Oct. 18, 2011
Hoya Notes - Post-Game Howard
From The Desk of Kevin Kelly
Dear family, friends and fans,
Saturday was a great win for us and it was good to get the Mayor's Cup back! Reacquiring the cup was a good story and shows the extra work that our coaching staff is willing put in. Following the game, we saw Howard's Head Coach had asked about how they wanted to proceed with the trophy presentation. He had not been aware of it and was unsure how to get into the trophy case to bring the cup out to the field. Kudos are in order for Luke Thompson, who went back to Coach Harrell's office and was able to help slide the glass door open to get the Mayor's Cup and bring it back to the team to bring back to the Hilltop.
Against Howard, our defense played outstanding. Rob Sgarlata had a great game plan going in and called a great game to put our guys in positions to make big plays. We were able to get back on the positive side in the turnover margin with four takeaways and put a lot of pressure on their quarterback.
Our offense, much like the game against Wagner, made big plays when we needed them in the fourth quarter. Jeff Burke threw his second touchdown pass of the season and if he keeps it up he's going to be competing to play quarterback! It was a great call and a great job in execution by Jeff and the offense on a very important drive for us.
On Sunday, we shifted our focus to this week's game against Colgate. We told the guys that this coming Saturday is what college football is all about. A game with a Patriot League rival, Homecoming Weekend with our first home game in five weeks, and we're expected to have great weather.
The guys were really focused for practice this morning and you can tell they are excited about being home this weekend. We are expecting this Saturday's game to be a barnburner. Colgate is an excellent team. They have been banged up this season, but we expect them to be ready for us. Against a ball control team like Colgate, for them to pick up three or four yards on every play is what they're built to do. It's a game where you are going to have less offensive possessions, so you have to make them count.
For the guys that were on the team last year, we remember how we got beat and it will provide a lot of incentive.
Hope to see all of you out at Multi-Sport Field at 2 p.m. on Saturday!
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