Johns Hopkins-Juniata Football Notes
Link to JHU-Juniata Game Notes on www.HopkinsSports.com:
The Game: Johns Hopkins (4-3, 4-2 Centennial) returns home after a two-game road trip and welcomes Juniata (0-7, 0-7 CC) to Homewod Field for Family Day.
The Teams: Johns Hopkins bounced back from a loss at Ursinus two weeks ago with a 49-24 win at Susquehanna last Saturday. The Blue Jays scored the final 21 points to seure the victory. Juniata slipped to 0-7 overall and in the Centennial with a 42-0 loss at home against Moravian.
The Coaches: Johns Hopkins is coached by Jim Margraff, who is in his 21st year as the head coach at Johns Hopkins and sports a 133-78-3 (.629) record. He is the all-time winningest coach in school history and also ranks second all-time in CC history with 89 league victories to his credit. Carmen Felus is in his second season as the head coach at Juniata and fashions a 1-16 (.059) record. Felus is a 1995 graduate of then Western Maryalnd and is the only head coach in the Centennial Conference to have played his college football at a CC school since the formation of the league in 1983.
Closing in on 1,000: This week's game against Juniata will be the 999th in the history of the Johns Hopkins football program. JHU sports an all-time record of 467-473-58 since playing its first game in 1882.
Not That Far Away: Johns Hopkins' three losses this season have come by a total of 16 pionts to three teams (Randolph-Macon, Muhlenberg, Ursinus) that currently have a combined record of 19-3.
Get Us Now: JHU graduated a large, accomplished senior class after a magical 2009 season. With that turnover in personnel, the Blue Jays became a much younger group. JHU started just four seniors (two each on offense and defense) last week against Susquehanna, and no more than five seniors have started in any game this season.
Wernick Explodes in Win at SU: Junior Sam Wernick was already enjoying a great season heading into last week's game at Susquehanna, but took it to another level against the Crusaders.
Wernick totaled seven receptions for 250 yards and four touchdowns to seal the win at SU. His four TD receptions tied the Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference single-game record, while his 250 receiving yards are the second-best total in JHU history and the fifth-best total in CC history.
Wernick, who was selected as the Centennial Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against the Crusaders, now has 43 receptions for 754 yards and 10 touchdowns on the year. He ranks third in the Centennial in receptions per game and first in receiving yards per game and TD receptions.
Wernick's 10 TD receptions are just two shy of the JHU single-season record of 12 set by Zach Baylin in 2000 and he now has at least one reception in 29 straight games.
Upon Further Review: It was originally reported that Johns Hopkins totaled 543 yards of total offense in last week's 49-24 win at Susquehanna. After reviewig the statistics, the Blue Jays actually amassed "just" 515 yards of total offense. Still, the mark is a season-high and the third-highest single-game total in the Jim Margraff era. It is also the 15th time since 1972 that Johns Hopkins has totaled 500 or more yards of total offense - 10 of those have come under Margraff.
A Pass-Happy Bunch: Johns Hopkins totaled a season-hgih 386 yards passing in the win at Susquehanna to set a school record for most 300-yard passing games (as a team) in a single season. JHU had totaled 384 passing yards at Randolph Macon and 326 at Gettsyburg previously this season.
The 386 passing yards rank as the fourth-highest total in school history and break the JHU record for 300-yard passing games. Three times previously JHU had two, 300-yard games in one season.
Tomlin Is JHU's Winningest QB: Junior Hewitt Tomlin became JHU's career leader in wins by a starting quarterback with the 44-10 win against Dickinson on October 8. Tomlin, who is now 21-8 in 29 career starts at Johns Hopkins, passed JHU Hall of Famer Mark Campbell for most career wins by a JHU starting QB. Campbell played from 1982-85 and was also an All-American pitcher for the Blue Jay baseball team.
Below is a list of the winningest quarterbacks in school history:
Name (Years) Career Wins
Hewitt Tomlin (Active) - 21
Mark Campbell (1982-85) - 19
Jack Thomas (1972-74) - 18
Wayne Roccia (1996-99) - 18
Zach DiIonno (2002-05) - 17
Jim Margraff (1978-81) - 16
Tomlin Rolls: The efforts of Sam Wernick last weekend overshadowed another solid outing for junior quarterback Hewitt Tomlin, who was 16-of-28 for 384 yards with four TD passes against just one interception. He also scored JHU's first touchdown on a two-yard run midway through the first quarter.
Tomlin's 384 passing yards are tied for the third-highest single-game total in school history and give him three of the top four single-game totals in JHU history. In addition, he broke the JHU record for 300-yard passing games in a season (3) and is now within striking distance of Jim Margraff's career record for passing yards at JHU. Tomlin now has 6,386, while Margraff rolled up 6,669 in his career from 1978-81.
Tomlin did break Margraff's school record for total offense in the win at Susquehanna as he now has 6,591 - Margraff's mark of 6,511 had stood since 1981.
Piatek, Brown Reach 150: Junior linebackers Ryan Piatek and Tyler Brown both entered the game at Susquehanna on the verge of reaching the 150-career tackle mark and both made it against the Crusaders.
Piatek totaled a team-high 11 tackles in the victory to push his career mark to 154, while Brown had two tackles (and partially blocked a punt) and now has an even 150 to his credit.
Piatek and Brown are two of five members of the current junior class who have 125 or more tackles to their credit:
Ryan Piatek - 154
Tyler Brown - 150
Michael Milano - 130
Kale Sweeney - 127
Sam Eagleson - 126
Turnovers Tell the Story: In JHU's three losses, the Blue Jays have turned the ball over a total of 12 times. On the flip side, they have just four total turnovers in their four wins.
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 the five road games this season, JHU is 17-6 since the start of the 2007 season on the road and 39-15 on the road since the start of the 2001 season.
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 scored at least 27 points in the first five games this season. JHU had scored at least 27 points in eight straight regular season games dating back to last season before being held to 17 at Ursinus. The 49 points JHU scored last week at Susquehanna are a season-high and mark the seventh 40-point game for the Blue Jays since the start of the 2009 season.
200-200: JHU totaled 200 yards rushing for the first time this season with a 200-yard effort against Dickinson. The Blue Jays also passed for 276 yards in the win to mark the first time this season JHU has gone over 200 yards rushing and passing in the same game.
It's a Record: The 384 yards passing for Johns Hopkins against Randolph-Macon are 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 at Gettysburg 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.
It's Been a While: Johns Hopkins got interceptions from junior Michael Milano and senior D.J. Hartigan in the win last Saturday at Susquehanna. Milano now leads the team with four interceptions on the year and the Blue Jays now have four players with two or more INTs on the year as Ryan Piatek (3), Sam Eagleson (3) and Hartigan (2) all have two or more. The two INTs are nothing new for the Blue Jays. Consider ...
• JHU has forced at least one turnover in 23 straight games dating back to late in the 2008 season.
• JHU has forced two or more turnovers in 19 of the last 21 games dating back to late in the 2008 season.
• JHU had an 18-game streak where it posted at least one interception snapped in the win against Dickinson. JHU had intercepted at least one pass in 18 straight games dating back to the final game of the 2008 season vs. Catholic and now has at least one pick in 20 of the last 22.
In the Zone: Johns Hopkins scored on both of its trips to the red zone in the win at Susquehanna and continues to excel in this area.
The Blue Jays have now scored on 26-of-27 (.963) trips to the 'zone with 20 touchdowns and six field goals to show for their 27 trips. The only time this season the Blue Jays have failed to score on a trip to the red zone came against Gettysburg, when the game ended with JHU at the GC 11-yard line after running out the clock.
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.
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 67-28 (.705) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 73-31 (.702) since the start of the 2001 season and 78-36 (.684) 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 58-19 (.753) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.
JHU player notes of interest, a scouting report on Juniata and much more included in PDF version at link above.