Pickoff foils Hopkins' comeback in 30-27 loss to Muhlenberg

Hewitt Tomlin was intercepted by Kevin Ryan deep in Muhlenberg territory with just over two minutes remaining, ending Johns Hopkins' comeback hopes in a 30-27 loss to the visiting Mules on Saturday.

Hewitt Tomlin was intercepted by Kevin Ryan deep in Muhlenberg territory with just over two minutes remaining, ending Johns Hopkins' comeback hopes in a 30-27 loss to the visiting Mules on Saturday.

Muhlenberg (3-1, 3-0 Centennial Conference) went up 30-13 on a 37-yard field goal by Michael Katz in the fourth quarter before the Blue Jays (2-2, 2-1) rallied with two touchdowns in a four-minute span to make it 30-27 with more than four minutes remaining.

After forcing a Mules punt midway through the quarter, Hopkins needed just five plays to go 50 yards to cut the deficit to 30-20 with 7:44 remaining. Tomlin was 5-for-5 on the drive, which was capped by a 22-yard touchdown pass to junior Sam Wernick.

The Blue Jays defense forced a quick three-and-out on Muhlenberg's ensuing possession and moved 80 yards on 11 plays to pull within three. Tomlin was 5-for-6 on the drive, including a clutch throw to senior Tucker Michels keep the drive alive on a fourth-and-three, and junior Nick Fazio's second touchdown run of the game — this one from 13 yards out — made it a three-point game.

The Mules managed just 5 yards on their next drive and an 11-yard punt by Jason LoPipero went out of bounds at midfield to give the Blue Jays a golden opportunity with 3:11 on the clock.

Three rushing plays moved the ball to the Mules 27 before a false start moved the Blue Jays back 5 yards. That's when Ryan came up with a deflected pass at the Muhlenberg 15-yard line and the Mules got one first down they needed on the drive after Ryan's interception to seal the victory.

Ryan Piatek made a game-high 14 tackles for Johns Hopkins, which got two of its three interceptions from junior Sam Eagleson. Dan Deighan had four sacks.

Virginia State 16, Bowie State 15: Jarred Battle's 50-yard touchdown pass to Timothy Paulk with 1:07 left lifted the visiting Trojans (4-1, 2-0) over the Bulldogs (2-4, 2-1).

Bowie State quarterback Budd Clifton was intercepted on the next drive near midfield. He finished the game 16-for-29 passing, with touchdown throws to Tariq Jones and Ridwan Cole.

The Bulldogs picked off three passes, recovered two fumbles and scored a safety with 5:48 left in the game to increase their lead to five points.

Paulk caught seven passes for 117 yards including the game winning touchdown for Virginia State.

Alfred 49, Frostburg State 24: The Saxons, ranked 25th in Division III, gained 464 yards of offense in defeating visiting the visiting Bobcats.

Junior quarterback Tom Secky (Bemus Point, NY/Maple Grove) threw for 262 yards and sophomore tailback Chris Lopez (Rochester, NY/Pittsford Sutherland) ran for three touchdowns for the Saxons.

Alfred scored touchdowns on all five of its possessions of the first half and led 35-17 at halftime. The Saxons took the opening kickoff and drove 72 yards in just five plays, with quarterback Tom Secky hitting sophomore tight end Adam Schutz with a 49-yard scoring pass 2:02 into the game.

Frostburg closed to within 21-10, when Geoff Suddath connected with tight end Zach Zile on a 15-yard scoring pass with 10:49 left in the second to cap an 11-play 71-yard drive. Alfred answered on its next possession, driving 49 yards in six plays, with sophomore tailback Chris Lopez scoring on a 1-yard run with 8:06 left in the quarter.

Salisbury 31, Apprentice 7: Junior superback Randal Smedley had a career day as the Sea Gulls cruised in an Atlantic Central Football Conference opener.

This is the third time this season Salisbury has held an opponent to seven points.

The Sea Gulls allowed just 199 total offensive yards and limited the Builders to minus 35 rushing yards.

Smedley pushed Salisbury's lead to 17-0 with an 80-yard dash late in the third quarter and put up scoring runs of 5 and 7 yards in the final quarter as the Sea Gulls stretched their lead to 31-0 before the Builders (1-4, 0-1 ACFC) scored with a minute remaining in the game.

Smedley's 250 rushing yards are a career high, more than doubling his previous total of 121 against Frostburg State last November. The four touchdowns are also the best of his career and are one shy of the ACFC record, set in 2001, and one shy of the Salisbury record, which had stood since 1986. Smedley is Salisbury's first 200-yard rusher since Leroy Satchell went for 229 against Kean on Oct. 16, 2004.

The Sea Gulls will be off Saturday and will return to Sea Gull Stadium on Oct. 16, when they take on Huntingdon College as part of homecoming weekend.

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