Johns Hopkins at McDaniel
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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 88th meeting between McDaniel (5-4, 3-4 CC) and Johns Hopkins (7-2, 6-1 CC) in a series that dates back to 1894. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 47-35-5, including wins in the last eight meetings. Today's game marks the 82nd consecutive season when the two long-time rivals have been scheduled to be the final game on each other's schedules.
WHEN LAST WE MET: McDaniel capped the 2008 season, falling 27-10 at Johns Hopkins for its second consecutive 1-7 CC season. Then-junior Andrew Kase recorded his second 200-yard rushing day against the Green Terror, running for 211 yards to give the Blue Jays their eighth straight win against McDaniel.
LAST TIME OUT: Nick DeLuca (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) converted three field goals, including the game-winning 20-yarder as time expired to lift McDaniel to a 22-20 victory over last Saturday. The Green Terror built a 13-0 lead over the game's first 22:02 before the Bullets registered 20 of the game's next 26 points to take a one-point lead with four minutes to play. DeLuca, however, capped a 14-play march that covered 54 yards with a 20-yard field goal from the left hash to send McDaniel to its second straight road victory and first win in Gettysburg since 2001.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Nick DeLuca was named the CC Special Teams Player of the Week after converting the game-winning 20-yard field goal as time expired at Gettysburg on Saturday. It was his third field goal of the day. He also converted from 40 and 22 yards in the first half. His 40-yarder matched the rookie's career long.
WITH HONORS: T.J. Develin (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) and Mike Weick (Holland, Pa./Penn Charter) each earned spots on their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls last week. Develin earned the offensive nod after rushing for 113 yards on 16 carries to lead the McDaniel offense in its win at Gettysburg. Weick was named to the defensive ledger after he was a key member of the defense that limited Gettysburg to 330 yards of total offense. He led the way with nine tackles, including six solo stops. He added the game's lone sack.
LEADING THE WAY: Matt Cahill (Broomall, Pa./Haverford Twp.), Austin Herr (Millersville, Pa./Penn Manor), Aaron Slaughter (Baltimore, Md./Loyola), Mike Weick and Eric Zwilsky (Knoxville, Md./Brunswick) will all captain the squad in 2009. The five captains are the most named by the Green Terror since five players led the 2003 squad. Three of the four elected to the post this season are two-time captains. Cahill, Slaughter and Zwilsky were all captains in 2008 as well. They are the 11th, 12th and 13th two-time captains during Tim Keating's tenure.
THANK YOU, SENIORS: Today marks the final game for up to 22 McDaniel seniors. Among the group is 12 of the 22 starters on offense and defense. No fewer than seven of those 12 have been four-year starters for the Green Terror. The contingent enters today's game with 12 career wins and has assured itself the first non-losing season of its tenure this year and can have the program's first winning season since 2004 with a win today.
ISN'T IT GRAND: Today marks the 1,000th game in Green Terror football history. Over the first 999 games, teams have compiled an overall record of 507-443-49 for a winning percentage of .532. Now in its 115th season, then-Western Maryland played its first intercollegiate football game on Oct. 31, 1891 against Gettysburg, falling 64-0. The Green Terror didn't get its first win until the third game that season, shutting out New Windsor, 66-0. Two years ago, Tim Keating, the 23rd coach in the program's storied history, ushered McDaniel into the 500-win club, becoming the 25th Division III team to join the elite club. Once today's game becomes official, the Green Terror will join another elite club - that of those who have played 1,000 games. Only Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg and Dickinson in the CC are members of that group.
BOOTING THE BULLETS: McDaniel had lost its last two meetings with Gettysburg - the first time that had happened since 1993-94 - before Saturday. However, Saturday's win was reminiscent of the Green Terror's last victory over the Bullets. In Saturday's 22-20 win at Gettysburg, Nick DeLuca had to convert a 20-yard field goal as time expired to overcome a one-point deficit and give McDaniel its first win in Gettysburg since 2001. The last time the Green Terror defeated the Bullets it was a late field goal. Just like DeLuca, Jay Leonard had converted two field goals earlier in the game and was sent on the field late in the game for his third. With the game knotted at 14, Leonard converted a career-long 46-yard attempt with 2.7 seconds to play for the win.
JUST KILLIN' TIME: On Saturday, McDaniel held the ball for 40 minutes, 24 seconds. It marked the longest the Green Terror kept possession in a single game since holding the ball for 40:31 at Susquehanna on Sept. 14, 2002. McDaniel did it in a fashion the offense hasn't been used to this season - long drives. After putting together just three drives that lasted 14 plays or longer through the first eight games of the season, the Green Terror put together a trio of 14-play drives on Saturday - all of which resulted in points. The first two 14-play possessions came back-to-back in the second quarter, consuming 13 minutes, 14 seconds. The final long drive wiped the final 3:54 on the clock en route to Nick DeLuca's 20-yard game-winning field goal.
THREE'S COMPANY: With his 225-yard performance on Saturday, Tom Massucci (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) moved into fifth place on the Green Terror's single-season passing list. The sophomore has thrown for 1,838 yards through the first nine games, leaving him 162 yards shy of recording the fifth 2,000-yard passing season in program history. became just the fifth different Green Terror signal caller to throw for 1,500 yards in a season. However, even more impressive is where his 1,613 yards ranks him. His fifth 200-yard game of the season - and third straight - moved him past two more of Ron Sermarini's campaigns. He has already passed the best season put up by Brad Baer (1,513, 2006) and Jamie Harris (1,595, 2001). Only Sermarini's senior campaign (1999, 2,069 yards) and Brian Van Deusen's three years as the starter are better than Massucci's first as the full-time starter.
TERROR TIDBITS: Today marks the first time two coaches in the state of Maryland have met with 100 victories at their respective schools. Tim Keating enters today's game with 103 wins at McDaniel while Jim Margraff has 126 victories to his credit at Johns Hopkins... T.J. Develin has moved into 13th place all-time on the career rushing list (1,501 yards) and needs 103 today to crack the top 10... Eric Zwilsky (Knoxville, Md./Brunswick) notched his second rushing touchdown in as many weeks after not finding the end zone at all in the first seven games of his senior campaign... The offensive line has allowed just 11 sacks this year and is on pace for the lowest total in the Tim Keating era, breaking the 2001 mark of 16. With four or fewer sacks, the unit would allow the fewest sacks in a season since the 1992 squad allowed just four... C.J. Billera broke Teron Powell's freshman receiving record of 310 yards (1995) with his 55-yard receiving day on Saturday. Billera has 33 catches for 336 yards this year.
COACHES' CORNER: Tim Keating is in his 17th season at the helm of the Green Terror. His 103 victories are the most by any McDaniel coach. Keating enters today's game with record of 103-69-3, guiding the program to seven CC championships and a pair of NCAA playoff wins. Before coming to the Hill, Keating notched a 26-23 record in five seasons at Wesley... Jim Margraff is in his 20th season at Johns Hopkins. The all-time winngingest coach in program history, he has compiled a record of 126-74-3 in his tenure with the Blue Jays. After earning a share of three consecutive conference titles, Margraff led Johns Hopkins to its first outright claim to the title and NCAA tournament bid in 2005. The Blue Jays have also claimed three ECAC titles in his tenure.
THE WORD ON JOHNS HOPKINS: The Blue Jays enter today's game off a 51-13 victory over Franklin & Marshall last Saturday. In the showdown for first place, Johns Hopkins dominated on both sides of the ball, rolling up 507 yards of total offense and holding the Diplomats to 259 - 114 yards below their season average. The Blue Jay rush defense, which leads the CC at 79.1 yards per game, limited F&M to -20 yards on the ground. Andrew Kase rushed for 198 yards to give 4,132 for his career and become the first Johns Hopkins running back with 4,000 yards in his career... Kase has seven 100-yard rushing games, including the season-best 198 last week against the Diplomats. He has run for more than 200 yards in each of his last two games against McDaniel... The Blue Jays have scored 50 points in each of their last two games - the first time that has happened since 1967. The 1967 feat was also leading into the showdown with the Green Terror - a game in which Johns Hopkins won, 13-6... Kase is the only 1,000-yard runner in the conference this season with 1,178 yards... A win for the Blue Jays this afternoon secures their fifth CC title and first since 2005. Even with a Dickinson, by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker, Johns Hopkins would earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament - its second all-time.