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Leopards Shut Out Georgetown and Improve to 3-1 in PL

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Nov. 4, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lafayette improved to 3-1 in Patriot League play with a 7-0 win over Georgetown on Saturday at Cooper Field. The shutout, the program's first since 2007, keeps the Leopards in charge of their own conference title destiny with the Colgate and Lehigh games remaining the next two weeks.

Lafayette's defense continued to shine, picking off Georgetown four times, including a pair of interceptions in the end zone by Phillip Parham and Eric Mitchell. Mitchell finished with two picks on the day while senior LB Rob Hinchen recorded his first career INT. Junior LB Jerry Powe led the way with eight tackles and a sack while Brandon Bryant and Michael Root had seven stops apiece.

The Leopards could have played with a lead for most of the first quarter, moving the ball with a mix of the run and pass before settling for a pair of Jeffrey Kordenbrock field-goal attempts. The first, from 42 yards (after an 11-play drive) was wide left. The second came after a Leopard drive that started at the Georgetown 44. The 46-yard attempt came up short and the game remained scoreless through the first quarter during which Lafayette held the ball for 11 minutes.

The defense had a chance to get on the scoreboard five minutes into the second quarter. Parham intercepted Gunther Johnson and returned it for a TD, but the score was negated by an offsides penalty. The defense appeared to score a second time on the same possession as Yasir Thomas picked up a loose ball on a pitch and returned it to the end zone. The fumble was ruled an incomplete pass and Georgetown punted.

After the punt, the Leopards picked up a 4th-and-1 inside the Georgetown half, using play-action as Sean O'Malley hit fullback Will Eisler for a 25-yard catch and run to the Georgetown 11. It was the longest play from scrimmage on the afternoon. On the next play, O'Malley connected with Nick Pearson for an 11-yard score and the 7-0 lead at 4:31.

Pearson was back in the lineup after missing the last five games due to injury, reconnecting with O'Malley who ended the day 17-of-25 for 101 yards while completing passes to seven receivers.

Five minutes into the second half, Hinchen picked off Johnson and the Leopards offense was set up at the Georgetown 31. C.J. Amill immediately gained 12 yards on first down, but the drive stalled thereafter. Kordenbrock set up for a 30-yard field goal that was just wide left to keep the score at 7-0 through three quarters.

A minute into the fourth quarter, Parham came through with his sixth interception of the season. That ended a Hoyas drive which had started in the Leopards half after a punt. With seven minutes left in the game, the Leopard defense and Mitchell came through with a second interception in the end zone.

Lafayette's offense ran two minutes off the clock before Michael Turk booted a 52-yard punt that Georgetown (1-8, 0-3) returned to its own 40-yard line, setting the stage for the Leopard defense a final time.

Under defensive coordinator Luke Thompson, the Leopards were again up to the task. Beau Bosch and Keith Earle teamed up for a sack and Thomas and Tymir Jones dropped a ballcarrier for a loss of two, leaving Georgetown with 4th-and-13 at the Leopard 36. A chop block penalty moved the yardage to 4th-and-28 and Johnson's last-ditch pass was incomplete to seal the 7-0 final.

Lafayette (3-6, 3-1) continues its fight for a Patriot League title on Nov. 11, hosting Colgate (5-4, 3-1) at 12:30 p.m. Prior to the game, the Leopard seniors and their parents will be honored.