Johns Hopkins clicks, beats Muhlenberg, 30-8

October 17, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

After three straight games that weren't decided until the final minute, Johns Hopkins got an early boost from its special teams and cruised to a 30-8 whipping of Muhlenberg before 2,491 at Homewood Field last night.

The Blue Jays improved to 4-2 overall -- the first time in their three years under coach Jim Margraff that they've been two games over .500 -- and 3-1 in the Centennial Football Conference. Muhlenberg provided an unhappy homecoming for coach Fran Meagher, a Baltimore native, as the Mules dropped to 1-5, 1-4.

Everything clicked for Hopkins, which won by one point last week and lost by a field goal two weeks ago. Sophomore quarterback Mike Bopp led the offense to 442 yards, and a defense led by sophomore Jelani Rucker (Poly) didn't allow Muhlenberg to score until the last six minutes.

Bopp completed 17 of 26 passes for 199 yards. Paul Ferreri had a season-high 87 yards on 12 carries to move to 156 yards of the Hopkins career rushing record and junior wide receiver Joe Richards turned eight catches into 115 yards. He has 123 career receptions, and next week he could become No. 2 on the Blue Jays' all-time list behind Bill Stromberg.

"Everything came together tonight," Bopp said. "We had a great game plan, and the receivers were getting open. I don't think I've gotten sacked the last two weeks, and that tells you what kind of job the line is doing."

The Blue Jays' effort started with the special teams, which provided the first break with just 1:59 elapsed, after Muhlenberg was limited to 2 yards on the first three snaps of the game. Rucker blew in untouched and smothered Gerry Scott's punt, with the Blue Jays recovering on the Mules' 16-yard line.

Hopkins got to the 8 before settling for Kevin McCarthy's 30-yard field goal, but the tone of the game had been set.

With 4:42 left in the second quarter and Hopkins up 10-0, the Blue Jays' special teams delivered again. With Tom Baugher pTC leading the coverage, Muhlenberg's Mike Pisano bobbled Dan Flynn's punt, and freshman Quinn Grieco recovered for the Blue Jays on the 19.

Five plays later from the 4, Bopp rolled right. He had an open

receiver, but dived in for the touchdown and a 17-0 halftime lead.

The Blue Jays spread out long, time-eating drives that finished with touchdowns, as they moved 58 yards in the second, 74 in the third and 89 in the fourth. Bopp's sneak from the 1 made it 10-0 in the second quarter, Ferreri dove in from the 3 in the third and Richards brought down a 16-yard pass from Scott Cade on a flea-flicker in the fourth.

Ferreri tied the school record for rushing yards in a season with 931 last year, but an injury limited him to 131 in the first five games.

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