Sept. 5, 2015
LORETTO, Pa. – The Georgetown University football team (0-1, 0-0 Patriot League) fell victim to a quick start by Saint Francis (Pa.), trailing by 21 points before the end of the first quarter. The Hoyas were never able to recover, falling 48-20 in their season-opener at DeGol Field in Loretto, Pa.
Preseason All-Patriot League senior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside (N.C.)) was a bright spot for the Hoyas, returning an interception 35 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Branford[Choate Rosemary Hall) rushed for GU’s other two scores, but the Blue & Gray could not keep pace with a Saint Francis (Pa.) offense that produced over 500 total yards.
Junior Leo Loughrey (Glenshaw, Pa./Central Catholic) had a team-leading eight tackles and 1.5 sacks, while senior Matt Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) had seven tackles in an injury-marred first game for the defense. Senior running back Jo’el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) had 60 yards on 10 carries, while junior tight end Matt Buckman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Saint Joseph Regional) had five catches for 45 yards against a stout SFU defense.
The Red Flash offense rolled early, as Khairi Dickson, the FCS’s leading rusher in 2014, scampered for two touchdowns in the first quarter. SFU’s Zack Drayer also found Anthony Damiano on a five-yard touchdown pass late in the quarter to take a 21-0 lead.
Sophomore cornerback Jelani Williamson (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) made his first career interception in the end zone to halt a second quarter Red Flash possession. Later in the second, Scott, who was among the Patriot League leaders with four interceptions last season, picked off one of his own and put the Hoyas on the board. The senior stepped in front of a Drayer pass and sprinted to the end zone, making the score 21-6 after a failed two-point run.
Saint Francis added a pair of field goals, one from 24 yards and the second from 44 yards to put Georgetown in a 27-6 hole going in to halftime.
Dickson capped a 98-yard, seven-minute drive with a three-yard touchdown run, his third of the day to give SFU a 34-6 lead midway through the third quarter.
Junior defensive tackle Hugh Masterson (Invernees, Ill./Saint Viator) forced a fumble in the backfield and Loughrey recovered at the SFU 18 yard line later in the third. Two plays later Nolan rushed for a nine yard score to make the score 34-13 with 3:03 remaining in the third.
Saint Francis (Pa.) added two more scores within the first minute of the fourth quarter, including an interception return for a touchdown to take a commanding 48-13 lead, before Nolan added one final score on an 11-yard touchdown rush, as GU fell 48-20 in the season-opener.
Georgetown returns to action next Saturday when they host Marist under the lights at Multi-Sport Field. The opening kickoff with the Red Foxes is scheduled for 6 p.m.