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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 97th meeting between McDaniel (3-6, 2-6 CC) and Johns Hopkins (6-3, 5-3 CC) in a series that dates back to 1894. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 57-35-5, including wins in the last 18 meetings. The Green Terror's last win in the series came by a 41-7 margin in 2000. Today's game marks the 72nd consecutive season when the two long-time rivals have been scheduled to be the final game on each other's schedules.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Johns Hopkins, ranked 16th at the time, scored 21 of the final 28 points to top McDaniel 42-17 in the 2018 regular-season finale. Brendan Bandy (Abington, Md./Patterson Mill) led the Green Terror with seven catches for 70 yards. Anthony Crawley led the defense with 14 tackles. Stuart Walters ran for 120 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Blue Jays.
LAST TIME OUT: Susquehanna, ranked 19th, scored the final 35 points of the first half en route to a 49-7 victory over McDaniel. Kevin Sheckells (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) led the Green Terror with 55 yards passing, completing 3 of 5 passes. He also ran 11 times for 20 yards. Anthony Gorgone (Clarksville, Md./Good Counsel) led the defense with two fumbles recovered and five tackles. He had a 53-yard fumble return on his day. Da'Avian Ellington led the River Hawks with 157 yards rushing with four touchdowns on 20 carries.
LEADING THE WAY: Tracey Easton (Waldorf, Md./North Point), Nah'shon Godfrey (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College), Jake Scott (Brick, N.J./Brick Twp.), Kofi Siga (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo) and Perry Stefanelli (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) will all captain the squad in 2019. All five are first-time captains. It marks the most captains since the Green Terror also had five in 2013.
THANK YOU, SENIORS!: Today marks the final game for as many as 20 McDaniel seniors. Of those 20 players, no fewer than 12 have been a starters or significant contributors during their tenure with the Green Terror. The group has been instrumental in helping guide the team to 12 wins over the last four seasons.
GORE-GONE: Anthony Gorgone made the most of his first collegiate start. Not only did he make five tackles on the night at Susquehanna last week, he also had a pair of fumble recoveries. After picking up a loose ball for a short return in the second quarter, he tracked down a loose ball in the fourth quarter and sprinted 53 yards down the middle of the field to set up his offense at the Susquehanna 28.
A POWER MOVE: Kevin Sheckells took the game's first snap and immediately marched his offense 77 yards down the field for an early touchdown. In addition to his 45-yard pass completion to Jevon Hamilton (White Plains, Md./St. Charles), the quarterback ran the ball four times on the drive for a total of 30 yards. That included a five-yard touchdown rush towards the left pylon for his second running score of the year.
BIG PLAY POTENTIAL: The last three McDaniel games this season have featured big plays all over the field. There have been nine offensive plays that have gone for 40 or more yards – all in the passing game. Jevon Hamilton had three of those receptions, including an 85-yard reception against Muhlenberg for the Green Terror's longest play from scrimmage in 15 years. Hamilton also snagged a 40-yard pass at Ursinus and 45-yard grab at Susquehanna. Brendan Bandy (Abington, Md./Patterson Mill) also had a 50-yard reception against the Bears. Muhlenberg had pass plays of 51 and 93 while Ursinus completed touchdown passes of 75 and 74 and Susquehanna had a 40-yard pass play.
TERROR TIDBITS: In the current iteration of the conference schedule, McDaniel has not won a game in the second half of the schedule, dropping its last 12 games after the bye. The Green Terror is 0-15 in October and November over the last three years… McDaniel has not scored a point in the fourth quarter at all in the second half of the season. In the first half of the year, 55 of the team's 100 points came in the final 15 minutes.
COACHES' CORNER: Demarcus White is in his first season as head coach, debuting with back-to-back wins and enters this week with a 3-6 record. He has served the last three seasons on staff as defensive coordinator. Since arriving in 2016, his scheme has consistently put pressure on opposing offenses. In each of the previous three seasons, his defenses finished in the top six in the conference in total defense, pass defense and sacks. The unit produced 74 sacks and 20 interceptions in the last three seasons. He has helped produce five all-conference defenders in those three seasons, including a first-team selection in linebacker Jarius Ransom last season. He previously had stops at Iona, ASA College and Rutgers prior to his time on the Hill… Greg Chimera is in his first season at the helm of the Blue Jays, entering today with a record of 6-3. After a 14-year association with the Johns Hopkins football program, Chimera was named head coach on February 22, 2019. Chimera, who served as the Blue Jays' offensive coordinator since 2014, became the 27th head coach in program history. A four-year player, he was integral to the greatest 10-year run in program history since joining the staff in 2009. He helped Johns Hopkins to a 102-7 record with 10 straight conference titles. Chimera's offense played a large role in that success as Johns Hopkins averaged 550.3 yards and 45.8 points per game in 2018. The Blue Jays' fast-paced offense ran more plays (1,051) for more yards (7,704) than any other team in the nation on its way to the national semifinals. In his first season as the offensive coordinator in 2014, Johns Hopkins averaged 37.2 points and 434.4 yards per game and scored at least 27 points in 10 of 12 games and 21 or more in all 12 games.
THE WORD ON JOHNS HOPKINS: The Blue Jays enter the regular-season finale off a 57-26 win over Juniata last Saturday. Johns Hopkins has alternated wins and losses over the last five games. In the two losses, the Blue Jays have failed to reach the 20-point mark. Johns Hopkins had only been held to 20 or fewer points in two conference games in the previous seven seasons. Conversely, in the last two wins, the Blue Jays have scored a combined 120 points (63-7 over Gettysburg on Oct. 25)… David Tammaro completed 25 of 32 passes last week for 298 yards and three touchdowns. It was his sixth game of 298 yards or more this season. He has thrown multiple touchdowns in seven games. The senior leads the CC in passing yards per game (297.2), second in touchdowns (19) and third in completion percentage (62.8 percent)… Dane Rogerson ran for a career-high 157 yards and two scores last week… Jacob Yohr made 13 catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns. It nearly doubled his season total. He entered the game with 204 yards receiving on 14 catches… Rogerson (395 yards) and Tammaro (278) have combined for nearly 60 percent of the team's rushing yards this season… Harrison Wellmann leads the conference in receiving with 1,017 yards on 62 receptions. His 113.0 yards per game is best in the league by nearly 28 yards per game. He is also tied for the CC lead with 10 touchdowns… Ryan Weed leads the defense with 66 tackles, two interceptions and five pass breakups… Out of contention for the conference title, Johns Hopkins will see its run of 10 straight titles come to an end. However, the Blue Jays are in position for a Centennial-MAC Bowl berth.