Football: Johns Hopkins muscles past Muhlenberg, 31-24

Blue Jays can win Centennial Conference title with victories in final two games

Tyler Messinger's 1-yard touchdown run with less than five minutes to play lifted the Johns Hopkins football team to a 31-24 win against Muhlenberg on Saturday afternoon in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The No. 21 Blue Jays (7-1) twice scored go-ahead TDs in the second half after the Mules (5-3) had pulled even. David Tammaro's 38-yard scoring strike to Brett Caggiano put Hopkins on top 24-17 with 4:12 remaining in the third quarter. Then, after Muhlenberg evened the score at 24, JHU marched 45 yards in seven plays for the game-winning touchdown. Complete box score

The winning drive was set up by a 45-yard kickoff return by sophomore Patrick Kelly that put Hopkins at Muhlenberg's 45-yard line. A 21-yard strike from Tammaro to freshman Zac Fernandez got the Blue Jays to the 1-yard line, and Messinger punched it in on the next play to put JHU back in front.

Tammaro completed 21 of 31 passes for 306 yards with two touchdowns, and Ryan Cary totaled 109 yards—72 of which came on his seven receptions—and a touchdown. Junior Robby Johnson paced the Blue Jays defense with nine tackles.

Johns Hopkins returns to action Saturday it welcome Juniata to Homewood Field. JHU's seniors will be honored in a special pregame ceremony.

Hopkins can claim the Centennial Conference's regular-season title with wins in its final two contests, against Juniata and at McDaniel on Nov. 11.

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