Of the many losses on the offensive side of the ball for a Johns Hopkins football team that made its third straight playoff appearance and fourth in the last five years, perhaps no unit suffered more of a blow than the offensive line.
The No. 8 Blue Jays could not protect a one-point lead in the final minute of regulation on Saturday, as No. 14 Wesley marched 82 yards on five plays and in 31 seconds to score a touchdown and escape from Homewood Field in Baltimore with a 29-24 victory in a first-round game of the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Parkville native leads the No. 8 Blue Jays in rushing with 962 yards and has scored eight touchdowns. His play is one of several reasons why Johns Hopkins (10-0) captured the program's third straight Centennial Conference title and earned the right to play host to No. 14 Wesley (8-2) in a NCAA tournament first-round game at Homewood Field in Baltimore this Saturday at noon.
The No. 14 Johns Hopkins football team scored a convincing 42-17 victory over visiting Dickinson at Homewood Field on Friday night, and the Blue Jays (6-0, 5-0 Centennial Conference) did so without their top wide receiver.
Stuart Walters, a freshman running back, rushed nine times for 121 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, and Brandon Cherry, a sophomore, gained 90 yards on eight carries in the second half to power No. 14 Johns Hopkins to a 42-17 thumping of Dickinson.
The No. 14 Johns Hopkins football team will end a two-week respite by welcoming Centennial Conference rival Dickinson to Homewood Field in Baltimore Friday night, but the offense is expected to play without J.D. Abbott.
The Johns Hopkins football team has started 2-0 this season, perhaps affirming preseason accolades in several national publications. That respect, however, has raised the bar for a program that has captured the past four Centennial Conference titles.
On Saturday, Johns Hopkins managed to do something it had never done in the history of it's football program. The Blue Jays won a home playoff game, defeating Washington & Jefferson, 42-10, in the first round of the Division III tournament at Homewood Field.