(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson football team played a strong second half against Johns Hopkins University, ranked eighth and 14th in two separate polls, but fell to the Blue Jays, 41-10, on Saturday afternoon at Biddle Field.
The Blue Jays used a pair of big plays to take an early lead, scoring on an 80-yard pass from Zack Baker to Luke McFadden on their first possession. After Jordan Hollander (Dalton, Pa./Abington Heights) answered with a 34-yard field-goal, David Brookhart returned a punt 56 yards to put Hopkins up, 14-3 at the end of the first.
Quarterback Nick Leongas broke free for a 62-yard scoring run and dove in from the two-yard line in the second quarter to extend the lead to 28-3 at halftime.
The Red Devils came out of the break and held the Blue Jays to a pair of field-goals, from 26 and 28 yards out in the third quarter. First-year running back Phillip Butler (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) found pay-dirt to cap a four-play, 66-yard scoring drive, after first-year quarterback Robert Geiss (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) broke for a 36-yard run.
Charles Rodenberger made it into the end zone as the Blue Jays tacked on a late score for the final of 41-10.
Geiss went 20-of-35 for 200 yards passing on the day and ran for another 52 while Butler finished with 65 yards on 21 carries. Senior Kyle Donahue (Glenside, Pa./Germantown Academy) made six catches for 68 yards while first-year Christopher Longo (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) covered 60 yards on five receptions.
Sophomore James Turner (Ridgefield, Conn./Suffield Academy) was all over the field on defense, recording 20 tackles, including 12 solo stops and three tackles-for-loss. First-year Sheldon Brown (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) added a tackle-for-loss and recovered a fumble and Matt Butz (Monkton, Md./Hereford) made a great read on an interception to lead the way.
Leongas rushed for a game-high 117 yards while McFadden finished with 103 yards on two receptions as the Blue Jays improve to 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Centennial Conference.
The Red Devils slip to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference. They are on the road next weekend, traveling to Susquehanna University for a 1:00 pm kick-off.