Senior quarterback Robbie Matey completed 14 of 23 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns in No. 14 Johns Hopkins' 35-17 victory over Centennial Conference foe Dickinson at Homewood Field on Friday night. But he could have had more.
On the offense’s second possession, his deep throw to Dan Wodicka fell just out of the senior wide receiver’s reach. On first-and-10 from the Red Devils’ 37-yard line in the second quarter, Matey overthrew Brendan Hartman on a seam route in which the senior tight end had no one between him and the end zone.
And on the Blue Jays’ next series, Matey overthrew sophomore tight end Michael O’Connell on another seam route. O’Connell, too, had a clear lane to the end zone.
Asked about the missed chances, Matey said: “Just frustrating because we come out and play so hard and we practice so hard. So just to miss some opportunities like that is frustrating. But [you've] got to have a quick memory and bounce back. Our running backs really picked us up today.”
Matey also used his legs to his advantage, carrying the ball three times for 56 yards, including a 47-yard scamper that led to a 15-yard scoring strike to senior wide receiver Jared Beekman in the fourth quarter.
Asked whether he was satisfied with his showing, Matey said: “Yes and no. You always want to be the best you can be. You’re never satisfied.”
Coach Jim Margraff shrugged off the missed plays.
“He’s played great to this point. He just played well tonight,” Margraff said. “But it’s nothing we’re worried about. We’re coming off a two-week break, in a sense. So I’m sure he’ll sharpen things up. Sometimes, expectations are high, and I think he embraces that. I know he’ll do great things.”