In the sports world, the Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays are synonymous with lacrosse. They have won 44 national championships including nine Division 1 titles and the Lacrosse National Hall of Fame is located on the campus near Homewood Field. However, the football team is on a quest to equate Hopkins with another sport and cement a legacy of their own.
After grabbing a share of the Centennial Conference title, capturing the ECAC South Atlantic Championship in 2010, and closing the season on a five game winning streak, the Blue Jays have picked up right where they left off. The 2011-2012 season has found them in unprecedented territory with a perfect 7-0 record and ranked 14th nationally, according to d3football.com. In their first seven games they have an average total offense of 514.7 yards and average margin of victory of 38 points. The most recent game against the Gettysburg Bullets (4-1) rivaled the performance of the New Orleans Saints in their week 7 decimation of the Indianapolis Colts. The Blue Jays set the Centennial Conference record with 83 points and recorded 731 yards of offense. Not to be outdone, the defense has been just as impressive by allowing only 206.1 total yards per game and recording two shutouts.
Once again Hewitt Tomlin has emerged as the star of the team. The 6’2”, 190 lb. Senior QB from Tennessee, has recorded numbers that would make him acceptable to start on any fantasy football team. In the five games he has played (missed two due to injury), he has averaged 332.8 passing yards and thrown for 18 touchdowns. In addition, he set the Centennial Conference record in total passing yards by amassing over 8,000 yards for his career. Along with Senior All-American OL, Ed Rodger from New Jersey and Senior WR, Sam Wernick from Texas, the Blue Jays are poised to continue their dominance and maintain their 12 game winning streak, which is the best in school history and longest active in Division 3 football.
The Blue Jays strive to extend their streak Saturday, taking on Ursinus at home. With only three games left in the regular season- and all in-state- one can only think of what will happen next for the budding Blue Jays! Be sure to follow the Blue Jays football team as they take the program to new heights.