You can take away its starting quarterback for four games, remove its leading tackler for two. You can even throw a Division I-AA opponent in its path, or give it the worst possible field position. Nothing bothers the Johns Hopkins football team.
The Blue Jays extended their winning streak to six games last night, driving 99 yards to score the go-ahead touchdown in a 7-3 victory over Georgetown in the rain at Homewood Field.
Strong safety Rob McGuire (71 tackles) couldn't play because of an eye injury, but the Blue Jays defense didn't blink. Last weekend, they held Muhlenberg to 18 rushing yards, recorded nine sacks and forced three turnovers in a 14-11 victory. Last night, they prolonged the scoring problems that have hounded Georgetown all season.
The Hoyas (3-3) moved the ball but couldn't get much production in the red zone. A field goal to close the first half gave them a 3-0 lead, but Hopkins (6-1) nearly marched the length of the field in 16 plays, with sophomore Don Zajick scoring from the 7 late in the third quarter.
It's believed to be the longest drive in Blue Jays history, and it broke the Hoyas backs.
"We have a great defense and an offense that won't quit," said Hopkins coach Jim Margraff, whose team tied the schools' best start, in 1967. "The guys just kept going hard."
Georgetown threw a scare into the Blue Jays by getting to their 18 with less than two minutes remaining, but a holding call nullified an apparent touchdown reception by Jim Cesare and a fourth-down pass in the end zone was knocked away by Preston Young and John Donovan.
The Blue Jays started slowly, punting on all four possessions and only once crossing midfield. They twice fumbled deep in their territory, but made the recovery.
The teams were scoreless until Georgetown's Andy Taylor kicked an 18-yard field goal as the first half expired.
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