Tonight's game

October 17, 2003|By Bill Free

Tonight's game

Gettysburg (4-1) at Johns Hopkins (6-0)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 7

Series: Gettysburg leads 18-10-2

Last week: Hopkins defeated Franklin & Marshall, 37-14. Gettysburg defeated McDaniel, 30-20.

Outlook: The surging Blue Jays have been sending historians far back into school record books to chart "firsts" for this squad. This week the search could be extended back 111 years to find the last time Hopkins started a season 7-0. Hopkins has risen to No. 15 in the country for the first time in the American Football Coaches Association Division III poll, and the Jays are No. 7 in the D-III Eastern College Athletic Conference Lambert Poll. Gettysburg enters tonight's game a week removed from a big victory over the Centennial Conference's latest dynasty, McDaniel, which seems to be fading a bit. Tonight's matchup sends the Centennial's top-ranked rushing offense, Gettysburg (278.2 yards a game), against the No. 1 rushing defense, Hopkins (84.8). Hopkins not only has won a school record 10 straight games, but it is also 17-2 in the past 19 games. The Jays' ground game is second to Gettysburg, but there was a rare occurrence last week when the team had two 100-plus yard rushers (junior Adam Cook with 149 and freshman Mark Nesbitt with 103). Gettysburg's potent ground game features four runners averaging more than 50 yards a game, including former Gilman standout Nick Nocar.

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