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Johns Hopkins-McDaniel Football Notes

Nick Marinelli and the Johns Hopkins football team will close the 2017 regular season at McDaniel on Saturday.
Nov. 9, 2017

Johns Hopkins-McDaniel Game Information
Game Date | Time November 11, 2017 | 12 pm
Location | Venue Westminster, MD | Gill Stadium
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The Game: Johns Hopkins (8-1, 7-1 CC) makes the short trip to Westminster to close the 2017 regular season against rival McDaniel (3-6, 2-6 CC). Kickoff is set for high noon.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins jumped to a 30-0 halftime lead and never looked back in a 57-14 victory against Juniata last Saturday. McDaniel was within 13-10 of Susquehanna early in the third quarter before surrendering the final 20 points in a 33-10 loss at SU.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked sixth in the official NCAA South Region rankings, 20th in this week’s AFCA Poll and 21st in the Poll. McDaniel is not ranked in any of the three polls.

The Race for Boot: The race for the Centennial Conference championship and possession of the championship “boot” enters the final week of the season with two teams in contention for at least a share of the title. The breakdown of possibilities is pretty simple at this point and detailed below for Johns Hopkins and Franklin & Marshall, the two teams still in contention for the title and the Centennial Conference’s automatic bid to the upcoming 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 a win at McDaniel. JHU also earns a share of the title and the bid to the playoffs with a loss coupled with an F&M loss. The Blue Jays get the outright title and bid with a win and an F&M loss.

Franklin & Marshall - The Diplomats claim no worse than a share of the title with a win at Gettysburg. The Dips share the title with a loss coupled with a Johns Hopkins loss. A win, coupled with a Johns Hopkins loss, gives F&M the outright title and the bid to the playoffs.

What’s Next - Part I: The recipient of the Centennial Conference’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Playoffs will learn its draw when the bracket for the 2017 tournament is announced on Sunday, November 12 (5:30 pm on

What’s Next - Part II: Either Johns Hopkins or F&M will claim the Centennial’s automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs. While the team that doesn’t claim the bid is eligible for an at-large bid to the playoffs, that team is assured of no worse than a spot in the 2017 Centennial-MAC Bowl Series. The top two teams in each of those two leagues will meet in cross-over games on Saturday, November 18. Those matchups will be announced shortly after the bracket for the NCAA Playoffs is set.

61 Under to 61 Over: Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff inherited a program with an all-time record that was 61 games UNDER .500 when he arrived (334-395-56). With a win last Saturday against Juniata, Johns Hopkins moved its all-time record to 61 games OVER .500 as JHU improved to 542-481-59.

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 (327.1), total offense (507.6) and scoring (38.9). The Blue Jays also rank third in rushing (180.4) and JHU is the only team in the league averaging more than 250 yards per game passing and 175 yards per game rushing.

Three-by-Six: Johns Hopkins punched up its school-record third 600-yard game last week against Juniata as the Blue Jays totaled 627 yards in the 57-14 victory. In fact, only once previously (2011) had JHU had 600 or more yards twice in one season and there were only six, 600-yard games in school history prior to this season.
JHU rolled up a season-high 646 yards, including 458 passing and 188 rushing, in the win against Franklin & Marshall. The Blue Jays came back with a 607-yard showing against Gettysburg on a balanced effort that included 315 passing yards and 292 rushing yards.
This marks just the second time in school history that Johns Hopkins has topped the 600-yard mark in consecutive games. The Blue Jays previously punched up 600+ in back-to-back games in 2011 (632 vs. Dickinson and a school-record 731 at Gettysburg).

52nd 500-Yard Game: The 627-yard showing against Juniata marked the 52nd time in school history that Johns Hopkins has topped the 500-yard mark; JHU is 51-1 in those 52 games and 40 of the 52 have come since 2008.

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 marked 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 (310.5) and total offense (336.4) per game and he ranks third in completion percentage (64.5).
In the eight games he’s played (he missed the game at Dickinson), Tammaro is 198-of-307 (.645) for 2,484 yards with 20 touchdown passes against just two interceptions; he’s also rushed for 207 yards and five scores.
Tammaro ranks 12th in the nation in passing yards per game (310.5), ninth in total offense (336.4) and 13th in completions per game (24.75).
In addition, Tammaro’s 2,484 yards passing are the most of any player in the nation who has only played eight games.
Tammaro was 32-of-45 for 418 yards and five touchdowns against one interception and had 452 yards of total offense in the 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 nine 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 94 receptions for 1,686 yards and 14 touchdowns in nine games (10.4 receptions/game for an average of 187.3 yards between them).
Caggiano now has 43 catches for 680 yards and five scores on the year. He had three receptions for 101 yards and one TD against Juniata.
McFadden now has 51 receptions for 1,006 yards and nine TDs on the year and ranks 14th in the nation in receiving yards per game (111.8) and 12th 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 and four against Juniata to push their season total to a Centennial-leading 36 in nine 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 the 36 sacks in nine games.
In all, 15 different players have been in on at least one sack this season with sophomore Mike Kalanik (9.0) and senior Lance Hammond (5.0) at the top of the team’s sack chart.

Milestone Watch: Entering this week’s game against McDaniel, 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.
James Closser - Needs four tackles to reach 50 for his career.
Michael Curry - Recorded the 75th tackle of his career against F&M - Needs 14 to reach 100.
Anthony Davidson - Needs six tackles to reach 50 for his career.
Lance Hammond - Recorded 150th career tackle against F&M - needs 13 tackles for 175 in his career.
Keonte Henson - Needs three tackles to reach 175 for his career - needs 0.5 TFLs to reach 25.0.
Mike Kalanik - Needs 10 tackles to reach 75 for his career - recorded 25th career TFL against Juniata.
Robby Johnson - Recorded the 50th tackle of his career against F&M - needs seven to reach 75.
Ian Lodge - Posted the 75th tackle of his career against Juniata.
Nick Marinelli - Recorded the 50th tackle of his career at Ursinus.
Michael Munday - Recorded the 100th tackle of his career at Muhlenberg. Notched 15th career PBU against Juniata.
Addison Quinones - Posted 125th career tackle against Juniata.
Chris Stauch - Needs two tackles to reach 50 in his career.

Sullivan Closing on 250: Senior Jamie Sullivan is now 15-of-22 on field goals and has hit 41-of-43 of his extra points this season. He continues to lead the nation in field goals attempted (22) and made (15) this season.
In his career, Sullivan has now hit 149-of-154 extra points and 33-of-46 field goals to account for 248 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 86 career receptions are the most by a running back in school history.
Ryan Cary’s 83-yard touchdown run against Juniata is the second longest rush in school history.
• Brandon-Hong Dominguez ranks third in the Centennial Conference in punting at 36.6 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 20.5 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 20.5 this season. He is also just 1.5 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 five kickoffs this season and is averaging 44.0 yards per return.
Nick Leongas (62T, 52) and Hogan Irwin (52) have three of the four longest rushes by Johns Hopkins this season.

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 71-2 in its last 73 regular season games dating back to late in the 2010 season and 75-8 in its last 83 games overall since late in the 2010 season.

Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season, the Blue Jays sport a 142-36 (.798) record. Taking it back farther, the Blue Jays are 148-39 (.791) since the start of the 2001 season and 153-44 (.777) 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 43-5 (.896) in the home blacks since the start of the 2010 season.

- Pride and Poise -