Aug. 21, 2008
Washington, D.C. - The weather has grown warmer in the Nation's Capital and while the sun has beat down on the Georgetown athletic teams, the Hoya football team has continued its practices in preparation for the 2008 season opener.
This past weekend, Head Coach Kevin Kelly and the Hoyas held their first intra-squad scrimmage. For two hours on Saturday morning, Georgetown went through game situations as they prepared for the season opener against Howard on September 6.
As the team goes through its preparations for the coming season, members of the Georgetown football team will provide their accounts during the coming weeks. Senior defensive end Anthony DiTommaso (Short Hills, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) provided the second update.
"This past Saturday we had our first inter-squad scrimmage of the 2008 pre-season camp. The scrimmage consisted of approximately 100 plays, including special teams, and ended with a red-zone competition, which has a specific scoring system to determine a winner.
"Overall the scrimmage was good, but as to be expected with any first real game situation, there were some minor mistakes. These mistakes came mostly in the form of penalties and communication. Making up for these mistakes was the high intensity and level of effort that was put forth by every single member of the team.
"There is no doubt that this team is giant steps ahead of the team it was a year ago at this point and with the leadership and work ethic of all those involved, that will hopefully be shown on the field this season.
"This day it was the defense who won the compete zone, but it was been an ongoing battle every day. It is these live competition periods each practice that are going to truly prepare both sides of the ball for gameday. It is the competitiveness, combined with the fast pace of play, that will prepare us both physically and mentally.
"As we approach our second team scrimmage this Saturday, practice has shown many improvements already from the first scrimmage. And as each day is better then the one before, this team is making tremendous strides toward having a successful season. Spirits are high and confidence is growing everyday and as camp comes to a close this week, there is one thing on this teams mind...BEAT HOWARD!"