The game was billed as a matchup of two great passing teams. That was half right.
Johns Hopkins beat Georgetown, 40-14, yesterday at Homewood Field, setting a school record for passing yards with 527.
The Blue Jays (4-2-1) came into the game 14th in Division III in passing offense. Georgetown was first.
But Hopkins held the Hoyas (4-3) to 175 yards in the air, partly because of a devastating pass rush and partly because Hoyas quarterback Aley Demarest missed part of the first half and most of the second with a sprained left foot. When he was playing, he spent more time scrambling than throwing.
"It was a good pass rush," Demarest said, "but it was also good pass coverage."
Hopkins coach Jim Margraff said the Blue Jays rotated seven defensive linemen to keep fresh players rushing the quarterback.
On the offensive end, Hopkins quarterback John Guglielmo had no such problems. He threw for a school-record 477 yards, completing 28 of 39 passes for six touchdowns -- also a Blue Jays record.
"It's an unbelievable feeling," Guglielmo said. "The line just gave me so much time to throw. It didn't seem like I had that many yards, but every time I dumped one off, somebody caught it."
Joe Richards, who caught 10 passes, set a school record with 296 yards receiving.
But Richards' most exciting catch of the day wasn't from Guglielmo. It was from punter Dan Flynn.
On the first series of the game, the Blue Jays lined up in punt formation, but Flynn passed to Richards, who was lined up just inside the sideline, camouflaged against the players on the Hopkins bench. The play went for 50 yards down to the Georgetown 2, setting up the Blue Jays' first score.
If that wasn't enough to demoralize the Hoyas, the Blue Jays' next score might have been. Just after normally dependable Hoyas kicker Anthony DeGuzman, who has made two field goals longer than 50 yards this season, missed his second in a row, Hopkins scored on a 76-yard touchdown pass from Guglielmo to Gary Campbell.
The Blue Jays kept scoring, and had a 27-0 lead 19 minutes into the game.
"I think scoring early was important for our offense in getting their confidence back," Margraff said, referring to last week's 14-8 loss to Muhlenberg -- the Blue Jays' worst offensive game of the season.
"Last week, once Muhlenberg started popping us, we lost our composure a little bit," Margraff said.