BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins football team honored its seniors prior to Saturday's game against Juniata as the Blue Jays were playing their final regular season home game of the 2019 season. The seniors then fueled a 57-26 win over the Eagles with several record-breaking performances leading the way. With the win, Johns Hopkins improves to 6-3 overall and 5-3 in the Centennial Conference, while Juniata slips to 2-7 overall and 2-6 in the Centennial.
On a day when the offense rolled up 550 yards and averaged 8.7 yards per play en route to the 57-point outburst, it was three seniors who turned in record-breaking or career performances that fueled the offensive outburst:
• Senior wide receiver Jacob Yohr had a career-high 13 receptions for a personal-best 167 yards and two touchdowns. The 13 receptions are tied for the fourth-highest single-game total in school history.
• Senior running back Dane Rogerson rushed 17 times for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns and rolled up a career-best 217 all-purpose yards.
• Senior quarterback David Tammaro was 25-of-32 for 298 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for two scores. In the process, he became Johns Hopkins' career leader in total offense (10,732) and broke the JHU and Centennial records for career 200-yard passing games with his 32nd.
Not to be outdone, senior defensive end Mike Kalanik totaled six tackles, including 3.5 for losses and 2.5 sacks. His 2.5 sacks boost his career total to 28.5, which moves his past Brian Cook (2002-06) for first place on JHU's career sack list.
The Blue Jays scored touchdowns on their first four possessions of the game with a pair of Tammaro touchdown runs, a 10-yard Yohr touchdown reception and a 33-yard Rogerson touchdown run fueling a 28-point first-half that ended with the Blue Jays up 28-14.
Juniata, which trailed 14-0 early, got a 19-yard touchdown reception from Shaheed Ross and a one-yard Charles Debose scoring run before halftime and then a two-yard run from Fletcher Hart midway through the third quarter to pull within 28-20. However, Johns Hopkins' Macauley Kilbane blocked the extra point after Hart's touchdown and returned it for two points and the Blue Jays scored three touchdowns in the next 12 minutes to put the game away.
A 39-yard Yohr touchdown reception, a five-yard scoring run from Rogerson and a 13-yard touchdown catch by senior Patrick Hensley fueled the 23-point run that gave Hopkins a 51-20 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Ross added an 18-yard touchdown catch with 3:45 to play and Cade Knutson closed the scoring with his first career touchdown reception to close the scoring in the final minute.
Johns Hopkins, which won for the 13th straight time against the Eagles, got 11 tackles from Ryan Weed and nine from Nick Seidel with both picking up sacks on the day as well. The Blue Jay defense held Juniata to just 82 yards passing and a 4-of-12 showing on third-down attempts.
Debose rushed for a team-high 80 yards and the one touchdown, while Calvin Bembry (77 yards) and Hart (64) contributed to a rushing attack that often used the Wildcat formation to churn out 211 yards on 51 attempts; the Eagles rolled up a decided advantage in time of possession (34:15 – 25:45), but the Blue Jays scored eight touchdowns on 10 possessions with all eight scoring drives covering at least 55 yards.
Johns Hopkins will close the regular season next Saturday at McDaniel with kickoff set for 12 pm.
Notes: The win is the 14th straight regular season home win in the month of November for Johns Hopkins, which is also 22-2 in this century in November regular season home games • Kilbane's blocked extra point was his third block of the season and the seventh blocked kick of the year for the Blue Jays.