Hoya Notes - Post-Game Wagner
From The Desk of Kevin Kelly
Dear family, friends and fans,
I continue to be amazed by the character of our football team. Saturday's game came down to the wire and we were able to make the big plays when we needed them and never panicked. I told the guys when we met on Sunday that they played with poise. We avoided costly penalties, Matt MacZura made a clutch field goal at the end and our defense did what we have come to expect from them.
During the preseason we did not know who would handle placekicking duties for this season. Matt has stepped in and done a great job wearing many hats for us. He has made all six of his extra point attempts, both field goals and has done a great job on kick-offs. On Saturday, he punted very well, including one that was downed by Dustin Wharton at the one yard line. Overall, special teams played very well and Matt MacZura was our special teams player of the week, something we plan on doing for special teams, offense and defense after each win.
This week our special teams units, especially our kick coverage units will have to be at their best. Yale does a great job in the return game and what we do coverage wise will go a long way, as it was certainly a factor in last year's game.
Our defense played hard and aggressive again and kept Wagner under 100 yards rushing. We need to work on getting out to better starts, as we have taken a series to get going during the first two weeks, but we were pleased with holding an athletic Wagner team to just one field goal for the rest of the game after the first drive. Our defensive player of the week was Sean Campbell, who is someone who does not get a lot of recognition, but does a lot of the hidden things that make us successful against the run.
The offense played hard and physical with six drives that went 10+ plays. Right now, we just need to improve on finishing the drives. We were able to run the ball effectively and I think a lot of credit has to go to our offensive line. Our offensive line was our offensive player of the week. They were very aggressive against a very athletic Wagner defense.
We are now entering the Ivy League stretch of our schedule, where we have Yale, Princeton and Brown in consecutive weeks. All three games will be great tests to see where we stand as a team. For this week against Yale it's what we call a blind game. They have a brand new staff and have not played a game yet, so we're not real sure what they'll want to do. We'll continue to work this week to make sure that we are executing in all facets of the game to be ready for what we expect to be a great game on Saturday.
I wanted to extend a special thank you to all of the fans who were out to support us this past Saturday. We all appreciate the support and hope to see you back in the stands on Saturday for our game with Yale.
Finally, I wanted to say congratulations to Dan Droze, who was honored at halftime this past Saturday for his 23 years as a coach in the Georgetown football program. Dan is a guy who still loves this program and the players he coached on the Hilltop and remains a great friend to the football program. Also, a special thank you to Bruce Simmons and Hoyas Unlimited for the job they did in putting on our Georgetown Football Alumni Weekend.
Win the Day!
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