Nov. 3, 2007
LANCASTER, Pa. - Kyle Turner and Jay Ridinger conspired for a pair of touchdowns to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 19-11 win over Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field on Saturday. The victory snapped a 10-game Hopkins' (3-6, 2-5 CC) winning streak over F&M, and marks the first time Franklin & Marshall (3-6, 3-4 CC) has won back-to-back games under the direction of second-year head coach John Troxell.
Franklin & Marshall jumped out to a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Ridinger hauled in a 12-yard toss from Turner to cap a five-play drive that covered 70 yards. 44 of the yards came on a Turner to George Eager pass.
Turner completed 22 of 33 passes on Saturday, gaining 198 yards in the process. Ridinger and Eager combined for 16 catches and 164 of the yards. Ridinger caught nine passes for 70 yards, while Eager caught seven passes for 94 yards.
Following the F&M touchdown, the Diplomats' defense sent the Hopkins' offense back to the bench after three plays. A high snap on the punt went 40-yards backwards into the Blue Jays' end zone for a safety, giving F&M a 9-0 lead.
After the free kick, F&M started the next drive on its own 49-yard line. The drive stalled at the Hopkins' 23, where Paul Sousa booted a career-long 40-yard field goal to make it 12-0. That score stood until 9:01 of the second quarter, when Johns Hopkins' Alex Lachman kicked a 44-yard field goal in the same direction.
The scored went unchanged until midway through the fourth quarter when F&M got a second chance on a possession. The Jays' Tucker Michels fumbled a short Jeff Hogan punt into the wind, where John Weber promptly picked it up at the 50-yard line. Eight plays later, F&M cashed in on the special teams miscue with Turner finding Ridinger from five-yards to make it 19-3 with 7:50 to play.
Hopkins managed to make it interesting quickly.
Starting from midfield, Hopkins faced a third-and-12. Max Islinger heaved the ball to Chris Baldwin, who picked up 44-yards on the play to set up first-and-goal at the Diplomats' five. It took one span for Hopkins to get six with Islinger Greg Chimera for the five-yard score. Islinger's two-point conversion pass to Michels made it a one-possession game with 6:28 left on the clock.
The Jays elected to kick it deep, leaving F&M on its own 20-yardline with 6:20 to kill. The Diplomats converted four first downs to run out the clock. Two of the first downs came on Ryan Murray rushes, while the other two were Turner to Eager third down passes. F&M held the ball for 19:26 of the second half.
Murray finished the game with 116 yards on 23 carries, marking the second consecutive week, and third time this season, that Murray crossed the 100-yard mark.
Islinger completed eight of 18 passes for 79 yards. Most of the Jays' 165 yards of offense came on the legs of Andrew Kase, who piled up 111 yards on 28 carries.
Jeff Kellar once again led the Diplomats in tackles. Eight of his 12 tackles were solo stops. He broke up a pass as well. James Gregory and Nathan Mintz each had 10 tackles. Joe Maynard, Zach Romash, and Sousa all joined Weber in recovering fumbles. George Farrell recorded a sack and a forced fumble.
Franklin & Marshall returns to action next week when it closes out its season with Gettysburg at Sponaugle-Williamson Field.