For Lyle Monsen and the rest of his Gallaudet University teammates, yesterday's 21-8 victory over Georgetown at Kehoe Field was particularly sweet.
A sophomore defensive back, he intercepted three passes and blocked a punt that he recovered in the end zone to lead the unbeaten Bison to their fifth victory of the season. The Bison hadn't beaten Georgetown since 1901, and the 5-0 start is their best ever.
"This feels great, just great," he said through his mother, who communicates in sign language. "It's the best game I've ever played. We've been working hard, and we're going to keep winning."
For Monsen, a sophomore from Salt Lake City, it was his third blocked punt of the season.
From the beginning, it was apparent that Gallaudet was determined to prove something to its crosstown rivals. After the Hoyas punted on their first possession, Monsen blocked James Quick's punt at the 20 and recovered it in the end zone for the game's first points.
He ruined Georgetown's next possession, too. His interception of Matt Zebrowski's pass gave the Bison possession at their 35. On Gallaudet's first play from scrimmage, Jimmy Segala threw to Darnell Woods on the left sideline. Woods, a Coolidge High graduate, was stopped at the 1. Karl White punched over.
Georgetown squandered an excellent chance late in the second quarter after Zebrowski had completed five passes to the Gallaudet 9. Tom Timperman's 26-yard field goal went wide to the left.
GU's problems increased in the second half, partially because they played without star running back Dean Lowry, who sat out the game with a bruised thigh. He had been averaging 120 yards rushing a game.
As a result, the Bison limited the Hoyas to 42 yards on 40 carries. The Hoyas converted only one third-down opportunity the entire game, and that was not until the fourth quarter.
Gallaudet added its third score late in the third quarter, when tailback Donnell Newman broke tackles to turn a screen pass from quarterback Jimmy Segala into a 71-yard touchdown.
Georgetown finally scored with 39 seconds to play on a three-yard yard pass from backup quarterback Ray Patricco to Joseph Cesare.
Montgomery 31, Hudson Valley CC 16:
In Albany, N.Y., Eric Nichols threw for two touchdowns and ran for one as the Knights improved to 3-1.
Rockville's Jerry Williams caught five passes for 116 yards and a 43-yard second period touchdown. Fellow receiver Tony Harris had four catches for 113 yards and a 15-yard first period touchdown. Hudson is 1-3-1. It got all three of its scores, two touchdowns and a field goal, after Rockville turnovers. Hudson Valley led, 13-7, at the end of the first quarter.
Catholic 31, Duquesne 10:
Mike Wisely caught nine passes for a season-high 115 yards. His biggest was a 32-yard touchdown pass from quarterback J.R. Gibson that led Catholic (2-3) to victory in Pittsburgh.
Gibson completed 18 of 28 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. CU rushed 216 yards compared to 43 for Duquesne (1-5).
Waynesburg 14, Frostburg State 7:
Andre Lewis ended a 70-yard drive early in the fourth quarter by running 27 yards for a touchdown with 13:54 to play at Frostburg. Marcus Wooley broke Frostburg's all-time tackle record, making his 377th. Waynesburg, a Pittsburgh school, got 121 yards on 12 carries from John Green. Waynesburg is 4-2, Frostbury State 1-4.
Bowie State 20, Fayetteville 20:
Harris Heaslip scored from 19 yards out with 8:03 left to help the visitors tie the CIAA game at Bowie State. Bowie State is 2-3-1 overall and 0-2-1 in league play. Fayetteville is 3-2-1 and 3-1-1.
The Bulldogs scored on their first series, then stoped Fayetteville on its first series. Don Janey fielded Aaron Lewis' punt and went 70 yards untouched to put the Bulldogs ahead, 7-0.
Paul Stevens led Fayetteville back after trailing, 13-3, at halftime. His 33-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter tied the game at 13-13.
New Haven 48, UDC 0:
Mike Horton completed 13 of 20 passes for 177 yards to lead the victory (4-1) in New Haven. Quarterback Kevin Brawner rushed for 57 yards for the Firebirds (0-6).