Football Hangs Tough Against #13 Johns Hopkins

Football Hangs Tough Against #13 Johns Hopkins

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna football team held 13th-ranked Johns Hopkins University to just 27 points a week after the Blue Jays put 42 on the board in their season opener, but a missed opportunity late in the game by the Crusader offense meant Johns Hopkins held on for a 27-20 victory.

With less than a minute to play, sophomore tight end Devon Pascoe (Spencerport, N.Y./Spencerport) reeled in a Nick Crusco (Oak Ridge, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) pass the Hopkins 10-yard line but fumbled the ball as he reached for more yards on the play. The Blue Jays' Curtis Antrum recovered the ball at the SU six-yard line and the team ran out the clock to secure the win.

Susquehanna (0-2, 0-1) had 296 yards of total offense with the Blue Jays (2-0, 1-0) finishing with 295.Crusco finished 23-for-37 for 214 yards and just one pick but was sacked twice. Will Howell (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) and Denzell Walker (Baltimore, MD./McDonogh School) both had 100-plus yard receiving games with 106 and 110 yards, respectively, and one score each.

Tim Wade (Doylestown, Pa./La Salle College HS) again led the ground game with 20 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown.

Fourteen players had at least two tackles apiece, led by eight from both C.J. Williams (Burlington, N.J./Perkiomen School) and Tom McLoughlin (Bloomsbury, N.J./Bethlehem Catholic). Williams also had a pick and one tackle for loss while Jim Barry (Staten Island, N.Y./Brooklyn Poly Prep) accounted for the Crusaders' second interception of the day.

Susquehanna struck first in the game when Howell reeled in a 70-yard pass from Crusco. Unfortunately Spencer Hotaling's (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) extra point was blocked, keeping it a 6-0 SU lead less than three minutes into the game.

Johns Hopkins was able to gain a 7-6 lead when Braden Anderson ran for a one-yard score with 8:27 to play in the quarter.

Both teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter with the Blue Jays' Dionisio Roman rushing for a one-yard touchdown before Walker snagged a 41-yard pass for the team's second receiving touchdown of the afternoon to make it 14-13 with 4:19 to play in the half.

It remained 14-13 as the teams headed into the locker room at halftime.

Johns Hopkins came out of halftime and put 13 points on the board in the third quarter courtesy of two rushing touchdowns, the second coming at the 4:42 mark of the period. However, the Blue Jays failed to convert on their two-point attempt on their second score to keep it 27-13 with 15 minutes still to play.

A mere 58 seconds into the final quarter, Wade found the endzone on a five-yard rushing play to trim the deficit to just seven, 27-20.

Johns Hopkins turned the ball over on downs on its ensuing drive and SU took over at its own 19-yard line. Unfortunately, Crusco threw a pick at the Hopkins 45-yard line but ultimately no damage was done when Stuart Walters fumbled the ball on first-and-10. It was recovered by McLoughlin at the Susquehanna 26 with 3:59 on the clock and gave the Crusader offense another chance to pull ahead.

SU marched the ball down the field to the 47-yard line but found itself in a fourth-and-eight situation. Head coach Steve Briggs called a timeout and the coaching staff drew the perfect play as Crusco connected with Pascoe for a 37-yard play but the ball ended up back in the Blue Jays' hands when Pascoe fumbled at the six yard line.

Susquehanna is back on the road on Saturday, Sept. 20 with a 1 p.m. game at Dickinson.

Postgame Notes: At halftime, Susquehanna's six 2013-14 Landmark Conference championship teams were honored and SU was also presented the 2013-14 Landmark President's Trophy.