The Georgetown football team’s losing streak continued last Saturday as the Hoyas were shut out on the road by Dartmouth, 41-0.
The Hoyas (1-2) allowed a season-high 453 total yards and 21 first downs.
Senior defensive back Blaise Brown led the defense with 10 tackles, while a trio of sophomore linebackers made an impact on defense. Wes Bowers totaled nine tackles; George Ikott recorded the team’s only sack; and Owen Kessler caught his second interception of the season.
Senior defensive back J’V’on Butler generated a turnover as well, stripping the Big Green’s running back at the five-yard line. Freshman linebacker Justin Fonteneaux recovered the fumble and prevented a touchdown.
On the other side of the ball, junior quarterback Gunther Johnson threw for 70 yards, completing 11-of-19 passes with an interception.
Sophomore wide receiver Skyler Springs, Johnson’s main target on the day, caught three passes for a team-high 31 yards. Freshman running back Herman Moultrie III led the team with 31 yards on the ground.
Georgetown was especially beaten in the trenches , on the offensive and defensive lines.
Dartmouth gained 260 of its yards on the ground, and the Hoyas struggled to put pressure on Dartmouth quarterback Derek Kyler, who was making his first career start.
Head Coach Rob Sgarlata praised Dartmouth’s preparation.
“Their coaches did a good job of getting him comfortable in his first start. They put the weight on the running backs and their veterans on the offensive line,” Sgarlata said in an interview with The Hoya.
On offense, Johnson did not have much time to throw.
“It was tough to keep them off Gunther early in the first half,” Sgarlata said.
Junior punter Brad Hurst saw a lot of action in the shutout. He punted eight times, averaging 47 yards per attempt.
Three of Hurst’s punts pinned Dartmouth behind its own 20-yard line, including a season-long 65-yarder — the 10th-longest in program history.
Sgarlata had high praise for Hurst after the game.
“Brad continues to be one of the best kickers at this level. He made two huge plays and flipped the field twice for us,” Sgarlata said.
Georgetown returns to the Hilltop for its Homecoming matchup against Columbia University on Saturday, Sept. 22. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. on Cooper Field.
The two teams will be familiar with one another, as they will face off for the fourth straight season.
Sgarlata believes the team will be ready to go.
“We need to address some things in all three parts of the game. We will take what we can learn from today and get ready for the next one the best we can,” Sgarlata said.