VARIOUS LOCATIONS – The Division III football regular season came to an end yesterday and two games featuring four Maryland Div. III schools took place. Each had playoff implications. Here’s what unfolded:
Johns Hopkins Blue Jays at McDaniel Green Terror
WESTMINSTER Md. – On the strength of David Tammaro’s arm and defense that had two interceptions, Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (9-1; 8-1 Centennial Conference) ended their regular season with a 56-21 victory over the McDaniel Green Terror (3-7; 2-7 Centennial Conference) and earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Men’s Football Tournament.
Blue Jays Sophomore QB Tammaro completed 20 of his 24 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns. Senior RB Ryan Cary had touchdowns runs of five and 13 yards and Senior WR Brett Caggiano caught four Tammaro passes for 77 yards and two scores.
For the Green Terror, Senior QB Luke Lynes was 15 for 33 and 138 yards. He did throw two interceptions. Junior RB Matt Cathey did have a spectacular game, running the ball 21 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
The 49 points Johns Hopkins scored in the first half, along with the 447 yards they gained in the first 30 minutes were both records for the team.
It was the Blue Jays’ ninth consecutive season of either winning and/or sharing the Centennial Conference championship and Johns Hopkins will now automatically enter into the NCAA Division III Football Tournament. Brackets are officially announced at 5:30 PM today.
Frostburg State Bobcats at Salisbury Sea Gulls
SALISBURY, Md. – In a battle of two New Jersey Athletic Conference schools trying to bolster their resume for the committee, Frostburg State (9-1; 8-1 NJAC) defeated Salisbury (7-3; 7-2 NJAC), 14-7, in overtime on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cox to Christian DiPaola.
Both teams are hoping to hear their name announced at 5:30 PM today when the NCAA Division III Men’s Football field is unveiled. Wesley had already clinched the NJAC title last week, so both teams at hoping to get one of the few at-large bids that are out there to claim.
For the Bobcats, Junior QB Cox went 15 for 29 for 124 yards, He had the two touchdowns passes and was intercepted once. Junior RB Jamaal Morant rushed 19 times for 101 yards.
Sea Gulls Senior QB Brandon Lewis only threw the ball eight times, completing two of them for 27 yards and had one interception. Senior SB Malique Pratt rushed nine times for 75 yards and one touchdown.
It was a brutal finish for Salisbury as they suffered close losses back to back to two top 25 ranked teams (Wesley beat them last week, 30-20).