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The Game: Johns Hopkins (11-0) welcomes defending national champion Mount Unioin (10-1) to Homewood Field for a second round game in the 2016 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs. Kickoff on Saturday, November 26 is set for noon.
How They Got Here: Johns Hopkins won the outright Centennial Conference title and claimed the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs. The Blue Jays knocked off Randolph-Macon, 42-21, in the first round of the tournament last Saturday.
Mount Union earned one of the six at-large bids to the NCAA Playoffs and went on the road to knock off Hobart, 38-21, in the first round last Saturday.
What’s Next: The winner of the Johns Hopkins-Mount Union game will play the winner of the Alfred-Western New England game on Saturday, December 3. The site for that NCAA Quarterfinal game will be announced on Sunday, November 27.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked sixth in the AFCA Division III Poll, 10th in the D3football.com Poll and second in the official NCAA South Region Rankings.
Mount Union is ranked eighth in the AFCA Poll, seventh in the D3football.com Poll and checks in at number four in the official NCAA North Region Rankings.
State of Affairs: The 87-man Johns Hopkins football team includes players from 19 different states.
Buckeye Bred: This week’s game against Mount Union will be a reverse homecoming of sorts for eight members of the Blue Jay football team who hail from the state of Ohio.
Senior co-captains Bradley Munday (WR) and Jack Campbell (WR), along with starters Quinn Donaldson (WR), Michael Munday (CB) and Cameron Little (OH) all call Ohio home. In addition, backup center Ben Gaal (OL), tight end/special team standout Corey Tull and linebacker Cory Ohradzansky are also from Ohio. The Munday brothers (Bradley and Michael), along with Campbell and Tull all attended the same high school (Chagrin Falls).
The Only One: Johns Hopkins hosted a game in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. Johns Hopkins is the only team in the nation that has hosted a first round game in each of the last six years (2011-16). In fact, JHU is the only team to have hosted every year since 2012 and one of just two (Wisconsin Whitewater) to have hosted every year since 2013.
One of Four: Johns Hokins is one of just four teams in the nation to host a second round NCAA Playoff game in 2015 and 2016. Joining JHU as hosts of a second round game last year and this year are St. Thomas (MN), Mary Hardin-Baylor and Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Nothing in Common: Johns Hopkins and Mount Union did not share any common opponents during the 2016 season.
Against the OAC: This week’s game against Mount Union will be just the second for Johns Hopkins against a team from the Ohio Athletic Conference. The only other game JHU has played against an OAC team was a 2012 NCAA Second Round game at Mount Union that the Purple Raiders won 55-13.
Seniors Setting the Standard: This year’s Johns Hopkins senior class will go down as the most accomplished in program history. Below is a look at some of their collective team achievements since arriving in 2013:
• JHU has won four straight Centennial Conference titles and is making a fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Playoffs.
• The Blue Jays have compiled a record of 43-3 since the current seniors arrived. The 43 wins are the most in Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference history by one class.
• Johns Hopkins posted a 40-0 regular season record since the start of the 2013 season. Prior to this, no class in Johns Hopkins or Centennial Conference history had ever gone four years without losing a regular season game. Unless an 11th regular season game is added to the Division III football schedule at some point, this record will never be surpassed by a Johns Hopkins or Centennial Conference team (it has been done numerous times by teams in other leagues).
November Reign: Including the post-season, the Blue Jays are 27-7 in their last 34 games in November dating to 2008.
Successful at Home and Away: Since the start of the 2001 season, Johns Hopkins has played exactly 177 games and has posted a remarkable 140-37 record. Even more remarkable? Those 177 games are split almost exactly in half with 90 home games and 87 road games. Still more remarkable? Johns Hopkins is 71-19 (.789) at home and 69-18 (.793) on the road during that time.
Offense Among Nation’s, Centennial’s Best: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Mount Union averaging 43.3 points and 519.2 yards per game.
The Blue Jays rank first in the Centennial Conference in both categories and 10th in the nation in scoring offense and eighth in total offense.
More Offense: Johns Hopkins has ...
• Scored at least 28 points in a school-record 23 consecutive games dating back to the start of last season.
• Totaled 400 or more yards in a school-record 19 consecutive games dating back to last season.
A Final Offense: Johns Hopkins rolled up 500 yards in the season-opening victory against Washington & Lee, 555 at Susquehanna, 529 vs. Juniata, 512 at Dickinson, 526 vs. Gettysburg, 598 at Ursinus, 581 at Franklin & Marshall and 500 vs. Randolph-Macon.
For the record, the 500-yard effort against Randolph-Macon was also the 48th 500-yard game in school history - Johns Hopkins is now 47-1 all-time when totaling 500 or more yards of offense.
Quick Starts: Johns Hopkins has had 78 combined possessions in the first half of its 11 games thus far. Of those 78, 45 have ended with touchdowns and seven others with a field goal. In other words, Hopkins has scored on 66.7% of its first-half possessions this season (52-of-78). In the last seven games (wins over Juniata, Dickinson, Gettysburg, Ursinus, F&M, McDaniel and Randolph-Macon), JHU has had 52 first-half possessions and has 33 touchdowns and two field goals on those 52 (67.3% scoring).
Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins has totaled more than 200 yards rushing and passing four times this season, including a 273-yard rushing, 308-yard passing effort at Franklin & Marshall. Johns Hopkins has now turned the 200-yard rushing/200-yard passing trick 53 times in school history with 32 of the 53 coming since the start of the 2008 season; the Blue Jays are now 51-2 when going over 200 yards rushing and passing in one game.
More Balance: The 273-yard rushing/308-yard passing effort at Franklin & Marshall marked the second time this season and just the ninth time in school history that Johns Hopkins has rushed for more than 200 yards and passed for more than 300 yards in one game. It was also just the third time JHU has topped 275 yards rushing and 300 yards passing. Eight of the nine 200/300 games have come since the start of the 2010 season and all nine have come under the direction of head coach Jim Margraff.
Germano Among Career Leaders: Senior Jonathan Germano enjoyed the best NCAA Playoff game in school history by a quarterback against Randolph-Macon in the first round as he was 28-of-40 for 418 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 32 yards and one touchdown. The 418 yards passing are the most ever in an NCAA game for a JHU QB and the sixth-best total overall in school history.
A week earlier, Germano closed the regular season with a strong outing against McDaniel as he was 27-of-31 for 326 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a score. This came one week after he threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 113 yards (on seven carries) with a career-long 79-yard run at Franklin & Marshall. One of his completions vs. the Diplomats also covered 79 yards, making him the first player in school history to have a rush and a completion of 75 yards or longer in one game. On the year, he is now 246-of-372 for 3,238 yards with 30 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. He has also rushed for 415 yards and six touchdowns.
With his recent efforts, Germano now ranks in the top five in school history in virtually every career passing category. Germano ranks second in TD passes (65), second in 200-yard passing games (17), third in yards (6,268), fourth in completions (472) and seventh in attempts (699). He also ranks second in 300-yard passing games (8) and his 23 consecutive games with at least one passing touchdown is a school record and tied for the Centennial Conference record.
Most impressively, Germano is now 22-1 (.957) in his career as the Blue Jays’ starting quarterback.
Baker Sets School Record: Sophomore Zack Baker extended his streak of consecutive completions to a school-record 27 before misfiring on his first two attempts against Gettysburg. Baker, whose streak extended back to last season, is now 39-of-47 (.830) on the year for 346 yards with one touchdown and one interception; he has also rushed 13 times for 50 yards and one touchdown.
The 27 consecutive completions fell two shy of the Division III national record. The record of 29 was set over a two-game span by Chris Edwards of Washington & Jefferson in 2005.
Cary Tops 1,000: Junior running back Ryan Cary recently became the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000 career rushing yards as his 102-yard effort against Gettysburg pushed his career total to 1,096 - a mark he increased to 1,305 in the recent win against McDaniel. At Franklin & Marshall on November 5, Cary had a 121-yard, two-touchdown rushing effort for his fifth 100-yard game of the season - he added three receptions for 73 yards and another score against the Diplomats.
Cary enters this week’s game against Mount Union ranked third in the Centennial Conference in rushing yards per game (90.4), fifth in all-purpose yards per game (130.0) and second in overall touchdowns (17) and points per game (10.2).
Cary, who rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown in the big win at Muhlenberg, enjoyed the finest game of his career against Washington & Lee in the season opener as he rushed 20 times for a career-high 158 yards and three touchdowns and added three receptions for 69 yards and another score to roll up a personal-best 227 yards of total offense.
Cary’s four overall touchdowns tied the Johns Hopkins single-game record, while his 158 yards are the second most in a season opener in school history.
200-100: Senior wide receiviers Bradley Munday and Quinn Donaldson rank among the all-time leading receivers in school history in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions.
Munday, who set a school record with 16 receptions against Moravian in September, is tied for second in school history in receptions (258), tied for third in touchdown receptions (26) and fifth in receiving yards (2,907).
Donaldson ranks 11th in receptions (127), 11th in receiving yards (2,021) and tied for fifth in touchdown receptions (22). Munday and Donaldson are the first classmates in school history to top 100 career receptions.
Closing on 5K: Seniors Bradley Munday (2,907) and Quinn Donaldson (2,021) topped 4,000 combined career receiving yards in the win at Muhlenberg and boosted their career combined total to a school-record 4,928 in the win against Randolph-Macon. The previoius Johns Hopkins record for most combined receiving yards by two players in the same class was 4,797, a total that College Football Hall of Famer Bill Stromberg (3,776) and Jack Potthast (1,021) combined for from 1978-81.
Introducing Luke McFadden: In a wide receiver rotation that goes a legitimate six deep, the youngster in the group is sophomore Luke McFadden, who spent the first 22 games of his career putting up solid numbers, but perhaps flying a bit under the radar. Well, that sure changed in the 42-21 win against Randolph-Macon in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs.
McFadden had a career-high 11 receptions for 222 yards and two scores against the Yellow Jackets; there will be no flying under the radar for McFadden any longer. His 222 receiving yards are the most ever in a playoff game by a Johns Hopkins player and rank as the third-highest single-game total in any game in school history.
Toner Second in Interceptions: Senior Jack Toner continued his climb on the all-time interceptions list at Johns Hopkins with one more against Randolph-Macon. Toner’s pick against the Yellow Jackets boosts his career total to 18, which places him in second place on Johns Hopkins’ career INT list. In addition, his eight interceptions this season are tied for the Johns Hopkins single-season record.
Seniors Leading Defense: A quick look at the Blue Jay defensive statistics shows five seniors at the top of the tackle chart. Jack Campbell (92), Garrett Spek (82), Dan Johnson (60), Pat Runger (53) and Jack Toner (50) are five of the seven players on the team with 40 or more tackles on the year.
Keonte Henson (50), Michael Munday (46) and Lance Hammond (36) - are next on the list, while senior Kyle Bonci (29) and sophomore Michael Curry (28) join the list of 10 players on the team with 25 or more tackles on the year.
Defensive Milestone Watch: The Johns Hopkins defense has several players closing in on milestones entering this week’s game against Mount Union and others who recently reached a milestone. Below is a quick look at some of these marks.
Kyle Bonci - Recorded the 75th tackle of his career against Randolph-Macon • Recorded the 10th sack of his career vs. Gettysburg - now has 12.5
Jack Campbell - Needs four tackles to reach 275 in his career
Michael Curry - Needs four tackles to reach 50 for his career
Lance Hammond - Recorded the 100th tackle of his career at Franklin & Marshall
Keonte Henson - Recorded the 125th tackel of his career against Randolph-Macon
Dan Johnson - Recorded the 150th tackle of his career vs. Gettysburg
Michael Munday - Recorded the 75th tackle of his career against Randolph-Macon
Pat Runger - Recorded the 100th tackle of his career against McDaniel
Marcus Spearman - Needs one tackle to reach 50 for his career
Garrett Spek - Recorded the 150th tackle of his career against Randolph-Macon
Jack Toner - Recorded the 175th tackle of his career against McDaniel • Needs two INTs to tie JHU career record (20)
Sullivan Good From 50, Sharing PK Job With Campbell: Junior Jamie Sullivan hit a 50-yard field goal in the 29-21 win against Moravian. The kick is the third longest in school history and one of just six field goals of 50+ yards in Centennial Conference history.
Sullivan and senior Nick Campbell are sharing the place-kicking job and give the Blue Jays two experienced options here.
Sullivan hit two field goals against Moravian, three more in the 30-24 win at Muhlenberg and one each against Juniata, Dickinson, Gettysburg and F&M and is now 9-for-12 on the year on FGs and 39-for-40 on extra points. For his career, he is 18-for-24 on FGs and 105-for-108 on extra points. He is sixth in school history in career field goals and fifth in career points by a kicker (159).
Campbell has hit 5-of-7 field goal attempts this seson and is 21-for-22 on extra points as well. In his career, he has hit 22-of-31 field goals and 138-of-143 extra points to rank fourth in school history in career field goals and second in career points by a kicker (204).
Sudden Impact: Freshman Dane Rogerson is quickly becoming a difference-maker for the Blue Jays and enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 45-10 win at Dickinson, when he rushed five times for 44 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown to open the scoring, and added three kickoff returns for 92 yards, including a long of 40 yards; his 136 all-purpose yards are a career high. He followed that with six rushes for 16 yards and one TD and two kickoff returns for 92 yards against Gettysburg; he had a career-long 63-yard KOR against the Bullets.
On the year, Rogerson has rushed 46 times for 216 yards (4.6/rush) and four touchdowns and has 17 kickoff returns for 431 yards (25.4/return). He ranks second in the Centennial Conference in kickoff return average.
JHU Ties Victory Record: Johns Hopkins tied the school record for wins in a season with its 11 this season. The Blue Jays first won 11 games in a season in 2014 and repeated that in 2015 after winning 10 in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
One of Four: Johns Hopkins is one of just four teams in the nation to be ranked in the top 20 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 200 with last week’s win against Randolph-Macon. Margraff now sports a career record of 200-84-3 (.702) entering this week’s game against Mount Union.
On a Roll: Johns Hopkins is 63-1 in its last 64 regular season games dating back to late in the 2010 season. The only team to top the Blue Jays during that run? Franklin & Marshall, which topped the Blue Jays, 14-12, in 2012.
On A Roll, Part II: Johns Hopkins is 68-6 in its last 74 games overall since late in the 2010 season.
Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport a 134-34 (.798) record. Taking it back farther, the Blue Jays are 140-37 (.791) since the start of the 2001 season and 145-42 (.775) since the beginning of the 2000 season.
Seven’s Heaven: Since the beginning of the 2003 season the Blue Jays are 125-25 (.833) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.
At Home at Homewood: Johns Hopkins has parlayed its home field advantage into victories in recent years. In fact, the Blue Jays are 32-4 (.889) in the home blacks since the start of the 2010 season.
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