Nov. 7, 2009
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Georgetown used a spirited comeback and took a 21-20 lead on a 68-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John's Prep) with 54 seconds left in the game, but Marist used a 37-yard field goal from Jason Myers with five seconds left to beat the Hoyas, 23-21, in front of 3,000 fans at Leonidoff Field on a crisp, sunny afternoon.
It was the ninth-straight loss this season, and the 10th dating back to last season, for the Hoyas, who fall to 0-9. Marist improves to 7-2 overall.
Georgetown trailed 20-7 at the start of the fourth quarter, but Darby threw two touchdown passes in a span of just over six minutes as the Hoyas took a 21-20 lead. After senior Dan Lenihan (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) intercepted a pass, Georgetown moved 40 yards on seven plays over 2:46 and Darby lofted a ball into the endzone to senior Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley), who grabbed it for the touchdown as the lead was narrowed to 20-14.
The Red Foxes pinned Georgetown at its own 5-yard line with just under two minutes left and the Hoyas moved the ball out to the 32-yard line three plays. On first down, Darby found Floyd in the middle of the field and the freshman sped down field, giving the Hoyas a 21-20 lead with 54 seconds left.
Marist got the ball back and quarterback Chris Debowski used a 36-yard pass to James LaMacchia and took advantage of a 15-yard face mask penalty to set up the Myers field goal. Georgetown had a chance on the ensuring kickoff, but were stopped after several laterals.
The Hoyas had jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, scoring on the opening drive of the game after winning the toss. Darby engineered a 9-play, 66-yard drive over the opening 4:03 of the game as Georgetown took a 7-0 lead on an 8-yard pass to senior tight end Brian Josephs (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community).
Turnovers plagued the Hoyas in the first half. After the teams exchanged punts, Georgetown took over on the 29-yard line late in the first quarter. Senior running back Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Phillips Academy) had the ball poked loose and Marist recovered. Six plays later Ryan Dinnebeil ran it in from 10 yards out, tying the game with 2:21 to play in the quarter.
Georgetown turned Marist over on downs, but Darby was intercepted at the 16-yard line on the second play of the ensuing drive, again giving the Red Foxes possession deep inside Hoya territory. On third and one, Dinnebeil carried the ball seven yards into the endzone and Marist took a 14-7 lead with 9:58 to play in the half.
After four series in which the team was not able to sustain a drive, Darby and the offense moved into Marist territory late in the first half. Facing a fourth down and six, the Hoyas used a fake field goal attempt from senior kicker Jose-Pablo Buerba (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep), but Marist read the play well and after a lateral to senior slot Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) was stuffed as the Hoyas gave Marist the ball back on the 29-yard line.
Aided by a 27-yard run from Khori Witter that moved the Red Foxes into Georgetown territory, Marist scored on a 3-yard run from Dinnebeil and took a 20-7 lead after the extra point was missed with two minutes left in the first half.
Darby completed 31-of-57 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns, with Floyd catching four passes for 110 yards, junior slot Keerome Lawrence (West Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) catching nine passes for 67 yards and Lane catching eight passes for 56 yards. Darby had 14 carries for 79 yards to lead the rushing attack.
Georgetown returns home for the final two games of the season, first hosting defending Football Championship Subdivision level national champion Richmond on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Multi-Sport Field. A live webcast of the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing all of the calls. Live stats for the game will also be available.