Diplomats Face No. 7 Johns Hopkins on Saturday - Week 9 Game Notes

Diplomats Face No. 7 Johns Hopkins on Saturday - Week 9 Game Notes

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Saturday's Game: No. 7 Johns Hopkins (8-0, 7-0 CC) at F&M (6-2, 5-2 CC) 

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Franklin & Marshall meet for the 68th time in a series that began in Baltimore with a 10-3 F&M win in 1912. The Diplomats hold a 35-30-2 lead in the series and a 16-15 mark in Lancaster. Since Centennial Conference play began in 1983, Johns Hopkins owns a 20-13 edge. F&M has the longest streak between the two teams, taking 17 matchups between 1971 and 1988.  

D-Fence: F&M's defense has fueled the Diplomats all season and leads the conference in multiple statistical categories. The Diplomats allowed the fewest points per game at 16.1, while their 289.4 yards allowed per game also leads the conference. F&M gives up just 98.8 yards on the ground, which is the best in the CC and its 190.6 rushing yards allowed through the air are second best.  

Joe Granahan leads the CC with 8.5 sacks while Luke Foukas and Jon Naji are tied for fifth at 5.5 sacks.    

Seniors: 22 seniors will be playing their final regular season game on Sponaugle-Williamson Field this Saturday. The F&M Football Class of 2016 includes: Karsten Bratt-Pfotenhauer, Brendan Daly, Steven DeLosa, Andrew DeStefano, Steven Elf, Nathan English, Drew Farber, Luke Foukas, Craig Hamilton, Jamie Henzes, Matthew Hlavinka, Cody Hubbs, Bobby Keyes, Tom Lyster, Jon Naji, Mark Opaliski, Tyler Petri, Michael Realbuto, Dan Riordan, Dave Shellhammer, Josh Young, Billy Zwicharowski. 

Last Time We Met: Franklin & Marshall fell 45-24 to No. 8 Johns Hopkins last year on Nov. 7. 

Matt Magarity completed 15-of-27 passes for 160 yards and two scores and Tanner Erisman added 42 on four completions. Logan Lewis racked up 57 yards on 22 rushes while Andrew DeStefano hauled in six passes for 57 yards. Bobby Keyes finished with 47 yards on four catches and Lewis added 46 receiving yards. 

Nate English led the defense with 12 stops (5s), 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Vincent Moffett had nine stops while Foukas, Jon Naji, Ryan Feulner, Brendan Daly and Max Havlusch all had five stops each. Luke Foukas had a half sack and Naji finished with a sack of his own. 

F&M's Last Game: Franklin & Marshall fell 20-10 to Susquehanna last week in CC action.

The River Hawks went up 14-3 early in the third after converting an F&M turnover into a touchdown just under three minutes into the third. F&M countered on its next possession to come within four, 14-10. 

F&M marched 52 yards in 12 plays and Taalib Gerald rushed in from eight out for the score. Billy Zwicharowski's kick after was good. After a three-and-out by both teams, Susquehanna made it a two score game with a touchdown early in the fourth to take a decisive 20-10 lead. 

Two interceptions in the fourth quarter proved too costly as the Diplomats were unable to put points on the board the remainder of the game. 

Zach Bradley completed 24-of-38 passes for 219 yards and four interceptions with Andrew DeStefano leading the way with a team-high 58 receiving yards on four grabs. Bobby Keyes hauled in nine balls for 55 yards and Joshua Young ended the day with 34 yards on four receptions. 

Taalib Gerald picked up 61 yards on the ground on 13 carries with one score and added another 36 reception yards. Dave Shellhammer rushed 14 times for 36 yards. 

Joe Granahan led the defense with seven stops (3s) with one sack while Brendan Daly recorded six tackles with a forced fumble. Ben Okun tallied five tackles and Luke Foukas along with Jon Naji both ended with five stops. Foukas had two tackles for a loss, including a sack and Naji picked up a sack as did Steve Elf. 

Hopkins' Last Game: Johns Hopkins senior quarterback Jonathan Germano threw for a career-high six touchdowns and a personal-best 443 yards to lead the seventh-ranked Blue Jays past host Ursinus, 42-7, at Patterson Field Saturday afternoon. The six touchdown passes are one shy of the Johns Hopkins single-game record, while the 443 yards is tied for the fourth-best mark in school history. 

The win improves Hopkins' record to 8-0 overall and 7-0 in the Centennial Conference; the Blue Jays have now won 35 straight Centennial Conference games, 39 straight regular season games and 23 straight in the month of October. 

Four different receivers were on the back end of Germano touchdown passes, including three in the first quarter as the Blue Jays built a 21-0 lead after the opening 15 minutes. 

Seniors Garrett Spek (8 tackles), Jack Campbell (7) and Pat Runger (6, one forced fumble, one pass breakup) led the way for the Blue Jay defense. 

Hopkins can clinch no worse than a share of the Centennial Conference title and lock up the league's automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Playoffs with a win against the Diplomats. 

Johns Hopkins has now won 19 consecutive regular season road games dating back to 2012. The Blue Jays have not allowed more than 17 points in a game played in October since October 19, 2012. JHU has scored 18 first-half touchdowns on 30 first-half possessions in the last four games.