Area game previews for Georgetown, Howard

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Georgetown
at Wagner

time

1:05 p.m.

location

Wagner Stadium, Staten Island.

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Fifth-year senior QB Isaiah Kempf, who suffered a season-ending injury six plays into the 2012 season, is back for the Hoyas. Kempf started eight games in 2011, when Georgetown fell just short of the Patriot League title. He is the only player left from the team’s winless 2009 season. Since then, Coach Kevin Kelly has led the Hoyas to a 17-16 record. He has 14 returning starters and 24 seniors.

Wagner is the defending Northeast Conference champion and won a Football Championship Subdivision playoff game last season. But the Seahawks must find replacements for 27 seniors.

— Matt Bonesteel

Howard
at Eastern Michigan

time

6 p.m.

location

Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, Mich.

internet

Game televised on ESPN3.com.

notable

Howard, picked to finish sixth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, begins its first season since Coach Gary Harrell announced he was taking a year-long leave of absence because of personal reasons. In his place steps Rayford Petty, who served as Howard’s head coach from 2002 to ’06 and was Harrell’s defensive coordinator. The Bison’s high-powered offense — ranked 14th in rushing — looks to find holes in an Eastern Michigan rushing defense that ranked 120th in the Football Bowl Subdivision, allowing 267 ypg.

— Matt Bonesteel

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