FROSTBURG — Hopkins ends Gettysburg hex, 28-14
It may be too soon to declare a complete turnaround for the Johns Hopkins University football team, but the Blue Jays did an amazing thing yesterday at Homewood Field.
Johns Hopkins won a football game, 28-14, over GettysburCollege for the first time in 75 years.
It was 1915 when Hopkins defeated the Bullets, 21-7, for the first and only time before yesterday.
There have been some breaks in the 18-game series, but 7years is a long time without winning.
"Our kids were pumped up for this game," said first-year Hopkincoach Jim Margraff. "We were hollering, '1915, 1915,' in the locker room at halftime. It was something to give us a lot of incentive."
Margraff and a crowd of 1,100 watched the Hopkins offensivline push the Gettysburg defense all over the field.
With senior offensive tackle Frank Gangemi (6 feet 1, 25pounds) leading the way, the Blue Jays' line opened huge holes for running backs Paul Ferreri and Erik Mont to waltz through on four long drives.
Hopkins (2-2) drove 74 and 73 yards for touchdowns (10 plays oeach drive) and twice marched deep into Gettysburg territory before fumbling the ball away.
Ferreri, who led the Blue Jays with 93 yards rushing and tw touchdowns, fumbled at the Bullets' 11-yard line with one minute left in the first half and his team leading, 14-7. Hopkins had driven 55 yards to the 11.
Ferreri fumbled again with 11:10 left in the game, losing the balat the Gettysburg 28-yard line after Hopkins had moved 69 yards behind the offensive line.
The long marches enabled Hopkins to keep the ball away froGettysburg (1-2-1) and work Margraff's game plan to perfection.
"We knew we had to control the ball against a good team likGettysburg," said Margraff. "It's too early to jump up and down about our program. But at least we've already accomplished two of our 10 goals. Our first goal was to win one of our first three and then we wanted to win two in a row."
Margraff praised Gangemi for his stamina yesterday.
"Frank was going both ways, playing offensive and defensivtackle," said Margraff. "We told him if he needed a rest to take it on offense. We believe defense is too important to rest on. Our entire offensive line did a super job even though we have only seven guys and five of them are healthy. Augie Miceli has done a super job with our line."
Frostburg 41, Grove City 0
Running back Rory McTigue rushed for 127 yards and scored two touchdowns, leading Frostburg State (4-0) over Grove City (0-3) at Bobcat Stadium.
Frostburg quarterback Mike Jones threw touchdown passes to J.R. Bosley and Norman Summers.
W. Maryland 14, Muhlenberg 3
Quarterback Mike Hamm was 15 of 23 for 273 yards and one touchdown as Western Maryland (3-1, 2-1) defeated Muhlenberg 0-3) in a Centennial Football Conference game.
This is the Green Terrors' best start since going 2-1-1 in the first four games of the 1984 season.
Hamm connected with junior wide receiver Andy Steckel for an 11-yard touchdown pass that gave the Green Terrors a 7-3 lead with 4:50 remaining in the first half. The senior became Western Maryland's all-time leading passer with 3,463 yards.
Shepherd 23, Salisbury 13
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va.
Jim Signora threw two touchdown passes and ran for another to lead Shepherd (3-2) over Salisbury State (0-4).