|Johns Hopkins-Juniata Game Information|
|Game Date | Time||November 4, 2017 | 12 pm|
|Location | Venue||Baltimore, MD| Homewood Field|
|Johns Hopkins Game Notes||PDF Version|
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The Game: Johns Hopkins (7-1, 6-1 CC) returns home for the final time duirng the regular season as the Blue Jays welcome Juniata (3-5, 2-5 CC) to Homewood Field. Kickoff is set for high noon.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins built a 17-3 lead at Muhlenberg and held off the Mules, 31-24, in another classic game between the Blue Jays and Mules last Saturday. Juniata snapped a two-game losing streak with a 38-14 victory at Dickinson.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 20th in this week’s AFCA Poll and 23rd in the D3football.com Poll. Juniata is not ranked in either poll.
Honoring Our Seniors: This week’s game against Juniata will be the final regular season home game in the careers of the seniors on the 2017 Johns Hopkins football team. This year’s senior class will go down as one of the most accomplished in program history. Below is a look at some of their collective team achievements since arriving in 2014:
• JHU has won three Centennial Conference titles and appeared in the NCAA Playoffs in each of their first three seasons.
• The Blue Jays have compiled a record of 40-4 since the current seniors arrived. The 40 wins are are the fourth-most in school history by one class.
• Johns Hopkins has posted a 37-1 regular season record since the start of the 2013 season.
• The Blue Jays have not lost a regular season home game during their career.
61 Under to 61 Over: Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff inherited a program with a an all-time record that was 61 games UNDER .500 when he arrived (334-395-56). With a win Saturday against Juniata, Johns Hopkins would move its all-time record to 61 games OVER .500 as JHU would improve to 542-481-59.
The Race for the Boot: The race for the Centennial Conference championship and possession of the championship “boot” enters the final two weeks of the season with five teams in contention for at least a share of the title. Below is the simplest breakdown of a team’s chances at gaining at least a share of the title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs.
Johns Hopkins - The Blue Jays earn no worse than a share of the title and will claim the Centennial’s automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs with two wins. Two wins coupled with at least one loss by F&M gives JHU the outright title. A win this week coupled with an F&M loss at Ursinus guarantees at least a share of the title.
Franklin & Marshall - The Diplomats claim no worse than a share of the title with two wins. F&M claims the automatic bid with two wins and at least one loss by Johns Hopkins. A win this week coupled with a Johns Hopkins loss against Juniata guarantees at least a share of the title.
Ursinus - Ursinus gets a share of the title with two wins and at least one loss by Johns Hopkins. In that scenario, the Bears also claim the automatic bid. UC gets the outright title with two wins and two losses by both JHU and F&M.
Muhlenberg - The Mules get a share of the title with two wins, two losses by F&M and Johns Hopkins and a loss by Ursinus in its final game of the year.
Susquehanna - The River Hawks get a share of the title with two wins, two losses by F&M and Johns Hopkins and a loss by Ursinus in its final game of the year.
About the Recent Shutout: The recent 52-0 victory against Gettysburg was ...
- JHU’s first shutout since 2012 and the first under current defensive coordinator Mickey Rehring.
- The 22nd for Johns Hopkins under head coach Jim Margraff.
- JHU’s largest margin of victory in a shutout since topping Swarthmore 73-0 in 1997.
- JHU’s second all-time shutout against Gettysburg (14-0 in 2005).
November Reign: Entering this week’s game against Juniata, Johns Hopkins is 20-1 in its last 21 regular season games in the month of November dating back to 2008. Including the post-season, the Blue Jays are 27-8 in their last 35 games in November (also dating to 2008).
More November: Johns Hopkins is 15-2 in its last 17 regular season road games in the month of November (dating back to the 2000 season).
A Final November: Johns Hopkins is 18-1 in its last 19 regular season home games in the month of November. Since the start of the 2001 season, JHU’s only loss at home in the regular season in November came in 2007, when F&M took a 19-11 decision.
Close Calls: Since the start of the 2013 season, Johns Hopkins has lost a total of five games. Those five losses have come by five, three, five, seven and four points (including playoff games).
Blue Jay Offense Among Centennial Leaders: The Johns Hopkins offense leads the Centennial Conference in three categories as the Blue Jays rank first in passing yards per game (323.6), total offense (492.6) and scoring (36.6). The Blue Jays also rank third in rushing (169.0) and JHU is the only team in the league averaging more than 250 yards per game passing and 165 yards per game rushing.
A Passing Fancy: The 458 passing yards three Blue Jay quarterbacks combined for against Franklin & Marshall are the fifth-highest single-game total in school history and mark the third 400-yard passing game of the year for Johns Hopkins (426 @ W&L, 401 vs. Moravian). This is just the second time Johns Hopkins has thrown for 400 or more yards three times in one season (2011).
Ten of Johns Hopkins’ 11 all-time 400-yard passing games have come since 2010 and the Blue Jays are 11-0 all-time when throwing for 400 or more yards.
Tammaro Rolling: Sophomore quarterback David Tammaro continues to rank among the Centennial Conference leaders. He leads the league in passing yards (317.1) and total offense (344.1) per game and he ranks third in completion percentage (63.3).
In the seven games played (he missed the game at Dickinson), Tammaro is 180-of-280 (.639) for 2,220 yards with 16 touchdown passes against just two interception; he’s also rushed for 189 yards and five scores.
Tammaro ranks 10th in the nation in passing yards per game (317.1), 10th in total offense (344.1) and ninth in completions per game (25.7).
Tammaro was 32-of-45 for 418 yards and five touchdowns against one interception and had 452 yards of total offense in the recent win against F&M.
Coming up Big: Not only have Johns Hopkins’ top receivers - senior Brett Caggiano and junior Luke McFadden - come up with big plays at big times in the first eight games of the season - they are big!
Caggiano, who is listed at 6-3, 210 pounds, and McFadden, who goes 6-3, 195, have combined for 88 receptions for 1,501 yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games (11.0 receptions/game for an average of 187.6 yards between them).
Caggiano now has 40 catches for 579 yards and four scores on the year. He had three receptions for 90 yards and one TD at Muhlenberg.
McFadden now has 48 receptions for 922 yards and seven TDs on the year and ranks 13th in the nation in receiving yards per game (115.2) and 10th in total receiving yards.
McFadden’s 80-yard touchdown reception at Dickinson was the longest reception of his career and is the longest by a JHU receiver since Sam Wernick had an 80-yard TD reception against Lebanon Valley in 2010 and his 204 receiving yards against F&M rank as the eighth-best total in school history.
Sack Masters: The Johns Hopkins defense recorded four sacks against Gettysburg, one game after totaling nine sacks in the 45-7 win against F&M - the Blue Jays then added five more in the 31-24 win at Muhlenberg to push their season total to a Centennial-leading 32 in eight games. The nine sacks JHU posted against F&M are the most for the Blue Jays since a nine-sack effort against Susquehanna in 2013.
Earlier this season the Blue Jays had eight sacks in a win against Susquehanna and now lead the Centennial Conference with 27 sacks in seven games.
In all, 13 different players have been in on at least one sack this season with sophomore Mike Kalanik (8.0) and senior Lance Hammond (5.0) at the top of the team’s sack chart.
Hammond Reaches 150: Senior defensive tackle Lance Hammond, a two-time All-Centennial selection, totaled five tackles in the win against Franklin & Marshall to reach 150 for his career. Including the most recent game against Muhlenberg when he had five tackles, 3.5 TFLs and 2.0 sacks, Hammond now has 159 tackles, 25.0 tackles for losses, 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles to his credit.
Milestone Watch: Entering this week’s game against Juniata, a number of Johns Hopkins defensive players are closing in on milestones. Below is a look at some of the milestones within reach or others recently achieved:
Tommy Burke - Notched the 50th tackle of his career against Gettysburg.
Michael Curry - Recorded the 75th tackle of his career against F&M.
Anthony Davidson - Needs eight tackles to reach 50 for his career.
Keonte Henson - Needs seven tackles to reach 175 for his career.
Mike Kalanik - Recorded the 50th tackle of his career against Gettysburg.
Robby Johnson - Recorded the 50th tackle of his career against F&M.
Ian Lodge - Needs four tackles to reach 75 in his career.
Nick Marinelli - Recorded the 50th tackle of his career at Ursinus.
Michael Munday - Recorded the 100th tackle of his career at Muhlenberg.
Addison Quinones - Needs one tackle to reach 125 for his career.
Chris Stauch - Needs four tackles to reach 50 in his career.
Sullivan Tops 200: Senior Jamie Sullivan is now 14-of-20 on field goals and has hit all 35 of his extra points this season. He continues to lead the nation in field goals attempted (20) and made (14) this season.
In his career, Sullivan has now hit 143-of-146 extra points and 32-of-44 field goals to account for 239 points. He is third in school history in career field goals, second in points by a kicker and fourth in overall points scored.
Sullivan tied a Johns Hopkins record with four field goals at Washington & Lee in the season opener as he was good from 21, 44, 21 and 42 yards. His 42-yarder with 22 seconds left in regulation forced overtime.
Did You Know ...
• Ryan Cary’s 84 career receptions are the most by a running back in school history.
• Brandon-Hong Dominguez ranks second in the Centennial Conference in punting at 37.3 yards per punt.
• Ryan Hubley’s 23 receptions this season are already the most by a JHU freshman since Bradley Munday had 36 in 2013.
• Mike Kalanik’s 19.5 TFLs are the second-most in school history. Only Brian Cook (21.5 TFLs in 2004) has had more TFLs in a single-season than Kalanik’s 19.5 this season. He is also just 2.5 TFLs shy of the Centennial Conference single-season record.
• Patrick Kelly returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown against Gettysburg. The 95-yard return is tied for the longest in school history; it was the third 95-yard KOR in school history and the first since 1999. He has returned three kickoffs this season and is averaging 54.3 yards per return.
• Nick Leongas (62T, 52) and Hogan Irwin (52) have the three longest rushes by Johns Hopkins this season.
JHU Ties Victory Record: Johns Hopkins tied the school record for wins in a season with its 11 last season. The Blue Jays first won 11 games in a season in 2014 and matched that in 2015 and 2016 after winning 10 in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Centennial Conference Champions: Johns Hopkins claimed its record 12th Centennial Conference title last season with all 12 championships coming since 2002. JHU’s 12 CC titles are three 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.
Playoff Bound: With the 2016 Centennial Conference title came an automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs. Hopkins made its sixth straight trip to the NCAAs, seventh in eight years and eighth overall. All eight appearances have come since 2005.
One of Four: Johns Hopkins is one of just four teams in the nation to be ranked in the top 25 by the AFCA every week since the start of the 2012 season. The others are Mount Union, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Linfield.
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 late in the 2014 season as that gave him 175 career victories, a mark he upped to 207 with the recent win at Muhlenberg. Margraff now sports a career record of 207-86-3 (.704) entering this week’s game against Juniata.
First 100, Last 100: It took Johns Hopkins football coach Jim Margraff 158 games to reach career win number 100 (which he secured with a 14-0 victory against Gettysburg in 2005). It took him just 129 games to win his next 100 as career victory number 200 came with a 42-21 victory against Randolph-Macon in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Playoffs.
On a Roll: Johns Hopkins is 70-2 in its last 72 regular season games dating back to late in the 2010 season and 74-8 in its last 82 games overall since late in the 2010 season.
Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season, the Blue Jays sport a 141-36 (.797) record. Taking it back farther, the Blue Jays are 147-39 (.790) since the start of the 2001 season and 152-44 (.776) since the beginning of the 2000 season.
At Home at Homewood: Johns Hopkins has parlayed its home field advantage into victories in recent years. In fact, the Blue Jays are 42-5 (.894) in the home blacks since the start of the 2010 season.
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