Hoya Notes: From the Desk of Head Football Coach Kevin Kelly
Nov. 13, 2012
Dear family, friends and fans,
Before the Bucknell game, I challenged our team, telling them whoever comes out physically and mentally tougher will win the game. They had to respond quickly, overcoming adversity with all of the injuries we suffered on offense in the first quarter, but we were still able to run the ball well with Jo'el Kimpela. Our defense turned in as good a performance as I have seen in my 28 years coaching and I think all of our older players played with a chip on their shoulder because of the four-game losing streak we had against Bucknell. We had our backs against the wall in the fourth quarter, but I was proud of how we responded to keep many of our goals alive going into the last game.
On offense we had co-players of the game with Jo'el and Kevin Macari. Jo'el stepped up and was just short of his first 100-yard rushing game and again earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week. Kevin has been consistently made big plays for us on offense. He had several big catches and a nice punt return that set up our first score.
On defense, our player of the game was Robert McCabe. He was all over the ball with 12 tackles, two sacks and two tackles for loss to earn his well-deserved third Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week this season. I've only been here seven years, but I think Rob is the best defensive player in the history of Georgetown football and has certainly been the top defensive player in the Patriot League this year.
Our special teams' player of the week was Javan Robinson. Javan did a nice job all game, and made a big tackle on Bucknell's fake punt attempt late in the game that could have been a huge momentum swing for them. Again I was proud of the way all of our guys played, especially in the fourth quarter.
This week against Holy Cross will be a huge game for us. Our goals have changed throughout the season, but we have a lot to play for on Saturday. We have a chance post our second consecutive winning season overall and in the Patriot League. We also have a chance to send our senior class off with a victory, something that is very important because of how meaningful this program has been to the turnaround of this program.
We know that we cannot be fooled by Holy Cross's 1-9 record. They have played very well the last few weeks and have had several heartbreaking losses. We know they are a team that could easily have four or five wins and I'm sure they will have a chip on their shoulder against us, after we've defeated them the last two seasons, so we are expecting a battle on Saturday.
Saturday's Senior Day will be a special game for all of our seniors, their families and their friends. We will honor them on the field prior to the game for all of the hard work they have put in during their time at Georgetown. I encourage everyone to come out on Saturday to help celebrate the accomplishments of these young men and help send them off properly!
Win the Day!
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