Sept. 12, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (1-1, 0-0 Patriot League) jumped out to a 24-point first half lead and never looked back, defeating Marist (0-2, 0-0 Pioneer League) 34-7 in its home opener on Saturday night at Multi-Sport Field.
Junior wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) finished with five receptions for 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while senior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Branford[Choate Rosemary Hall]) completed 21-of-34 pass attempts for 200 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 32 yards in the win.
Sophomore cornerback Jelani Williamson (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown as part of defense that forced three Red Fox turnovers. Sophomore safety David Akere (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) had a team-leading 12 tackles and one interception, while sophomore Daniel Yankovich (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep), who started his first game at linebacker after moving from safety, had 10 tackles and one sack.
The Hoyas, who fell behind by 21 points last weekend, did not waste time getting on the scoreboard during week two. Sophomore placekicker Henry Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) opened the scoring with a 33-yard field goal with 3:59 remaining in the first quarter to give GU a 3-0 lead.
Akere set up Georgetown’s first touchdown, intercepting Ed Achziger’s pass and returning it 22 yards, deep in Marist territory. On the next play Nolan found Hill in the back left corner of the end zone give the Hoyas a 10-0 first quarter lead.
The Hoyas continued to roll as senior running back Jo’el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) took over during the next drive. Kimpela had an 11-yard reception and a 14-yard run, before breaking tackles on his way to a 15-yard touchdown run to take a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter. Kimpela finished with 57 yards on 17 carries and two catches for 17 yards.
On the second play of the Red Foxes’ next drive Michael White’s pass was tipped by senior safety Garrett Powers (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) into the hands of Williamson, who weaved his way to a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown. It was Williamson’s second interception in two games, giving the Blue & Gray a 24-0 lead with 11:41 remaining in the first half.
"Coach made a really good call on defense and I was just doing what I was supposed to be doing," Williamson said. "Garrett Powers made a really good play on the ball and tipped and it just kind of fell into my hands, so I was fortunate."
Marist answered as White found Dylan Clay on a seven-yard touchdown pass to finish an eight-play drive. Georgetown put together an eight-play drive of its own, capped by Hill’s second touchdown reception of the game, giving GU a 31-7 lead going into the half.
"Our game plan is to always go fast and score a lot of points on offense so when we do what we're supposed to do and execute good things happen," Hill said about GU's 31-point first half.
Darmstadter finished Georgetown’s first drive of the third quarter with a 31-yard field goal, his second of the game, to give GU a 34-7 lead. The field goal would be the final scoring play of the game.
Georgetown’s defense continued to stifle Marist, holding them scoreless in the second half and forcing one more turnover, as junior defensive end Phil Novacki (Great Falls, Va./Langley) recovered a fumble just outside the red zone on the Red Foxes last threatening drive in the fourth quarter.
NOTES: Georgetown players wore Ty Williams’ No. 2 on the right side of their helmets during Saturday night’s game. Williams suffered a serious neck injury during the first series in Georgetown’s first game of the season at Saint Francis (Pa.).