POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK
– The Georgetown University football team amassed more than 400 yards of total offense, rolling to a 39-14 victory over Marist College on Saturday afternoon at Tenney Stadium. It was the season opener for both teams as the Hoyas improved to 1-0, while the Red Foxes fell to 0-1.
(Anthem, Ariz. / Boulder Creek / Arizona) finished 26-of-37, passing for 369 yards and four touchdowns. He completed passes to 10 different receivers, and four different players had receiving touchdowns. Winston Jackson Jr.
(North Lauderdale, Fla. / Cardinal Gibbons) set career highs with four catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. Michael Dereus
(Hyde Park, Mass / Williston Northampton) caught five passes for 99 yards and a score. Max Edwards
(Germantown, Md. / Georgetown Prep) and Joshua Tomas
(University Park, Ill. / Crete-Monee) each had a touchdown reception as well.
(New Orleans, La. / St. Augustine / Loomis Chaffee) led the defense with two interceptions, 1.5 tackles-for-loss and 0.5 sacks. Xavier Reddick
(Powder Springs, Ga. / McEachern) finished with a team-high 8.0 tackles while Ahmad Wilson
(Pittsburgh, Pa. / Gateway) tied with Brown with 5.0 tackles.
On Georgetown's first defensive series, Brown intercepted a third down pass, giving GU the ball at midfield. The Hoyas drove the ball into the red zone, before Brad Hurst
(Helen, Ga. / White County) connected on a 23-yard field goal to give the Blue & Gray a 3-0 lead.
Two possessions later, a 24-yard pass to Dereus crossed the Hoyas into Marist's territory. After a short pass and a rush, Johnson found Edwards down the left sideline for a 27-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown. On the extra point attempt, Tomas took the snap and rolled towards the sideline. He found Hurst, who made a diving catch with a defender draped all over him, for the two-point conversion to make it 11-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The score remained at the half as the Georgetown defense held Marist to just 82 total yards and four first downs in the first half.
Both teams came up empty on their first drives of the third quarter. On the second play of Marist's next drive, George Ikott
(Sugar Land, Texas / Strake Jesuit) dropped the quarterback for a 12-yard loss, forcing a fumble. Duval Paul
(Lynn, Mass. / Everett) scooped up the ball and ran it nine yards for the touchdown to give GU the 18-0 lead.
Brown got to the Marist quarterback on the next possession, causing the ball to pop up in the air. Wes Bowers
(Fort Washington, Md. / Bishop McNamara) came down with the interception, Georgetown's third of the game. Four plays later, Johnson found Dereus, who went up-and-over the defender to make the catch, for a 35-yard touchdown pass.
Marist got on the board with a seven-yard touchdown pass, but the Hoyas answered right back with a seven-play, 68-yard drive. Jackson Jr. capped the drive with a 35-yard touchdown reception as Johnson found him over the top for the score. Hurst's extra point made it 32-7 at the end of the third quarter.
The Red Foxes scored again to start the fourth quarter. Two drives later, GU took advantage of a short punt and put together an eight-play, 49-yard drive, eating up more than five minutes off the clock. Johnson completed a 22-yard pass to Tomas to start the possession before finding him again from four yards out for his first career touchdown reception. Hurst's PAT provided the final score, 39-14.
The Hoyas will host Campbell University on Saturday, September 8 at Cooper Field for the home opener. Kickoff is schedule for 12:30 p.m. and the game can be watched live on GUHoyas.com via the Patriot League Network.
Johnson's 369-yard passing effort was Georgetown's first 300-yard game since Oct. 31, 2015 (Kyle Nolan, 355 yards) … The 39 points scored was the most by a GU team since Sept. 7, 2013 (42-6 victory against Davidson) … Saturday was Georgetown's third-consecutive victory in a season opener.