Sept. 27, 2011
Hoya Notes - Post-Game Marist
From The Desk of Kevin Kelly
Dear family, friends and fans,
We are all excited for the win this past Saturday at Marist and pleased with the performance of the offense that eclipsed 50 points for the first time since 1998. We have continually seen improvement on the offensive side. In 2009, our offense did not score over 100 points, through four games this season we have scored 133.
On Saturday, we did a great job rushing the football. Brandon Durham went for over 100 yards and Nick Campanella had over 80 very tough yards. With that being said, a congratulations is in order for our offensive line. Not only did they pave the way for over 270 yards on the ground, but they did not allow a sack either. For all of us, it was no surprise to see Scott Darby win the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for one. He had one of his best weeks in a Georgetown uniform.
On defense, we gave up our share of big plays, something that we are working to correct. We did do some very good things on that side of the ball, holding Marist to 1.6 yards per rush, forcing four turnovers and getting four sacks. Jeremy Moore was our most productive defensive player with another strong week with seven tackles, a forced fumble and an interception and Andrew Schaetzke was a Patriot League honorable mention with nine tackles and two sacks. Though we still have some work to do before Bucknell.
We had a solid day on special teams, only having to punt once, but when we did, Matt MacZura pinned Marist at their own five. Matt is having a strong sophomore season and some of the credit has to go to the instruction given by David Conway. Conway has a background in Australian football, which has helped him work with Matt in putting backspin on his punts. Matt has responded this season with 10 of his 22 punts being placed inside the opponents 20. We were also very pleased with our return teams, especially Kevin Macari, who did a nice job on punt returns with two returns for 28 yards.
We all sense the importance of how big this week's game against Bucknell is toward achieving our goal of winning the Patriot League. They have been playing good football and are also out to a 3-1 start. We had a good practice this morning and are looking to continue that trend throughout the week. As it has been since the beginning of training camp, there will be a big emphasis on finishing. Bucknell has a +11 turnover margin, one of the best in the nation and has kept its games close, so we need to make sure we limit our mistakes and are strong in the fourth quarter.
For all of those who will be in attendance, we are looking forward to seeing you in Lewisburg!
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