WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (3-5, 0-3 Patriot League) returns to the Hilltop this Saturday for the first of two-straight home games, hosting the College of the Holy Cross. Kickoff at Cooper Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Saturday will serve as Georgetown's Military Appreciation Day. All armed service members who show a military ID will receive free admission to the game. Additionally, the Hoya Battalion Color Guard will present the flags prior to the national anthem and the Coast Guard Silent Drill Team will perform at halftime.
Live stats and a link to the live broadcast on the Patriot League Network will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. The pregame show, which will begin at 1:50 p.m., will simultaneously be aired on the Georgetown Football Facebook page. Jeremy Huber will provide the play-by-play while Emory Hunt and Mike Nebrich will give color analysis and Anna Tarullo will be reporting from the sideline.
Last Time Out
Last week, Lafayette scored touchdowns on back-to-back possessions in third quarter to defeat the Hoyas, 17-3. Brock Johnson (Newport Beach, Calif./Mission Viejo) made his first-career start at quarterback and finished 12-of-23 for 107 yards. Clay Norris (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) played most of the fourth quarter and completed four passes for 26 yards. Alex Valles (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) finished with 65 yards rushing and 18 yards receiving while Justin Harrell (New Orleans, La./Newman) led the receiving corps with four catches for 40 yards.
Jethro Francois (Miami, Fla./Winter Haven/Victory Christian Academy) led the defense with 10 tackles, while J'V'on Butler (Melbourne, Fla./Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy) and Brennen Sawicki (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) each contributed nine. Phil Novacki (Great Falls, Va./Langley) had two sacks to go along with four tackles and one quarterback hurry.
Freshman defensive lineman Khristian Tate (Warner Robins, Ga./Covenant Academy) was named the Corvias Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday. He blocked his third punt of the season, his second in two weeks, while adding four tackles, including three solo takedowns and 1.0 tackle for loss of six yards.
Georgetown's defensive and special teams units rank among the nation's best in several statistical categories. On special teams, the Hoyas rank first in the country with four blocked punts and are second with seven blocked kicks overall. The Hoya defense ranks second in the FCS in red zone defense, holding the opposition out of the end zone 61.8 percent of the time.
Fifth-year senior Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) and freshman Khristian Tate are tied for the national lead with three blocked kicks apiece. Kiselick has blocked three field goals, while Tate has three of Georgetown's four blocked punts, including two in the past two games.
Scouting Holy Cross
Holy Cross owns an overall record of 3-6 on the year, with a 1-3 mark in the Patriot League. The Crusaders have lost two straight and three of their last four games, but their one victory during that span was a 27-17 triumph over No. 20 Harvard. Holy Cross has used three different starting quarterbacks this season, but has still managed to average 24.9 points and 356.2 yards of total offense per game. The defense is allowing 31.2 points and 411.4 total yards per game. Jake Wieczorek currently leads the team with 51 receptions for 661 yards and five touchdowns, while totaling 1,471 all-purpose yards. Richie DeNicola has added 46 catches for 450 yards and three scores, and Brendan Flaherty has totaled 40 receptions for 310 yards and four touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, Nick McBeath leads the entire Patriot League with 82 tackles and seven tackles for loss, while Kyle Young is third with 74 tackles and has two forced fumbles. Ryan Smith has recorded nine sacks and Dewayne Cameron has added seven.
About the Matchup
Georgetown is 11-17 all-time against Holy Cross, but has won three of the past five matchups. The Crusaders have won 11 of the last 15 games since the Hoyas joined the Patriot League in 2001.
Saturday will be Georgetown's fourth Patriot League contest of the season. In the past five years, the Hoyas are 9-22 in league play, while holding a 3-12 record under Head Coach Rob Sgarlata, in his third year.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Each week, Sgarlata and his staff select game captains to serve alongside 2016 team captains David Akere (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) and Tim Barnes (Oradell, N.J./River Dell Regional). This week's captains are senior Patrick Finnegan (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Loyola) on offense, senior Hugh Masterson (Inverness, Ill./Saint Viator) on defense and sophomore Ramon Lyons (Orlando, Fla./Ocoee/West Orange) on special teams.
What's Up Next
Following Saturday's game against the Crusaders, the Hoyas will remain home at Cooper Field for a matchup next weekend against Bucknell. Kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 12, is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Prior to the game, Georgetown will recognize its 18 seniors in a Senior Day ceremony.