Hopkins cruises past McDaniel in finale

Johns Hopkins 48 McDaniel 7

College football

November 12, 2006|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun reporter

The season finale went so well for Johns Hopkins yesterday that even when the Blue Jays didn't do what they were supposed to against McDaniel, they still made game-turning plays.

They got a blocked punt from Brian Cook when he was supposed to stay back and protect against a fake.

They got a long touchdown pass from quarterback Shane Kibbe on a corner pattern when he was supposed to throw a post route.

They got a rushing touchdown from reserve Zach Rupert late in the game when coach Jim Margraff was trying to set up senior kicker Ben Scott for his 44th career field goal.

So it went in the Blue Jays' 48-7 rout of the overmatched Green Terror at Homewood Field. The victory allowed Hopkins to reach 5-5 (3-3 Centennial Conference) for the season.

For a team picked to win the conference title for the fifth straight year, the finish was bittersweet.

"It's kind of hard to know you didn't live up to the hype, but we've got a good program and I'm sure they'll come back next year," said Kibbe, one of 21 seniors who won't be back.

As it turned out, Kibbe saved his best for last. Making the fourth start of his career, he threw for 175 yards and three touchdowns in the first half when the Blue Jays opened a 34-0 lead.

"We had plays called when [McDaniel] was in defenses we could exploit and we took advantage of it," said Kibbe, who completed 13 of 22 overall.

Kibbe teamed with Anthony Triplin for a 13-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and with Greg Chimera for a 3-yarder in the second. But it was his 44-yard scoring pass to Evan Earnest with seven minutes left in the half that put the game out of reach at 31-0.

When Kibbe saw that Earnest had beaten the defender, he launched a long pass to the right corner of the end zone.

"I was supposed to throw it to the inside, but I put enough air under it to throw it to the outside," Kibbe said. "Evan's a great receiver."

Kibbe has played most of the year with a shoulder separation that may require surgery. The injury cost him his starting job at one point.

"He was really sharp on his reads early in the game," Margraff said. "I'm thrilled for him. He put in a lot of time, a lot of effort, and he had some of that taken away by injuries, some of it by my decisions."

Phil Roberts also contributed a 59-yard touchdown run for the Blue Jays, but it was Hopkins' voracious defense that ruined the day for McDaniel (4-6, 2-4), holding the Green Terror to minus-35 yards rushing. The Blue Jays sacked Brad Baer seven times, but he still completed 26 of 49 throws for 225 yards.

"He's the toughest kid in this whole conference," McDaniel coach Tim Keating said of Baer.

Cook, a defensive end who is Hopkins' all-time leading sacker, had 2 1/2 sacks to finish his career with 28.

"These last two weeks, we really showed what we can do," he said.

ken.murray@baltsun.com

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