Hopkins QB Braden Anderson and RB Stuart Walters have led the Blue Jays this year (photo / hopkinssports.com)
by Boxer Journal, November 8, 2014
Hopkins (8-0) will take to the field on Saturday against Franklin & Marshall (5-3) in Lancaster, PA. Despite the Blue Jays winning 41 of their last 42 regular season games, the Diplomats may prove their stiffest challenge in recent weeks. F&M has won three straight and the last time the two played in Lancaster in 2012, the Diplomats snuffed out a 22-game Hopkins’ Centennial Conference winning streak.
In one of the longest rivalries in small college football, the two teams have faced each other 65 times, including the inaugural contest in 1912. Overall, the Diplomats lead the series, 35-28-2. The Blue Jays can clinch an NCAA Division III postseason berth with a victory.
Hopkins is eager to return to the NCAA playoffs and move past a disappointing playoff loss to Wesley in 2013, 29-24, at Homewood Field.
Should Hopkins return, they may well again eventually face the Wolverines, who at 9-0 and ranked #4 in the country, have completely dominated their competition this season to date. Last year Wesley bowed out of the Division III playoffs in a 62-59 shootout with national runner-up Mount Union in the quarterfinals.
Offensively, the Blue Jays will look to sophomore rushing leader Stuart Walters (628 yards, six TDs) on the ground and senior signal-caller Braden Anderson (1,788 yards, 17 TDs, 4 INTs) through the air.
Across scrimmage, linebacker Keith Corliss (56 tackles, 1 INT, 1 FR), will head the Blue Jays in attempting to shut down the F&M attack.
Kick-off is scheduled for 12:00 PM at F&M’s Sponaugle-Williamson Field in Lancaster.