Hopkins loses 1st game at home since 1995 35-22 Kings Point victory built on 485 yards of offense

September 27, 1998|By Mark Hoeflich | Mark Hoeflich,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Despite blowout victories in the first two weeks of the season, Johns Hopkins thought it was capable of more.

However, the Blue Jays' beliefs were not reinforced yesterday.

Kings Point, the East Coast Athletic Conference Southwest champion the last two years, imposed itswill on Hopkins, finishing with 485 yards of total offense in a 35-22 win at Homewood Field.

It was the Blue Jays' first home loss in 10 games, dating to 1995.

Tori Frederick led Kings Point's attack, running for 100 yards on hTC 17 carries. Adam Gentile had 13 carries for 117 yards for Johns Hopkins.

"Our first two games of the season were not exactly against high- caliber teams and we were outplayed in the first half," said Hopkins coach Jim Margraff.

Hopkins couldn't match the Mariners' size and intensity. King Point's front four on defense, which averages 241 pounds, kept constant pressure on Blue Jays quarterbacks Wayne Roccia and Jamie Monica, and held Hopkins' running game to 63 yards below itsaverage.

Meanwhile, Hopkins' defense had no answer for the Mariners' ground game (264 yards) and suffered critical breakdowns in its secondary, allowing three pass plays of more than 30 yards.

"We knew we were much bigger than they are so we wanted to utilize our size on both offense and defense," said Kings Point coach Charlie Pravata.

The Mariners put this one away early. Adrian Heath returned the opening kickoff a school-record 94 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Jeff Turpen followed with an 18-yard scoring run and a 54-yard touchdown pass to Jon Paul D'Orazio for a 21-0 lead. All told, the Mariners' first three possessions lasted 7: 54 and were a combined 227 yards on 18 plays.

"That opening kickoff really set the tone for us," Pravata said.

Said Margraff: "We had a couple of blown coverages that put us behind the eight ball early."

Even in defeat, the Blue Jays continued to get favorable results from rotating quarterbacks Roccia and Monica, who traded series. The two juniors threw for a combined 283 yards and two touchdowns on 22-for-35 passing.

Monica orchestrated Hopkins' only sustained drive of the first half, moving the Blue Jays 83 yards on eight plays for its first score. His 35-yard touchdown pass to Justin Bellochio pulled Hopkins within 28-8 at halftime.

Roccia had a hand in the Blue Jays' best drive of the second half. With Hopkins trailing 35-15, Roccia completed six of eight passes during a 72-yard drive that resulted in a 2-yard touchdown pass to Cecil McPherson as time expired.

"In a game like this, the question is whether you played hard," Margraff said. "They really took it to us in the first quarter, but we didn't quit on offense or defense."

Hopkins actually outgained Kings Point, 312-204, in the second half and the two teams combined for 915 yards of total offense.

Pub Date: 9/27/98

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