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GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Johns Hopkins and Gettysburg have met 23 times in football since they began their series in 1911.

But never, going into yesterday's game at Musselman Stadium, had the Blue Jays won here.

This didn't figure to be the game that would end Hopkins' streak. Two Blue Jays starters -- receiver Ryan McCrum and cornerback Preston Young -- were in Baltimore taking the LSAT's for law school. Also, regular quarterback Dan Redziniak, who has not played since a neck injury in the opening game, was held out.

But Hopkins, led by tailbacks Hari Lymon and Don Zajick, each with a pair of touchdowns, ended the drought with a convincing 35-16 victory before a crowd of 3,245.

The Bullets hold an 18-3 lead in the series with a pair of ties.

Hopkins, which has lost only its opener against Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison (20-17), is 3-1 overall, 2-0 in the Centennial Conference. Gettysburg is 2-2 and 1-2. .

"Our team played with great intensity and emotion," said Hopkins coach Jim Margraff. "It took a while for us to figure out what we were going to do, but once we did, we ran the ball well. Gettysburg took away a lot of our fullback play."

Said Lymon, who gained 115 of Hopkins' 270 rushing yards: "This was the best we've run the ball by far. Give credit to our offensive line."

Gettysburg opened the scoring on its second possession. The Bullets drove 80 yards in 11 plays with running back Shannon Forsythe going 9 yards for the touchdown.

Then the 5-foot-5, 146-pound Lymon, from Baltimore City College, did what he's been doing for four years at Hopkins. He exploded through the middle of the Gettysburg line and out-ran the secondary for a 44-yard touchdown.

A 58-yard pass from Brett Lyons to Ed Esposito gave Gettysburg a first down at the Hopkins' 11. On fourth down, Wayne Rumsey kicked a 21-yard field goal and put the home team ahead, 10-7.

Hopkins came back and drove 63 yards in 11 plays. Lymon went 5 yards untouched around left end for the score.

Gettysburg gave Hopkins a gift early in the third period when Lyons, being tackled, threw in desperation -- right into the hands of Hopkins defensive lineman Tom Brewster, who ran it 20 yards to the Gettysburg 21.

Seven plays later, Zajick ran 2 yards for a touchdown.

The defensive play of the game came when Gettysburg drove to the Hopkins 1-yard line. On fourth down, strong safety Rob McGuire blitzed and threw Forsythe for a 1-yard loss.

Hopkins promptly marched 98 yards for another score. Victor Carter-Bey dived over from the 1.

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