Nine Hopkins turnovers give Dickinson 32-0 win

November 01, 1992|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Staff Writer

The mistake-prone Johns Hopkins football team lost to Dickinson, 32-0, at Homewood Field yesterday, abruptly ending the Blue Jays' three-game winning streak.

The Blue Jays lost five fumbles, and quarterback Mike Bopp threw four interceptions.

The Jays are 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the Centennial Football Conference. Dickinson (6-1-1, 3-1-1), the defending conference champion, had lost to Western Maryland and tied Swarthmore the previous two weeks.

For Dickinson, the star was Alex Plomaritis. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound running back from St. Petersburg, Fla., scored on runs of 26, 5, 6 and 2 yards. Plomaritis rushed for 198 yards on 36 carries.

"Best day I've ever had in my life -- college or high school," said Plomaritis. "You have to give our defense [credit] for causing all those Hopkins turnovers."

This game was the low point of coach Jim Margraff's three seasons at Hopkins. It was the first time the Blue Jays had been shut out since 1988, when Dickinson did it, 39-0.

"We had no idea we'd play a poor game like this," Margraff said. "We'd been playing so well with three straight wins.

"We only had three interceptions against us in the previous three weeks, and then four of them in this game. We hadn't fumbled in three weeks. Then we lose five fumbles today.

"It's not because of a lack of effort on the part of the kids. Dickinson has an excellent team, but we'd thought we'd play well against them. We had a great week of practice."

In addition to losing the game, Hopkins lost two key players to injury. Receiver Scott Cade injured his right knee and may have suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He will be examined today. Center and co-captain Jim Dietz left the game with a shoulder injury that may have ended his season.

Dickinson gained 332 yards rushing -- and none passing. The Red Devils threw the ball only five times, with no completions.

With that running game, however, Dickinson didn't need to pass.

"Plomaritis is an excellent back," said Margraff, "but I don't remember him being this strong. He was breaking a lot of tackles."

Broken tackles were not the key to the game, however. With nine turnovers, Hopkins self-destructed.

"It started with the first play of the game," said Margraff. Hopkins took the opening kickoff, only to have Bopp fumble the snap from center on the first play. Linebacker Michael Sterner recovered for Dickinson, and the rout was on.

The lone highlight for Hopkins was junior Joe Richards becoming the school's all-time No. 2 receiver. He caught seven passes to increase his career total to 134. Bill Stromberg (1978-1981) is No. 1 with 258 catches.

"What do we do now?" said Margraff. "What do you do when you get fired at IBM? You pick yourself up and move on."

Hopkins' final two games are Saturday at Franklin & Marshall and at home Nov. 14 against Western Maryland.

Johns Hopkins 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Dickinson 7 6 6 15 -- 32

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