November 17, 2012

Johns Hopkins Tops W&J, 42-10, Moves into Second Round of NCAAs to Face Mount Union

More news about: Johns Hopkins

Nov. 17, 2012

Box Score

BALTIMORE, MD - Host Johns Hopkins jumped out to a 21-0 lead less than 16 minutes into Saturday's NCAA Division III First Round playoff game against visiting Washington & Jefferson and never looked back in cruising to a 42-10 victory at Homewood Field. The win moves the Blue Jays into the second round, where they will face top-ranked Mount Union, which defeated Christopher Newport, 72-14, in another first round game on Saturday.

After driving into Washington & Jefferson territory on their opening possession only to be stopped on downs, the Blue Jays took control with touchdowns on three straight possessions to take control.

Junior quarterback Robbie Mateygave the Blue Jays (10-1) a lead they would never relinquish as he scored on a seven-yard run up the middle with 6:28 remaining in the opening quarter to cap a 17-play, 69-yard drive. Hopkins converted on three, third-down chances to keep the drive alive.

After stopping the Presidents on fourth-and-one at their own 37, the Blue Jays needed just 92 seconds to extend the lead to 14-0 as Matey opened the drive with a 17-yard completion to tight end Brendan Hartmanand closed it with a five-yard scoring pass to Dan Wodicka.

The Presidents suffered a tough loss on their ensuing possession as starting quarterback Matt Bliss was injured while scrambling and didn't return. The drive stalled inside Hopkins territory and Eric Eberle pinned the Blue Jays at their own 10 with a nice punt, but it took just eight plays for Hopkins to go 90 yards and extend the lead to 21-0.

An 18-yard run by senior Jonathan Rigaud jump-started the drive, which was extended on a third-and-four play by an 11-yard completion from Matey to Wodicka. One play later, Matey found Hartman down the middle for a 52-yard completion down to the W&J three-yard line. Three plays later senior fullback Scott Barlettawent over from the one-yard line to give the Blue Jays what proved to an insurmountable 21-point lead.

The Presidents (8-3) got on the board late in the second quarter when Eberle connected on a 34-yard field goal to slice the deficit to 21-3. The Blue Jays were deep inside W&J territory and seemed poised to take a 28-0 lead before turning the ball over. The Presidents responded with an efficient 15-play, 66-yard drive that Eberle capped with his 11th field goal of the season.

The momentum gained on the field goal drive didn't make it to halftime for the Presidents, as JHU responded with a seven-play, 67-yard drive of its own that Rigaud polished off with a six-yard run to give Hopkins a 28-3 lead at the half. Rigaud jump-started the drive with a 14-yard run and Matey later connected with junior Jared Beekmanfor a 28-yard gain to the W&J 19. Rigaud's touchdown followed four plays later.

The pace of the game slowed in the second half as neither team scored in the third quarter, despite more than 160- yard of total offense in the period by Johns Hopkins.

Hopkins sandwiched a two-yard touchdown run by Barletta and a five-yard scoring run by Jason Bladesaround a 14-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Mechas to Hunter Creel for Washington & Jefferson in the fourth quarter to account for the final scoring.

Rigaud rushed for a game-high 155 yards and the one touchdown to lead a Johns Hopkins ground game that accounted for 282 yards and five touchdowns. Matey was 22-of-32 for 302 yards and the one score and also rushed for 35 yards and the one touchdown. Wodicka was his favorite target as he had 11 receptions for 98 yards and the one score.

Freshman Keith Corlissmade the first start of his career at linebacker for the Blue Jays and responded with a team-high nine tackles, including one sack, and forced a fumble, to lead the way defensviely. The Hopkins defense registered four sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery in the victory and the held the Presidents to just 80 yard rushing on 32 attempts.

Mechas, who entered the game after second-string quarterback Shane Smith was knocked out of the game, was 16-of-35 for 155 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Creel had a team-high eight receptions for 82 yards and the one touchdown and three other players had four receptions for the Presidents, who generated 220 of their 300 yards of total offense through the air. Dion Wiegand rushed for 56 yards on 17 carries, but W&J converted just 5-of-19 third-down opportunities and didn't consistently keep drives alive throughout the game.

Hopkins ran 94 offensive plays in the game and that was reflected in the defensive statistics for W&J as five different players were in on 10 tackles or more. Ian Hennessey totaled a game-high 17 tackles to lead the way, while John Hunteradded 16 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and two forced fumbles.

Johns Hopkins' game next week against Mount Union will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams and mark the first time a Blue Jay football team has ever played the top-ranked team in the nation. Hopkins has twice played a team ranked third in the nation as the Blue Jays played then third-ranked and eventual national finalist Bridgewater in 2001 and then third-ranked Wesley in the 2009 NCAA Quarterfinals.

- 30 -

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
TBA
Belhaven at Millsaps
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Coast Guard
7:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Lebanon Valley
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
8:00 PM
Bethel at UW-Stout
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Salisbury at Albright
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Bridgewater (Va.)
7:00 PM
Averett at Washington and Lee
Live Stats
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Morrisville State
7:00 PM
MIT at WPI
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Westfield State at Nichols
7:00 PM
Becker at Fitchburg State
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Mount Ida at Mass-Dartmouth
7:00 PM
Curry at Bridgewater State
8:30 PM
Luther at UW-La Crosse
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
TBA
Hobart at Dickinson
TBA
Norwich at RPI
TBA
Buffalo State at Otterbein
TBA
Lycoming at Susquehanna
TBA
Buena Vista at UW-Platteville
TBA
George Fox at La Verne
12:00 PM
Heidelberg at Cortland State
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at SUNY-Maritime
12:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Thomas More
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Alfred at Husson
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Endicott
Live Stats
12:00 PM
TCNJ at Christopher Newport
12:00 PM
Worcester State at Salve Regina
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Grove City at Juniata
12:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Southwestern Assemblies
1:00 PM
William Paterson at Alfred State
1:00 PM
Alma at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Springfield at Western New England
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at Capital
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Emory and Henry
1:00 PM
Guilford at Greensboro
1:00 PM
Earlham at Olivet
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Centre at Hanover
1:00 PM
Wabash at Hampden-Sydney
1:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Wooster
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Ithaca at Union
1:00 PM
Brockport State at Oberlin
1:00 PM
John Carroll at St. Vincent
1:00 PM
Western Connecticut at Hartwick
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Randolph-Macon
1:00 PM
Castleton State at Plymouth State
1:00 PM
Methodist at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Chicago
Video
1:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Washington U.
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Franklin
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bethany at Mount Union
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Bluffton at Wilmington
2:00 PM
Kenyon at Sewanee
2:00 PM
Beloit at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Rockford at Lawrence
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Carthage at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Coe
2:00 PM
Jamestown at Concordia-Moorhead
2:00 PM
Macalester at Carleton
2:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Hamline
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at St. Olaf
2:00 PM
Dubuque at St. John's
2:00 PM
Illinois College at Aurora
2:00 PM
North Park at Concordia (Wis.)
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Simpson
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Austin
2:00 PM
Southwestern at Hardin-Simmons
2:00 PM
Knox at Eureka
2:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at Robert Morris Univ. (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Ripon
2:00 PM
Louisiana College at Huntingdon
2:00 PM
Loras at Elmhurst
3:00 PM
Pacific at College of Idaho
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Live Stats
4:30 PM
Misericordia at Utica
Live Stats Video Audio
5:00 PM
Defiance at Adrian
6:00 PM
Moravian at King's
6:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at LaGrange
6:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at Albion
7:00 PM
Allegheny at Thiel
7:00 PM
Gallaudet at Shenandoah
Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Rose-Hulman
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Hiram
7:00 PM
Marietta at Denison
7:00 PM
Anderson at Taylor (Ind.)
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Ohio Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Greenville at Millikin
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Howard Payne
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Sul Ross State
7:00 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Augustana
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
7:30 PM
Benedictine at Central
8:00 PM
McMurry at East Texas Baptist
8:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Wartburg
8:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Crown
8:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Cornell
8:00 PM
Frostburg State at Geneva
Maintenance in progress.