Hopkins prevails, 14-0, ending three-game skid

October 15, 1994|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Sun Staff Writer

Johns Hopkins, led by Dan Redziniak's two touchdown passes to Ryan McCrum, ended a three-game losing streak by defeating Muhlenberg, 14-0, in a Centennial Conference football game last night at Homewood Field.

Hopkins is 2-2 in the conference, 2-4 overall. Muhlenberg is 1-4 and 2-4.

The Blue Jays dominated throughout, even though they were able to score only twice.

"This is the kind of football we expected the team to play this year," said Blue Jays coach Jim Margraff.

"We played good defense, and offensively we were able to control the ball. We were getting in the habit of turning the ball over and losing leads late in the game."

Hopkins added to its lead in the fourth quarter in this one, as Redziniak hit McCrum with a pass in the end zone 3:08 into the period. Todd Bencivenni's conversion ended the scoring for the game.

Hopkins controlled play in the first half, even though the scoreboard (7-0) suggested it was a close game.

The Jays received the opening kickoff and promptly marched 55 yards to the Muhlenberg 25-yard line. From there, Bencivenni's 42-yard field-goal attempt fell short.

On its next possession, Hopkins drove 80 yards to a touchdown. McCrum made a diving catch of a Redziniak third-down pass at the visitors' 46-yard line to keep the drive alive.

Chuck Wotkowicz, who ran hard and well throughout the game, went 14 yards to the 25 and 10 more to the 7. From there, Redziniak hit McCrum for the only score of the half. Bencivenni converted to give Hopkins a 7-0 lead.

At halftime, Hopkins had 176 yards total offense, Muhlenberg 64.

The third period was marked by frequent penalties and drives by Hopkins that wound up going nowhere.

The final touchdown ended a 67-yard drive that took 12 plays and consumed 5 minutes, 58 seconds.

Redziniak completed 20 of 31 passes for 205 yards. Hopkins' total net yardage was 367, more than double Muhlenberg's 152.

Defensive standouts for Hopkins were tackle Jelani Rucker (Poly), linebacker Victor Carter-Bey (Gilman) and free safety John Donovan.

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