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Matey Powers 23rd-Ranked Hopkins Past Muhlenberg, 27-17

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BALTIMORE, MD – Sophomore quarterback Robbie Matey was 25-of-31 for 251 yards and a touchdown and 23rd-ranked Johns Hopkins scored 20 straight points midway through the second half to turn a 10-7 deficit into a 27-10 lead as the Blue Jays posted a 27-17 victory over visiting Muhlenberg at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon.  The win is the ninth straight for Johns Hopkins dating back to last season and runs the Blue Jays' record to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Centennial Conference.  Muhlenberg had its two-game winning streak snapped and falls to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the Centennial.
The nine-game winning streak is two wins shy of the Johns Hopkins record for most consecutive wins.
The Mules grabbed their only lead of the game early in the third quarter when junior Dan Deighan hit Marcus Toomey in stride behind the defense for a 66-yard touchdown pass that gave the Mules a 10-7 lead.
Hopkins needed just over two minutes to regain the lead for good as Matey led the Blue Jays on a seven-play, 67-yard drive that was capped by a one-yard touchdown run by junior Scott Barletta on fourth and goal.  Matey was 3-for-3 for 65 yards on the drive with the big play a 45-yard strike to sophomore Dan Wodicka that set the Blue Jays up at the Muhlenberg two-yard line.  Barletta went in four plays later to give the Blue Jays a 13-10 lead.
After sophomore John Arena intercepted Deighan at the Blue Jay 20 on Muhlenberg's ensuingpossession, the Blue Jays pieced together an impressive 14-play, 80-yard drive that ate nearly six minutes off the clock.  Matey was 5-for-5 on the drive, which he and Wodicka teamed to finish off with a 12-yard scoring pass on a nifty backside screen that pushed the lead to 20-10.  Arena's interception was the first thrown by Deighan in 125 attempts, but wouldn't be his last of the day and the second of his three interceptions led to what proved to be the insurance touchdown for the Blue Jays.
After the team's traded punts, junior Adam Schweyer picked off a Deighan pass that was tipped by senior Tyler Brown at the line.  Schweyer's interception set the Blue Jays up at the Muhlenberg 22 and Hopkins used seven plays to cover those 22 yards with junior Jonathan Rigaud pushing the lead to 27-10 with a a two-yard run.

The Mules closed the scoring late in the game as Deighan directed a 10-play, 76-yard scoring drive that he polished off with a six-yard touchdown pass to Toomey that sliced the deficit to 27-17.  Muhlenberg touched the ensuing onsides kick before it went 10 yards and the Blue Jays were able to run out the final three minutes of the game.

Hopkins had taken a 7-0 lead with 5:35 remaining in the first quarter when senior Nick Fazio scored on a two-yard run to finish a 14-play, 56-yard drive.  The Mules sliced the deficit to 7-3 late in the period on a 23-yard field goal by Greg Mercogliano with a 44-yard pass from Deighan to J.T. Merklinger highlighting the 61-yard drive.

The 7-3 score held until Deighan's touchdown pass to Toomey early in the third quarter, which was answered quickly by Barletta's scoring run that jump-started the 20-0 run for the Blue Jays.

Matey, starting in place of senior Hewitt Tomlin who missed the game with an injury, directed a Johns Hopkins offense that generated 388 yards on a school record 93 offensive plays.  The Blue Jays converted 11 third downs and were 4-of-4 on fourth down conversion attempts.  The riskiest of those fourth down attempts came in the third quarter when senior Tyler Porco rushed for three yards on a fourth-and-one at the JHU 29.  Nine plays later Matey hit Wodicka with the 12-yard touchdown pass that gave JHU the 20-10 lead.

Deighan was 12-of-25 for 208 yards with the two touchdowns and three interceptions.  The Mules were held to 60 yards rushing and lost the turnover battle for the first time on the year as they were minus three on the day.  Terrence Dandridge, who entered the game averaging better than 89 yards per game on the ground, was held to 37 yards on 15 carries as the Mules had just one drive that lasted more than 2:56.  As a result Johns Hopkins held a decided advantage in time of possession (37:49 – 22:11).

Taylor Maciow posted a team-high eight tackles to lead the Blue Jays defensively.  In addition to the interceptions by Arena and Schweyer, Hopkins also got a pick from senior Sam Eagleson, who moved into sole possession of fourth place on JHU's career interception list (14) with his pick midway through the fourth quarter.

Johns Hopkins, which is the only unbeaten team remaining in the Centennial Conference (overall and in league play) will put its nine-game winning streak on the line next Saturday when the Blue Jays travel to Juniata. 

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