Aug. 30, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team's (0-1, 0-0 Patriot League) home-opener was spoiled by the Wagner Seahawks (1-0, 0-0 NEC), as the Hoyas fell 21-3 on Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field.
Sophomore placekicker Henry Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) connected on a 35-yard field goal, his first collegiate field goal, with time running out in the first half for the Hoyas' lone score. Georgetown trailed 7-3 at the half, but could not muster any more offense.
"It was a typical first game," Head Coach Rob Sgarlata said. "Typical first game mistakes. You can't put yourself in negative situations. A couple of missed assignments in the secondary hurt us early. The best thing about it is they are all fixable problems from week one to week two."
"As far as getting the offense going it's a rhythm thing," Sgarlata added. "When you have penalties and you get into some situations that are not your normal operating procedure like first and 15's or second and 10 plusses, it makes it difficult."
Saturday Sgarlata's head coaching debut, taking over a program that he has spent four years as a running back and 18 years as an assistant coach, including the last eight as the Hoyas' defensive coordinator.
Senior defensive end Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip) led the defense with nine tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and one pass breakup. May has nine sacks during his last four games. Senior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit[The Hotchkiss School]) had 10 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Junior linebacker Matthew Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) and junior defensive tackle Dezmond Richardson (Euless, Texas/Grant[Euless Trinity]) each had 10 tackles.
Junior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) completed 20-of-41 passes for 185 yards, while junior wide receiver Jake DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) had eight catches for 75 yards to lead the offense.
Wagner took control early, as Brian Gehring completed a 20 yard touchdown pass to Anthony Carrington to cap an 80 yard, 14 plays that spanned over seven minutes in the first quarter. The Seahawks looked to extend the lead early in the second quarter but missed on a 33 yard field goal.
The Hoyas would lose a fumble deep in their own territory, as Wagner's Matt Barnett recovered at the Georgetown three yard line, but junior safety Garrett Powers (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) intercepted Gehring's next pass to get GU out of trouble.
The Hoyas put together its only scoring drive with 1:15 remaining in the first half, as junior running back Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) had a 10 yard run, while sophomore Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour and sophomore tight end Matthew Buckman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Saint Joseph) had receptions of 16 and 20 yards, respectively to set up Darmstadter's field goal.
The Hoyas could not break through against Wagner's defense in the second half as the Seahawk's running back Otis Wright had a three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and a five-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the game at 21-3.
"Sometimes the character of your kids is more evident in a loss," Sgarlata said. "It's easy when you win. When you win a lot of issues are glossed over, but when you lose you see what the kids are made of. I'll be honest, I was impressed with our kids from that stand point. I'm not happy with losing, I told our kids that, but as long as we continue to work our tails off until the end of each game, we'll be fine."
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, September 6 when they travel to west to Ohio to face Pioneer League opponent Dayton. It will be the first meeting in program history between the Hoyas and the Flyers.