Rapid Recap: Hoyas Drop Fifth Straight

After a 3-0 start, the Georgetown football team (3-5, 0-3 Patriot League) continued its woes on Saturday, falling to the Lafayette Leopards (2-7, 1-3 Patriot League) by a score of 17-3.

The game began as a defensive struggle, with neither team finding the end zone in the first half. Freshman quarterback Brock Johnson was given the start for the Hoyas, after three games with sophomore Clay Norris under center. In the early going, Johnson completed nine of his first 12 passes, primarily to receivers Justin Hill and Justin Harrell. Though the offense has thrown the deep ball in previous games, Johnson stuck to short passes, which, combined with a stagnant rushing attack, forced the team to punt on its first four drives.

The Lafayette offense, led by senior quarterback Drew Reed, produced the game’s first major play when sophomore receiver Joey Chenoweth hauled in a 37-yard pass from Reed to the Georgetown 29. The officials also flagged senior defensive lineman Hunter Kiselick for roughing the passer, which moved the ball inside the red zone. The Leopards capped the drive with a field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

After the teams traded stalled drives, the Hoya special teams crew gave the offense an opportunity. On a Lafayette punt from midfield, freshman defensive lineman Khristian Tate reached the foot of punter Ryan Forrester for his third blocked kick of the season. Georgetown converted two first downs in Lafayette territory, and senior kicker Henry Darmstadter tied the game on a 26-yard field goal before halftime.

Early in the third quarter, the Leopard offense strung together a slow, methodical drive. Drew Reed completed five consecutive passes, the longest of which was good for 34 yards to the 1-yard line. Reed would finish the drive himself on a quarterback keeper, making the score 10-3.

Just three plays later, Brock Johnson’s pass was tipped and intercepted by Lafayette’s Draeland James, who returned the ball to the Georgetown 23. Sophomore running back Tyler West punched it in to give the Leopards a 17-3 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Clay Norris would replace Johnson at quarterback, leading the offense on a 14-play, 52-yard drive with under five minutes left. However, the Hoyas turned the ball over on downs, allowing Lafayette to take a knee to end the game.

Georgetown were out-gained 394 to 173 in total yards and had five three-and-outs. Johnson finished with 12 completions on 23 attempts for 107 yards, while Norris finished 4 of 12 for 26. Junior running back Alex Valles got more carries this week after sophomore running back Isaac Ellsworth’s injury, finishing with 65 rushing yards.

The Blue and Gray will seek to improve their fortunes when they return home next week to face the Holy Cross Crusaders (3-6, 1-3 Patriot League) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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