Sept. 18, 2008
Washington, D.C. - For Georgetown University sophomores Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) and Enico Jones (New Haven, Conn./Wilbur Cross), this weekend's game at Yale has special meaning.
When the former New Haven scholastic football stars were recruited to Georgetown by current head coach Kevin Kelly, one of their dreams was the chance to return home to play. Lawrence, a 6-1 quarterback, even went so far as to go to the Yale spring football game in 2007 dressed in his Georgetown hat and t-shirt soon after he settled on the Hilltop.
So this weekend's game, on Saturday, Sept. 20, will showcase two of New Haven's best players in a return home. Kickoff at the Yale Bowl is slated for 12:30 p.m. and fans can listen to a live audio broadcast of the game on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus calling all of the action.
"I'm really excited," Lawrence said after practice on Thursday. "Everyone from my family, my school ... a lot of the people who believed I could make it will be there for the game."
Jones and Lawrence were high school rivals, but they've known each other since playing together on Pop Warner teams. While they are trying to treat the visit home as just another game, they also know the impact it will have on them, but also on younger kids from their high schools.
"It's bigger than just a game," Lawrence said. "There are lot of kids who are in school who could see us come back and know that they can make it, that they can get the chance to play college football and go to school at a place like Georgetown."
Their friends from home should get a fair amount to see them play as well. Lawrence has started the first two games of the season at quarterback, splitting time with freshman James Brady (Melville, N.Y./St. Anthony's). Lawrence completed 9-of-12 passes for 65 yards and ran for another 42 last week in a loss at Lafayette.
Jones, meanwhile, has been a starter at cornerback in just his second year on the Hilltop.
The Hoya defense has been impressive thus far, holding Howard to seven points in the season-opening win on Sept. 7 and then putting on an impressive performance in the loss to the Leopards last week.
"The defense, it definitely starts with the line," Jones said. "We have some senior leadership up front. Our motto is `One man, One job.' McLeod is a good running back. If we're going to try to stop him, we'll have to do it up front."
Lawrence, meanwhile, will hope to pick up the offense and get the team started. "I feel real confident," he said. "We've had one of our best weeks of practice this week. We've been in the games and our defense has been the reason. It's just a matter of time before the offensive breaks out."
Both players are hoping for a break out this weekend as they return home. "I'm trying to treat it like any other game," Lawrence said, "but this is big for us and we're going to an historic place. For us, for me and Enico, we just want to make the most of our trip back."