Chambers, Thiel deck Hopkins

Thiel 28 Johns Hopkins 3

November 20, 2005|By JIM RODENBUSH | JIM RODENBUSH,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Greenville, Pa. -- On its way to winning a fourth consecutive Centennial Conference title and earning the school's first NCAA Division III playoff berth, Johns Hopkins coach Jim Margraff knew his team had missed out on at least one thing this season.

The Blue Jays hadn't faced a wide receiver as speedy as Thiel's Brandon Chambers.

Chambers had 10 receptions for 208 yards, including three first-half touchdowns, as host Thiel beat Johns Hopkins, 28-3, in a first-round playoff game here at Alumni Stadium yesterday.

"No offense to anyone we see in our conference," Margraff said. "But he made some fantastic plays. He's obviously a very gifted athlete."

Chambers had touchdown catches of 53, 57 and 26 yards in a span of four possessions over the first and second quarters that turned an early 3-0 Blue Jays lead into a 21-3 Tomcats advantage.

Tailback Dan Hess ran for 147 yards and scored the last touchdown for Thiel (11-0), which dominated on offense, out-gaining the Blue Jays in total yards 449-142.

Johns Hopkins (8-3) entered yesterday's game as an underdog against Thiel, a team that is ranked No. 14 by D3football.com, had won the Presidents' Athletic Conference and was making its first playoff appearance in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.

"We knew, coming in, that this was an excellent football team," Margraff said.

But after the Tomcats punted on their first possession, the Blue Jays moved quickly, going 51 yards in 13 plays for a 3-0 lead.

"We felt good about the way we came out," Margraff said. "Our kids were excited. Our offense was doing some good things. We just couldn't sustain it."

Chambers took over on the next possession. On third-and-seven from his 47-yard line, the 6-foot-1 senior took a short screen pass from quarterback Darrell Satterfield, burst through a small seam in the defense, and raced untouched for a touchdown.

"Today was about the big plays," said T.J. Lyons, who led the blue Jays with 45 yards on 12 carries. "And he made them."

Chambers' second touchdown came two minutes into the second quarter when he outleaped three defenders for the ball and broke away for the score.

Chambers' final touchdown came on a 26-yard catch down the sideline, capping a 10-play, 88-yard drive.

"We came in knowing we were going to pay attention to where he was on the field at all times," Blue Jays defensive back Jim Sanders said. "We were there ... It just came down to making plays."

Notes -- Hopkins quarterback Zach DiIonno finished 20-for-38 for 116 yards and four interceptions. He was sacked three times. ... Ben Scott's 22-yard field goal was the 30th of his career, which set a Hopkins record.

Johns Hopkins 3 0 0 0 - 3

Thiel 7 14 7 0 - 28

First quarter JH-Scott 22 FG, 6:57 T-Chambers 53 pass from Satterfield (Koyl kick), 4:51

Second quarter T-Chambers 57 pass from Satterfield (Koyl kick), 12:52 T-Chambers 26 pass from Satterfield (Koyl kick), 5:09

Third quarter Hess 4 run (Koyl kick), 8:54 A-2,300.

JH T

First downs 7 22

Rushes-Yards 21-26 35-129

Passing Yards 116 320

Comp-Att-Int 20-37-4 19-31-2

Return Yards 61 66

Punts-Avg. 7-42.1 4-28.5

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0

Penalties-Yards 6-46 10-76

Time of Possession 27:07 32:53

Rushing-Hopkins, Lyons 12-45, Waddell 1-5, Nesbitt 3-4, Earnest 1-0, DiIonno 3-minus 26; Thiel, Hess 30-147, Helman 2-minus 1, Satterfield 2-minus 15. Passing-Hopkins, DiIonno 20-38-116-4; Thiel, Satterfield 19-30-320-2, Blankenship 0-1-0-0. Receiving-Hopkins, Triplin 11-52, Sattler 3-29, Earnest 2-20, Lyons 2-0, Roberts 1-10, Nesbitt 1-5; Thiel, Chambers 10-208, McEntire 3-40, Kutterna 3-39, LaScoloa 1-18, Kuban 1-8, Hess 1-7.

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