Football: Unbeaten Johns Hopkins to host Western New England in NCAA DIII first-round game

Blue Jays capped third straight 10-0 season with win vs. McDaniel

The Johns Hopkins football team will make its fifth consecutive NCAA Division III football playoffs appearance, hosting Western New England on Saturday in a battle of unbeaten conference champions.

The complete NCAA Division pairings for the 32-team tournament were announced Sunday night.

The Blue Jays (10-0) wrapped up a perfect season and the Centennial Conference title on Saturday with a 49-24 win at McDaniel. This marks the third consecutive year that JHU finished with a 10-0 regular-season record and the fourth consecutive season that it will host a first-round playoff game. The Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second time in school history a year ago.

Western New England (10-0) won the New England Football Conference title with a 28-21 win over Salve Regina on Saturday, capping the first undefeated season in school history. The title is the second in program history and the first since 2011 for the Golden Bears.

This will be the first-ever meeting between Johns Hopkins and Western New England in football, but there is a link between the two programs: The Golden Bear head coach, Keith Emery, served as an assistant coach at JHU from 1998-2004. He was the Blue Jays' defensive coordinator from 2001-04.

Saturday's game will begin at noon; ticket information will be announced today. The winner of will advance to face the winner of a first-round matchup between Wesley and Framingham State.

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