September 14, 2018
By: Sean Fritz
It's Week 3 of football for the Centennial Conference, locally the Moravian Greyhounds will get set for their third game of the season and the Muhlenberg Mules will hit the road for just their second game of the season after having a week one bye. Either way it was another week of preparation for both programs and they'll get set for action against two of the top teams in the conference through the first two weeks of the season.
Let’s begin with Moravian, the Hounds will welcome Johns Hopkins University to Calvo Field on Saturday afternoon. Moravian comes in at 2-0 on the short season, already tied with the amount of wins they had in all of 2017, but this week will be their biggest test yet. Johns Hopkins has proven to be a power in this conference, winning multiple conference championships and having their way with the Hounds in the last decade. The Blue Jays have won every contest between the pair since 2008, and many have been by large margins. The Greyhounds will look to change that Saturday but are going to have to stop a lethal offensive attack for JHU. Hopkins is coming off a shootout loss to Susquehanna last week and has its sights set on running through a Hounds defense that has allowed just nine points through Weeks 1 and 2. Now they will be tested by an opponent in JHU who is averaging a little more than 40 points-per-game through their first two games of the season as well as featured weapons such as senior running back Stuart Walters who’s averaging close to 8 yards per carry and an experienced wideout in Luke McFadden. The Greyhounds defense will have to come up big while their offense will look to take advantage of the Hopkins defense who has shown they will allow some opportunities for points and big plays, notably with the team’s loss to Susky last week in which the Blue Jays allowed close to 400 yards of total offense and 37 points. Sophomore quarterback Doug Erney will have to get his unit back on track after a tough going in the wet conditions last week at McDaniel.
Moving over to Muhlenberg, the Mules will hit the road for a game in Selinsgrove against Susquehanna. As previously noted the Riverhawks are coming off a huge win over JHU last week and have their attention shifted to knocking off another top conference contender in Muhlenberg. The Mules are coming off a big defensive effort in their only game of the season thus far, a 14-3 win last week to kick off the new era of Mules football under 1st year head coach Nate Milne. The Mules offense got off to a very slow and rusty start last week, but were able to rely on the dominating performance of its defense to keep it close before sophomore quarterback Mike Hnatkowsky opened things up in the passing game. This week they’ll need a more complete performance from the offense in the early going considering Susky’s ability to put points on the board which we saw a week ago.