Georgetown Takes Late Lead Then Holds Off Lafayette for 14-13 Victory In Patriot League Opener

Max Waizenegger

Sept. 10, 2011

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WASHINGTON - Junior SLOT Max Waizenegger (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) caught junior QB Isaiah Kempf's pass, then evaded two tacklers to score the go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter to lift the Georgetown University football team (2-0, 1-0 Patriot League) over Lafayette College (0-2, 0-1 Patriot League) on a Saturday night at Multi-Sport Field.

The Leopards would drive inside the Hoyas 30 yard line with under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but sophomore linebacker Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) fell on a Lafayette fumble and the Hoyas were able to run the clock down to 14 seconds. Lafayette would have one final offensive play, but senior defensive end Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) broke through the offensive line for a sack as time ran out.

On a sentimental night at Multi-Sport Field, Georgetown honored former Hoya Joe Eacobacci, who was tragically taken in the attacks on September 11, 2001. Eacobacci's family and teammates were recognized. Eacobacci's No. 35 jersey has served as a living memorial since 2003, with one player selected each season to carry on the tradition. The 2011 recipient of the No. 35 jersey, senior safety Wayne Heimuli (Euless, Texas/Trinity) led the Hoyas with 11 tackles the winning effort.

Georgetown's defense proved instrumental in the victory, as Wharton, Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) and Schaetzke each had nine tackles. Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) had seven tackles and one sack.

Lafayette would get on the board first, as Austin O'Brien connected on a 36 yard field goal with 3:17 remaining in the first quarter to take a 3-0 lead. The Leopards would hold onto the lead over much of the next quarter, until the Hoyas began driving late in the second.

Kempf, who completed 21-of-37 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, went into the no-huddle offense with 1:26 remaining in the first half. Kempf found Zack Wilke (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Andrew's) and Patrick Ryan (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) two times apiece, before connecting with Waizenegger on a 19 yard touchdown in the back right corner of the end zone, giving the Blue & Gray a 7-3 lead going into halftime. Kempf

In the third quarter, Lafayette would score its only touchdown of the game at the 9:57 mark, as Mitchell Bennett got behind the Hoyas secondary and caught a 38 yard pass from Andrew Shoop for the score, making it 10-7. Lafayette would extend the lead to 13-7 with 10:02 remaining in the fourth quarter on another O'Brien field goal, this time from 31 yards.

Georgetown would respond on its next drive, as Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) returned the kick-off 42 yards to the Georgetown 45 yard line. Kempf completed a 22 yard pass to Jeff Burke (Westlake, Ohio/St. Edward) to get down inside the Leopards 20 yard line. Six plays later, Kempf found Waizenegger, who broke two tackles on his way to the end zone for his second touchdown of the game. Brett Weiss' (Phoenix, Md./Boys' Latin) extra point put Georgetown in front 14-13.

Lafayette was unable to comeback, as Wharton picked up a Leopards fumble at the Hoyas' 27 yard line, that all but sealed the Hoyas 14-13 victory. For Georgetown, it is the second consecutive season they have started 2-0 and the first time in program history that they have defeated Lafayette in consecutive seasons.

Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, September 17 when they travel to New Haven, Conn. to take on the Yale Bulldogs in their season-opener. The Hoyas are on the road for five consecutive games, before returning to the Hilltop for Homecoming on October 22 when they host Patriot League rival Colgate at 2 p.m.



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