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State football: Four TDs by Cherry lead Hopkins past Moravian

Senior running back Brandon Cherry (Boys' Latin) tied the Johns Hopkins record for touchdowns in a game with four — all before halftime — to lead the visiting Blue Jays to a 45-23 victory at Moravian on Saturday. The win improves Johns Hopkins' record to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Centennial Conference, while Moravian suffered its first loss of the season and slips to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the Centennial.

Johns Hopkins kept alive several long streaks with the victory, including regular-season winning streak (24), September winning streak (22) and regular-season road winning streak (12).

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After Moravian missed a field-goal attempt on its opening possession, Cherry and the Blue Jays wasted little time getting going as he capped Hopkins' first drive with a 73-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. The run was the second longest of Cherry's career and the sixth longest in school history.

The drive covered 80 yards and was one of five first-half touchdown drives for the Blue Jays that covered 68 or more yards as Hopkins gained 383 yards of total offense before halftime.

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Cherry added a 14-yard touchdown run that completed an 11-play 63-yard drive late in the first quarter, and he went over from 6 yards out early in the second quarter to make it 21-0. His 6-yard scoring run capped a 10-play, 94-yard drive.

The 21-point lead grew to 35 by the half as junior quarterback Jonathan Germano hit Quinn Donaldson from 10 yards out with 4:32 remaining in the second quarter, and Cherry completed his day's work when he took a screen pass 34 yards for a score to account for the final first-half scoring just 68 seconds before intermission.

Stevenson 17, Lebanon Valley 14: The visiting Mustangs forced a program-high eight turnovers and four interceptions, recovered four fumbles and made six sacks as they defeated the Flying Dutchmen (1-2, 1-1), in a Middle Atlantic Conference contest at Arnold Field.

Stevenson (3-0, 2-0) has started 3-0 for the second straight season after starting the 2014 season with four consecutive victories. The Mustangs improved to 10-1 in September games since the start of the 2013 season.

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Stevenson has won six straight games dating to last season and is 11-3 in its past 14. It was the 25th consecutive game in which the Mustangs have forced a turnover, and they improved to 17-0 in program history when holding opponents to under 20 points.

Stevenson forced three turnovers in the opening 3:23 of the game, including a forced fumble and recovery by junior Jimmy Lauer. After a 23-yard pass and catch by sophomore Jeff Farrah to classmate Devin Salisbury, Farrah found junior Seth Jordan for an opening 8-yard touchdown pass. The Mustangs have scored on two of their three opening possessions this season.

Frostburg State 42, Southern Virginia 7: Gavin Lavat rushed for two touchdowns to power the Bobcats (2-1, 1-0 New Jersey Athletic Conference) past the host Knights (0-2, 0-1).

Lavat, who had 12 carries for 66 yards, rushed for touchdowns of 5 yards and 3 yards in the first and third quarters, respectively. Southern Virginia was held scoreless until Sergio Andino had a 49-yard punt return with less than a minute to play.

Salisbury 46, Montclair State 14: The visiting Sea Gulls (1-1, 1-0 New Jersey Athletic Conference) led 23-0 at the half and rolled past the host Red Hawks (0-2, 0-1).

Jerome Johnson had a 3-yard rushing touchdown and a 9-yard touchdown reception for Salisbury. The Sea Gulls outrushed Montclair State 382-84.

Muhlenberg 55, McDaniel 0: The host Mules (2-1, 1-1 Centennial) scored 41 first-half points en route to a shutout of the Green Terror (0-3, 0-2).

Ben Kahn led McDaniel with a career-high eight tackles. Claude-Michel Richardson added a team-best nine stops.

Nick Savant led Muhlenberg with 122 rushing yards while Max Cepeda added 108 yards on the ground as part of a 399-yard rushing attack.

Morgan State 61, Virginia-Lynchburg 0: The Bears won their home opener against the Dragons (0-3).

Virginia-Lynchburg, a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, is on the NCAA's list of "noncountable" opponents because it does not meet NCAA accreditation standards. Statistics from the game won't be recognized by the NCAA.

Morgan State lost its first two games, to Air Force and Illinois State, by a combined score of 130-21.

Central Connecticut State 21, Bowie State 14: Jacob Dolegala rushed 4 yards for a touchdown and Ed Groth kicked the extra point with 1:42 left in the game as the host Blue Devils (1-2) beat the Bulldogs (2-1).

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