Johns Hopkins-Moravian Game Notes
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The Game: Johns Hopkins (1-1, 1-0 Centennial) hits the road for the third consecutive week to open the 2010 season as the Blue Jays travel to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to take on Moravian (1-2, 1-1 CC).
The Teams: Johns Hopkins evened its record at 1-1 with a 29-21 win at Gettysburg last Saturday. The Greyhounds fell below .500 with a 21-6 loss at Lebanon Valley.
The Coaches: This week's game features two coaches who rank as the winningest in the history of their school's respective programs. Jim Margraff is in his 21st year as the head coach at Johns Hopkins and sports a 130-76-3 (.629) record. He also ranks second all-time in CC history with 86 league victories to his credit. Scott Dapp is 138-101-1 (.577) in 24 seasons at Moravian.
CC Openers: Johns Hopkins improved to a Centennial-best 18-10 all-time in Centennial Conference openers with last week's 29-21 win at Gettysburg. The Blue Jays have won 17 of their last 20 CC openers.
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 listed as receiving votes in this week's AFCA (10) and d3football.com (9) polls.
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).
Homecoming: Six members of the 2010 Johns Hopkins football team call the Allentown/Bethlehem/Lehigh Valley area home and will be playing in front of a large number of family and friends.
Three of the six (Michael Milano, Kale Sweeney, Adam Schweyer) will start on defense for the Blue Jays, while two others (John Gardus, Joshua Heft) will see extensive playing time on that side of the ball. Junior A.J. Safi is one of JHU's top special teams players.
Below is a list of JHU players who will be enjoying a homecoming of sorts this Saturday at Moravian:
John Gardus (Jr. • DB) Allentown/Salisbury
Michael Milano (Jr. • DB) Allentown/Central Catholic
Kale Sweeney (Jr. • SS) Schnecksville, PA/Parkland
Adam Schweyer (So. • DB) Allentown, PA/Central Catholic
Joshua Heft (So. • SS) Slatington, PA/Parkland
A.J. Safi (Jr. • RB) Allentown/Salisbury
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. Including last week's win at Gettysburg, JHU is 15-5 since the start of the 2007 season on the road and 37-14 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 opens 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.
Scoring is Up: Johns Hopkins averaged 29.8 points per game last season, the highest total for a Blue Jay team since the 1968 team averaged 34.3 points. JHU picked up right where it left off a year ago in the season opener as the Blue Jays punched up 37 points against Randolph-Macon and came back with a 29-point showing at Gettysburg. JHU has scored at least 29 points in five straight regular season games dating back to last season.
The Light Went On: Since managing just 43 yards and no points on 19 offensive plays in the first quarter of the season opener at Moravian, the Blue Jay offense has been on fire. JHU has amassed 66 points and 925 yards in the last seven quarters. JHU has totaled more than 100 yards of total offense in each of the last seven quarters.
Quarterly Report: Despite averaging 33 points and 474 yards through the first two games, the Blue Jays have yet to score a point in the first quarter this season. A year ago the Blue Jays outscored the opposition 84-53 in the first quarter of their games.
400 Yards, Again: Johns Hopkins rolled up 465 yards of total offense in last week's win at Gettysburg and has now punched up 400 or more yards of total offense in seven of its last eight games dating back to last season. Only then third-ranked Wesley, which knocked off JHU, 12-0, in the NCAA Quarterfinals, has held JHU below 400 yards of total offense in the last eight games.
It's a Record: The 384 yards passing for Johns Hopkins against Randolph-Macon is the most ever for JHU in a season opener. The 384 yards also rank as the fourth-best total (as a team) in JHU history.
It's Another Record: JHU got 326 passing yards last week to follow up the 384 yards through the air in the season opener. This is the first time in school history JHU has gotten 300 or more passing yards in back-to-back games.
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).
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 64-26 (.711) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 70-29 (.707) since the start of the 2001 season and 75-34 (.688) 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 55-17 when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.
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