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Centennial Conference title may be on the horizon, but Johns Hopkins football is focused on Ursinus

Johns Hopkins football players Dan Johnson (#20), Rob Gorman (#47) Stuart Walters (#3) and others run onto the field before game. Johns Hopkins football, a Top 10 and perennial playoff team, defeated the Muhlenberg Mules by score of 49 to 28 at Homewood Field.
Johns Hopkins football players Dan Johnson (#20), Rob Gorman (#47) Stuart Walters (#3) and others run onto the field before game. Johns Hopkins football, a Top 10 and perennial playoff team, defeated the Muhlenberg Mules by score of 49 to 28 at Homewood Field. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Saturday's 36-7 demolition of Centennial Conference rival Gettysburg has moved Johns Hopkins one step closer to capturing what would be the program's seventh consecutive league championship.

The Blue Jays, who improved to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference for the fifth straight year and are ranked No. 10 in the latest D3football.com poll, have just three games left in the regular season, and two of those contests involve a pair of teams that have two combined wins and just one in the Centennial.

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But while the league title may be within arm's reach, coach Jim Margraff said the team isn't distracted by the prize.

"That's always what we're shooting for, but we're not there yet," he said Wednesday morning. "I talked to the guys the other day, and every week is a season in a sense. We're just totally focused on being 1-0 this week, and that's carried over into some good success over the last few years, and it's important to keep that focus and continue on that path this week."

That path brings an Ursinus team to Homewood Field on Saturday at 1 p.m. that is just 2-5 overall and 1-5 in the conference. The Bears have dropped their last three games, getting outscored 100-41 overt that span.

But Margraff said the players aren't looking past Ursinus.

"I think they're smart enough guys to realize what is ahead of them," he said. "Quite honestly, you watch Ursinus, and sometimes teams are just having a rough year and you can see why on film, but here you don't – other than the fact that they've lost some quarterbacks. Defensively, they're very good. They're senior-laden, they've got some of the top players in the conference defensively, and they've just had a rough go of it the last couple of weeks. I think our guys see them pretty clearly on film."

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