Oct. 26, 2011
Hoya Notes - Post-Game Colgate
From The Desk of Kevin Kelly
Dear family, friends and fans,
This weekend we accomplished one of our team goals by clinching a winning season, the first we have had since joining the Patriot League, while defeating Colgate for the first time in team history. With the season we are having so far, I'm happy for the coaches and the players, who have been with us through the tough times, but I know that none of us are satisfied with our season, as much work remains.
On Sunday, I told the guys how proud I was of their performance. I was pleased with how physical we played. Last year, Colgate intimidated us and it showed. We talked leading up to this game on how being physical was going to be a key and that's what we did. Overall, it was our best performance of the year in all phases.
Our defense stopped a great running football team and put pressure on the quarterback, which led to the three interceptions. Kudos are in order for Rob McCabe, who earned the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week, but the award is a credit to our entire front seven, who did a nice job eating up blocks. Dustin Wharton has also really emerged with a couple tackles for loss and a sack and Jeremy Moore's two interceptions were critical drive stoppers for us.
The offensive line did a nice job and all four of our running backs played well. Nick's our bigger back, but Chance Logan, Dalen Claytor and Brandon Durham all run heavier than they are, which allowed us to outrush Colgate. Jamal Davis's 63-yard opening touchdown really ignited everything we did for the rest of the day. It was a great effort and really a spark for the rest of the team.
On special teams, Kevin Macari has been a dynamic punt returner, with a 60-yard return on Saturday. We also blocked a punt, as Jeremy Moore made another big play to help us in the field position game. Then there was the game that Brett Weiss had. Brett made four field goals and four extra points and earned Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week. You don't see a lot of games like that at this level!
The win will propel us into an important game on Saturday against Holy Cross. Our players want to play in these kinds of meaningful big games that have a big say in whether we can accomplish the rest of our team goals, so focus has not been an issue during practice this week. We know that Holy Cross is a very talented, well-coached team. Right now, they are number one in the league in total defense and second in total offense, so this will be the toughest team we play so far this year.
We are expecting a cold, rainy day in Worcester, Mass., so if you are headed to the game this weekend make sure to dress warm. Hope to see all of you at Fitton Field at 1 p.m. on Saturday!
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