Without stars, Hopkins football aiming high

Unbeaten Blue Jays eye best start in 70 years

State notebook

Colleges

October 04, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Where is the hotshot quarterback? Or the shifty running back? Or the bruising linebacker?

He must be in the Johns Hopkins football house somewhere.

Why else would the 3-0 Blue Jays be off to their best start in 35 years, and threatening to make it their most successful start in 70 years with a victory over Gettysburg tonight at Homewood Field?

Maybe Hopkins coach Jim Margraff is doing it with mirrors.

"We're playing good team defense and have a strong rushing game," said Margraff, who is the winningest coach in Hopkins football history with a 69-50-3 record in 12-plus seasons. "We have four or five runners who touch the ball every game and we have 12 guys who have caught passes this season. We really don't have any one big star."

Junior quarterback George Merrell missed most of the first two games with injuries, but returned last week to complete nine of 19 passes for 79 yards and one touchdown in a 28-7 victory over Carnegie Mellon.

Sophomore running back Adam Cook is the leading rusher with 230 yards and four touchdowns, and sophomore safety Matt Campbell is the top tackler with 22.

But still the Blue Jays have the longest NCAA football winning streak in the state - five, one better than Salisbury.

"We've stood toe-to-toe with some good teams this season and rallied to win when we've fallen behind early," said Margraff.

Unlikely, but true

The Bowie State football team had an experience it would like to forget Friday night in Atlanta.

The Bulldogs were in a restaurant having dinner before playing Morehouse the next day, when their team buses suddenly were repossessed because the Maryland company that operated them apparently had not kept up its payments.

That touched off a 41-hour nightmare for the Bulldogs, who made it around Atlanta on Saturday and back to Bowie on Sunday with the generous help of Morehouse, which also provided food for the team during its many delays.

By the way, Bowie lost the game, 24-17.

"Nobody's ever heard of such a thing," said Bowie sports information director Scott Rouch, who was there for every minute of the fiasco.

Rock-solid Navy

The Navy women's soccer team tops the country for the second straight week with a 0.10 goals-against-average, having allowing just one goal in 10 games behind sophomore goalkeeper Kim Bonafede.

Louisiana State is second with a 0.22 GAA.

Navy (8-0-2) is also first in the nation with nine shutouts and Bonafede is No. 1 in the country with a 0.11 GAA. She has allowed one goal in 814 minutes and is working on a scoreless streak of 615 minutes and 13 seconds.

Air Force scored the only goal against Navy in a 2-1 game, and the Mids have played scoreless ties with Villanova and Colgate.

Bonafede faces a showdown today at 5 p.m. with Army's Morgan Bennett, who is third in the NCAA with a 0.28 GAA. That game will be played at West Point.

Et cetera

Salisbury will induct Henry "Clark" Cugler (Class of 1950), Cheryl Ish (1992) and Andre Foreman (1992) into its Athletic Hall of Fame during homecoming weekend festivities Nov. 1.

Kara Campbell has been named Morgan State's softball coach, replacing Ramona Riley-Boozer, who will continue to guide the school's volleyball program.

Senior Becky Bieneman established the Loyola women's soccer career record for goals (23) by scoring four in a 13-0 victory over Delaware State on Saturday.

McDaniel's field hockey team had to settle for tying the school record for best start to a season (8-0) last weekend when the Green Terror dropped a 1-0 decision to Swarthmore.

UMBC sophomore soccer forward Derek McElliott has a Northeast Conference-leading 14 points (six goals, two assists), even though he didn't start until the fifth game of this season for the 4-4-2 Retrievers. McElliott suffered a broken leg last spring.

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