Saturday Night Lights: Georgetown Football Hosts Davidson for Home-Opener at Multi-Sport Field
Sep 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (0-1, 0-0 Patriot League) will host the Davidson College Wildcats (0-0, 0-0 Pioneer League) at Multi-Sport Field for the team's 2013 home-opener on Saturday night. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. under the lights. The game will be the 11th meeting in series history, with the Hoyas holding a 7-3 advantage.
Saturday's game will be the debut of the new and improved streaming capabilities on Hoyavision, which fans can access through the Georgetown Athletics official website - www.guhoyas.com. The live broadcast of the Hoyas game with the Wildcats will feature Matt Fetters on play-by-play with Chuck Timanus and Brandon Small providing commentary. Monika Moore will also provide reports from the sideline. In-game updates will be available through the Hoyas official twitter account: @HoyasFB.
Georgetown is coming off a season-opening, 28-21 loss at Wagner last Saturday. The Hoyas led 21-7 at the half, but could not hang on as the Seahawks rushing attack controlled the time of possession in the second half, while the Hoyas offense struggled to move the chains at the same rate as in the first half. Senior linebacker Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) had 12 tackles, one sack and his first career interception, earning his first career Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors. Junior Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) handled his transition back to linebacker smoothly, leading the team with 14 tackles and junior nose tackle Jordan Richardson (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) had eight tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack for the defense.
KEMPF WITH PLENTY OF OPTIONS IN RETURN...A story line going into last weekend's opener was the return of senior quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy), who missed all of 2012 due to an injury suffered against Saturday's opponent, Davidson. Kempf responded quickly in the first half, going 19-of-27 for 194 yards with one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown, before struggling in the second half. Part of the reason for Kempf's success was his ability to spread the ball around. Eight different Hoyas caught passes, including seniors Zack Wilke (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Andrew's) who had seven catches for 63 yards and Dan Sprotte (Garden City, N.Y./Chaminade) who had four catches for 35 yards and his first career touchdown. Sophomore Jake DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) led the team with 63 yards on four catches and freshman Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) flashed promise in his first career game.
HOYAS UNSTOPPABLE UNDER THE LIGHTS...Since the beginning of the 2010 season, the Hoyas have been unstoppable when playing games that start after 6 p.m. Last season GU was 3-0, winning games at Davidson, Princeton and Lafayette. The Hoyas opened the 2011 season with consecutive home wins, beating Davidson and Lafayette at night at Multi-Sport Field. GU opened the 2010 season on the road with back-to-back night wins against Davidson and Lafayette.
GEORGETOWN VS. PIONEER LEAGUE...Since the beginning of 2010 the Hoyas have gone 5-0 against the Pioneer League, taking three straight from Davidson and two in a row against Marist, the Hoyas opponent on Saturday, September 14. Georgetown has won the five games by an average of 17.8 points. Georgetown's last loss to a Pioneer League opponent was a heartbreaking 23-21 loss at Marist on November 7, 2009.
ABOUT DAVIDSON... Davidson will open its season with GU, debuting new Head Coach Paul Nichols and different schemes on offense and defense...Senior TE Reese Williams was the Wildcats lone selection to the Preseason All-Pioneer League Team. The 6-4, 240 lb. TE had 51 catches for 522 yards last season...Senior QB Jonathan Carkhuff returns, as the second-leading passer in program history with 8,479 yards, just 897 shy of the program record. Carkhuff ranked ninth in the nation in passing yards (286.5/gm), fifth in completions (28.2/gm) and 19th in total offense (271.5 yds/gm) in 2012, though will not be playing in the passer friendly "air raid" offense in 2013...Davidson will feature a young defense returning just four starters, with underclassmen scattered throughout the team's two-deep...Paul Nichols begins his first season as the Davidson Head Coach. The 2004 graduate becomes the first , alum to guide the football program. Nichols is third on the Wildcats all-time passing list, just behind current QB Jonathan Carkhuff. Davidson was 22-6 during Nichols playing career.
FAN EXPERIENCE...The Coca-Cola Swelter Stopper tour will stop at Georgetown on Friday and Saturday, through the game. The Swelter Stopper experience will include a "perfect serve" ice bar with samples of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Cherry Coke. There will be competitive and interactive gaming with surprise premium giveaways hourly, a GreyScreen video studio with the option to create videos shouting out friends, family and Coca-Cola, an "Energy Dance Floor" where the power of guests dancing will light the dance floor and a live social media feed, allowing guests to see and tweet or instagram photos while they check-in at the location on FourSquare. For more information fans are encouraged to visit - www.swelterstopper.com.
GLACKEN WEEKEND... The Hoyas will hold its annual celebration of the head coaching career of Scotty Glacken during the weekend of its home-opener. Glacken, who took over as the Hoyas Head Coach when the program rejoined Division III and remained in place until the program elevated to Division I-AA in 1993 finished his coaching with a 98-94-2 record. On Friday night, Georgetown Athletics Hall of Famer Dean Lowry will be honored with a tribute film during the banquet. Former coaching staff member David Alexander will be honored at halftime on Saturday evening. Alexander coached offensive backs from 1971-1978 and offensive lineman from 1978-1990.