Diplomats Fall to Blue Jays

Diplomats Fall to Blue Jays

LANCASTER, Pa. – Johns Hopkins rallied from a two point halftime deficit, producing three unanswered scores in the second half, on its way to a 24-9 Centennial Conference (CC) win over Franklin & Marshall Saturday afternoon at Sponaugle-Williamson Field.

The Diplomats fell to 6-3 overall, 5-3 CC while the Blue Jays improved to 6-3, 6-2 CC.

Hopkins went ahead first with a one-yard touchdown run from Kale Sweeney to cap off a 12-play, 77 yard, drive putting the Jays up 7-0.

F&M answered on its ensuing drive marching 61 yards and a score. John Harrison (23 for 33, 214 yards) hit Michael Deutch (2 receptions-52 yards) at the Hopkins 25, before the senior tight end ran through two tacklers at the 15, and scored the Diplomats first touchdown of the game. The PAT snap was high making it 7-6.

The Diplomats' defense prevented another Jays' score when Ty Savastio picked off Michael Giampapa in the endzone on third and goal from the F&M five.

Chris DeStefano's 25-yard field goal put F&M ahead 9-7 with 5:10 left in the first half. DeStefano's boot was set up by a nine-yard pass from Harrison to Jay Ridinger (10-68) on third down.

The Blue Jays wasted little time in regaining the lead, scoring on the opening drive of the second half. Hewitt Tomlin (20 for 29, 313 yards) hit a streaking Sam Wenick (4-124), down the left sideline, for a 61-yard scoring strike and a 14-9 Hopkins lead.

After forcing the Diplomats to punt, Hopkins tacked on another score. Tomlin orchestrated a seven-play, 81 yards, scoring drive that was capped off by a one-yard plunge by Tyler Porco. The drive was highlighted by Tomlin's pass to Wernick on a 52-yard pass, on third down, that put the Jays at the Diplomats' seven.

Alex Lachman made it 24-9 with a 36-yard field goal with 1:31 left in the third quarter. The field goal was Lachman's 44th of his career and set a new CC record.

Shane Gray paced F&M's defense with nine tackles while C.T. Marsh recorded a sack in his eighth straight game and moved to 12th all-time in school history -- tied with Joesph Procida '87.

Harrison went over the 600 completions and 6,500 passing yards plateaus and Ridinger is 77 yards shy of moving to 4th all-time on the career receiving list.

The Diplomats will travel to Gettysburg next Saturday in the regular season finale. Kick off 1 p.m.