Big fourth quarter propels Blue Jays to 10th straight win over McDaniel
BALTIMORE, Md. – Hewitt Tomlin completed 23 of 37 passes for 340 yards – his eighth career 300-yard passing game – to lead Johns Hopkins to a 34-10 Centennial Conference (CC) football victory over McDaniel in the season finale on Saturday.
With the victory and Moravian's 14-13 win over Muhlenberg, the Blue Jays (7-3, 7-2 CC) share the conference title with the Mules and Ursinus, which defeated Dickinson, 35-21. Muhlenberg earns the CC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by virtue of wins over both Ursinus and Johns Hopkins.
Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) led the Green Terror (5-5, 4-5 CC) on offense with 63 yards rushing. Matt Cahill (Broomall, Pa./Haverford Twp.) finished his career with a 5-catch, 54-yard afternoon to become the third player in program history with 2,000 yards receiving. Cahill completes his career with a program-record 156 receptions and 2,004 yards.
Johns Hopkins took its first possession 80 yards on eight plays for a 7-0 lead just 6:18 into the game.
After Jake Nichols (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) boomed a 53-yard punt just into the end zone, Tomlin hit Dan Crowley on a 22-yard pass play to open the Blue Jays' day on offense.
One play after a holding call took a touchdown off the board, Tomlin found Nick Fazio on a swing pass from 17-yards out for a 7-0 lead.
The Green Terror took advantage of a 32-yard Kevin White (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Haverford Twp.) interception return, taking over at the Johns Hopkins 19. Despite only being able to muster four yards on three plays, Nichols converted a 32-yard field goal to trim the deficit to 7-3 with 3:03 remaining in the first quarter.
It remained a four-point game until the Blue Jays once again marched 80 yards after a Nichols touchback.
Tyler Porco found paydirt on the ninth play of the drive on a designed quarterback keeper on first-and-goal from the 10. Lachman converted the PAT for a 14-3 advantage with 6:46 to play in the first half.
Nearly four minutes later, Scott Barletta stretched the lead to 21-3, capping a 5-play, 55-yard drive from two yards out. A Tomlin-to-Tucker Michels 32-yard pass play one play down the near sideline after a second holding call wiped a touchdown off the board keyed the drive.
Lachman hit a 24-yard field goal with 14.9 seconds showing for a 24-3 halftime lead.
On the Green Terror's first possession of the second half, Vince Snarski (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield) scored his first collegiate touchdown, capping a 9-play, 70-yard drive with a two-yard dive at the 9:16 mark of the period.
After McDaniel held Johns Hopkins to just 23 yards of total offense in the third quarter, Fazio ripped off a 25-yard carry on the team's second play of the fourth quarter to ignite a 10-play, 77-yard drive that stretched the lead to 27-10 with a Lachman 20-yard field goal.
A 10-yard punt gave the Blue Jays possession at the Green Terror 35 and four plays later, Fazio scored from two yards out for a 34-10 advantage that set the final margin with 9:17 on the clock.
Diego Weiner (Miami, Fla./Riverside Military Academy [Ga.]) led the McDaniel defense with 10 tackles.
Ryan Piatek and Taylor Maciow pace Johns Hopkins on defense with 13 and 11 tackles, respectively.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Catholic on Sept. 3, 2011.