Hopkins stays afloat, wins, 7-0 Blue Jays get help from local players

September 26, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

Call it City-Poly in September.

Johns Hopkins posted a 7-0 victory over FDU-Madison and tropical storm Danielle last night at Homewood Field, as former high school rivals had leading roles.

Hari Lymon, a freshman from City, had the only touchdown and led all rushers with 84 yards, and defensive lineman Jelani Rucker, a sophomore from Poly, had a game-high 13 tackles.

"That's something we really stressed when I got here, recruiting locally," said third-year coach Jim Margraff. "We don't have a whole lot of Baltimore kids, but the ones we've got are very important people."

Rucker, who started as a freshman, was the centerpiece of Margraff's first recruiting class. The current freshman class includes Lymon, The Sun's 1991 Offensive Player of the Year; outside linebacker Victor Carter-Bey from Gilmon, who was The Sun's Athlete of the Year; and St. Paul's Troy Thingelstad, a reserve offensive lineman who was the Scholar-Athlete winner last March.

Another Baltimorean jump-started Hopkins (2-1) on a night marred by non-stop rain and a strong westerly wind. FDU-Madison (1-1), which was limited to six first downs and 132 yards total offense, was facing the wind in the second quarter, when quarterback Vic Moncato lost the snap from center on the Jersey Devils' 24-yard line. Tommy Day, a senior linebacker from Pikesville, recovered the ball for the Blue Jays.

Lymon gained 8 yards and sophomore Bob Beach, who netted 65 yards on 13 carries, picked up 11, before Lymon followed center Jim Dietz in from the five with 9:28 left in the half. Kevin McCarthy, a senior walk-on from St. Mary's in Annapolis, added the extra point.

"I didn't expect to carry the ball that much, but I like it," said Lymon, who had 12 carries in the Blue Jays' first two games. "The conditions helped me. I'm lighter [140 pounds] than everyone else out there, and I can cut easier than the bigger

guys."

The Blue Jays needed an effective ground game, as sophomore quarterback Mike Bopp struggled in his second start, completing only four of 15 passes while throwing two interceptions and losing two fumbles.

The Jersey Devil offense didn't get into Hopkins' territory on its own until the fourth quarter, when Moncato, now at wide receiver, broughtdown a 37-yard pass from Frank Plefka on the Blue Jays' 45 with 11 minutes left.

That drive stalled four players later. Aided by the wind, the Jersey Devils had two possessions inside the Hopkins' 31-yard line in the last three minutes, but the first ended when Ed Lineen and Tom Baugher stopped a fourth-down pass, and the second saw sophomore Kevin Greco haul down Plefka for a game-ending sack.

It was Hopkins' first shutout since last October, and the Blue Jays' third straight victory over FDU-Madison. Three of Margraff's 12 career victories have come courtesy of the Jersey Devils.

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