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Mules to Host 7-0 Johns Hopkins Saturday
Football takes on No. 13 Blue Jays

The only home sporting event on Family Weekend is a big one, as the undefeated, 13th-ranked Johns Hopkins football squad comes to Scotty Wood Stadium on Saturday for a pivotal Centennial Conference matchup. Hopkins and Muhlenberg (along with McDaniel) tied for the CC title last year.

The Blue Jays (7-0, 3-0) have the top offense in the conference, but have won 11 straight games by keeping their opponents off the scoreboard. Hopkins ranks third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 5.3 points per game, and has intercepted 19 passes while allowing just one touchdown through the air.

The Mules (3-2, 3-1) have a three-game winning streak of their own and have averaged nearly 40 points in those contests. Muhlenberg was the last CC team to defeat the Blue Jays, allowing only seven first downs in last year’s 23-10 win in Baltimore.

The winner of the game will be in a position to make a run for the conference title and an NCAA playoff berth. A JHU win would put the Blue Jays at 4-0 in the CC with two games remaining. A ’Berg win would create a tie for first place.

Saturday’s contest will be broadcast on WMUH 91.7 FM and on the Web. Justin Deutsch and Jon Eddy will have the call. Coverage will start with a full hour of the Mules Kickoff pregame show at noon.

It’s no secret in Centennial Conference football circles that Kodi Shay is one of the most talented players around. Now the Muhlenberg senior wide receiver and kick returner is making his mark on the national level.

With 250 all-purpose yards for the third straight game
Kodi Shay
Shay has been named CC offensive player of the week twice in the past three weeks.
in Saturday’s win at Ursinus, Shay boosted his average to 236.8 all-purpose yards per game. He now leads all of Division III in that category.

Of course, to pick up that many all-purpose yards requires excellence in multiple statistical categories. Shay ranks third in the nation in kickoff returns (34.1 yards per return), seventh in receiving (126.0 yards per game), 11th in punt returns (16.1 yards per return) and 32nd in scoring (9.6 points per game).

Senior running back Matt Bernardo and current assistant coach and former kick returner/receiver Joshua Carter are the only other Mules to gain 250 all-purpose yards three or more times in a career. Carter, Muhlenberg’s career all-purpose leader, accomplished the feat seven times. Only Shay has done it in three consecutive weeks. He now has 2,336 career yards, good for 10th in ’Berg history.

Another Mule, Daniel McCall, moved up in the national rankings this week. McCall was originally credited with a school-record four sacks in the Ursinus game, but a review of game tape and NCAA statistical guidelines revealed that the sophomore defensive end had actually recorded 5½ sacks against the Bears.

The changes in McCall’s stats will not be reflected in conference and national statistics until next week. He is currently listed with seven sacks, an average of 1.4 per game that places him 11th in the national sack rankings. The additional sacks boost McCall’s season total to 8½, also a school record, and his average to 1.7 sacks per game, which would be fifth-best in the country.

The Mules are ranked in three team categories: 35th in rushing defense (105.2 yards per game), 36th in scoring defense (15.4 points per game) and 40th in total defense (280.4 yards per game).

Two Mules from other sports appear in this week’s national statistical rankings.

Field Hockey: Junior Kristen Bruschi claimed sole possession of second place on the Muhlenberg all-time goal-scoring list this week. Her 14 goals this season tie her for 12th in Division III. She is tied for 17th in goals per game with a 1.00 average.

Volleyball: Sophomore outside hitter Julie Lauro ranks 28th in the nation with 4.34 kills per game.

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Last updated October 23, 2003