F&M looks to end hard luck streak against Johns Hopkins;

Oct. 5, 2006

The overall gridiron series between Franklin & Marshall and Johns Hopkins is in F&M's favor. After all, they have 33 wins over Hopkins against only 22 losses in a rivalry that started way back in 1912.

The last decade, however, has been a different story.

The Blue Jays have won the last nine meetings between the two teams, including the last four in Lancaster. Last year, Johns Hopkins cruised to a 19-7 win over our Dips.

What's in store this time around?

Both are on opposite ends of the Centennial Conference standings. F&M (2-2, 1-0) opened with an impressive 24-10 win over Muhlenberg on the road, while Johns Hopkins (1-3, 0-1) was handed a loss at the hands of Dickinson College, 21-13.

Still, the visitors will bring an explosive offense into town, as evidenced in part in the Dickinson game. Quarterback Michael Murray can throw when he needs to; he hit wide out Anthony Triplin for a 63-yard scoring strike last Saturday.

As for their kicking game, kicker Ben Scott showed his range by nailing a 48-yard field goal, so field position could play a key factor.

The Diplomats aren't exactly a slouch through the air themselves, as quarterback Kyle Turner was an impressive 14-for-25 with three touchdown passes last week.

He hit Rob Donofrio, Matt Mondonedo and Paul Fix for scoring strikes. Place kicker Paul Sousa added a short field goal to account for the Dips' scoring. Donofrio caught four passes for 112 yards; Sousa added three tackles on the other side of the ball.

George Farrell again led the defense as he kept pressure on the Muhlenberg quarterback all afternoon.

"To win this game we will need to eliminate any mental mistakes and not turn the ball over," Coach John Troxell said. "We will need to win the field position battle as well. They are the best team in this league, along with Dickinson, and if you want to be the best you have to beat the best. This will be a very tough challenge for our football team."

Hopkins' major problem this season has been turnovers; they are -10 in the turnover/takeaway department.