FOOTBALL | Team Effort Propels Hoyas to Decisive Win
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 01:09
Before Saturday’s home opener against Davidson, the last time the Georgetown football team took to MultiSport Facility for an official game was Nov. 17, 2012, when they were routed 24-0 by Holy Cross. On Saturday, the Blue and Gray looked like an entirely different team — and played like one, too.
After the close week-one loss to Wagner, the Hoyas (1-1, 0-0) took on the Wildcats (0-1, 0-0), overpowering them in front of a sell-out crowd en route to a 42-6 victory.
“It is awesome,” Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. “I’m happy for [the players] because this is a great group and they work extremely hard and the reward is to win games.”
Six different players scored touchdowns for the Blue and Gray, including senior linebacker Dustin Wharton, who returned an interception 24 yards at the end of the first half. Led by redshirt senior quarterback Isaiah Kempf, who earned a Patriot League weekly honorable mention for his performance, the Hoya offense dominated the Wildcats, amassing 375 yards of total offense. Kempf threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown.
“I give a lot of credit to Davidson — their schemes were good … but we were able to execute,” Kempf said. “But I give them a lot of credit, their offense, especially, was playing well in the first half which kept us off the field.”
The Hoyas were able to exploit holes in the Wildcat defense as they scored 35 unanswered points. In addition to the spectacular offensive performance, the Hoyas defense proved its mettle, allowing only one touchdown while also forcing two interceptions.
Although the Hoyas dominated the game, the Wildcats got off to a strong start. In their first four possessions, Davidson totaled 164 yards of total offense, including a five-yard touchdown pass. Georgetown, though, made defensive adjustments and held Davidson scoreless and to just 126 yards of total offense for the remainder of the game.
The Blue and Gray scored first, on their second possession of the game. After senior Rohan Williamson intercepted senior quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff on Davidson’s 25-yard line, senior running back Nick Campanella capped the five-play drive with a two-yard touchdown, giving Georgetown the 7-0 advantage.
On their ensuing possession, the Wildcats answered with a 17-play drive that tested the Hoya defense. Faced with a third and goal on the Georgetown five-yard line, Carkhuff completed a touchdown pass on a fade route to tight end senior Reese Williams. Georgetown managed to block the ensuing extra point, maintaining a 7-6 lead.
“On defense, they had us on our heels a little bit [in the beginning]. They had a couple of formations that we didn’t adjust real well to so we had to fix that,” Kelly said. “As a football team, I thought that the first quarter was a little helter skelter, and then we settled down and started playing. “
Georgetown responded on their next series. Kempf exposed the weaknesses in the Davidson secondary as he kept the drive alive with a 12-yard completion to senior wide receiver Zack Wilke and a 17-yard completion to sophomore wide receiver Jake DeCicco. Senior running back Dalen Claytor finished the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run with 8:26 remaining in the first half extending the Hoya lead to 14-6.
In the final minutes of the first half, the Hoyas were able to take a commanding lead with two quick touchdowns. The Blue and Gray took over on downs at the Wildcat 22-yard line after an unsuccessful Davidson fake punt. On the next play, Kempf found DeCicco on the post route for a 22-yard touchdown, giving Georgetown the 21-6 lead with under two minutes remaining in the first half.
For the Hoyas, that was more than enough time to put another seven points on the board. On Davidson’s next offensive play, Wharton intercepted the ball when he slipped front on a pass over the middle and returned it 24-yards for the touchdown. giving Georgetown a 28-6 lead, which it would take into the half.
“It was 14-6 and then — bam — it was 28-6, so that was huge going into the half,” Kelly said. “[When it’s] 14-6, you are talking about a one-possession football game, and then it was 28-6, so I am sure there was some doubt in [Davidson players’] minds going into halftime. It gave us confidence.”
As opposed to last week against Wagner, when the Hoyas saw a 21-7 halftime lead disappear, Georgetown remained in control in the second half. The Hoyas capitalized on great field position on their second drive of the second half and put together a two-play, 17-yard touchdown drive, which gave them the 35-6 advantage. The Blue and Gray would score once more late in the fourth quarter, when Kempf rushed 15 yards for a touchdown to give Georgetown a 42-6 victory.
The Hoyas will return to the field on Saturday to play host to the Marist Red Foxes. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.