Blue Jays received 14 of 20 first-place votes and totaled 153 points to easily out-distance Ursinus, which checked in at number two in the poll with four first-place votes and 137 points.
JHU Ties Victory Record: Johns Hopkins posted a 10-1 record in 2011 and tied the school record for victories in a season. Only twice previously - 2003 & 2009 - 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 eight times in the last 10 years.
Centennial Conference Champions: Johns Hopkins claimed its seventh Centennial Conference title last season with all seven championships coming since 2002. JHU ranks third in league history with its seven titles. Only Dickinson (9) and Muhlenberg (8) have more titles than the Blue Jays, who are tied for third on the list with McDaniel.
NCAA History: Johns Hopkins made its third trip to the NCAA Playoffs last season with all three appearances coming since 2005 under the direction of Jim Margraff, the all-time winningest coach in school history. The Blue Jays are 2-3 all-time in the NCAAs with a run to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2009 highlighting JHU's NCAA history.
Unlike the previous four NCAA games in school history, the Blue Jays hosted the first round game last season. JHU dropped a 23-12 decision to St. John Fisher, which advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals before being eliminated.
Post-Season Regulars: JHU's appearance in the NCAAs last season was the third in school history and also the eighth time Johns Hopkins has advanced to the post-season as JHU has played in five ECAC Bowl Games since 2002. Including the 2-3 record in NCAA action, Johns Hopkins sports a 6-4 all-time post-season record as the Blue Jays are 4-1 all-time in ECAC Bowl Games. Included is a 44-14 win over Lebanon Valley in the 2010 ECAC South Atlantic Bowl. Including ECAC games, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the post-season in each of the last four years.
Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport an 87-29 (.750) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 93-32 (.744) since the start of the 2001 season and 98-37 (.726) 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 78-20 (.796) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.
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