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College Football: Green Terror studying for final test

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McDaniel's all-time series against Johns Hopkins dates back to 1894, and the time between the Green Terror's last win against the Blue Jays likely feels as long.

The Terror beat the Jays 41-7 on Nov. 11, 2000. Johns Hopkins has taken every meeting since, and goes after a 16th consecutive win over McDaniel today at Homewood Field in Baltimore.

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The Blue Jays are ranked among the nation's best Division III teams — No. 9 in the d3football.com poll, No. 7 in the American Football Coaches Association poll — and boast an undefeated record at 9-0 (8-0 in the Centennial Conference). Hopkins can win its sixth consecutive outright conference title, and the Jays have already secured the Centennial's automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA playoffs.

McDaniel (3-6, 3-5) is trying to finish with a four-win season for the first time in six years. Green Terror coach Mike Dailey said his players are excited for their chance to face a quality opponent such as Johns Hopkins.

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It's a barometer of sorts for a program trying to re-establish itself as a perennial contender. McDaniel ruled the Centennial some 20 years ago, with seven conference crowns between 1997-2004. The Green Terror won four in a row from 1997-2000 and reached the playoffs in five straight seasons (1997-2001).

"They're undefeated, they've had stellar recent years, in our conference, of success," Dailey said about Hopkins. "I think that's a challenge and an opportunity. And I think it's something that everybody looks for and look to. I know our guys have worked hard this week in practice and in preparation. They're not shying away at all that it's Johns Hopkins. They want to go out and play and see where they are, and I think that's exciting."

McDaniel had a brief two-game win streak snapped last week at home against Susquehanna, which jumped on the Terror early.

Junior running back Perry Stefanelli was a bright spot for McDaniel in the 37-20 setback. Stefanelli ran for 143 years, a career high, and posted the Green Terror's first 100-yard rushing performance of the year. McDaniel hadn't rushed for more than 170 yards as a team since the opener against Catholic.

Stefanelli and his offensive teammates will be facing a staunch defense in Hopkins, which allows 14.2 points per game against Centennial foes. The Blue Jays' defense features senior Dan Johnson, a Westminster graduate, who is third on the team with 55 tackles.

Johnson, who sees time on specials teams as well, also has 7.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and a pair of pass break-ups.

Quarterback Jonathan Germano leads the Blue Jays' offense with 2,494 passing yards (tops in the Centennial) and 23 touchdowns.

McDaniel faces a stiff test in trying to upset Johns Hopkins

"Hopkins is a great rival," Dailey said. "When I came here, I didn't realize that the rivalry did exist. But McDaniel, Western Maryland, has been playing Hopkins for over 100 years. Certainly ... a chance to measure yourself, see where you are against a nationally-ranked team."

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Terror Today

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Who: McDaniel (3-6, 3-5) at Johns Hopkins (9-0, 8-0)

When: Today at noon

Where: Homewood Field, Baltimore

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