McDaniel and Johns Hopkins have been playing each other in the last week of the regular season for more than seven decades.
The Centennial Conference rivals continue their series, one that dates back to 1894, with the 97th all-time meeting Saturday in Baltimore, and the Green Terror are looking to end some droughts.
They come into the season finale against the Blue Jays, for the 71st time, at 3-6, losers of four in a row. And, they haven’t defeated Johns Hopkins since 2000 — the Jays (8-1, 7-1 Centennial) hold a 17-game win streak over McDaniel, and lead the series 56-35-5.
A Green Terror win would keep McDaniel (2-6 Centennial) from finishing 3-7 for three consecutive seasons.
Hopkins clinched its ninth straight conference championship in last year’s 56-21 victory in Week 10, and also earned a trip to the NCAA Division III tournament. They’ll do the same with a win Saturday and earn at least a piece of the Centennial title.
Muhlenberg is also 8-1 (7-1) and plays Moravian (5-4, 4-4) on Saturday.
McDaniel will face a nationally ranked opponent for a third time this fall — the Jays are 16th in the latest d3football.com top 25 poll.
It will be another challenge for the Terror defense, one of the top in the conference all season.
Last week against Susquehanna, the Green Terror defense recorded nine tackles for loss. It was the fifth time in nine games this season that the defense had no fewer than nine tackles in the backfield.
McDaniel had posted just four such games in the last two seasons combined.
The Terror’s offense struggled, however, in a 20-3 loss to the River Hawks.
Senior running backs Isaac Murray and John Chamberlin have combined for 1,074 rushing yards this season. Murray is averaging 5.5 yards on 106 carries. He has a 63-yard run among his 583 yards rushing. He also has four touchdowns.
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Chamberlin is averaging 3.9 yards on 127 carries. He has a 53-yard run and four touchdowns among his 491 yards.