The season that started off so promisingly for Johns Hopkins has taken a sharp turn in the wrong direction during the past three weeks.
On Oct. 5, Hopkins fumbled away a victory against Gettysburg in the final two minutes. On Saturday, the Blue Jays offense, one of the best in the Centennial Football Conference, was held to 248 yards in a 14-8 loss to Muhlenberg.
"Our offense played terrible," said coach Jim Margraff, whose team started the season 2-0-1 but is now 3-2-1. "This is the first game the offense really tanked it. I give credit to Muhlenberg. They were really prepared, but no one should hold our offense to eight points."
John Guglielmo, who had been the CFC's leading passer, threw for a season-low 100 yards against the Mules.
The losses to Gettysburg and Muhlenberg put a serious dent in Hopkins' hopes for its first CFC championship. The Blue Jays (2-2 in the CFC) trail first-place Dickinson (3-0 in the CFC) by 1 1/2 games. Hopkins' remaining schedule includes three teams (Dickinson, Western Maryland and Franklin & Marshall) ahead of the Blue Jays in the standings. The other is against Georgetown (4-2 overall) on Saturday at Homewood Field.
* TOWSON STATE: The Tigers' defensive line could get a boost this week with the possible return of two starters: end Bob Meehan, who has been out since Sept. 28 with a sprained left knee, and tackle Bill Fisher, who suffered a nerve injury in his shoulder two weeks ago. Reserve defensive lineman Scott Tull, who broke his hand in practice two weeks ago, could be back as well.
* WESTERN MARYLAND: The Green Terrors have missed six of 15 PATs this season, but none more costly than Saturday, when they missed two kicks and failed on a two-point conversion -- which they had to try because of the missed kicks -- in a 28-25 loss to Dickinson.
In more positive news, linebacker Jim Webster was named CFC Defensive Player of the Week. Webster, a senior from Painted Post, N.Y., had 19 tackles, including seven solos Saturday. He also deflected a field-goal attempt.
* FROSTBURG STATE: Freshman inside linebacker Chris Robertson (Poly), who was thrown into the starting lineup because of a knee injury to senior Keith Kierzkowski, will be there for the rest of the season. Kierzkowski (Atholton) reaggravated the knee jogging and will not return. Robertson is fifth on the team in tackles with 30, including 12 solos.
* MORGAN STATE: Cornerback Eddie Hill, who had been out since separating his left shoulder Oct. 5, played Saturday. Quarterback Mike Moore, who had been out with a sore left knee, returned to the lineup Saturday but reinjured his knee during the game.