Sept. 24, 2011
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Senior quarterback Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John's Prep) threw for 211 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown, while five players combined for 279 rushing yards, as the Georgetown University football team (3-1, 1-0 Patriot League) exploded to defeat Marist (1-3, 0-1 Pioneer League) 52-28 on Saturday afternoon at Tenney Stadium. The 52-point output is the most by a Hoyas team since October 31, 1998.
The Hoyas success on the ground helped them move the ball at will, as sophomore running back Brandon Durham (Mesquite, Texas/Dallas Christian) led the Hoyas with 103 yards on eight carries, including a 67-yard touchdown run, while sophomore running back Nick Campanella had 85 yards on 18 carries with touchdown, both in a 28-point GU first half.
Junior SLOT Max Waizenegger (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) had three catches for 56 yards and two touchdowns, his second two touchdown game of the season, including the game's first score.
The Hoyas defense continued to be opportunistic, forcing four turnovers, including three interceptions. Senior defensive end Andrew Schaetzke (Toldeo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) had nine tackles, including two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss, while linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) led the team with 12 ftackles and an interception.
After taking the opening kick-off, the Hoyas offense did not waste any time, scoring on the first series as Darby found Waizenegger down the middle of the field on a 39 yard touchdown. Brett Weiss (Phoenix, Md./Boys' Latin) kicked the point after to put the Hoyas in front, 7-0 with 11:09 remaining in the first quarter.
Darby added another GU touchdown with time running down in the first quarter, taking a high-snap then finding a hole through the right side of the line to rush in for a 13 yard touchdown, to put Georgetown in front, 14-0. Marist answered early in the second quarter, as Ryan Dinnebeil ran in from five yards out to put the Red Foxes on the board.
Durham, followed with a highlight-reel play, breaking tackles and changing direction on his way to a 67 yard touchdown run, the Hoyas longest scoring rush since 2003, to take a 21-7 lead. The Blue & Gray continued to dominate the second quarter as McCabe intercepted a pass at the Marist 43 yard line. GU would go 43 yards in 10 plays, as Campanella scored from five yards out to give the Hoyas a three touchdown lead, 28-7.
The Red Foxes would score once more before the end of the half, taking advantage of a GU personal foul, then getting several big plays from quarterback Tommy Reilly, who would complete a 18 yard touchdown pass to Anthony Calcagni with 16 seconds left in the half, to cut the score in half at 28-14.
In the third quarter, junior cornerback Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) intercepted a pass on the fourth play and returned it 38 yards to the Marist 12 yard line. One play later, Darby found Waizenegger on a screen pass, with Waizenegger breaking a tackle and scoring his second touchdown to take a 35-14 lead. Two series' later, Marist would get back on the scoreboard, as Reilly completed a 75 yard touchdown pass to Armani Martin to make the score 35-21.
The Blue & Gray had an answer all afternoon, going back to work, as Darby capped a 10 play 70 yard drive with a 19 yard touchdown pass to senior SLOT Jeremiah Kayal (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills). Kayal was able to hold on despite taking a hard shot in the end zone. Weiss' extra point put GU in front 42-21. Marist again, took advantage of the big play when Reilly found Bartley Leneghan for a 31 yard gain, then a 20 yard pass to Kevin Fitzpatrick, before finding Fitzpatrick in the back of the end zone for a five yard touchdown, closing the gap to 42-28.
The Hoyas would end any hopes of a Marist comeback on the Red Foxes following series, as Moore would tip a pass and senior safety Wayne Heimuli (Euless, Texas/Trinity)for his second interception of the season. Heimuli returned the interception 28 yards to the Marist 21 yard line. On the next play, Darby found freshman wide receiver Kevin Macari (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) on a 21 yard touchdown pass to take a 49-28 lead.
Schaetzke would end another Marist's next drive with a sack and Weiss closed out the game with a 36 yard field goal to help the Hoyas eclipse the 50-point mark for the first time since October 31, 1998.
Georgetown will be on the road for its third consecutive week when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa. to take on Bucknell in a Patriot League matchup on Saturday, October 1 at 1 p.m. at Christy Mathewson Stadium.