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Freshman Jordon Grube, making his first career start, connected on three field goals as the Muhlenberg football team defeated Johns Hopkins, 9-6, in a battle between two teams that tied for the Centennial Conference championship last year.

The Mules (6-1, 3-1), who entered the game ranked first in Division III in total defense, held their fifth straight opponent under 200 yards. The Blue Jays (5-2, 2-2) managed 173 yards, including just 13
Justin Adair
Adair is the second Mule corner in as many weeks to tie the record for pass breakups. JHU quarterback Zach DiIonno came in leading the CC with 206.5 passing yards per game, and although he threw for 160 it took him 40 attempts.
on 22 rushes. Muhlenberg has allowed only one offensive touchdown in its last 22 quarters.

Junior cornerback Justin Adair was one of the leaders of the defensive effort, tying a school record with four pass breakups and recording five tackles. Senior linebacker Ryan Peer made a team-high seven stops, and junior James Crowley intercepted his second pass of the season.

Muhlenberg held the ball for 37:48 in winning at Homewood Field for the second straight time. Prior to 2002’s 23-10 victory, the Mules had not won in the state of Maryland since 1988.

The visitors drove 59 yards in 15 plays on their first possession to take a 3-0 lead on Grube’s 42-yard field goal. The drive was kept alive when Hopkins was flagged for roughing the kicker on a Muhlenberg punt. The Blue Jays threw a touchdown pass on their next possession, but the six-pointer was called back due to an illegal shift.

Grube’s other two field goals covered 33 and 37 yards, the latter giving the Mules a 9-3 lead early in the second half. On the Mules’ next possession, Hopkins intercepted a pass and returned it to the Muhlenberg 3-yard line. The defense held, stopping a run for no gain and forcing two incomplete passes, and the Blue Jays had to settle for a 25-yard field goal.

Johns Hopkins drove into Muhlenberg territory on each of its final two possessions. The first ended when a 40-yard field goal try sailed wide left, and the second when a fourth-down pass was batted down at the line of scrimmage with 1:37 to play.

The Mules took over needing a first down to run out the clock. They got it when freshman Matt Johnson carried for 5 yards on third-and-4.

Freshman Ross Tanner rushed for a game-high 80 yards on 33 carries. Freshman Michael Karchner caught a 35-yard pass to set up the second field goal, which came just before halftime.

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Last updated October 23, 2004