Johns Hopkins' football team withstood its biggest challenge of the season Saturday as the Blue Jays came from behind three times to knock off host McDaniel, 28-24, at Bair Stadium.
The win secures the first undefeated regular season in school history for the Blue Jays, who improve to 10-0 overall and 9-0 in the Centennial Conference with their 15th straight victory. The Terror finish the season 2-8, with six of the eight losses by eight points or fewer.
Johns Hopkins, which had already secured the outright Centennial Conference title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs, will find out tonight which school it plays in the tournament. The Blue Jays will be making their third trip to the NCAAs under coach Jim Margraff, who improved to 147-78-3 in 22 years at Johns Hopkins.
The Blue Jays trailed 21-14 late in the second quarter after a 4-yard touchdown run by McDaniel quarterback Nick Valori. Working the two-minute offense to perfection, the Blue Jays needed just five plays and 39 seconds to go 70 yards. Quarterback Hewitt Tomlin capped the drive with a 28-yard touchdown pass to fellow senior Sam Wernick to gain a halftime tie at 21. Tomlin was 5-for-5, accounting for all 70 yards on the drive.
The Blue Jays took their first lead of the game midway through the third quarter, this time covering 89 yards in just four plays and less than 90 seconds.
After a pair of runs netted 9 yards and a 16-yard pass from Tomlin to sophomore Dan Wodicka gave the Blue Jays a first down at their 34, Tomlin connected with freshman Matt Berry on a 66-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-21.
A 30-yard field goal by Jake Nichols late in the third quarter drew the Terror to within 28-24, but that would be the final scoring in the game.
Wilkes 43, Stevenson 34: For the second-straight week, the visiting Mustangs (2-8, 1-7 Mid-Atlantic Conference) had a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver, but a safety with 4:14 remaining in the fourth quarter gave a two-possession lead to the Colonels (4-5, 4-4 MAC), who ran out the clock.
Stevenson finished its inaugural season with its third consecutive 100-yard rusher as junior C.J.Hopson ran for 118 yards and one score. Stevenson also had a 100-yard receiver for the second-straight game and sixth time this season as freshman Jae DeShields finished with his fourth 100-yard game in eight games this season with eight catches for 167 yards and career-high three touchdowns.
Salisbury 49, Frostburg State 7: The host Sea Gulls (4-6, 3-4 Empire 8) set the tone early in the first quarter with Ross Flanigan (8-for-105) rushing for two touchdowns and Salisbury scored seven unanswered touchdowns to win the Regents Cup.
Dan Griffin had two rushing touchdowns for the Sea Gulls.
The Bobcats (4-6, 3-4) scored with 22 seconds left in the game, when Garafield Lampkin capped a four-play, 8-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.