Road Not Kind to Crusader Football

Road Not Kind to Crusader Football

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Susquehanna football team was looking to capture back-to-back wins to open a season for the first time since 2009 but 31 first-half points by No. 11 Johns Hopkins put the Crusaders in a hole from which they could not recover as SU fell 59-7.

SU (1-1, 0-1) managed only 213 total yards of offense while the Blue Jays (2-0, 1-0) finished with 556 yards of production with 324 on the ground.

Quarterback Nick Crusco (Oak Ridge, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) had a rough afternoon, going 11-for-24 with two picks and one touchdown. He was sacked twice and had just 111 yards through the air.

Devon Pascoe (Spencerport, N.Y./Spencerport) had five receptions for 46 yards and Diamente Holloway (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends) caught two passes for a team-high 49 yards, including SU's lone touchdown of the game.

For the second week in a row the running game struggled to produce as the Crusaders had only 50 yards on the ground, led by 38 from Kris Stern (Duncansville, Pa./Hollidaysburg Area).

The Blue Jays' first drive of the game started on SU's 34-yard line but the Crusader defense limited Johns Hopkins to a 22-yard field goal with 9:18 on the clock. Susquehanna did not have the same fortune on the following five Blue Jays' scoring drives.

SU turned the ball over on downs in its first possession and Johns Hopkins proceeded to drive 92 yards on nine plays over a 3:25 span. The scoring drive ended with a Stuart Walters six-yard run for a 10-0 Blue Jays lead.

Another scoring drive followed on Johns Hopkins' next possession – an eight-play, 82-yard scoring drive – that put Susquehanna in a 17-0 hole early in the second quarter.

The Blue Jays added another seven points midway through the second quarter and capped off the first half with another touchdown with 16 seconds on the clock for a 31-0 halftime advantage.

In the first half, SU had just 69 total offensive yards to Johns Hopkins' 377, 203 of which came through the air. Crusco had connected with four receivers but for only 48 yards.

Johns Hopkins' momentum continued right into the second half as the Blue Jays opened the third quarter by scoring another rushing touchdown just 17 seconds into the period.

With 5:17 to play in the third quarter, Crusco connected with Holloway on a 40-yard touchdown pass, snapping the shutout and making it 45-7 which remained the score at the end of the quarter.

The Blue Jays went on to add two more rushing scores in the fourth quarter to go ahead 59-7, which remained the final score.

Tim Lurz (Andover, N.J./North Warren) led the SU defense with 15 total tackles, including two for loss, with Jim Barry (Staten Island, N.Y./Brooklyn Poly Prep) adding 10 tackles.

Punter Dylan Jenkins (Glen Mills, Pa./Bayard Rustin) had five punts for an average of 45 yards per punt with a long of 68.

Susquehanna returns home to host Dickinson on Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. on Homecoming Weekend.