With touchdowns in four straight possessions in the first 20 minutes of its 49-7 win, Johns Hopkins took all the drama out of Saturday's regular-season finale against visiting McDaniel. The victory, the 12th straight for the Blue Jays against the Green Terror, secures outright the Centennial Conference championship for Johns Hopkins, which also earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The bracket for the tournament will be announced on ncaa.com today at 6 p.m. The Blue Jays will be making their fourth appearance in the NCAAs and their third in the past four years.
Jonathan Rigaud sandwiched touchdown runs of 2 and 7 yards around a 6-yard scoring run by freshman Brandon Cherry in the first quarter to help Johns Hopkins (9-1, 8-1 Centennial) to a quick 21-0 lead. The Blue Jays' first three scoring drives covered 64, 54 and 44 yards and none took longer than 3 minutes, 8 seconds.
In the second quarter, John Arena grabbed the first of two interceptions thrown by the Green Terror's Ryan Yamada. Johns Hopkins then went four plays and 68 yards to push the lead to 28-0 early in the quarter.
The Blue Jays topped the 500-yard mark in total offense for the fifth time this season with 309 rushing yards and 215 passing. Matey was 15-for-21 for 188 yards with one touchdown pass to Cherry and one rushing touchdown. Rigaud was one of four Blue Jays players to rush for more than 50 yards as he had 89 yards on 18 carries with the two scores.
Salisbury 48, Frostburg State 2: Quarterback Dan Griffin's two rushing touchdowns and one passing score led the visiting Sea Gulls to their ninth straight win over the Bobcats (3-7, 1-6 Empire 8) and made him the school's all-time leader in points (270).
Salisbury (8-2, 6-1) secured the Empire 8 Athletic Conference championship in the 14th annual Regents Cup game with the victory, and claimed consecutive conference titles for the first time since winning back-to-back Atlantic Central Football Conference championships in 2004-2005.
All four of Griffin's completions went to McGlinchey Regents Cup Most Valuable Player Isaiah Taylor (Hereford), who added a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown to go along with a 37-yard receiving touchdown.
Salisbury put the game away in the second half with 28 unanswered points.
Stevenson 28, FDU-Florham 13: K.K. Smith (Archbishop Spalding) rushed for a school-record 251 yards and three touchdowns while the Mustangs totaled a school-record 363 yards rushing in a season-ending Middle Atlantic Conference victory over the Devils (2-7, 2-6).
Stevenson (2-8, 2-7) ended an eight-game home losing streak by earning its second conference win of the season after posting just one a year ago during its inaugural season.
Freshman Alpha Jalloh (Annapolis Area Christian School) had a 51-yard interception return to end FDU-Florham's final possession.
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