Georgetown University junior wide receiver Gharun Hester has the skills to be playing Division I-A football, according to Coach Bob Benson. Yesterday at Kehoe Field, Hester used those skills -- and a little luck -- to help the Hoyas rout St. John's, 30-7.
Hester had 118 yards on four catches -- two for touchdowns -- as the Hoyas improved to 3-0 overall, 2-0 in the I-AA Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Hester, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound graduate of Friendly High School, also is a walk-on member of the school's basketball team, although he played sparingly last season.
"He's tall. He's fast. He's got great hands," Benson said. "He's probably the best athlete I've ever coached."
The Hoyas gained 353 yards -- they had been averaging 306 per game passing alone -- but that was still much more than what St. John's (2-1, 1-1) had yielded in its first two games, both shutouts. Georgetown senior quarterback J.J. Mont (Hayfield) completed 15 of 24 passes for 239 yards.
But Georgetown's offense was stifled by the Red Storm during the first quarter. St. John's dominated the first 15 minutes, taking a 7-0 lead on a 40-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Steven Kalberer to senior wide receiver Peter Dileo. The Red Storm also missed field goal attempts of 35 and 27 yards in the quarter.
But Georgetown turned the game around with one play 35 seconds into the second quarter. On first down from the Hoyas 25, Mont passed down the middle to Hester, who wasn't even looking until the last instant, he later admitted. Cornerback James Morton inadvertently tipped the ball to Hester, who completed a 75-yard scoring play.
"It just fell into my hands," Hester said.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Red Storm's Josk Kraft fumbled and Georgetown's Mark Shea recovered at the 22-yard line of St. John's. Two plays later, senior running back Rob Belli (Gonzaga) scored on a 22-yard touchdown run. The Hoyas added a 38-yard field goal by senior Paul Wiorowski to take a 16-7 lead at halftime.
LIVINGSTONE 42, BOWIE STATE 14: Running back Carlton Jones rushed for 160 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead visiting Livingstone past the Bulldogs in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association game. Free safety Harry Brunson made a game-high 14 tackles for the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-1), and quarterback Jimmy Whitehead was 16 of 44 for 237 yards and one touchdown.