J. Hop­kins rushes to 58-27 win in play­offs

Blue Jays top Frost­burg St. to ad­vance to quar­ter­fi­nals; Bowie State routed in D-II

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With its of­fen­sive line lead­ing the way, the Johns Hop­kins turned a one-point half­time deficit into a 58-27 vic­tory over host Frost­burg State that pro­pels the Blue Jays into the NCAA Di­vi­sion III foot­ball quar­ter­fi­nals for the sec­ond time in school his­tory.

The sixth-ranked Bob­cats be­come the high­est-ranked team Johns Hop­kins has ever beaten and the win earns the 13thranked Blue Jays a quar­ter­fi­nal date with RPI, which up­set third-ranked Brock­port, 21-13, on Satur­day.

Of­fen­sive line­men Joe Figueroa, Lau­rence Okeke, Frank Pe­tracco, Jar­rett Smith and Zack Tous­saint led the Blue Jays as they piled up 647 yards of to­tal of­fense and 400 rush­ing yards.

The Blue Jays (11-1), who tied the school record for wins in a sea­son, led 12-3 early, but the Bob­cats used a 17-7 sec­ond-quar­ter spurt to turn the nine-point deficit into the one-point half­time lead. That lead lasted less than four min­utes into the third quar­ter, when se­nior Tyler Messinger capped a stun­ning six-play, 95-yard drive with a 52-yard touch­down run that gave the Blue Jays a 27-20 lead.

By the time the Bob­cats scored again – four min­utes into the fourth quar­ter – the Blue Jays had scored three more touch­downs in a span of just un­der four min­utes mid­way through the third pe­riod to ex­tend the 27-20 lead to 48-20.

Messinger’s touch­down was fol­lowed three plays later by an An­thony David­son fum­ble re­cov­ery that gave the Blue Jays pos­ses­sion at Bob­cat 47. Six plays later, ju­nior quar­ter­back David Tam­maro scored on a quar­ter­back keeper to push the lead to 34-20.

It took just two plays for the Blue Jay de­fense to force an­other turnover, this time it was Ma­cauley Kil­bane in­ter­cept­ing a Con­nor Cox pass at the Johns Hop­kins 41. Four plays later, fac­ing sec­ond-and-10 at mid­field, Tam­maro ri­fled an out to se­nior Luke McFad­den, who spun inside and darted un­touched into the end to make it 41-20.

After the Blue Jay de­fense forced a three-and-out, the quick-strike Blue Jays needed just two plays to go 46 yards to cap their 29-point run. A 27-yard Messinger run and a per­fect back-shoul­der 19-yard Tam­maro-to-Dane Roger­son touch­down strike cov­ered the 46 yards in just 44 sec­onds.

Frost­burg (10-1) ended the run when Cox hit Chris­tan Thorn­ton from 18 yards out to pol­ish off a six-play, 69-yard drive early in the third quar­ter that sliced the Blue Jay lead to 48-27, but that would be as close as the Bob­cats would get.

The Johns Hop­kins de­fense set up Hop­kins’ fi­nal touch­down as fresh­man Robert Fletcher in­ter­cepted a Cox pass and re­turned it to the Frost­burg five-yard line to set up Messinger’s fourth touch­down of the game and Mike Eberle closed the scor­ing with a 39-yard field goal.

Hop­kins’ 12-3 lead at the end of the first quar­ter came as the re­sult of a 23-yard touch­down run by Messinger on the Blue Jays’ first drive of the game and a 37-yard Tam­maro-to-McFad­den strike that Frost­burg an­swered with just a field goal in be­tween.

Messinger rushed for a ca­reer-high 231 yards and tied the school record for touch­downs in a game with his four; he fin­ished with 237 all-pur­pose yards. Se­nior Stu­art Wal­ters to­taled 238 all-pur­pose yards as he rushed 87 yards, added 17 re­ceiv­ing yards and 134 yards on five kick­off returns.

Tam­maro ex­tended his school record for con­sec­u­tive 200-yard pass­ing games to 22 as he was 17-of-24 for 247 yards and three touch­downs. McFad­den was his fa­vorite tar­get as he had five re­cep­tions for 164 yards and the two scores.

Fletcher led the Blue Jay de­fense with 12 tack­les, in­clud­ing one sack, added the one in­ter­cep­tion and one pass breakup. Sopho­more Ryan Weed, se­nior Ad­di­son Quinones and ju­nior James Closser all added eight tack­les for the Blue Jays.

Cox was 24-of-44 for 355 yards and two touch­downs against two in­ter­cep­tions and Ser­gio Andino was on the back end of seven of those com­ple­tions for 124 yards. Mo­rant rushed for a team-high 92 yards and the one score.

Johns Hop­kins ad­vances to the quar­ter­fi­nals for the sec­ond time in school his­tory (2009). The lo­ca­tion of next week’s quar­ter­fi­nal game against RPI will be an­nounced later tonight or on Sun­day..

VAL­DOSTA STATE 66, BOWIE STATE 16: The Blaz­ers (11-0) went on a 45-0 run in the sec­ond half to rout the Bull­dogs (10-3) in an NCAA Di­vi­sion II sec­ond round game. Amir Hall threw for a game-high 287 yards on 20 of 36 passes, in­clud­ing two touch­down passes, and Mon­tez Clay (Dun­bar) had 92 re­ceiv­ing yards for Bowie State. Der­rick Tate (Ed­mond­son) had 12 tack­les for the Bull­dogs, in their deep­est post-sea­son run.

Bowie State took a 10-0 lead with 13:36 left in the first half be­fore Val­dosta State scored the next three touch­downs and never trailed again.

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