Johns Hopkins-Moravian Football Notes
The Game: Johns Hopkins (2-0, 1-0 Centennial) welcomes Moravian (1-1, 1-0 CC) to Homewood Field. This is the only Centennial Conference game this weekend featuring two teams that won their league openers last weekend.
On This Date: Johns Hopkins knocked off Rochester, 28-6, in 2001. This was the first game JHU played after Jim Margraff became the all-time winningest coach in school history with a 34-3 victory over Washington & Lee the week before.
The Teams: Johns Hopkins and Moravian are both coming off league-opening victories. JHU knocked off Susquehanna, 34-7, last Saturday, while Moravian picked up its first win of the season as the Greyhounds slipped past McDaniel, 21-7.
Series History: Moravian leads the all-time series, 7-6, but JHU has won three straight against the Greyhounds. A complete series history can be found on page 2.
Margraff Going for 150: Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff improved his career record to 149-79-3 (.652) with last week's 34-7 win at Susquehanna. He enters this week's game against Moravian needing one win to become just the second college football coach in Maryland state history to win 150 career games. Only Morgan State's Eddie Hurt, who won 174 games from 1929-59, has won more games as the head football coach at a college or university in the state of Maryland than Margraff.
Centennial Openers: Johns Hopkins improved to a league-best 20-10 all-time in Centennial openers with last week's 34-7 win at Susquehanna. The Blue Jays have now won their last five league openers.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is the first team listed among those receiving votes in this week's d3football.com poll. The Blue Jays earned 68 points and trail 25th-ranked Redlands by just two points in the poll. Johns Hopkins is the only Centennial Conference school in the poll.
The Johns Hopkins office of Athletic Communications uses the AFCA Poll to reflect Johns Hopkins' official ranking at the time of a game. The AFCA Poll for 2012 will debut later this season.
Sweet September: Johns Hopkins enters this week's game against Moravian having won eight straight and 11 of its last 12 games in the month of September. The only team to beat JHU in the month of September in its last 12 games? Randolph-Macon, which posted a 41-37 win over JHU on September 11, 2010.
More September: Johns Hopkins has not lost a home game in the month of September since September 22, 2007, when Moravian escaped Homewood with a 44-41 victory.
Second Time's the Charm: With last week's win at Susquehanna, Johns Hopkins has won its second game of the season 21 times in the last 22 years.
Regular Season Roll: The Blue Jays will put a 16-game regular-season winning streak on the line this week against Moravian. The streak, the longest such run in school history and tied for the third-longest in Centennial Conference history, began with a 49-24 win at Susquehanna on October 23, 2010. The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition, 651-184, during the 16-game run.
Centennial Roll: The Blue Jays will put a 14-game Centennial Conference winning streak on the line this week against Moravian. The streak, the longest such run in school history and the third-longest in Centennial Conference history, began with a 49-24 win at Susquehanna on October 23, 2010.
Quick Starts: The next points Johns Hopkins allows in the first half this season will be the first the Blue Jays have allowed before halftime. The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 41-0 in the first and second quarters combined through two games.
Move Those Chains: Johns Hopkins converted 10-of-17 third-down chances in the win at Susquehanna and the Blue Jays are now 18-of-28 (.643) through two games. JHU ranks second in the nation in third-down efficiency.
Blue Jays Top 500 Yards in Opener: Johns Hopkins averaged a school record 492.7 yards per game last season and the Blue Jays picked up right where they left off a year ago in the season-opener against Randolph-Macon. The Blue Jays punched up 510 yards of total offense against the Yellow Jackets, the most ever in a season-opener by a JHU team.
With a 389-yard showing last week at Susquehanna, the Blue Jays now rank second in the Centennial Conference in total offense (449.5), scoring offense (35.0) and rushing offense (251.0). The Blue Jays rank fifth in passing offense (198.5).
Off and Running: One year after unleashing one of the top passing attacks in the country, Johns Hopkins opened the 2012 season by turning loose an equally effective ground attack.
The Blue Jays rushed for 344 yards on 49 carries (7.0) against the Yellow Jackets. The 344 yards are the 10th-highest single-game total in school history and the most for the Blue Jays since November 3, 2001, when JHU rushed for 386 yards in a 41-0 victory over Franklin & Marshall.
Through two games, eight of JHU's 10 touchdowns have come on the ground with five different players rushing for at least one score.
A Solid One-Two Punch: Johns Hopkins currently has two players ranked among the top six in the Centennial Conference in rushing as senior Jonathan Rigaud and junior JD Abbott are two of six players in the league currently averaging 75 or more yards per game.
Rigaud currently ranks fourth in the league in rushing at 89.0 yards per game as he has totaled 178 yards and three TDs through two games. He pushed his career total to 1,758 yards with his 81-yard showing against Susquehanna and is closing in on the top 10 on JHU's career rushing list. He currently ranks 11th on the Blue Jays' all-time rushing chart and needs just 56 yards to pass Brian Dulin (1985-88) for 10th place. He needs 185 yards to jump from 11th to eighth.
Abbott ranks sixth in the league in rushing (76.5) as he counts 153 yards and two touchdowns to his credit. His 6.1 yards per carry ranks third in the league among players with 25 or more carries and he has already nearly equaled his total rushing output (188) of his first two seasons combined.
Wodicka Closing in on 2,000: Junior wide receiver Dan Wodicka had six receptions for 48 yards in last week's win at Susquehanna and now has 17 receptions for 156 yards and one touchdown on the year. He also ran his career totals to 139 receptions for 1,931 yards and enters this week's game against Moravian needing just 69 receiving yards to become the ninth player in school history and the 25th player in Centennial Conference history to reach 2,000 career receiving yards.
In addition to his efforts in the JHU and Centennial record books, Wodicka's 139 receptions are the most by any active Division III junior in the nation.
D'Orazio Enjoys Career Day: Junior Bob D'Orazio entered last Saturday's game at Susquehanna with career totals of seven receptions for 116 yards in 14 career games played. Against the Crusaders he had a career-high five receptions for a personal-best 122 yards and one touchdown. His TD reception covered 46 yards, capped the 34-7 victory and is the longest pass play of the season through two games for JHU.
Matey Notches Second 200-Yard Game: Junior Robbie Matey was 19-of-29 for 231 yards and one TD at Susquehanna. The 200-yard day was the second of his career as he previously threw for a career-high 251 against Muhlenberg last season.
It's Been a While: The Blue Jay defense opened the season with six sacks in the 36-13 win over Randolph-Macon and added five more in last week's 34-7 win at Susquehanna. This marks the first time that Johns Hopkins has posted five or more sacks in back-to-back games since late in the 2009 season, when the Blue Jays had seven at Juniata and six against F&M.
JHU's depth on the defensive line is evident in the breakdown as seven different players have at least one sack thus far with juniors Joe DiTrolio and Andy Laychur leading the way with three sacks each. Johns Hopkins ranks eight in the nation with its 11 sacks.
Defense Continues Run: The Blue Jay defense held Randolph-Macon to just 32 yards rushing on 40 attempts and 197 yards of total offense in the 36-13 season-opening victory and followed that effort by limiting Susquehanna to 138 yards of total offense, including just 56 on the ground and 82 through the air. This is the first time since early in the 2011 season that JHU has held back-to-back opponents to less than 200 yards of total offense.
These efforts, which come with seven new starters in the lineup, are the latest in a long line of strong efforts by the unit, which ranked among the nation's finest last season. Consider ...
• JHU finished in the top 25 nationally in total defense (10th/244.3), scoring defense (12th/13.1), pass defense (17th/141.2), sacks (21st/33) and rushing defense (25th/103.1) last season.
• The Blue Jays' 11 opponents last season had 148 combined possessions against JHU - only 14 resulted in touchdowns. Three of the 17 overall TDs JHU allowed were scored by the opposition's defense/special teams.
• Hopkins has forced two or more turnovers in 28 of its last 38 games.
Schweyer, Maciow Top 150: The two most experienced players on the Blue Jay defense - seniors Adam Schweyer and Taylor Maciow - both recently topped the 150 career tackle mark.
Schweyer rang up 10 tackles, including two for losses and one sack, in the win at Susquehanna. His nine-tackle effort in the season-opener pushed him past the 150-tackle mark for his career and his 10 stops against Susquehanna give him 161.
Maciow punched up eight tackles in the season-opener against Randolph-Macon and came back with five stops against Susquehanna to push his career total to 158.
JHU Ties Victory Record: Johns Hopkins posted a 10-1 record in 2011 and tied the school record for victories in a season. Only twice previously - 2003 & 2009 - had Hopkins won 10 games in a season. Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a season prior to 2002, but the Blue Jays have posted eight or more wins eight times in the last 10 years.
Centennial Conference Champions: Johns Hopkins claimed its seventh Centennial Conference title last season with all seven championships coming since 2002. JHU ranks third in league history with its seven titles. Only Dickinson (9) and Muhlenberg (8) have more titles than the Blue Jays, who are tied for third on the list with McDaniel.
Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport an 82-29 (.739) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 88-32 (.733) since the start of the 2001 season and 93-37 (.715) 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. Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a season prior to this decade. In the decade completed in 2009, 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 73-20 (.785) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.
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