Football Wins Jesuit Gridiron Classic with Strong Second Half

The varsity Football Eagles were down 7-3 to Georgetown Prep at halftime of the 17th annual Jesuit Gridiron Classic on Saturday, September 14. The Little Hoyas were looking to notch their first win in the series since 2011, but could not hold the lead as top-ranked Gonzaga took control in the second half. Coach Trivers' team would score the final 21 points in the third quarter behind touchdown runs from runningbacks Joseph Hammond '22 and Malcolm Terry II '20. Hammond got in the endzone first from 6 yards out, and then following a fumble recovery from senior defensive end Henry Iloanya, Terry scored from 6 yards out as well. Hammond's second touchdown was a 12 yard run that came with just 4 seconds left in the quarter.

The defense, led by a strong performance from senior defensive back Colin O'Connor, forced a three and out to start the final quarter. On the next possession, senior fullback Derrick Aikens capped off a 9 play, 81 yard drive with a 1 yard plunge to make the score 31-7. Aikens also turned in a great performance on special teams. The most valuable players of the game were the entire offensive line: Olu Fashanu '20, Luke Petitbon '20, Jestus Johnson '20, Joey Trainor '21, Patrick Matan '20, and Cameron Wilson '22. The unit paved the way for over 400 yards of offense with 290 coming on the ground while allowing no sacks on the day. Click here to read an article from the Washington Post about the game. And click here to see the latest Washington Post rankings.

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Next up is the Homecoming Game vs Avalon on Friday, September 20 at 6:30 PM on Buchanan Field. The Eagles will wear a red towel to raise awareness for Sickle Cell Disease and to support the Bobbi Engram Sickle Cell Disease Foundation.

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