Sept. 3, 2011
WASHINGTON - Junior quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy) rushed and passed for a touchdown and sophomore running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) rushed for three touchdowns, as the Georgetown University football team defeated Davidson, 40-16 in the season-opener on Saturday night at Multi-Sport Facility.
Kempf completed 16-of-24 passes for 172 and a touchdown pass, while running for 73 yards on 11 carries, while Campanella carried 13 times for 82 yards and three touchdowns, including his first career score to lift the offense.
The Hoyas defense limited Davidson to negative seven rushing yards, while junior linebacker Jeremy Grasso (Washington Twp., N.J./Bergen Catholic) had eight tackles and 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. David Quintero (Miramar, Fla./Fort Lauderdale) had six tackles and an interception and Stephen Atwater (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) had an interception and two pass breakups.
Kempf got the Hoyas on the board first late in the first quarter, running in from five yards out to put GU in front 7-0 after Brett Weiss' extra point. Though Davidson answered quickly, as Jonathan Carkhuff connected on an eight yard touchdown pass with Reese Williams to tie the score with under 30 seconds in the quarter.
Campanella would take over in the second quarter. After a 20 yard scramble from Kempf took the ball down to the one yard line, Campanella dove over the pile at the line of scrimmage to put the Hoyas in front 14-7.
After sophomore linebacker Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) blocked a field goal, the Hoyas marched down the field quickly with Campanella capping off another drive with a four-yard touchdown run to put the Hoyas in front 21-7, the eventual halftime score.
Davidson's Chazzo Habliston connected on a field midway through the third quarter to cut the Hoyas' lead to 21-10. The Hoyas' Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) returned the following kick 37 yards into Davidson territory. .Campanella then grinded his way through the Wildcats' defense, picking up 30 yards on five carries and a two yard touchdown run to take a 27-10 lead.
Quintero ended a Davidson drive late in the third quarter with an interception, returning it 28 yards to the Davidson 37 yard line. Again, the Hoyas went to the ground game, moving down to the one yard line, before a mishandled snap found its way into the hands of junior right tackle Kevin Sullivan (Maywood, N.J./Bergen Catholic) for another touchdown, putting the Blue & Gray in front 33-10.
Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) who finished with four tackles, would force a fumble on Davidson's next possession that fell into the hands of Grasso. Grasso would record two sacks on the Wildcats' next possession, as the Hoyas defense put pressure on Davidson's backfield throughout the night.
Kempf would close out the scoring for GU midway through the fourth quarter, finding freshman wide receiver Kevin Macari (Stamford, Conn./New Canaan) on a 44 yard touchdown pass to put GU in front 40-10. Macari led the team with 51 yards on two receptions.
Carkhuff, who finished with 364 passing yards on 36-of-56 passing, answered with a 44 yard touchdown pass of his own to Tim Hines with 36 seconds left in the game, to make the final score 40-16.
The offensive outburst for Georgetown is the first time they have reached 40 point mark since October 13, 2003 when they defeated Cornell 42-20.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, September 10, when they host Patriot League rival Lafayette at 6 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field. Tickets for any of Georgetown's four home games can be purchased by calling the Hoyas box office at (202) 687-HOYA (4692) or visiting the team's official website - GUHoyas.com - and visiting http://www.guhoyas.com/tickets/m-footbl-tickets.html. Season tickets are still available for Georgetown football. The adult season ticket price is $30 and youth, senior and military season tickets are $15.