Georgetown (3-7) will seek to end to the 2010 season on a strong note after dropping its last six games when it plays host to Marist (3-7) tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Georgetown has been outscored in the second half in five of the its seven losses, but Head Coach Kevin Kelly remains optimistic. Last week, the Blue and Gray stayed within striking distance until a couple of big plays by Lehigh in the final quarter put the game out of reach, and Kelly has spent much of this week focusing on closing games strongly.
“I keep telling my guys this: This season has come down to a handful of plays,” he said. “It’s a game of inches. It truly is.”
Kelly maintains that the team could have had a winning record if only a few plays turned out differently. The only difference between the Hoyas’ first four games and their last six has been the team’s inability to play all four quarters.
“We need to be more consistent across the board. Offense, defense and special teams,” Kelly said.
Although Kelly plans to start junior Scott Darby at quarterback, sophomore Isaiah Kempf – more of a pocket passer – could once again see time depending on the course of the game.
The Red Foxes find themselves in a similar situation to the Hoyas, coming into the final weekend of their season with four of their seven losses coming by one score or less. Marist sits near the cellar of the Pioneer League and is coming off of a double-overtime loss to Dayton last week.
But the Hoyas’ final game will celebrate the leadership of the 15 seniors playing in their final game for the Blue and Gray.
“This is a resilient group,” Kelly said. “[And] these 15 have stuck it out.”
Despite experiencing little success in their first three years on the Hilltop, this group of seniors has stuck with the team. Each senior has made his mark on Georgetown football both on and off the field, earning respect and admiration from their coaches and fellow players.
Over the past three years, the Hoyas and Red Foxes have proven to be very evenly matched. Though Marist has won two out of the three contests, each game has come down to the final play, and no team has won by more than three points. With both teams boasting identical records, Saturday’s game should be no different.