Oct. 29, 2011
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Georgetown University football team (7-2, 3-1 Patriot League) forced five turnovers and Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy) and Wilburn Logan (Kingston, R.I./North Kingstowne) each had long second half touchdown runs to defeat Holy Cross (4-4, 2-1 Patriot League) on a snowy, windy Saturday afternoon at Fitton Field.
Senior defensive end Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) earned the Dr. Edward N. Anderson Award for the Holy Cross family weekend game most valuable player. Schaetzke had six tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss in the win.
The Hoyas led 6-0 on a pair of Brett Weiss (Phoenix, Md./Boys' Latin) field goals at the half, but when the teams returned to the field for the third quarter, heavy snow had blanketed the field and all but eliminated the passing game. Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) took the bulk of carries on the first drive of the quarter, but on a fourth down and eight, Kempf scrambled, broke a tackle and received a few key blocks downfield to score on a 27 yard run to put the Hoyas in front, 12-0.
Georgetown's defense continued to hold the Crusaders, as Holy Cross turned the ball over on downs on its next three drives, with Schaetzke coming up with a sack on fourth and two yards early in the fourth quarter.
The Blue & Gray took over at their own 44 yard line on the ensuing drive, quickly making it a three possession game. Logan and Campanella moved the chains down to the Holy Cross 34 yard line, before Logan broke a run around the right end and went untouched for 34 yards to put the Hoyas in front 19-0.
Holy Cross' Ryan Taggart engineered the Crusaders first scoring drive on the following series, moving 45 yards on six plays in just over a minute. Taggart capped the drive with a nine yard touchdown run, but they missed the two-point conversion.
The Crusaders recovered an onside kick to add some drama to the game, but two plays later Jeremy Grasso (Washington, Twp., N.J./Bergen Catholic) knocked the ball loose and Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) recovered to seal the Hoyas win.
The Hoyas took control of the game early, forcing the Crusaders to punt on the game's first drive, before driving 61 yards on 11 plays to set up an 18 yard Brett Weiss field goal. Kempf had over half of his passing yards during the drive, before the weather took its toll on both teams.
Jayah Kaisamba (Fort Worth, Texas/LD Bell) recovered a fumble on Holy Cross's next possession and David Quintero (Miramar, Fla./Fort Lauderdale) intercepted another pass early in the second quarter, as the defense held the Patriot League's second best offense to a season-low 300 yards of total offense.
Late in the first half Holy Cross fumbled a Matt MacZura (Cranberry, Twp., Pa./Central Catholic) punt and Jeremiah Kayal (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) recovered to give GU the ball at their own 49. Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John's Prep) put the Hoyas offense in position for Weiss to hit a 37 yard field goal into the wind and snow to put the Hoyas in front, 6-0.
Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) had 13 tackles and Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) had 10. The Hoyas had four players combine for 185 rushing yards, as Logan finished with 78 yards on nine carries, Kempf finished with 56 yards on 16 carries and Campanella had 40 yards on 17 carries. Jamal Davis (North Lauderdale, Fla./Coral Gables) had 34 yards on two catches.
TICKET INFORMATION: The Hoyas return to the Hilltop for Senior Day on Saturday, November 5 when they host Fordham at 1 p.m. Tickets for the game are still available and 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.