Sept. 11, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (0-1, 0-0 Patriot League) will open its home schedule on Saturday evening when they host Marist (0-1, 0-0 Pioneer League) under the lights at Multi-Sport Field. The opening kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY vs. MARIST: The Hoyas and Red Foxes will meet for the 18th time in program history with Georgetown holding a 13-4 series advantage, including a 27-7 victory at Marist last season. Junior defensive end Phil Novacki (Great Falls, Va./Langley) returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown and had 1.5 sacks in the GU victory. The Red Foxes posted their most lopsided win during their last trip to Multi-Sport Field, winning 43-23 in 2013. Prior to 2011, six of the previous seven meetings had been decided by one touchdown or less.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday’s game will be broadcast free of charge on the Patriot League Network (www.campusinsiders.com/network/patriot_league). Jeremy Huber will begin his second season of play-by-play duties on the Georgetown home broadcast. He will be joined by color analyst Scott Jackson and sideline reporter Marisa Pilla. Fans can find live stats by visiting the Georgetown Athletics official website – www.GUHoyas.com. In-game updates will also be available from the team’s official Twitter account: @HoyasFB.
NO. 35 JO’EL KIMPELA CARRIES LOAD FOR OFFENSE: Senior RB Jo’el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) was honored as the program’s 12th recipient of the Joe Eacobacci No. 35 Memorial Jersey during last season’s spring banquet for embodying the leadership qualities, on and off the field of the former Hoya captain, who lost his life in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Kimpela, just the third offensive player to earn the honor, has proved to be one of the program’s most efficient running backs along with being one of the program’s quality people. Kimpela is currently seventh in program history in yards per carry. After averaging 5.3 yards per carry last season, good for the second-best mark in the Patriot League, Kimpela has averaged 4.8 yards per carry during his career on the Hilltop. At Saint Francis (Pa.), Kimpela averaged 6.0 yards per carry on 10 carries from scrimmage. Player (Years) Avg. 1. Danny Lopez (72-75) 6.07 2. Ralph Edwards (71-73) 5.53 3. Dean Lowry (85-88) 5.44 4. Joe Todisco (94-97) 5.02 5. Kim Sarin (02-04) 4.99 6. Andy Murray (75-78) 4.98 7. Jo’el Kimpela (12-pres.) 4.80
DEFENSE CONTINUES TO CREATE TURNOVERS: The Georgetown defense continues to create extra opportunities, by causing turnovers. In week one at Saint Francis (Pa.), the Hoyas took the ball away three times, including a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior CB Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside (N.C.)). Sophomore CB Jelani Williamson (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) registered his first career interception, to go along with 2.0 tackles for loss and a pass breakup. Junior defensive lineman Hugh Masterson (Invernees, Ill./Saint Viator) forced a fumble that was recovered by junior linebacker Leo Loughrey (Glenshaw, Pa./Central Catholic). GU is currently tied for ninth in the FCS, with 14 teams, and second in the PL behind Holy Cross in turnovers gained.
THINKING OF TY: Last Saturday junior linebacker Ty Williams (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) sustained a serious neck injury during the first drive of GU’s season opener at Saint Francis (Pa.). Williams had surgery last Saturday at Altoona UPMC Hospital, where he is still recovering. On Saturday night the Hoyas will wear Williams’s No. 2 on the right side of their helmets, with each player’s own number on the left side.
ABOUT MARIST: The Red Foxes dropped their season-opener at Bucknell, 17-0, last Saturday. Marist held the Bison to just three first half points, before BU scored twice in the third quarter to seal a 17-0 victory. The Red Foxes had four players selected to the preseason All-Pioneer League Team, including WR Matt Tralli, OL Mike Mangino, DL Demetrius Williams and DB Zach Adler. Marist named Adler, DE John Brennan, Mangino and CB Zach Quarles as captains prior to the season. Marist currently has two alums on NFL rosters, including Jason Myers, a placekicker for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Terrence Fede, a defensive end for the Miami Dolphins. Head Coach Jim Parady is in his 24th season at the helm of the Marist football program. During his tenure he has compiled a 119-121-1 record.
BLUE OUT AND TICKETS INFORMATION: All fans are encouraged to wear blue, as the Hoyas debut their brand new blue Nike uniforms and blue helmets. The first 200 students will receive a free Hoya Pajama tee shirt. Tickets are still available for Georgetown’s Saturday evening game with Marist. Fans can visit WeAreGeorgetown.com for more ticket information.