BALTIMORE, Md. – No. 23 Johns Hopkins defeated Franklin & Marshall 45-7 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday afternoon. The loss is the first for F&M this season as the Diplomats dropped to 5-1, 4-1 CC while Blue Jays improved to 5-1, 4-1 CC.
Hopkins controlled the game early and took a 10-0 first-quarter lead in the second. The Diplomats answered and put their only points on the board early in the quarter. F&M put together an 8-play, 63-drive that was capped off when Tanner Erisman found K.J. Pretty for a 21-yard score to bring F&M within three, 10-7, with 14:27 left in the second.
It was all Hopkins after that score.
The Blue Jays struck on back-to-back series and took a 24-7 lead into the break. Hopkins came out of halftime and tacked on 14 more points for a 38-7 advantage heading into the final frame. A touchdown midway through the fourth made it 45-7 and after an interception on F&M's next possession, the Blue Jays were able to run out the clock.
The Diplomats have a bye next week, before returning to action on Oct. 21st to host Dickinson at 1:30 p.m. for the first game at Shadek Stadium.