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College football preview: Georgetown vs. Howard

1 p.m. at Greene Stadium. Records: Hoyas 4-2; Bison 3-3

Mayor’s Cup: After a one-year hiatus, this is the third meeting between the District’s Football Championship Subdivision schools. The visitors have ruled this series. Georgetown won at Howard, 12-7, in 2008. The Bison won at Georgetown, 14-11, in 2009.

Can’t just key on one: Georgetown has plenty of options on offense. Isaiah Kempf, a 6-foot-3 junior, and Scott Darby, a 6-3 senior, share time at quarterback. Kempf has thrown more touchdowns than Darby (seven for Kempf, five for Darby) but Darby has thrown fewer interceptions than Kempf (two for Darby, three for Kempf).

Eleven players have caught five or more passes for the Hoyas, led by 6-foot junior Max Waizenegger (W.T. Woodson). Waizenegger has caught 24 passes for 286 yards and five touchdowns.

Four players have rushed for more than 100 yards this season, led by 6-foot sophomore Nick Campanella’s 298 yards and five touchdowns.

The Hoyas have the second-best red zone offense efficiency in the FCS, converting on 20 of 21 trips inside their opponents 20-yard line with 17 touchdowns.

Next great Bison signal-caller?: Howard has turned its offense over to a freshman, quarterback Greg McGhee. The 6-3 Pittsburgh native, who has won three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rookie of the week awards, has completed 106 of 192 passes for 1,082 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also has thrown seven interceptions, three of which came last week in the Bison’s remarkable comeback win against Florida A&M. McGhee’s 10 touchdowns through six games are two more than Howard’s four quarterbacks combined for all of last year.

Senior wide receiver Willie Carter is McGhee’s favorite target, catching 33 passes for 467 yards and six touchdowns.

Senior running back Terrence Leffall has gained 378 yards on 89 carries, a 4.2 yards per carry average.

Stopping the run: Georgetown’s rush defense ranks eighth-best in the FCS, allowing 84.8 yards per game and just 2.5 yards per rush attempt. Junior linebacker Robert McCabe, who had 14 tackles in last week’s win against Wagner, is ninth in the FCS with 11.3 tackles per game. He has 10 or more tackles in five of the Hoyas’ six games.

Stopping the pass: Howard, which had nine interceptions all of last season, has picked off nine passes in six games, which ties the Bison for ninth among FCS teams. Senior defensive back Lanny Kelly and sophomore defensive back Cameron Alston each have two interceptions.

— Kathy Orton



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