Paul Ferreri would probably like to forget last Saturday, when he fumbled away Johns Hopkins' hopes for an unbeaten season.
And the best way to forget what he did against Gettysburg was to do what he did yesterday against Ursinus. Ferreri ran for 138 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Blue Jays to a 28-0 victory over the Bears at Homewood Field.
And it took him only one half. He came out of the game just before halftime because he aggravated a bruised right shoulder. With the Blue Jays well ahead, the training staff and Ferreri decided not to take any chances by having him stay in the game.
"This game was good just for my confidence," Ferreri said. "When you're a running back, you want to hold the ball at the end of the game. And I didn't do that last week."
The fumble came with the Blue Jays ahead and trying to run out the clock. After running for a first down, Ferreri fumbled at the Hopkins 38. A few plays later, Gettysburg scored the winning touchdown.
"I thought about it all the way on the bus home," Ferreri said. "But then, as soon as I got home, I just tried to put it out of my mind."
Hopkins coach Jim Margraff said Ferreri had no trouble doing that.
"No one forgets that sort of thing, but some people overcome it," Margraff said. "Paul overcame it. No one play decides a football game, but Paul put a lot of blame on himself for what happened.
"He wanted to do something special for the team this week."
With Hopkins now 2-1 in the Centennial Football Conference and 3-1-1 overall, Ferreri's fumble is further magnified. Had he held the ball and had the Blue Jays beaten Gettysburg, Hopkins might be 3-0 and tied for first place in the CFC with Western Maryland.
Ferreri made sure the Blue Jays would not give away the victory against Ursinus (1-3 in the CFC, 2-3 overall). The junior running back capped an 84-yard drive by scoring the game's first touchdown, from 5 yards out with 3 minutes, 6 seconds to play in the first quarter.
Less than three minutes later, Ferreri scored on a draw play in which he burst through a hole created by the Blue Jays offensive line and raced 44 yards to the end zone.
By halftime, Hopkins was up by 21 points. Ferreri had gained 142 yards on the ground and in the air. Ursinus had gained 114.
He said he came out of the game as a precaution and will be ready to play next week.
With Ferreri out, Blue Jays quarterback John Guglielmo went about picking apart another defense. Guglielmo, who was averaging 233 yards passing per game, completed 17 passes in 28 attempts for 292 yards and two touchdowns yesterday.
"He's a guy we expect to win football games for us," Margraff said. "He's been doing a great job."