Hopkins falls short at home

November 07, 1993|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Staff Writer

Johns Hopkins failed to capitalize on several scoring opportunities and lost to Franklin & Marshall, 13-11, in a Centennial Conference football game at Homewood Field yesterday.

It was the first home loss this year for the 4-5 Blue Jays, who are winless on the road.

With 10:44 left,Hopkins quarterback John Guglielmo, after passing 14 yards to Joe Richards to the 1-yard line, sneaked in for a touchdown that reduced F&M's lead to 10-9.

Then Guglielmo, going for two extra points, scrambled and eluded three tacklers and found Richards in the end zone, and Hopkins led, 11-10. It was the only time the Blue Jays led.

But with 4:41 to go, F&M's Beau Eckert kicked a 35-yard field goal to put the visitors ahead to stay at 13-11.

Still, Hopkins came back and mounted two more threats -- neither of which produced any points.

After F&M's final field goal, Hopkins drove to the Diplomats' 8-yard line. Bob Beach ran 16 yards for a first down there, and the crowd of 1,134 thought it smelled another home victory for the Jays.

On first down, Guglielmo threw a pass into the end zone that was intercepted by cornerback Vince Harper with 1:50 left.

Hopkins had one final chance to win when Guglielmo passed to Richards for 13 yards to F&M's 35-yard line.

But on first down, running back Nick Romagnoli was hit hard by the middle of the defensive line and fumbled. The ball was recovered by Jason Hillaert, and the visitors ran out the clock for the final seconds.

Tom Gilburg, who played for the Baltimore Colts 30 years ago and has been coaching F&M for 18 years, was moved by the dramatic turns the game had taken.

"You talk about emotional highs and lows," Gilburg said. "This game had plenty of them.

"I was pleased with the way our kids kept coming back. Vince Harper's interception in the end zone near the end of the game was a big, big play for us."

F&M has won four straight and is 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference. The Diplomats have a chance to win or tie for the conference championship.

For Jim Margraff, Hopkins' fourth-year coach, there was no talk of championships.

"When it comes down to the end and you get chances," Margraff said, "you have to take advantage of them -- and we didn't."

Another opportunity Hopkins failed to take full advantage of came in the second quarter after Eckert's 32-yard field goal put F&M ahead 3-0.

Hari Lymon took the ensuing kickoff and made an 84-yard return that many thought was for a touchdown. But Lymon had been bumped and stepped out of bounds at the 8.

/# Franklin & Marshall 0 3 7 3 13

Johns Hopkins 0 3 0 8 11

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