Cathey runs for 130, two TDs

Matt Cathey (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Matt Cathey (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Johns Hopkins put up 447 yards and 49 points in the first half to top McDaniel 56-21 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.

Matt Cathey (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) led the Green Terror (3-7, 2-7 CC) with 130 yards rushing and a pair of touchdown runs.

David Tammaro threw for 290 yards on 20 of 24 passing in the first half for the 21st-ranked Blue Jays (9-1, 8-1 CC), who secured its ninth straight conference title and an NCAA berth with the victory.

Ryan Cary and Cathey traded five-yard touchdown runs in the first 7:56 of the contest.

Cary capped a nine-play, 65-yard opening drive with 10:57 on the clock.

A Garvin Brooms (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) strip sack gave McDaniel the ball at the Johns Hopkins 5. One play later, Cathey went around the right side to tie the game.

The Blue Jays drove inside the Green Terror 1 on their next possession but Ben Stapleton (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) forced a second fumble.

The Johns Hopkins defense forced a three-and-out and Dane Rogerson's punt return set up his offense at the 15. Three plays later, Tammaro found Brett Caggiano for the first of the quarterback's four touchdown tosses for a 14-7 lead with 1:55 showing in the first quarter.

No fewer than six plays of 15 yards or longer in the second quarter led to 35 points and a 49-7 lead at the break. Five different Blue Jays found the end zone in the period.

Drew Tomaini found David Brookhart for a 25-yard touchdown with 11:48 to play in the thid quarter for the Blue Jays' final points of the afternoon.

On Johns Hopkins' first punt of the afternoon, Matt Schleifer (Brick, N.J./Brick Twp.) picked up a bouncing ball at his own eight-yard line and returned it 92 yards for a touchdown. It was the Green Terror's first punt return for a touchdown since Sept. 5, 2009 when CJ Billera took a return 90 yards for a score.

Cathey capped a 9-play, 94-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter with his second five-yard touchdown. He had runs of 30 and 29 on the drive and Bamasa Bailor (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle Area) made a 14-yard grab on fourth down to extend the drive.

Kiree Moore (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) led the defense with a career-high 10 tackles to go with a forced fumble.

McDaniel opens the 2018 season at Catholic on Saturday, Sept. 1.

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