Dustin Wharton and Andrew Maliska make a tackle against Holy Cross.
Nov. 1, 2011
Hoya Notes - Post-Game Holy Cross Moving Toward Senior Day
From The Desk of Kevin Kelly
Dear family, friends and fans,
First, I want to thank all of the fans that braved the weather and came out on Saturday to see a 19-6 win against a very good Holy Cross team! Also, a special thank you to our bus drivers, who did a great job of getting us back to D.C. through some treacherous weather.
I was proud of our guys for the way they handled the elements on Saturday. Leading up to the game, we talked about how it would be the team that was mentally toughest and whoever won the turnover battle. In seeing the snow covered field for the third quarter, we came juiced and enthusiastic and were ready to play.
Offensively, we handled the conditions well and avoided turnovers. Isaiah Kempf did a great job running the ball, an area where he's shown a lot of improvement this year. His scramble on fourth and eight for a 27-yard touchdown surprised a lot of us. At the time, given the conditions, it was too far to try a field goal, and his score was one that gave us some breathing room at a close time in the game. Our offensive line also did a great job of creating running room for our backs to help us hold onto the ball for 10 minutes in the fourth quarter.
On defense, even with our backs to the wall, we did not let them score until late in the fourth quarter. Holy Cross did a nice job running the football in the third quarter, but we stopped them on some key fourth downs, as our entire defense has continued to improve every week. Again, Andrew Schaetzke continued to show why he's the best defensive player in our league and his Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honor was well deserved. We did a nice job on defense and on special teams in forcing turnovers and one other thing that must be mentioned is even with the slippery field we did not miss a lot of tackles.
On special teams, Craig Montgomery did a great job of snapping the ball and Matt MacZura caught the ball well and punted. Jeff Burke showed great hands as the holder and Brett Weiss made two field goals and two extra points in less than ideal conditions. It all showed a high amount of concentration and not letting the elements get in the way.
This week, we are back at work, as there is much left to be accomplished with Fordham coming here this Saturday for Senior Day. First we want to finish the season undefeated at home, a goal we can accomplish with a win. Next we want to send our seniors, that includes 21 big contributors to this program, off in style with a win.
That will not be an easy task. I told our guys that Fordham is much better than their record would indicate, as they have played two FBS teams in Connecticut and Army. They have had some key injuries, but have as much talent as anyone in our league, so we know we will have our hands full on Saturday.
Saturday is going to be a special day as we will honor 21 men who have given very much to this program. We hope to see all of you at Multi-Sport Field at 1 p.m. on Saturday for a chance to see your Hoyas for the final time at home this season!
Win the Day!
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