WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team heads north this weekend, traveling to Worcester, Mass., for a Patriot League matchup against Holy Cross on Saturday, Oct. 28. Kickoff at Fitton Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network, with Kevin Shea calling the play-by-play and Andy Lacombe providing color analysis with Brenna Wilson reporting from the sidelines. A link to the broadcast as well as live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Fans in the Worcester area can watch the game live on Charter TV3, or listed on WEEI 1440 AM.
Last Time Out
The Blue & Gray fell to Fordham University, 17-9, on Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. Gunther Johnson (Anthem, Ariz./Boulder Creek/Arizona) finished 17-of-35 for 196 yards passing with a touchdown. Michael Dereus (Hyde Park, Mass./Williston Northampton) caught four passes for 83 yards, while Brandon Williams (Germanton, Md./Northwest) hauled in a team-high five catches for 46 yards. Daniel Yankovich (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) led all players with 11 tackles. Brad Hurst (Helen, Ga./White County) punted 10 times on special teams, averaging 44.2 yards per kick with a long of 55 yards, twice pinning Fordham inside its own 20-yard line. He also had touchbacks on all three of his kickoffs and connected on his only field goal attempt.
Khristian Tate (Warner Robins, Ga./Covenant Academy) was named Patriot League Honorable Mention on Monday after recording 1.5 sacks and a quarterback hurry to go along with a career-high eight tackles.
Dereus continues to be a dynamic threat for Georgetown's offense. He ranks second in the Patriot League in receiving yards (531), yards per catch (19.7) and yards per game (75.9). He is also tied for third in the league with five touchdown receptions. Johnson, in the 10 quarters since he took over the reins of the offense, has passed for 661 yards and three touchdowns, completing 54.7 percent of his passes.
David Akere (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) leads the Hoyas and is fourth in the conference with 60 tackles. He is tied for seventh in the league with teammate Blaise Brown (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine/Loomis Chaffee [Conn.]) with two interceptions.
Isaac Ellsworth (Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity) is second in the Patriot League, averaging 25.3 yards per kickoff return. Brad Hurst (Helen, Ga./White County) ranks third in the conference with 42.7 yards per punt, and has recorded 15 touchbacks on kickoffs, the second-most in the league.
About the Matchup
Georgetown is 11-18 all-time against Holy Cross, and the Crusaders have won each of the past two meetings after the Hoyas won in 2013 and 2014. Last season, despite controlling possession for nearly 35 minutes, GU fell in a tight contest, 21-20, at Cooper Field. Dereus returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, and Henry Darmstadter (`17) broke the program record for career field goals with his 25th made kick. He also added a career-long 49-yard field goal.
Scouting Holy Cross
The Crusaders enter Saturday's contest on a five-game losing streak, after opening the season with wins over then-No. 9 New Hampshire and Bucknell, while falling to FBS program Connecticut. Peter Pujals has led the Crusader offense, passing for 2,068 yards and 13 touchdowns. Blaise Bell has posted 36 receptions for 443 yards and five scores, while Martin Dorsey has caught 31 passes for 412 yards and two touchdowns. Gabe Guild leads the Holy Cross ground game with 300 yards on 68 carries.
On the defensive side of the ball, Ryan Brady and Nick McBeath rank second and third in the Patriot League with 84 and 83 tackles, respectively. They are also tied with Jack Kutschke and Teddy Capsis for the team lead with three sacks apiece.
Following this weekend's contest, the Hoyas will return home to take on Lafayette in a Homecoming matchup on Saturday, Nov. 4. Kickoff at Cooper Field is set for 2 p.m.