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Hoyas prepare for Homecoming game against Brown
After a momentous 21-20 win against Princeton (0-2) in their first ever nationally televised game, the Georgetown football team (3-1, 0-0 Patriot League) rolls into this Saturday’s Homecoming game against the Brown Bears (1-1), looking to build off their early season success.
“Friday night’s win against Princeton was huge for our program,” said Head Coach Kevin Kelly after the win. “Still, there is a lot of work to do tol be the team we know we can be.”
After the emotional and thrilling victory, the Hoyas will focus all their energy on the Bears, their most formidable opponent so far. In their previous two games, Brown defeated one of Georgetown’s Jesuit rivals Holy Cross 24-21, and lost to Ivy League power Harvard 31-45.
“Brown will probably be the best team we have played to date,” said Coach Kelly. “Brown is a contender in the Ivy League each year, so we are expecting quite a challenge for Homecoming.”
It is unclear who will be under center for the Hoyas, as senior quarterback Isaiah Kempf is still day-to-day and Aaron Aiken’s status is unknown after he suffered an ankle injury early in the game against Princeton. However, if neither one plays, the Hoyas know they have a more-than-capable replacement in sophomore Stephen Skon, who led the Hoyas on their game-winning 15-play, 72-yard drive in the final minutes against Princeton.
Whoever plays quarterback for the Hoyas will definitely have the chance to put a lot of points on the board, as coming into this week Brown has the nation’s 92nd ranked total defense and the 111th ranked passing defense.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Bears are led by senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly, who has completed 63.5 percent of his passes with five touchdowns heading into Saturday’s matchup with the Hoyas. Donnelly’s primary receiving options are senior wide receivers Tellef Lundeval and Jonah Fay. Lundeval is more of a possession receiver and Fay will be a deep threat, as he has averages 18 yards per catch. Senior running back Spiro Theodhosi leads the Brown rushing attack.
An interesting matchup to watch this Saturday will be between Theodhosi and Georgetown senior linebacker Rob McCabe. The Hoyas, led by McCabe, have the 19th-best run defense in the country, while Theodhosi has averaged over 100 yards per game on the ground this year. If the Hoyas can stop the run and make Brown one-dimensional on offense, they will have a great chance to win the game.
“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on campus this weekend for homecoming.” said Coach Kelly. “It should be a great atmosphere once again at Multi-Sport Field.”