Week 9 Notes - Diplomats Travel to Baltimore

Week 9 Notes - Diplomats Travel to Baltimore

The Game: No. 8 Johns Hopkins (8-0, 7-0 CC) welcomes F&M (6-2, 5-2 CC) to Homewood Field. 

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Series History: Johns Hopkins and Franklin & Marshall meet for the 67th time in a series that began in Baltimore with a 10-3 F&M win in 1912. The Diplomats hold a 35-29-2 lead in the series and a 19-14-2 mark in Baltimore. Since Centennial Conference play began in 1983, Johns Hopkins owns a 19-13 edge. Hopkins had won 10 straight over F&M leading up to the 2007 meeting, a 19-11 F&M win. That was Hopkins' longest streak in the series. F&M owns the longest streak between the two teams, taking 17 matchups between 1971 and 1988.  

Tops in the CC: Two receivers rank in the top-10 in the Centennial Conference in receiving yards. Andrew DeStefano is sixth with 67 yards per game while Bobby Keyes comes in at 56.6 ypg and ranks 10th. Brendan Daly is second in the CC with eight pass break ups and ranks fourth with 45 solo stops. 

The Last Meeting: Franklin & Marshall held No. 8 Johns Hopkins to its lowest offensive production of the season, but was unable to overcome a combination of missed opportunities and turnovers, falling 33-14 to the Blue Jays last year on Nov. 8. 

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Matt Magarity had a game-high 90 rushing yards on 15 carries while Scott LaValva finished with 71 on 31 carries and two scores. Magarity added another 105 through the air, completing 9-of-18 passes, while Jordan Zackery hauled in four passes for 37 yards. 

Brian Velasco led the defense with seven stops (5 solo) along with Jon Naji who also had seven stops with one going for a loss. Ryan Young had six tackles and Aaron Fant finished with five tackles and an interception. Nicolaas Drapanas had two pass break-ups and Daly finished with an interception and two pass break-ups.   

Last Week for F&M: Franklin & Marshall scored 13 unanswered points to start the second half and the defense picked up three interceptions as the Diplomats defeated Susquehanna 16-7 last Saturday afternoon. 

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Tanner Erisman completed 9-of-16 passes for 137 yards and a score and added another 71 yards on eight rushes.  

Logan Lewis picked up 86 yards on 14 rushes and David Shellhammer chipped in another 48 yards for the Diplomats.  

Bobby Keyes hauled in five catches for 33 yards and Andrew DeStefano had 46 yards on two grabs and one score.  

Benjamin Okun had seven solo stops for the defense while Tre Henderson finished with six and a pick. Nathan English had six solo stops, including one for a loss and an interception while Joe Granahan ended with two sacks, three TFLs, and six solo tackles.  

Brendan Daly had four stops, two TFL, and a sack and Michael Sullivan finished with a sack and two TFL. 

Last Week for Johns Hopkins: The eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins football team scored 21 points in a six-minute span late in the second quarter to turn a 14-6 lead into a 35-6 halftime advantage and the Blue Jays rolled up 536 yards of total offense in a 49-13 win over Ursinus at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. 

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The win is the 29th straight in the regular season, 26th straight in the Centennial Conference and 19th straight in October for Johns Hopkins, which is also 8-0 for the fifth straight season. 

Jonathan Germano was 15-of-23 for 270 yards with three touchdowns against two interceptions and also rushed for 44 yards on 10 carries. His favorite target was once again Bradley Munday as he had seven receptions for 118 yards and the one score. Brandon Cherry rushed for a team-high 89 yards and the one score and Stuart Walters had 137 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns. 

The Johns Hopkins defense allowed just the one first-half touchdown with Bekier's fumble recovery accounting for the other Ursinus points. Dan Johnson led the Blue Jays with five tackles, while Toner, Corliss and junior Jack Campbell posted interceptions. 

James Hickey rushed for 85 yards and Nick Lundholm had six receptions for 67 yards, but quarterback James Emmett was just 16-of-38 for 162 yards and threw two of the Bears' three interceptions and was sacked four times. 

Tim Rafter posted a game-high 14 tackles for Ursinus, which also got 13 tackles from Cody Richmond. 

The Last Meeting in Baltimore: Franklin & Marshall fell 45-30 in a shootout with Johns Hopkins on Nov. 9, 2013. 

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E.J. Schneider completed 16-of-29 passes for 207 yards and tossed two touchdowns. He added another 99 on 21 rushes. Frank Strumolo went over the 100-yard plateau for the second straight week and racked up 136 yards on 25 touches and two scores. 

Tim Muller led all receivers with 88 yards on nine catches while Zackery finished with 73 on four catches and two scores.  

John Stark and Ryan Feulner paced the defense with 10 tackles apiece while Brian Velasco and Chris DeStefano finished with eight stops each. 

Hopkins outgained F&M slightly with a 461-424 edge in total offensive yards.  

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