Johns Hopkins-Randolph-Macon Game Notes
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The Teams: Johns Hopkins enjoyed the finest season in school history in 2009 as the Blue Jays posted a 10-3 record, won the Centennial Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Randolph-Macon posted a 6-4 record last season and opened the 2010 season in grand fashion with a 54-14 win at Methodist last Saturday. The Yellow Jackets led 35-7 at the half and rolled up 487 yards of total offense.
For Openers: The Blue Jays are 11-8-1 in season-openers under head coach Jim Margraff and have won eight of their last 11 lid-lifters.
We Are the Champions: Johns Hopkins won its fifth overall Centennial Conference title in 2009, including its second outright title. JHU had never won a CC Championship prior to 2002, but has now grabbed at least a share of five of the last eight titles. The Blue Jays shared the title in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and took the title outright in 2005 and 2009.
In the Polls: Johns Hopkins is ranked 19th in this week's d3football.com poll. The AFCA Poll for this season won't debut for several more weeks.
Johns Hopkins closed the 2009 seson ranked eighth in the final AFCA Division III Coaches Poll, 11th in the d3football.com Poll and second in the Lambert Cup Poll. All three rankings are the highest in school history - final or otherwise. The number eight ranking in the AFCA Poll is the highest final ranking for a Centennial Conference team in the history of that poll (poll debuted in 1999). The Lambert Trophy is presented annually to the top team in the East in each of the four divisions of the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III).
Road Warriors: The Blue Jays posted a 6-2 record on the road last season after punching up a 4-1 record on the road in 2008. JHU is 14-4 since the start of the 2007 season on the road and 36-13 on the road since the start of the 2001 season.
More Road Warriors: Johns Hopkins played its final four games of the 2009 season on the road (one regular season game - three NCAA Playoff games) and will open the 2010 season with three straight away from Homewood. Johns Hopkins will be one of the last teams in the nation to play a home game this season when the Blue Jays finally return to Homewood on October 2 to play Muhlenberg.
JHU Ties Victory Record: The 10 wins for the Blue Jays last season tied the school record for victories in a season. Previously, JHU had won 10 games in a season just once (2003).
Against the ODAC: Since starting a series against Bridgewater in 1996, the Blue Jays have played 26 games against teams from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Blue Jays are 18-8 in those 26 games after sweeping 3games last season against Randolph-Macon (W/35-31) and Hampden-Sydney (W/23-7).
Prior to beginning the series with Bridgewater in 1996, the Blue Jays had not played a game against a school from the ODAC since 1970, when they finished a series with Hampden-Sydney. This does not include a three-game series against Catholic from 1988-1990 (currently a member of the ODAC, but not a member at the time of the three games against JHU).
Johns Hopkins vs. the ODAC (Since 1996)
Washington & Lee 6-1
Unchartered Waters: Johns Hopkins became the first Centennial Conference team to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals since 1985 when it knocked off previously unbeaten Hampden-Sydney and Thomas More in the first two rounds of the NCAA Playoffs last season. In addition, the two road wins for the Blue Jays in the NCAAs last season matched the total number of road victories the Centennial Conference had accumulated from 1983-2008.
One of Two: Johns Hopkins was one of just two teams in the nation to win a pair of NCAA Playoff games on the road last season. The Blue Jays won at #14 Hampden-Sydney in the first round and at #10 Thomas More in the second round. Only Albright, which won in the first two rounds on the road as well, also won a pair of playoff games away from home this season.
Streaking: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport a 63-25 (.716) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 69-28 (.711) since the start of the 2001 season and 74-33 (.692) since the beginning of the 2000 season. The 74 wins the Blue Jays amassed from 2000-09 are the most wins in a decade in school history. The previous record of 55 wins came in the 1990s. To put this in perspective, Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a season prior to this decade. In the decade just completed, the Blue Jays averaged more than seven wins per season (7.4).
Seven's Heaven: Since the beginning of the 2003 season the Blue Jays are 54-16 when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.
Offensive Notes of Interest:
• Junior QB Hewitt Tomlin returns after setting JHU single-season records with 238 completions, 390 attempts,, 2,642 passing yards, nine 200-yard passing games and 2,685 yards of total offense and also set a school mark for completion percentage (.610).
• JHU returns three players Tucker Michels (51), Dan Crowley (69) and Sam Wernick (51) who counted 50 or more receptions to their credit last season. This marked the first time in school history that JHU produced three players with 50 or more catches in one season. In all, the trio combined for 171 receptions for 2,127 yards and 10 touchdowns a year ago.
• Senior Ryan Lino (G) and junior Ed Rodger (C) return to anchor the offensive line. Amazingly, JHU had five offensive linemen earn All-Centennial honors last season. Gone are first team selections Mike Stoffel (T) and Tim Miller (G) and second team honoree Anthony Catanzano (T).
• Replacing all-everyting running back Andrew Kase will fall primarily on the shoulders of sophomore Jonathan Rigaud and junior Nick Fazio. Kase, the 2009 Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year, graduated with 4,494 rushing yards and 44 rushing touchdowns to his credit. Rigaud and Fazio combined for 291 yards and three scores last season.
Defensive Notes of Interest
• Junior Michael Milano led the Blue Jays with 84 tackles a year ago and returns to lead the secondary from his safety spot. He garnered First Team All-Centennial honors in 2009 and is joined in the secondary by Second Team All-CC cornerback Sam Eagleson, whose six INTs and nine PBUs led the team.
• Despite the loss of CC Defensive Player of the Year Colin Wixted, JHU features one of the top linebacking crews in the Centennial. Juniors Ryan Piatek (78 tackles) and Tyler Brown (74) both earned Second Team All-Centennial honors a year ago, while classmate Kale Sweeney (45 tackles) offers a rare combination of speed and strength on the outside.
• The Blue Jays' last seven opponents of 2009 combined for a total of 412 rushing yards against the Blue Jays (58.9). F&M was held to -20 rushing yards, while Juniata was held to 0. Hampden-Sydney managed just 29 yards on 13 carries in the playoff opener.
• Johns Hopkins forced two or more turnvoers in all 13 games last season and has forced two or more in each of the last 14 games dating back to 2008.
Special Teams Notes of Interest
• Senior Alex Lachman returns after setting JHU records for extra points made (45) and attempted (48), field goals made (16) and attempted (21) and points scored by a kicker (93) last season. Lachman's 16 field goals tied the Centennial Conference single-season record as well. In addition, he is now 98-of-105 on extra points and 34-of-44 on field goals in his career. He holds the JHU career records for extra points made and attempted, ranks second in field goals made and third in field goals attempted.
Lachman's 43-yard field goal as time expired lifted Johns Hopkins to a 31-29 win at Thomas More in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs.