Lafayette Remains Perfect in Patriot Play
Nov. 2, 2013
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lafayette remained undefeated in Patriot League play with a 45-27 win over Georgetown on Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field. Freshman Drew Reed continued his solid quarterback play, completing 18-of-24 for 275 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively, Lafayette forced three turnovers that led to 21 points as the Leopards improved to 3-0 in conference action and took over sole possession of first place in the Patriot League standings.
It was a one-score game at the end of the first half before Lafayette turned a pair of turnovers into 21 third-quarter points and pulled away to the 18-point victory.
On Lafayette's first drive of the game, head coach Frank Tavani went for it twice on fourth down. The first time tailback Ross Scheuerman picked up the first down and extended the drive. The second time Reed connected with Demetrius Dixon for a 36-yard, catch, run and TD. Dixon shook off one defender for his second TD of the season. Lafayette led 7-0 at 8:50 in the first.
Georgetown evened the score at 7-7. Nick Campanella broke away for a 37-yard touchdown on 3rd-and-1. The defense looked as if it had Campanella contained with a short gain, but he broke a tackle to tie the game with 13 minutes left in the half.
Strong safety Jared Roberts picked off a pass on Georgetown's next drive and Lafayette took advantage, putting together an 86-yard scoring drive. Reed immediately followed with a 31-yard pass to Brandon Hall up the seam. Hall finished the day with six catches for 101 yards, his first career 100-plus receiving yard game.
After a first-down pass from Reed to Dixon was erroneously waived off, Reed went right back to him for a nine-yard out for the first down. Reed then set his sights on Mark Ross in the end zone. Ross, the program's all-time leading receiver was interfered with and the ball was placed at the two-yard line. Scheuerman punched it in behind fullback Dan Dellovade's lead block and Lafayette led 14-7 at halftime.
On Lafayette's second drive of the second half, Ross made another one of his signature grabs, a 31-yard reception from Reed. That set up the next play, a 10-yard toss from Reed to Mike Duncan for the 21-7 lead with 9:40 left in third.
Lafayette turned another Georgetown turnover into seven more points after a Draeland James interception. Reed hit Hall for 38 yards and then Dixon for 25 more. That set up Pat Creahan's first career touchdown in 41 career games, a two-yard catch on a play-action pass that advanced the Leopards to a 28-7 lead in the third.
When Georgetown got the ball back, it handed right back to Lafayette. Damarcus Ingram intercepted Nolan and set up Lafayette at the Georgetown 25. Senior TB Marcellus Irving picked up 22 yards on two carries before Reed completed a four-yard touchdown pass to Ross for the 35-7 lead at the end of three quarters.
Georgetown scored on the first play of the fourth quarter when Nolan (29-44-3 for 253 yards) hit Daniel Sprotte (11 catches for 102 and 2 TD's) for a nine-yard score. The Leopards answered on the ensuing kickoff as Matt Smalley's took it a school-record 99 yards to the endzone. In the season opener, Smalley returned the opening kickoff of the 2013 season 98 yards (the previous school record).
Ryan Gralish added a 22-yard field goal at 4:08 in the fourth to finish off the 45-27 win.
Lafayette (3-5, 3-0) returns home to host Colgate (3-6, 2-1) on Nov. 9 at 3:30 p.m.
Lafayette scored 40-plus points for the second straight game (beating Holy Cross 41-23 on Oct. 26). It's the first time since Nov. 11, 2006 (45-14 over Georgetown) and Nov. 18, 2006 (49-27over Lehigh).