This was not the way Georgetown wanted to open its new Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas squandered their best scoring opportunities and managed only a field goal in a 34-3 loss to Brown yesterday before a sellout crowd of 3,500.
"We've got to score," Georgetown Coach Bob Benson said.
Brown (1-0) gained first downs on its first four plays of the game and scored on its first two possessions to go ahead 10-0. Nick Hartigan, a former W.T. Woodson standout and the older brother of Georgetown sophomore Andrew Hartigan, was the workhorse for Brown. The Bears' Hartigan carried 21 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns.
The Hoyas (1-2), who have been outscored 82-9 in their last two games, had their chances to score early but failed to produce any points. Georgetown's best scoring opportunity came early in the second quarter when quarterback Nick Cangelosi rushed for a 34-yard gain to move the Hoyas to the Brown 1-yard line. Georgetown tried four times to run the ball into the end zone, but came up short each time. On its next possession, Georgetown drove to the Brown 17 before stalling. Brad Scoffern's 26-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.
Georgetown finally managed to score on its last drive of the first half. Scoffern kicked a 39-yard field goal to pull the Hoyas to 10-3 entering halftime.
Cangelosi did not return for the second half, however, remaining on the sideline because of a bruised sternum. In his place, freshman Ben Hostetler (River Hill) completed only one of four passes for minus-three yards.
Brown scored on its first drive of the second half to increase its lead to 17-3, then capitalized after Georgetown fumbled the ensuing kickoff. After getting the ball on the Hoyas 27, the Bears needed only five plays to go ahead, 24-3, with 10 minutes 2 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
"It's amazing how quickly the game can turn on you if you're going to turn the ball over," Benson said.
* FLORIDA A&M 33, HOWARD 20: Roosevelt Kiser threw one touchdown pass and caught another as the Rattlers beat the visiting Bison, giving new coach Rubin Carter his first win.
Florida A&M (1-2, 1-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) jumped to a 24-0 halftime lead. The Rattlers' defense held Howard to 65 yards in the first half and did not give up a first down until midway through the second quarter.
Howard fell to 1-2, 0-2 MEAC.
* MCDANIEL 37, CATHOLIC 36: Joe Leonard scored an extra point in double overtime to give the Green Terror the win in Westminster, Md. That redeemed Leonard, who missed an extra point that would have given McDaniel (3-0) the win after the first overtime. Keith Ricca was 22 for 48 for 279 yards for Catholic (0-3).
* BOWIE STATE 33, LIVINGSTONE 15: Lamar Manigo threw four touchdown passes to lead the Bulldogs to the home victory. Manigo's nine-yard pass to Darron Ellis gave Bowie State (4-0, 1-0 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) a 20-0 lead going into the half.