Leopards Return to Fisher to Host Hoyas
Oct. 25, 2016
| Lafayette vs. Georgetown
|Gameday Info||GoLeopards.com Gameday|
|Date||Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.|
|Location||Easton, Pa. | Fisher Stadium|
|Tickets||Lafayette Athletics Ticket Office|
|Game Notes||Lafayette | Georgetown|
|TV|| Lafayette Sports Network (RCN 4/8, 1004/608 HD, WBPH-60)
Play by Play: Gary Laubach
Analyst: Mike Joseph
Sideline: John Leone
Gary Laubach, Mike Joseph, John Leone
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The Match-up: Lafayette and Georgetown enter Saturday's game both looking for their first Patriot League win of the season. Kick off is set for 12:30 p.m. at Fisher Stadium.
Another Option At TB: At Bucknell, a new face, freshman Mike Dunn, showed some flashes of brilliance in the run game, leaving the Lafayette coaching staff with an additional option at tailback. The Yarmouthport, Mass. native carried 10 times for 58 yards and a touchdown, averaging 5.8 yards per attempt. He is likely to see significant carries this weekend and will continue to vie for time with DeSean Brown and C.J. Amill. Two weeks ago, Dunn had been switched to outside linebacker before moving back to tailback for the Bucknell week.
Big Plays: One of the smallest players on the Lafayette roster has been part of two of the Leopards' biggest plays from scrimmage this season. Sophomore Joey Chenoweth (5-11, 170) has a pair of 65-yard touchdown grabs, one in the first quarter of the Fordham game from Blake Searfoss and the second in the third quarter of the Bucknell game from Drew Reed.
Trick-or-TrEAT: Lafayette's first Trick-or-TrEAT food drive will take place Saturday at Fisher Stadium. Members of Athletes C.A.R.E. and Greening Lafayette's ECOreps will be volunteering in costume to collect healthy items for local food pantries. Priority items for Lehigh Valley shelters include canned tuna, soup, stew, chili, vegetables, tomato product, beans, evaporated milk, rice, pasta, cereal, and peanut butter. Other suggested items include jelly, canned fruit, granola/cereal bars, individually packaged snacks and pancake syrup. The Trick-or-TrEAT donation tables will be near Gate Two between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Mrazek Moves Up: With nine catches at Army, junior WR Matt Mrazek continued his ascent up Lafayette's top 10 for career receptions list. Mrazek has 124 career grabs, and with nine at Army he surpassed Jeremy Burkes '04 (120) for the ninth spot. He needs four more to take over eighth place (Ross Scheuerman '15, 128). In terms of career receiving yards, Mrazek needs 203 to crack the top 10.
Root of the Defense: With All-Patriot League LB Brandon Bryant out of the lineup, Lafayette's linebacker corps has been asked to pick up the slack. Junior LB Michael Root did that at Bucknell, making a career-high 15 tackles, including eight solo stops.
Limiting Penalties: Lafayette ranks fifth in the nation for fewest penalties per game (4.5), 17th for fewest penalties (36), 17 for fewest penalty yards per game (44.6), and 33rd for fewest penalty yards (259). Lafayette was whistled for a season-high nine penalties for 98 yards at Bucknell.
The limited penalty trend started in 2015, as Lafayette ranked 11th in the nation in penalty yards (455) and total penalties (54), 12th in penalty yards per game (41.4) and 14th in the NCAA in penalties per game (4.91).
Last Time Out: Bucknell scored on three straight possessions in the fourth quarter to close out the Leopards, 42-17. Lafayette trailed for much of the game before cutting the margin to 21-17 with nine minutes left in the third quarter.
Young Leopards: Lafayette has seen 14 freshmen or sophomores start a game in 2016. Overall, 34 players make up the senior (13) and junior (21) classes while sophomores (23) and freshmen (28) account for 51 of the team's 85 players.
Georgetown is 3-4 overall and 0-2 in Patriot League play. The Hoyas opened the season with three straight wins, beating Davidson (38-14, Marist (20-17) and Columbia (17-14). Losses by identical scores of 31-14 followed to No. 19 Harvard and Princeton on Sept. 30 and Oct. 8, respectively. Georgetown dropped both conference games the last two weekends, losing to Lehigh (35-3) and Fordham (17-14).
The Hoyas were 4-7 overall in 2015 and ended with a 2-4 mark in fifth place in the Patriot League standings. Wins came over Marist, Columbia, Lafayette and Bucnkell.
Georgetown returned seven starters on offense and six on defense while 64 letterwinners came back into the fold.
Lafayette leads the all-time series 12-7. Georgetown won last season's meeting 38-7. The first meeting was Oct. 25, 1902, a 23-0 Leopard victory. Lafayette is 4-3 vs. Georgetown in Easton.
Junior TB Alex Valles leads the team's rushing attack, accumulating 319 yards and a touchdown on 65 carries. Classmate Isaac Ellsworth has 44 carries for 184 yards and a pair of scores as the backup.
Quarterbacks Clay Norris and Brock Johnson both saw significant action at Fordham. The duo combined for five interceptions with Norris completing 6-of-15 for 112 yards and a TD while Johnson was 8-of-14 for 57 yards. On the season, Norris has completed 44-of-85 for five interceptions and one TD while Johnson is 10-of-18 with two picks. Georgetown senior QB and team captain Tim Barnes played in four games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury on Sept. 30.
Defensively, junior free safety David Akere and senior inside linebacker Leo Loughrey are tied for the team lead in tackles in the Hoyas 3-4 scheme.
Georgetown is coached by Rob Sgarlata (Georgetown '94) who is in his third season as the head coach. He holds a 10-19 record during his time at Georgetown.