A pair of starters in cornerback Curtis Antrum and left guard Fernando Concepcion sat out Johns Hopkins' 52-20 rout of Western New England in Saturday's NCAA Division III playoff game, and injuries are expected to sideline the duo for Saturday's second-round game at home against Wesley.
Coach Jim Margraff declined to discuss the nature of their injuries, but said their return is not likely.
"He's probably doubtful for this week," Margraff said Tuesday of Antrum. "Not really sure. Same thing for Fernando quite honestly."
Antrum, who has recorded 16 tackles and one interception in eight games, is regarded as the top cornerback for the No. 8 Blue Jays (11-0). But the defense fared well against Western New England with junior cornerback Marcus Spearman posting an interception and a fumble recovery and senior cornerback Charlie Kassis registering an interception.
"You always want to have your best out there," Margraff conceded. "But Charlie and Curtis were both hurt early. We started the season with Marcus Spearman and [sophomore] Michael Munday. So those guys have gotten a ton of reps. We've played four corners back there on a very regular basis. It's good, and we're going to need it. [Wesley has] got some great wide receivers with good speed and a quarterback who might be the best in Division III. The more, the better, but we've got good players, and we're comfortable going into the game with who we have."
Junior Blake LaDouceur is expected to make his fourth consecutive start at left guard for Concepcion against the No. 11 Wolverines (10-1).
Margraff said senior running back Brandon Cherry is poised to return on Saturday. The Parkville resident and Boys' Latin graduate, who ranks second on the team in yards (713) and rushing touchdowns (eight) was dressed against Western New England, but did not play as a precaution.
"He was ready to play last week, but it was my decision to keep him out," Margraff said. "He's made it pretty clear that he'd like to play this week. We'll see how he does in practice and see where we are."